Early signs of Spring

As winter begins to fade signs of sping can be found in the garden and countryside.  The catikins of the Hazel come in February and as the trees are leafless they are easy to spot. These pendulous catkins are the male part of the flowers, the female flowers are the red tufts that grow out of what looks like swollen buds on the same branche. Hazel trees are not self pollinating, they use the wind to cross pollinate between different trees.

Hazel catkin

Warming colours of Witch Hazel.

The cold grey weather of February is brightened up for us here at Cramden Nursery by the vibrant flowers of the Witch Hazel. The spidery flowers come in oranage, red and yellow and give a gentel scent of the summer to come . The Witch Hazel begins to flower as early as January, bringing us the whisperings of spring.  It said that to be in the prescence of a Witch Hazel tree will exhilerate and inspire one.

red witch hazel

yellow witch hazel

The wonderful world of jiffy7’s

Here at Cramden Nursery all our Pelargoniums are propagated through cuttings.  We have used the trusty “jiffy7″ plug to root them into, for over 30 years.  They arrive with us on a roll as a compressed and dehydrated biscuit then with a little water they rise and expand and become the perfect rooting environment for our Pelargonium cuttings.

From dehydrated biscuit,

Jiffy 7 dry

to the perfect rooting environment.

jiffy at the ready