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Time to plan out a home orchard. Coming into stores over the next few weeks will be new stocks of apples, apricot, quince, walnuts, hazelnuts, pears and plum trees.

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Time to plan out a home orchard.
Coming into stores over the next few weeks will be new stocks of apples, apricot, quince, walnuts, hazelnuts, pears and plum trees. Just arrived into store are the first of the peaches, nectarines, peacherines, peachcots, cherries.

Also a good time to plant; pomegranate, figs, gooseberries, grapes, currents,  mandarins, lemons and other citrus, chestnuts nuts- this is the time of year with the best selection.

Time to plant trees, roses and shrubs. Getting them planted now allows the plants to settle in and they will be able to maximise spring growth when it arrives in about 8 weeks.

Best colour at the moment; potted polyanthus, primula & pansies, many more camellia varieties are coming into flower, ericas and cyclamen are looking great.

Time to side dress polyanthus, pansies, primula and cyclamen with dried blood (tui flower booster), a teaspoon around each plant will enhance flowering and plant health.

Time to plant lily bulbs; these spectacular plants must be planted now so as to produce stunning blooms at your house during the summer months. Check out some of the amazing colours available in stores now.

Stock up on frost cloth, essential for tender plants, and ensure they are well covered on cold clear nights.

Time to plant berry plants including; strawberry plants and also the brambles such as raspberries and boysenberries. A couple of varieties to note are Raspberry aspiring; this had large dark red conical firm fruit with excellent flavour. It is a strong and productive plant, which spreads fast and is one of the easiest of all to grow.  Canes are vigorous with a high number of strong upright canes. Dormant canes are dark brown with few spines. It fruits in both summer and autumn. Summer fruit are on last years canes where winter chill is adequate.  Autumn fruit produced on the top 10-20 buds of new canes.

Boysenberry thornless jewel:
Large, firm conical rich dark red/black berries. Old fashioned boysenberry flavour, juicy and sweet. It is a boysenberry cross that fruits in December, and the plant is thornless.

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