The trip had been scheduled for six months, so what were we to do when miserable spring weather prevented planting most of our 2011 liner crop before departure on May 17? We ordered up a couple thousand 7-8 gallon pots and put our team to work potting up beautiful Acer griseum Dogwood, Stewartia, and Magnolia (link to each item) the week prior to departure.
It was a super great trip, definitely an overdose of history but we like that. From Heathrow we traveled by bus to Bath, car to the Cotswolds, on to North Wales, then up to the Lakes District, east along Hadrian’s Wall, then south for a few days in York. Dropping the car, we trained to London for the last few days of our trip.
Along the way we treated ourselves to four garden visits: Blenheim Castle Gardens; Westonbirt Gardens (The National Arboretum); Hidcote Manor Garden near Chipping Campden; and Bodnaut Garden in North Wales. Contact us (link) to learn about our favorite garden or view some of our awesome pics. Check out the giant Acer griseum we found at Westonbirt. (pictures.) True, we say Acer griseum is a small tree but the image of this +200 year old specimen belies that. Oh well.
Wow! What a stellar image a block of Cornus k. ‘Satomi’ (link) in full bloom is! That’s what we see this week as we walk our nursery (link)…hundreds of trees in brilliant pink. This definitely is a lovely and durable item for any landscape. ‘Satomi’ provides memorable impressions throughout the season as a single focal point, in small groups, or rowed out along a lane.
As growers, Sue and I enjoy this plant for its many positive features. It is a strong grower and develops dense, fibrous roots; plus, it seems to resist most serious diseases or insects. Satomi welcomes spring with new leaves of burgundy hue, turning deep green with burgundy accents in summer, exploding with deep burgundy fall color. Prolific pink blooms grace the fields for 5-6 weeks from June-July, ending the season with a modest but colorful fruit set much loved by song birds frequenting the nursery. Do your clients a favor and suggest inclusion of Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’ in their landscape.
Chrishaven Trees is a family operated wholesale nursery specializing in the production of quality flowering and shade trees especially suited for discerning urban landscapes. We are uniquely located 70 miles equidistance from Seattle, Washington to the south and Vancouver, Canada to the north.
A visit to our nursery will convince you of our devotion to quality and superior selection of rare and highly desirable landscape plants.