A Hume visit Alba Trees
For the past 25 years, Alba Trees, have grown plants for many of the UK’s most significant habitats. Collecting seed from specific sites, they have sown and grown pines and broadleaved trees contributing hugely to the regeneration of ancient forests including the woodlands at the Queen’s Estate at Balmoral and the remaining stands of Caledonian Pine in the Highlands of Scotland.
Now Alba Trees have opened their gates – or rather they have created an online store www.buy-trees-online.co.uk– so that domestic gardeners can enjoy their outstanding range of native trees, hedging plants, shrubs and wildflower mixes.
Buying direct from the grower is imminently preferable to buying pot-bound specimens from a garden centre. For a start you’ll pay less, you’ll encounter a wider range and access to expert advice, plus the quality of the tree will be second to none. Alba grow all their trees in individual modules ensuring they have complete control over quality and crucially trees can be planted at any time of year.
Inspired by our recent visit to Alba’s East Lothian nursery here is our planting suggestions:
- Planting a mixed hedgerow is one of the easiest ways gardeners can support wildlife in their gardens and Buy Trees Online sell a traditional mix of Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Dogrose and Field Maple that provides all year interest in terms of blossom, flower, fruit , leaf colour and texture.
2. Wildflower meadows have increased in prominence and favour thanks to the likes of writer and grower Sarah Raven, and lecturer and designer Dr Nigel Dunnett, whose wildflower meadow for the Olympic 2012 Park will undoubtedly convert many to the beauty and benefits of even a small patch of wildflowers. Buy Trees Online sell both perennial and annual wildflowers, and can advise on cultivation.
3.Gift trees. Planting a tree is a traditional way of commemorating significant events such as births, marriages and anniversaries. Buy Trees Online compose simple gift packs, trees are neatly wrapped in hessian sacks and sent out with gift cards and planting notes. Many trees hold special significance such as the Rowan, which was planted by Highlanders at the door of their crofts to ward off evil spirits, making it a particularly suitable housewarming present.
4. Even a small or medium garden has room for trees, though there are special considerations, the eventual size of your tree should always be considered, and also choosing a tree that will please the eye throughout the year. Planting a tree anchors a garden and provides vertical interest. Aspens with their shimmering, whispering leaves that turn a pale, golden yellow in autumn are ideal candidates.
5. If you have a large garden, plant an oak tree. There is a special magic to planting a tree that may outlive you by many hundred of years and contributing to the enjoyment of future generations is one of the most generous gifts a gardener can make. Buy Trees Online sell both Sessile Oak and English Oak.
All images courtesy of Alba Trees.