Now autumn has arrived we can plant again. There’s no real risk of drying-out now, that’s a problem in the spring.
During the winter months we’re open by appointment (+31-6-22370001).
At the moment more and more Camellia’s are bursting into flower. These autumnal bloomers will persist until the real frosts arrive.
Here we are starting to protect our plants against the coming winter. We’re starting with the mountain bananan collection. After that the tree ferns and last but not least, the palm trees.
The real frosts don’t usually arrive until the New Year!
Be careful when exporting or importing plants – customs sometimes destroy plants and call this “inspection”!
Rhododendron macabeanum with giant leaves from Ireland, potted in 12L containers for just €35 each. A valuable addition to your exotic garden, this plant matures to a tree of tropical allure with masses of fantastic large yellow blooms!
We now have the following beauties in stock:
4 Schefflera delavayi €47.50 (spectacular evergreen – precise hardiness is currently being investigated).
Woodwardia fimbriata, a large fern for sheltered, damp spots
Polypodium ‘Whitley Giant’, a large, good hardy variety of the oak fern (Polypodium vulgare)
The following plants have long proven their hardiness:
10 x Rhododendron macabeanum €25 x (young plants needing winter protection!), 16 x Blechnum nova-zelandiae €25, 4 x Blechnum magellanicum €47.50, 8 x Blechnum nudum €15, 4 x Astelia nervosa €25
(Please collect at our nursery in Northern Holland as we aren’t able to send plants to you!)
The best palm tree for your garden is Trachycarpus fortunei.We’ve got large ones available in pots of 130L with a trunk of around 2m (6 feet) in length! These plants are delivered at an angle (see photo). The price is € 400 (exclusive of transport) but for that price you’ve got an exceptionally beautiful plant in your garden! Small ones are priced from € 5.
Helen’s Hybrid is probably a cross between Musa sikkimensis Red Tiger and Musa Chinichampa.
Seedlings from this happy marriage are all different. Some resemble one parent, some the other, but most resemble both like the plant on this picture. Human children are sometimes faster or smarter than their parents. Also in the plant world, crosses are occasionally more vigorous than both parent plants. The plant shown on this photo grows abnormally fast in the garden, has inherited the beauty of Chinichampa and hopefully the frost resistance of sikkimensis!
Given maximum winter protection this seems to be a promising newcomer in our range of garden bananas. Small numbers of seedlings are available at the nursery, each with different characteristics. So they are not tissue-grown bananas (= not from the laboratory)! I can’t yet predict their hardiness for sure. Next year I’ll know more!
Long flowering evergreen Magnolias flourish at de Groene Prins. Their wonderful fragrance is a delightful surprise to many. It’s a mystery why this hardy tree is still not well known.