Supporting my local nursery – Hill House Nursery, Devon.
We took the opportunity of a sunny day off to go and visit our local Hill House Nursery to see what was looking good. We’re in the process of editing the garden to give it better all round interest. Since it is a small garden it has to work hard 12 months a year.
What’s to great about the nursery?
Hill House is amazing. It has a wonderful selection of home grown plants that are healthy. The plants are established in their pots and ready to go into the garden. Unlike some local garden centres that try charge £8 for what amounts to 3L compost with a seedling stranded in the middle. The owners are always happy to offer advice on plant care or make recommendations as needed.
A couple of years ago I got to see behind the scenes when sourcing a hardy ginger named for a friend – they weren’t on display but I was led to the poly tunnels and taken straight to what I needed. They also have a cafe on site – what more do you need?
The new additions
My hellebores (grown from seed collected from our plants 4 years ago) have only just started to come into their own. They’re a deep purple that shines out when the sun hits them. However, it’s going to be a long wait for the mini collection of species seeds, sown this month, to join them in the garden. We bought 2 Helleborus orientalis ‘White Lady’ to brighten up the predominantly green border on the other side of the path.
Charlie our chocolate lab has chosen Magnolia stellata as his favourite new addition.
The Lonicera tatarica wasn’t in the ground 5 minutes before the bees found it. Glad to be introducing some early food for them.
First time for everything
I’ve never bought a Camellia before. They always bring to mind a surely plant with slightly yellowed leaves and browning flowers. Often the flowers are too blowsy to mix well and they tend to carry the air of a plant owned by grown ups who know what they’re doing. However the other half likes them and today we agreed on a muted small-flowered pink variety ‘Peach Blossom’ looking healthy with its equally lush companions at the nursery. We’ve named her Camilla. She now has pride of place by the back door in her own pot, as befits her status.