This beautiful evergreen Iris has been flowering for us for a while with it’s blue flowers veined with white at the base of the falls. Best in full sun or partial shade flowers appear late winter through to early spring. It is closely related to Iris unguicularis, another evergreen winter flowerer and both thrive on poor soils and form large clumps that can be easily divided if they become too big.
Category: winter interest
While the weather has turned cooler a quick walk around the nursery reveals some winter gems. Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ is a mass of swollen buds beginning to burst into delicate soft white flowers with a pink tinge.
The sweet fragrance of Sarcococca (Christmas box) hangs in the chilly air. The rosey buds of Skimmia ‘Rubella’ are just about to open into clusters of scented white stars while the spidery florets of Hamamelis ‘Diane’ offers its soapy aroma. The jewel in the crown quite literally must be a variety of Hellebore which we are growing for the first time called Helleborus ‘Winter Jewels Cherry Blossom’. The majority of this carefully bred variety offer wonderfully large saucer shaped flowers of two tone rose & white Anemone centred flowers. A delightful double specimen was spotted with the same colours but fully double exotic looking flowers.
You can’t help but want to be in the garden in winter when surrounded by all these beautiful gems.
Last Christmas tree sold this morning, but orders being taken for 2013! For anyone stuck for last minute presents we have National Garden Gift Vouchers, or for seasonal indoor display, Hyacinths, Paperwhites and Cyclamen. We have a range of Camellias looking good and nicely budded which would make great presents for the gardener or for the kitchen garden a selection of soft fruit favourites. Unique hand made gift stained and fused glass by Helen Fonnereau is also available. We will be closed early afternoon on Christmas Eve till 2nd December. May we also take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a Very Merry Christmas!
If you need a touch of colour in all this winter gloom then colourful Primroses should brighten up your day. Great for either a sheltered spot in the garden (once hardened off ) or a display on your windowsill, these brilliant plants give us a hint that spring is just around the corner! Fantastic range of colours & a soft fragrance. Look out for our extra special offer coupon in this weeks Tiverton Gazette.
With the weather becoming Autumnal already, it seem appropriate to mention our new stock of Spring Flowering Bulbs. We have a good selection to provide colour in your garden from Christmas well into next Spring. We even have some beautiful Autumn Crocus that will soon be putting on their annual display. We have several varieties of daffodils loose so that you can pick and choose at the best prices. Some great bulbs for underplanting containers & winter baskets such as Tete a Tete Narcissus, Crocus, Muscari and of course Tulips. For the woodland garden we have some English grown Bluebells, Anemones, Narcissus and Snowdrops (among others). If its scent your after then is has to be Hyacinths both for the house and the garden!
The wild bird feeding season is well under way with birds building up their reserves either to ge them through the winter or to make their annual migration. Encouraging birds to feed in your garden has to be one of the most rewarding things. Not only do you get to see these beautiful creatures up close but many have an essential part to play in controling pest populations.
We have good stocks of wild bird feed from seed, peanuts, fat snax, sunflower seed and thistle seed & suet feasts. We also have a selection of feeders, Nest boxes and accessories.
Now in stock are a ‘ hand picked’ selection of evergreen and winter interest shrubs. These include some rather choice selections including Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ whose highly scented, pale-pink flowers in February make this an exceptional choice for a sheltered well drained spot. We have a selection of well budded Camellias in 3 litre pots that would make great gifts. Some striking evergreens including; Elaeagnus ‘Gilt Edge’, Pittosporum t. ‘Tandara Gold’ & ‘Silver Queen’ and Photinia ‘Red Robin’. A couple of deciduous shrubs worth mentioning are Lonicera fragrantissima, with sweetly scented creamy flowers in winter and Cornus alba Siberica, with bright red stems sure to brighten the gloomiest winters day and perfect for a damp spot!