Nursery News Spring 2020
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Spring may finally be here

We have experienced unbelievable weather since our last newsletter and our thoughts go out to all those badly affected by the recent rain and floods. However, despite the rain you have certainly kept us busy over the past few weeks with orders flying out of the barn door to all parts of the UK and abroad. A big thank you  for all your continued support.

As many of you know, we have attended the Malvern Spring Flower Show for the past 29 years. 2020 would have been our 30th year but unfortunately we have to announce that we will not be attending. We shall of course miss meeting all our regular customers, some of whom have become firm friends, but we have decided to concentrate all our efforts on our mail order business, which has been growing year on year since we started it. 

In keeping with the everyone's efforts to be more environmentally sustainable we have discontinued our use of plastic blister packs to send out plants by mail order. Instead, plants are individually and carefully wrapped in tissue paper, packed in cardboard boxes and the boxes packed out with more paper. The system seems to be working well according to the feedback we have received so far.

Corydalis 'Kingfisher' with its beautiful turquoise flowers is looking great at the moment and quite a contrast to the other colours around the nursery. Together with Freesia lacteawith its wonderful perfume, it brings a smile to my face when I walk into the tunnel houses. Unlike the normal freesia, F. lactea flowers year on year.

The Bellavalia and Muscari are all fast coming into flower and of these my favourite has to be Bellavalia paradoxa, with its deep navy spikes with hints of lime green on the inside of each tiny flower. Muscari 'Peppermint' provides a lovely contrast, with its pale blue cone-shaped flowers.

Epimediums (a stalwart for a semi-shaded spot) are also beginning to emerge with Epimedium 'Flowers of Sulphur' bringing a little sunshine as it flowers away and Epimedium x warleyense 'Orangekonigin' just starting to flower.
A wonderful garden plant for this time of the year is Mertensia virginica. Its delicate lavender-blue bell-shaped flowers are an absolute delight. Planted in a sunny well drained site it just pops through year after year giving an alternative to all the daffodil yellow of spring.
Some of the many other things flowering at the moment include Romulea bulbocodiuma stalwart from our original plant purchased 35 years ago when we first started the nursery which does its thing year after year. It is easy and rewarding to see how quickly it multiplies. Eomecon chinantha is another great favourite of mine; I love the heart-shaped foliage as much as the pure white yellow-centred flowers.
Fritillaria stenanthera is perhaps a little more unusual than the woodland fritillaries that we know, looking a lot more exotic and orchid like. Scopolia carniolica 'Zwanenburg' offers a very different colour palette with its glossy deep green foliage and burgundy bell-shaped flowers; a great addition to any border.

Last but not least of my selection for this newsletter are the Anemonella. They look so delicate but reliably pop through the soil in early spring, at first with their ferny foliage and then with their exquisite array of flowers, which continue for many weeks. My favourite has to be Anemonella thalictrioides 'Betty Blake' with its fully double lime-green flowers.
We are of course monitoring the evolving advice and developments with Coronavirus COVID-19 and are taking necessary precautions when picking and packing plants by wearing gloves and keeping everything as clean as possible. Unfortunately we have just heard from the Alpine Garden Society that they have decided to cancel all their shows for the foreseeable future, which means we will not be attending the show at RHS Rosemoor this coming weekend. As this was our last planned event for a while, we have now elected to self-isolate as a precaution, which isn't too difficult out in the wilds of North Devon!

Wishing you all a happy and healthy spring season and if you are spending more time at home, there couldn't be a more enjoyable pastime than spending it with your plants. 

"I grow plants for many reasons, to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow."  David Hobson
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We accept online orders from across the UK and many European countries. Postage and packaging will be added automatically at the checkout and you can find out more about our pricing here. We understand the cost of postage is high and are constantly looking for alternative providers who can help us reduce costs. For most of the UK we offer a 24 hour postage service and for Northern Ireland, the north of Scotland and Highlands & Islands we aim for plants to arrive within 48 hours. We will pass on any cost savings to customers as and when we can. Read about what customers say about us here.

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