Tuesday, 21 February 2017


I thought it might be good to show potential customers how much trouble I take over packing up your goodies. Some people I know are wary of mail order plants - and I've seen some dreadful examples of packing over the years - small plants rattling around in a big box - compost everywhere, broken stems, buds knocked off, soaked disintegrating boxes. I've had only one real disaster among all the consignments I've sent out and when I got it back it looked like someone had stood on it.

1. Any surface crust, moss, liverwort, weeds or other debris is removed

2. paper is used to hold the compost in place

3. the paper is taped in position so nothing can rattle loose in transit

4. the pots are enclosed in plastic bags, mainly to stop the box getting wet

5. this is my packing material stash - all recycled. I've never had to buy paper, bubble wrap, bags or boxes

6. packed as tightly as possible in a box

7. these packing balloons are excellent for cutting down on weight. Otherwise I use shredded paper

8. taping it all together

9. finished off with document pocket and FRAGILE tape

10. packing a taller shrub requires a slightly different method

11. bubble-wrapped to avoid knocking the buds off. The canes are to brace it against the side of the box so that if the box is turned upside down, the heavy pot won't break the stem

12. like this

13. then packed in with the smaller pots and packing balloons as before
And I don't charge you for any of this!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Persicaria tenuicaulis

Persicaria tenuicaulis
A choice little woodlander – unlike any of the other common species. Slowly spreading to make a colony of stocky little plants with small silvery green leaves, and in spring, makes short spikes of pure white flowers with black anthers.
Adaptable but best in moist but well-drained woodsy soil in shade.
Never even slightly weedy. In fact, keep an eye on it or it might get lost.
1L pots ~ £6

Monday, 19 December 2016

Salix gracilistyla Mt.Aso

Salix gracilistyla Mt. Aso
Maybe the idea of a pink flowered willow sounds a bit kitsch but I promise you this one carries it off very tastefully indeed. This is a naturally occurring form of gracilistyla (not chaenomeloides as was originally thought) and can be quite a substantial shrub in time, very much like its relative the black willow (melanostachys) but with greyish twigs and leaves.
 Salix gracilistyla Mt. Aso
An easy and adaptable willow in any retentive soil in sun or part shade
3L pots ~ £10

Cardiocrinum cordatum Red Vein

An unbelievably easy and adaptable plant here on the nursery, especially given how dry it gets here in the summer. They've grown quickly and easily even in small pots and one even flowered after only 2 years from seed.
Cardiocrinum cordatum Red Vein
The rosette of glossy red-veined cordate leaves is the most ornamental feature in spring but the long, slightly flattened pale green/cream flowers are well worth checking out. These are produced on a 40 - 60cm tall stem in summer. Like other Cardiocrinum, the mature bulb splits after flowering to make several smaller bulbs which should flower a few years later.
Cardiocrinum - almost certainly cordatum
No doubt would be at its best in moist woodsy shady sites, but like I say, remarkably tolerant here in my normal compost even in dryish shade.
1L pots ~ £8

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Manettia cordifolia

Manettia cordifolia
An extremely pretty small herbaceous perennial climber from Brazil with lots of 2 in pure scarlet tubular flowers in late summer and autumn. Cultivation information is a little scarce but American sites seem to agree that this will grow in USDA z8 and as I grow quite a lot of z8 plants here I’m pleased to give it a try.
Manettia cordifolia
Even if it ends up being one of those plants that needs bringing in in the winter it will be worth it because its modest size and the fact that it dies down completely to tuberous roots in winter makes it very easy to handle. An ideal small vine for decorating shrubs or putting on a trellis.
1L pots ~ £8

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Codonopsis rotundifolia angustifolia

Codonopsis rotundifolia angustifolia
The name translates as the narrow leaved, round leaved Codonopsis, which is helpful. The main attractions though are the creamy, maroon veined bells which appear in late summer.
Codonopsis rotundifolia angustifolia
An easy herbaceous climber for woodsy conditions in semi shade.
1L pots ~ £7

Monday, 15 August 2016

Lonicera hirsuta

Lonicera hirsuta
A honeysuckle from North America with broad green leaves and heads of golden flowers subtended by a pair of rounded bracts.
Lonicera hirsuta
A lovely and rare woodland climber.
3L pots ~ £8