Two Tasters for 2012

That’s a rather alliterative title which serves simply to introduce a post about two new plants we are offering in 2012. That’s the joy of this part of the year, through autumn and winter, anticipating all sorts of excitements in the following season!

Brunnera Emerald MistWell, the first excitement is a  relative newcomer among the Brunnera family, namely Emerald Mist. Now, that’s a nice name for starters, but the reality is even nicer. The heart-shaped leaves are barred with silver in such a way as to create a collar effect around the outside margins, with a lighter dusting of silver over the whole extent of the leaf. We love the Jack Frosts and Looking Glasses we have cultivated over last few seasons, but Emerald Mist does promise to be pretty special.

Hakenochloa All GoldNext up is a beautiful new grass in the form of Hakenochloa Macra All Gold. Like the Nicholas we used to do, this is a mound forming grass with a graceful arching habit, but on this one the foliage is, err, all gold. The name does rather give it away! It will need sun to look its best, tending to go more chartreuse in the shade.

More news of new plants for 2012 in the coming weeks …..

Rob & Joanna – September 2011

Not going out

Well, that’s it for 2011. No more going out on the road for this year. We did our last Shootash and Bursledon 3 weeks ago, then 2 weeks ago on the August bank holiday we resided for three days in the splendid surroundings of Kingston Lacy. A bit windy for our liking (and the plants, which get a bit blown about) and with some squally rain, especially on the Saturday, which dampened our spirits a little but not too much. Much rain beforehand made the entrance really boggy – we passed up on being towed and just parked up & carried stuff on site. Muscles well developed as a result.

Hamptworth Plant FairThen last weekend we travelled just up road really to Hamptworth Lodge, which was staging a plant fair for the first time, in conjunction with an open garden day. Not a huge affair, as the photo (left) shows, but a good selection of nurseries and some really nice people who didn’t just look at our plants and say nice things about them, but actually bought lots of plants. As a consequence we had our best single day since June, which made up for getting absolutely soaked when setting up in a downpour!

Hamptworth LodgeDespite it being pretty local, we had never been to Hamptworth estate before, the nearest being the golf club up the road to which we delivered some plants a couple of years ago. All we can say, it is certainly worth a visit – see the website for details.

And now we can settle back for the close season, with no more early mornings, to plan for a wonderful 2012.

Rob & Joanna – September 2011