What to do on a rainy day!??
|Neither rare or unusual but I do love the pink flush of this Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata'|
My blog post about this nursery last year was a visit on a very sunny day, this time it's the opposite of that as it was a very rainy day instead but the treasures to be had there remains the same, if not a bit more than last year.
|A dazzling selection and not a weed in sight!|
Beeches is great for rare and unusual trees, shrubs, and climbers. So many to choose from and so many varieties.
|Even they stock these now - Schefflera rhododendrifolia|
|Sophora x molloyi 'Dragon's Gold'|
|New growth on the Himalayan plant Euonymus lucidus|
But for me, the best attraction is their outstanding selection of herbaceous perennials and shade loving woodland plants. The section for these types of plants are right at the top of the nursery and it always gives me a sense of excitement every time I approach this part, thinking and anticipating the rare gems to be had there. On our visit that day we spent an hour and a half browsing on this section alone.
|Now this is what we mainly came here for!|
The colour of the new growth on these Paeonies is fantastic! Almost worth growing them for the early spring colour of the foliage alone.
|Pretty and invasive Petasites japonicus var. giganteus 'Nishiki-buki'|
So what did we bring home in the end? Here's some of them:
After a few hours browsing we came back with a relatively small but well chosen haul. Some of them we have already (for you can't just have a few of a good thing, you have to have several!) but most were new ones for this year like the Eremurus, Jeffersonia, and Iris.
|Glaucous leaves and sun loving, this lot are destined to go in our first raised bed with slate mulch.|
|Are they butterflies or a plant? The delicate foliage of Jeffersonia diphylla. This shade loving perennial appears in the spring and goes dormant again by summer.|
Nevermind, I'm actually glad of the rain and would actually prefer if it carries on being rainy here for a few more days. The garden needs it and there is something endearing about April showers.