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I was looking for a supplier of Helenium Bressingham Gold after seeing one on Andrews Photo’s. I managed to find a Nursery that had some and was easy for us to visit via the RHS site. I suppose I expected to see several plants I liked and before we set off I asked T if he had some money handy…lol
I was really pleased to find that the nursery had a garden filled with all the plants that were on sale. We were met at the entrance by the owner Dr. Andrew Ward who welcomed us to the garden and nursery and explained where we could find different areas and types of plants throughout the garden and where to find them in the nursery. He explained that the grasses were coming into their autumn colours and the Asters were flowering really well. The Chrysanths were late this year and only a few were in flower.
I just have to show you what the garden is like….


Aren’t the grasses brilliant. I just had to buy Miscanthus ‘Africa’. There were Verbena Bonariensis growing through the grass and they looked so lovely I just had to get one of them too..

The Dahlias were beautiful too.


I also chose Phlox paniculata ‘Jade’. No flowers on this plant but high hopes for it next year. Couldn’t resist Rudbeckia Herbstonne, beautiful yellow flowers and very tall.

..and a sweet Summerina ‘Orange’. It’s a 2 foot, new hardy and perennial hybrid (Rudbeckia x Echinacea) The label states….Large red centered orange flowers that individually last for months. Exceptionally good for sun, reasonably well drained.

…and that’s about it. I could have stuffed the car full of plants but really showed restraint…lol
I have planted the grasses, including the Miscanthus ‘Gold Bar’ and a pony tail grass I already had, in the front garden in the raised pebble border. I can’t wait to see how they look next year. The rest I will plant in the back garden borders at the weekend.
The mist cleared from here at lunch time and the sun came out and it’s been a glorious day again. What a great day I’ve had…. :o)

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How great is that. You've had a lovely day, bought super new plants and enjoyed the sunshine. Perfect day.

1 Oct, 2015

 

Wonderful blog Homebird love the plants you chose to buy lol I was waiting for you to say you had to have all of them 😄

1 Oct, 2015

 

Ha, Ha 3d, we haven't come up on the lottery....lol.
Dawn it's been a great day...;o)

1 Oct, 2015

amy
Amy
 

A smashing selection Sheila , you can't beat a good day out buying plants ,that looks to be a wonderful nursery for grasses , now all you have to do is plan where you're going to plant them ,lets hope this brilliant sunshine stays with us a little longer :o)

1 Oct, 2015

 

I do hope so Amy. I don't mind the dense mist every morning, when the sun burns through and we get lovely warm sunshine for the rest of the day.

1 Oct, 2015

 

Wow! This is my kind of nursery and garden. Looks great Homebird.

1 Oct, 2015

amy
Amy
 

I thought it looked like Adrian Blooms garden at Foggy Bottom Bressingham Sheila , taken over sometime ago by Wye Vale , its nothing like as good as it was when he and his dad had it previously it was a proper nursery then now its all about money its like a super store & plants are far to expensive as well .. ...

1 Oct, 2015

 

Lovely blog Homebird . . . like Amy, I thought at first that it might have been Bressingham. Glad you warned us, Amy - I had no idea! - terrible news that that gorgeous garden and nursery is now a Wyevale :(((

1 Oct, 2015

 

This garden is tiny when compared to Bressingham. That is a garden we really must visit. I've watched the video tour of Foggy Bottom, it's fabulous. I'm assuming the gardens are still as good?

2 Oct, 2015

amy
Amy
 

yes they still have the gardens Sheila you must go the next time you are in Norfolk ... also if you are anywhere near Norwich visit 'Urban Jungle' I could give you a list LOL ...

2 Oct, 2015

 

Good point, Sheila, of course the gardens at Bressingham will always be worth visiting. (I was being snobby about Wyevale because our local one is not good!)

2 Oct, 2015

amy
Amy
 

I agree with you about large complexes like Wyevale Sheila ,Something is lost when a garden center becomes almost like a big shop full of furniture and gifts it will soon become impossible to find anything garden related as they are taken over with Christmas trees,decorations etc.. I still look out for the smaller plant friendly nurseries ....

2 Oct, 2015

 

Andrew Ward is a brilliant speaker too, he has been a guest speaker at our HPS group on a few occasions. he always brings a wonderful range of plants for sale. All reasonably priced and good doers too.
glad you had a good day out.

2 Oct, 2015

 

My idea of a perfect day out!
I like that Rudbeckia Summerina, Hb, & the phlox too.
I like the swirling October morning mists, they often herald a nice day.

Shame about Foggy Bottom, once they get taken over by the big nationals they lose the plantmans personal touch & expertise as well as being so expense.

I must have bought 100's of plants down the years at a really good one in Garboldisham, the carpark was always full - is it still there, Amy?

2 Oct, 2015

 

What a beautiful place! You must have been in seventh heaven!

2 Oct, 2015

amy
Amy
 

That is one we have missed Gf its on the road between Diss -Thetford we don't often go that way but will look out for it the next time we do thanks for the info. its always nice to know of any recommended nursery ....

3 Oct, 2015

 

I forgot to mention that T went to choose the Verbena and I didn't look in the pot, just saw the tall flowers and Andrew pointed out that the Verbena was a self set and T had actually picked up a pot of phlox with a good strong Verbena plant in it. Two for the price of one! He even labelled it for me.
Sbg. He's a very approachable fellow isn't he. He advised me to collect the seed from the Verbena and to sprinkle them wherever I wanted a clump in the borders. He even showed me what the seed looked like. It's a pity the garden isn't signposted from the A1 junction. A walled garden that has been closed for yonks is further up the A1. As we found to our dismay after we had followed the signs for ages...😯

3 Oct, 2015

 

What a lovely place Homebird ! How could you resist buying many many plants ! What colour was the Miscanthus Africa and you never said, but did you get your Helenium ?

3 Oct, 2015

 

The borders look very colourful and very full!!
We visited Beth Chatto's garden and nursery today and I showed great restraint.Just purchased two plants.No grasses as I've bought a lot of them over thee past few months and my new borders are fairly full of them!!
I like the look of that Miscanthus, though!

3 Oct, 2015

 

Rose I thought I'd added a photo of it but that's a Miscanthus 'Africa' in the third photo. Mine is very much smaller than that mature clump but has the same fiery colours. I love it. Oh! Yes I got the Helenium. We actually got the last one in the nursery. How lucky was that?

I've yet to get to see Beth Chatto's garden Paul. Next year I am going to try and plan our route. T did it this year and he planned our tour really well and included lots of lovely gardens and sites down south. We did miss some lovely ones though, some by only a few miles.

5 Oct, 2015

 

My goodness you were lucky to find a nursery and a lovely garden and not too far!!
I like your choice of plants, we grow Herbstonne it is a smashing plant and tops 6ft most years...and flowers for ages...

13 Oct, 2015

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