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What a weekend!


By naoto


On Friday 1st Feb, I visited RD Plants in Axminster. My landlord (and friend) have his Network Gold Card (annual season ticket) so He and I could travel “free” inside of the area South West Trains covers.

They have massive of helleborus and unique plants! Shame that they don’t do mail orders….

The prices for hellebours were quite reasonable – though they didn’t seem keen on breeding new colours of hybrids (while Ashwood Nurseries do), but they had some beautiful “anemone-centred” helleborus. I had to miss to buy helleborus this time because I’ve already plent of helleborus in my garden. :-(

Instead, I purchased a yellow snowdrop (I think G.nivalis Sandersii) and a bearded iris (called "Indian Pow Wow), a double-flowered Japanese hepatica (Shunrin) and a pulsatilla (Budapest).

For those who are interested in what RD plants look like, here it is! (please cut & paste the following URL to see)

Then the next day – 2nd Feb. I went to Anglesey Abbey in Cambridge in order to see snowdrops.

According to their staff, 60% of snowdrops in the garden had been blooming by the time I was there. Probably the next weekend would be the best time to visit, FYI. Yet again, I bought a couple of named snowdrops in their plant centre!

If you’re interested to see how the snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey were, here it is (please cut & paste the following URL, again). Enjoy!


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Wow what fabulous plants, I have been to Anglesey abbey, it's one of my favourite places.

3 Feb, 2013


hi stiki pardon my ignorance but where is anglesey abbey i guess it wont be the place that springs to my mind?xxxsteve

4 Feb, 2013


please ignore my comment i read blog again and found the answer i am a silly billyxxxsteve

4 Feb, 2013


Don't worry! It's not exactly where you would expect it to be is it? There is a primary school called Anglesey in the middle of Birmingham too, a bit confusing I think!

4 Feb, 2013


Thanks! It was a nice place to visit - I'd like to go back there in spring!

Glad you've found the answer :-) Probably the best time to see the snowdrops there would be this weekend.....

4 Feb, 2013


I`d have to come away with a present for myself as well,
it does look a smashing place to visit, thankyou for sharing yours..........

4 Feb, 2013


That 2nd snowdrop with the green centre, amazing!

4 Feb, 2013


It's a lovely place all year naoto, did you see the white birches?

4 Feb, 2013


Yes, I'd highly recommend you visit there! Visiting there in winter is good for snowdrops but I think the best time to go there would be in spring or early summer.....

It's called "Ailwyn"

YES! I think that area was the best part of the garden.....

5 Feb, 2013


my favourite too!!!

i got a small yellow hellebore from there a few years ago ~ now it has about 8 flowers on!

5 Feb, 2013

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