A few miles away up the West Somerset Coast, along narrow lanes, is a small Nursery. It’s ‘appointment only’ for buying, or mail order, or occasionally, as happened this weekend, the owner runs an ‘Open Weekend’ for invited guests. You are made very welcome with mulled wine and cake – and personal service if your eye falls on a particular plant.
That’s where I got tempted when I went to buy my Correa last month – and guess what – I didn’t come away empty handed this time!
Remember my Coprosma ‘Karo Red’ ?
Well, I fell for another one called ‘Evening Glow’ – I hope you can see why!
Isn’t that just beautiful! Ro, the Nursery owner, told me that the leaves will gradually grow more red with colder weather, but it is an evergreen and hardy in our area. Oh dear – I spotted two other varieties!
This one is C. ’Beatson’s Gold’. I wasn’t so keen on the other type, so I managed to turn my back on it – only to see the exact same Hebe I had bought at a large Garden Centre for the centrepiece of my tub!
As a great plantswoman, Ro really knows her plants, and labels every one with its name and conditions required – so now I know that it’s a Hebe recurvea.
That of course is the difference between shopping at a real Nursery or at a Garden Centre where you may or may not find someone who knows plants and what conditions they need.
Hooray for temptation and a chat with a knowledgeable plantswoman, not a touch of glitter or loud music about – just great healthy plants and the joy of buying something beautiful for my garden.
- 1 Dec, 2007
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