As it was my birthday today, as well as being Mothers Day, and its too early in the year for garden visiting, we decided to go to Ashwood Nurseries in Kingswinford. They are specialist breeders of Hellebores and I had been recommended them by several people. Plus they have a tea room!
It was very busy when we got there, lots of people in the tea room and we had to wait for a table but the food was very good.
The nursery stocks a wide range of plants – there was a wide range of trees, conifers (which I have an apathy for), shrubs and roses as well as the Hellebores, spring bulbs, perennials and plug plant bedding plants. The range of Hellebores was amazing as was the price for some of them. I saw a beautiful double white one but it was £20 and I just cant justify spending that much on one plant! However, I gave in to temptation and bought a gorgeous yellow Hybrid (see photo) as well as one with silvery variegated leaves. I find myself becoming more and more interested in the foliage rather than the flowers.
Also in my shopping trolley were two Ranunculus Brazen Husseys – dark burgandy leaves with yellow flowers breed by Christopher Lloyd (my hero), a Mahonia (been looking for one for a while) and some Geranium plug plants. I havent bought plug plants before so thought I would give them a go – 12 for £3 is bad!! I also bought 2 gorgeous blue enamel patio pots (justified one as it was half price!) and my parents bought be a Sacred Bamboo, which I have coveted since having seen them on the programme about Kew.
So thats my serious plant buying over now for a while – well at least until the Malvern Spring Show in May (its walking distance from my house!!)