A Visit to Cotswold Garden Flowers

There is nothing nicer on a sunny warm Saturday than visiting an excellent nursery especially when you are accompanied by a very knowledgeable plantsperson as I was with the company of Rob Stacewicz today.  We decided on a whim about a week away when chatting on twitter to visit Cotswold Garden Flowers this weekend.

For those of you who don’t know the owner of this nursery, Bob Brown, has a huge reputation in the UK as a plantsman who introduces new plants and is incredibly knowledgeable.  The nursery rarely disappoints and I particularly like the way you can see most of the plants growing in the stock beds.  At the top of each bed is a list of the plants in it in order going away from you; as long as you can already identify one or two it isn’t that hard to work out which plant is which.  Then there are 7 polytunnels to explore for plants to buy as well as outside sales area.

The other thing I like about the nursery are the quirky labels.  If you look at the catalogue on line or in print you will see Bob’s personal opinion on most plants and many of these are repeats on the labels.  Things like ‘So whats not to like’ which do make you smile – and surprisingly buy the plant!!

I think I was quite restrained in my purchases.  I could have spent loads but I know that firstly I couldn’t afford it and secondly I needed to have somewhere to plant the plants.  Also as its only just under a pleasant hours drive from my house I can always go back for more!  So what goodies crept into my car.  Well a Crocosmia ‘Hellfire’ which is a dark red and much darker and richer than Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ – when it flowers I will post a picture.  Also Saxifraga ‘Silver Velvet’, Geranium ‘Salome’, Allium sikkimense, and Pileostegia  Viburnoides.  I wouldn’t normally  buy geraniums as I have  so many already but the colouring of the flower (see below) just  won me over.

We then went on to have a niceish lunch at the Fleece Inn before a visit to Hidcote Gardens which was also good.  So a good day was had by both of us.


15 Comments Add yours

  1. I wish we had gardens like this that were that lovely to visit with an expert plantsman. I like your choice of geranium…too lovely a flower to leave and not bring home.

  2. debsgarden says:

    I always have problems with restraint when I visit a great nursery! You are fortunate to have such a fantastic nursery, and to visit with an expert plantsman must have been so enlightening, as well as inspirational and fun. I like that you can see the plants as they are being grown, and I would be completely charmed by the tags, which wouldn’t help my problem with restraint a bit.

  3. penelopesh says:

    Sounds like a wonderful day. Ten years ago I would have shown no restranit buying at a specialist nursery – sadly you don’t find such nurseries nearby where we live. And the odd gem that is in our local nursery cost so much money. I’ll look forward to your jpgs. I grew G. Salome at our Sussex garden – the one thing I love about so many of the geranium is the remarkable veining on the flowers.

  4. I am trying (very, very hard) not to buy plants on a whim. Figuring out where it might actually go (and failing) usually helps. But I suspect I would have forgotten all that sensible stuff and just grabbed that geranium too. A beauty. Smashing nursery. D

    1. Yvonne Ryan says:

      Yvonne – NZ – Whims are hard to resist!! And also if the plant says desperately “Buy Me!! Buy Me!!!”

  5. It’s a beautiful nursery. It is rare we get to see plants growing in stock beds like these in this country (at least in my area). Sounds like you got some good buys and was wise in your decision making process.

    I was wondering as I strolled thru your blog if you were getting a lot of visitors in your area due to the Olympics? I’ve been to London only once and seem to remember traffic gridlock to the max. It must be a madhouse now. It’s nice you have a garden to sojourn to.

  6. Jean says:

    Helen, I love nurseries where plants are actually growing in the ground, instead of just in pots! I would have come home with that geranium, too. It’s beautiful; who could resist??

  7. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Yvonne – NZ – MMMMM – Not easy to restrain yourself when you are a ‘plantaholic’!!!!! Wasn’t the Games Opening great – and Mr Bond’s new girl – wasn’t she lovely!!!!

  8. Mark and Gaz says:

    Glad to hear you guys had a fantastic time, and you got the lovely weather too! Wish we were able to go but carried on working here all weekend. Hopefully next time we can go with you guys 🙂

  9. hillwards says:

    Lovely geranium (and others on your very restrained purchase list!). Must visit this nursery one day, look definitely worth a day-trip.

  10. James Golden says:

    Looks like a wonderful nursery. But I suffer from that plant disease of having to buy on whim, so I try not to visit nurseries without a firm idea of what I’m looking for. I did get lucky this weekend and found a Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’.

  11. Julieanne says:

    Enjoyed your blog & visit to CGF. I’ve been thinking about visiting CGF for a while, and you have rather convinced me. Maybe I should leave the credit card at home though….

  12. Anna says:

    Oh what bliss Helen. Have left himself in the camper van a few times now and have wondered round CGF, losing all track of time to the extent that search parties have been about to be launched. ‘Salome’ is a great geranium – not only does she have striking flowers but the foliage is really attractive in spring.

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