Just after I’d posted last Saturday’s six, I loaded up the car with crocheted cacti and assorted other crafteries and took Sue down to Lanreath Church where she was partaking in a craft fair. With about four hours at my disposal before I had to collect her, I went across to Lockengate to visit one of my favourite nurseries, Treseders.
Treseders had a long and distinguished history, in Britain and Australia, as nurserymen, before closing down completely when their Truro nursery closed way back when. James Treseder has revived the tradition and runs a small nursery that is about as close to what I would have done myself had life followed a different path as it is possible to get. An interesting, eclectic mix of plants, well grown and reasonably priced. Some real rarities, some common crowd pleasers, lots and lots of well chosen, good garden plants that mainly don’t make it into the garden centres or supermarkets.
There’ll be a nursery a bit like it somewhere near you and I hope you know of it or them and make a point of giving them at least a bit of your plant purchasing budget from time to time.
I mainly went there to ask him if he ever did talks to garden clubs but needless to say I had a good look round and came away with a few things. I had intended to do six evergreen plants this week, I’ve taken the pictures already, but they’re going to be there all winter so I’ve decided to feature six of the seven plants I bought instead.
Fuchsia hemsleyana ‘Silver Linings’. This actually has a collection number of BSWJ10478, not that it’s on the label with the plant. It was collected by Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones of Crûg Farm Plants in Costa Rica in 2004 and put into volume production by Seiont Nurseries, a wholesale liner producer. Their catalogue is a good place to look if you want to know what’s going to be in the garden centres next year.
Both Crûg and Seiont list the Fuchsia as ‘Silver Lining’ but the colour tag has been printed as ‘Linings’. I would expect it to be completely hardy in Cornwall but it will be interesting to see if it comes through the winter as well as F. microphylla, which often doesn’t drop a leaf or stop flowering.
Lorapetalum chinensis ‘Firedance’. I’ve grown this as a nursery plant but never in my garden, so I have a limited amount of experience on its hardiness. Some poor sod was given the task of writing the text that was to be printed on its plastic colour label and predictably they’ve produced something confusing. I couldn’t have done much better; hardiness is the most elusive of qualities to pin down. I plan to grow it in a pot, in full sun, keep the nutrient level fairly low, then overwinter it tucked against the front wall of the house. Even then, I might lose my nerve and bring it under cover if we get a serious freeze, though they’re getting rare.
Blechnum wattsii. This is kind of cheating, because I wrote about this fern in a blog about ferns that I did a couple of days ago. James had a corner of his tunnel given over to ferns and the temptation levels went off the scale. Digressing, it’s interesting to see the range of ferns in the Seiont catalogue, they must be in vogue somewhat as the choice is steadily increasing.
Blechnum brasiliense ‘Volcano’. Yet another border line hardy plant. I’ve had Blechnum tabulare growing outdoors in a pot for several years and I’m guessing this will be of similar hardiness. With ferns in pots its always possible to shove them under the bamboo or a camellia when frost threatens. They aren’t bothered by winter wet or the combination of cold and wet, like succulents or Salvias say. This variety is in Seiont’s fern list, unlike some of the other stuff he had, I wonder where he gets them from.
Strawberry F1 Summer Breeze Rose. What caught my eye was the extraordinary colour of the flowers on a dull mid November day. More or less continuous flower, fruits over several months, apparently all but evergreen but still squeezing out some autumn colour. You expect me to walk away and leave the damn plant there? The only thing I find hard to explain is that I only bought one.
Begonia ‘Connie Boswell’. I seem to be getting a bit of a thing about Begonias. I was given a leaf of B. sizemoriae a couple of weeks back and have been trying to propagate it from leaf cuttings. It looks like a failure. I looked the species up online and found it was in Dibley’s catalogue. Fabulous plant, I shall have to get one. So too is B. ‘Connie Boswell’; in their catalogue, that is; I don’t know if it’s fabulous yet. What caught my attention though was the advice they give that all the cane type begonias grow well outdoors in summer, something I have discovered myself. I’m certainly planning on using them a lot more; it’s where ‘Connie Boswell’ will end up.
And that is my six for this week. Six more additions to my overcrowded garden. I’m now going to sort out my wants from the Alpine Garden Society seed list which went live online at midnight. There was a time bad weather would have deterred me from nursery visiting and saved me money, now it keeps me indoors where online buying is all too easy and tempting. Getting your gardening fix from the comfort of your living room is what six on Saturday is all about at this time of year, links in the usual place.