Nursery Newsletter June 2019
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Nursery Newsletter June 2019

It's raining!!!  Thank goodness.

To quote the Environment Agency: "The cumulative rainfall for the past 12 months has been the fourth lowest for East Anglia since records began in 1910".  So we are just enjoying the novelty of feeling slightly damp.

Less time spent watering means more time for propagating, and we have lots of lovely new things coming on this year... see below.

We do hope you can come and visit us, whatever the weather.

All best wishes,
Tim Fuller

Mid-Summer Grasses

Deschampsia cespitosa

(Tufted Hair Grass)  A native grass that prefers a damper site, but is tough enough to grow most places that don't dry out completely.  Showy fountains of flowers are held way above the neat tussock of (normally) evergreen leaves. 

The different cultivars vary in height and flower colour.  Flower stems can be 60 to 120cm in height, and may be bright golden to deep shimmering bronze. 
There is also a viviparous form!

Stipa gigantea AGM

(Golden Oats A much-loved grass, with huge golden panicles of flowers in mid summer.  As well as the normal type, we also grow the cultivars 'Gold Fontaene' and 'Pixie'

'Gold Fontaene' AGM is just huge - with flower stems reaching 2.4 metres.  'Pixie', as you would expect, is dwarf at about 1.2m.

Beard-Less Irises!

Iris 'Berlin Tiger' AGM
A hybrid of our native Yellow Flag Iris (I.pseudacorus), this tough plant can grow anywhere from ordinary to wet soil.

Iris 'Holden Clough' AGM
Another hybrid of the Yellow Flag Iris, the flowers on this form are heavily veined with purple-brown.  Suitable for marginal planting where it is a vigorous grower!

Iris koreana
We have been charmed by this species with it's simple clear yellow flowers that have been glowing in the recent rainy weather.  We appear to be the only suppliers of this plant, so we hope it becomes more widely grown in the future.


New things on the nursery:
Silybum marianum white
Silybum marianum
white form

A white flowered form of the milk thistle, with it's beautiful marbled foliage.  We were intrigued to see honey bees seemingly 'feeding' from the leaves in the spring - do they exude a sweet sap?

Silybum marianum white
Dahlia merckii
Dahlia merckii

This species Dahlia has lots of single pink flowers on a plant that we find only gets to about 1.2m.  Much more dainty in appearance than the hybrids, this is easy to mix into a more naturalistic border.

Dahlia merckii
Lunaria 'Corfu Blue'
'Corfu Blue' AGM

A very different form of Honesty.  Unlike the normal biennial, this plant is most definitely perennial.  It is also a gorgeous soft blue that is easy to mix into an early summer planting.

Lunaria 'Corfu Blue'
Euonymus fortunei 'Wolong Ghost'
'Wolong Ghost' AGM

A wild collected form of the evergreen Euonymus fortunei, with striking silver veining on narrow leaves.  We have it growing as a self-clinging climber up a shady wall.

Euonymus 'Wolong Ghost'
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