We celebrate the fact that BBC Gardeners World has just done a feature on one of our sister National Collections of hardy Chrysanthemums at Hill Close Gardens in Warwick. This will be shown in March 2017, we stock most of the Chrysanths they have. We re-open on the first of March.
Welcome to those of you who have found out about us through the early October issue of Country Life, we were delighted with the feature on us. Also welcome to those that saw us in the September / October issue of the Landscape Magazine.
We specialise in rare and unusual herbaceous perennials as well as Cottage Garden Plants, Woodland plants, shade lovers, hardy Chrysanthemums, hardy Geraniums, Hemerocallis, choice bulbs and Grasses. All are grown in our inspirational gardens which are free to look around (except special charity days, when a small fee is payable) whenever the nursery is open. We have the dispersed National collection of Hardy Chrysanthemums and hold over 140 varieties.
Norwell Nurseries and Gardens have again been invited into the highly prestigious Gardens to Visit in 2017 book and website. We are the only gardens featured in Nottinghamshire.
Monday 06 February 2017 at 08:47
I guess many gardeners are obsessed with the weather, I certainly am with the BBC weather being recorded nightly and numerous weather apps so I can select the one that promises the best for the day ahead! Norwell has had an average winter so far, some cold snaps with minus 8 in late November and early December, a dry interlude during most of January and then saturated soil late Jan. Unremarkable really and so far not a flake of snow spotted here. We hope that most plants will think it unremarkable too. In our family this month was always known as 'February Fill Dyke' so you can't expect it to remain dry long, but March as 'Road Mender' when historically, after a long winter, workmen could finally get out and do something about the unmetalled roads as they had dried out enough to start repairing.
Thus, we look forward to March, but let us not forget the gardening pleasures of February Iris reticulata are out, the dark purple ones such as George have a splash of golden yellow on the falls which make it stand out. They look great standing sentinel next to some of the myriad of Snowdrops varieties available now, their nodding, often scented, crystaline white flowers, along with Aconites, really are the herald of the new gardening year. Associated with Helleborous hybridus types under the canopy of deciduous trees and you really can't go wrong.
Until 15 years ago I had had a hate hate relationship with winter flowering Clematis, finding them miffy and shy to flower, then I was given Clematis napaulensis, it climbed to our eves in two years, drips with vanilla, and lime flowers which are made showy by their dark red stamens and it does this in January to March, followed in summer by typical silvery hairy seed heads. Until recently I have had very few to sell but this year a bumper crop of seedlings are now at a sellable size to flower next winter. Ours is visible through chinks in the bedroom curtains and the flowers drip from the branches like bunches of grapes and give an impetuous to get up on an unremarkable February day!
Dr Andrew Ward
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