Wednesday, 8 July 2009


Something quite special this week. One of my favourite gardens is at Hill House Nursery in Devon. Much of the attraction for me is that it feels like a family garden - it's not very big, but it's great for plantlovers, while the greenhouses combine working space for propagation with a wonderful collection of stock plants, some of them truly exotic. It's a proper working nursery, too, run by people who know about plants. It's no good me going there to shop, everything is much too tender for Northumberland, but I love to wander around the garden and greenhouses with a camera, before visiting the tearoom, but my mother sometimes does quite well out of a visit, if I find something utterly irresistible.

I thought this passion flower (Passiflora x caponii 'John Innes') truly lovely, and was intrigued to discover later that there is a story attached to it.

The embothrium at the back of this bed is the offspring of one in my mother's garden nearby. There's quite quite a long history of two-way traffic between the two gardens. If you look hard you can see its cousins in this view from my bedroom window:

The hydrangea walk is a recent addition at Hill House. I want this one!

And this is just glorious! A deutzia, I think, but I don't know which variety.


elizabethm said...

Ah yes I have been there when visiting my parents in Devon and just like you need to resist the siren call as north wales also too cold for much that I love. Fab nursery though.

GeraniumCat said...

It's hard, isn't it! Do you have good nurseries where you live? We have one excellent one, which we'll visit during the summer, I'm sure, though we must dig a new bed before we buy any plants.