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A Trip to Crug Farm Nursery

By Ozhene @papaver

Have I mentioned I have recently been to North Wales? I generally visit this part of the country at least once a year, often more than that. Being a creature of habit I tend to be in the same corner of Wales, sometimes a mile or two this way or that, but generally I am not going to be too far from my usual haunts. This delightfully means I am within easy driving distance to Crug Farm Nursery. I do not visit every time I am near much as I would love to, but when I know I am going to have space in my car then it is a must-do visit.

A trip to Crug Farm Nursery

Before I get to the nursery, a wander around the garden is a must. Despite this weird year for weather there was still colour to see but as (if not more) importantly, shape and form to admire.

A trip to Crug Farm Nursery

The garden is informal woodland style and as you wind through the paths there are moments to make you stop and admire at every turn.

A trip to Crug Farm Nursery

Plants you stand in front of and murmur 'one day I will grow this'.

A trip to Crug Farm Nursery

I do not grow enough rhododendrons, this a fact I cannot escape from when I am in front of them.

A trip to Crug Farm Nursery

Nor do I grow enough hydrangeas, look at how the butterflies are loving this one (I really need the name of this one please, I have to get one).

A trip to Crug Farm Nursery

and look at the size of it!

A trip to Crug Farm Nursery

When not looking up, I was looking down, this is a garden to focus on.

A trip to Crug Farm Nursery

It all hangs together beautifully.

A trip to Crug Farm Nursery

and here and there can be found moments to stand and enjoy. Isn't this old shed door rather wonderful?

A trip to Crug Farm Nursery

But the plants are the thing. I first saw/heard of Tetrapanax papyrifer Rex at Crug many years ago, I marvelled at the size of it and the wonderful shape and texture of the leaves. It is a moment of pilgrimage to stand in front of it whenever I return and this year instead of the usual murmur of 'one day I shall grow this', I whispered 'there is one of you in my garden now'. I bought one earlier this year and I admit to hoping that it gets this big (though the neighbours might grumble......)

but did you buy a plant I hear you ask?

A trip to Crug Farm Nursery

As if I wouldn't? I was very restrained and only bought one plant and it is this: Tigridia orthantha 'Red Hot Tiger'; which frankly is worth growing for the name alone, but what a stunning flower it is. It is going to overwinter in the greenhouse.

Did I mention I go when I have room in my car? Well this year I went to buy the plant and then filled the car up with plates.

A trip to Crug Farm Nursery

but that, as they say, is a whole other story ......

#happysigh.


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