Today we visited Six Acres, a nearby nursery. It is a good example of a gardener’s garden centre, with limited sundries but a decent supply of composts and landscaping materials and an excellent variety of plants. We had a little bit of money and some garden vouchers from Christmas so splashed out on a number of plants to add to our back garden.
We’ve got a bed near the house, just outside the kitchen window which presently has a ‘came with the house’ (ie. unidentified) clematis and might see a regrowth of the antirrhinums we had planted there last year. To that, we are going to add Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’, a winter-flowering honeysuckle, to climb up the same trellis. We will enhance that with Sarcococca hookeriana ‘Humulis’, a low plant that has tiny winter flowers but a gorgeous winter scent.
Futher down in the garden, visible from our dining table, we’re going to put in Jasminum nudiflorum, the winter flowering jasmine. That will add a touch of colour (yellow flowers) where presently we have a wall with the stalks of last autumn’s virginia creeper display and should sit as a background green for the rest of the year.
Finally, we’ve got the space beyond the polytunnel. For that we’ve picked a plum tree on a dwarfing root stock (Prunus domestica ‘Czar’) and a couple of blackcurrants (Ribes nigrum ‘Ben Sarek’ and ‘Ebony’). We thought we’d just picked ‘Ben Sarek’, which is a large fruiting variety, but it turns out one the plants that caught our eye was an example of ‘Ebony’ instead. That’s not a problem as it is the exact same pairing we had in Oxford although it does mean a bit of extra book keeping as we keep track of harvests.
Today we’ve positioned the pots round the garden and, with a free day tomorrow, I think we’ll be out putting them in (during the morning, wet afternoon forecast).