The Plant Specialist – nursery review

A lovely discovery in Great Missenden

One of the truly great things about working in the community is the places you discover by accident. The Plant Specialist nursery is one of those places. Close to home, yet a world apart.

This is definitely a nursery. A nursery where you can see many of the plants in a gorgeous garden setting, then buy them. I had to limit myself to just one plant – for today.

I loved being told in no uncertain terms by the staff to stop looking at the nursery plants and to go and sit in the garden and enjoy it. We had in fact already spent an hour doing just that, so we continued to look, make notes and covet all the plants we don’t have room for. My Mum is considering making a new flowerbed just so that she can buy more delicious plants from this enchanting nursery.

The plant I bought? Centaura Atropurpurea.  Described as caviar for bees. Looks slightly sad at the moment, but we shall see!20180612_164434


Snowdrops and Cyclamen

It;s been a harsh but not lonely winter here in Buckinghamshire.  A good year for snowdrops, Sweet box and a weird lone cyclamen that has been flowering since before Christmas.

Ours is a town seemingly full of Gardeners, with a hugely active ‘Britain in Bloom’ group and amateur gardens that open under the National Garden scheme, allotments and ordinary urban gardens like my own. Bucks (the short form is what is mainly used) also has many therapeutic gardening groups from larger enterprises such as  Lindengate and Mares down to allotments run by the local Mental Health service.

My garden is on top of a hill, I have a tiny front garden and a back garden that is about 50 feet square. My Mum’s garden is in the old town, down in the valley. She is a very active gardener, but would hate me to tell you her age – but lets just say I hope to have a

Sweet Box Sarcococca Confusa 

tenth of her energy when I catch up with her!

I am a lady of a certain age who has gardened for about thirty years,  not in any way a great gardener, but I can follow advice from Gardener’s World as well as anyone and would love to share  photos and experience