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Thursday 11th May 2017
25th Anniversary Year
Firstly I would like to say a big
thank you for all the many kind comments, this being our last year of
the nursery open to the public.
We are now in to our second week of opening and what a start it has been. With the spring weather being so kind the plants have grown very well and I don't think we have had so many herbaceous perennials out so early on the nursery.
The Shrubs have a glowing fresh look too bringing lovely colour to the garden and on the nursery we have approximately 108 different varieties.
Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb'
Carex elata aurea
Melica uniflora 'Albida' and Euphorbia 'Fens Ruby'
I love this combination! The melica is so delicate and the one grass I am happy to see seed. The euphorbia is a bit of a thug in heavy soil but here it spreads gently along a gravel edge. The combination is soft and zingy.
25th Anniversary of
2017 marks the 25th anniversary of
Hoecroft Plants at Severals Grange. It is hard to believe that 25 years
ago the present nursery site was just a bare field with nothing except
brambles and nettles to look at.
Of course it was a challenge but a very enjoyable one and that feeling has never diminished over the 25 years.
The gardens have really matured beautifully and given both myself and my team great pleasure but more importantly they have inspired many of our customers and even changed some peoples minds about grasses!
This of course opens the door for
other opportunities and the time spent watering and weeding pots of
plants can be transferred to other passions and projects.
All these differing parts of the garden have served to inspire customers and help them solve problems in their own gardens.
In later years we have provided
designs and plans for many customers. Using the garden and its plants as
an example of what can be created in larger and smaller forms. This is
an area we relish and will continue to develop in the future.
delighted to be featuring Julia Rafferty on Brenda's
blog page with her lovely camera skills
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Artemisia 'Lambrook Silver'
Acanthus spinosa 'Hollards Gold'
Spring grasses come into their own at this time of year and are so lovely to see.
Luzula sylvatica 'marginata'
Two of the giants of the garden. Both stunning plants
The immerging leaf and flower.
Hoecroft was originally owned by a family friend,Nigel Taylor a leading authority on ornamental grasses in the country. The nursery originally started out in Norfolk and then Nigel moved to the west country where he later made the decision to sell up. It was Mums idea to take it over and Severals was the ideal location.
The early years were very much focused on a mail order service but as
the nursery grew in both size and reputation, more and more customers
wanted to visit.
It was obvious from the start that introducing grasses into the garden was for some people going to be a strange thing to do. So it became clear that developing the gardens around the nursery to demonstrate how this could be done was key to the future of the nursery.
In 2012 to celebrate twenty
years of the nursery here at Severals we developed a new area beyond the
shelter belt trees. The planting in this area was of grasses and
perennials only and in much bigger swathes.