I can’t remember why I was attracted to follow Summerfield Nursery on Twitter but perhaps it had something to do with the fact that it sells hardy perennials. In any case, on Sunday they tweeted that they were open and with it being beautifully sunny in our part of the world, I decided a trip out to York would be the perfect spontaneous day out.
Actually, the heavens did open while we were browsing round the plants. That did not, however, dampen my enthusiasm and I was ever so pleased that my daughter engaged in the activity of selecting a range of plants.
We were ostensibly looking for plants to grace the front garden. In an ideal world, I would like it to be a place of beauty, rather than the hotch-potch of overgrowth that it is at present. The Red Campion is taking over everything else and I don’t want it to smother the other plants I value, such as the hellebores which went in at the start of the year. I’d also simply like to arrive home to something that makes me smile.
One of the plants I bought was a kniphofia. I do not know if it will be good for wildlife but I couldn’t resist its fiery spikes.
I also couldn’t resist buying plants for the back garden. This included a cardoon, which probably needs more sunshine than the front garden could afford it.
I’d been inspired to get one after seeing a post on WordPress by Lass leben! My globe artichoke is struggling to survive, possibly because it doesn’t get enough sun. It needs to be moved to new quarters but in case it doesn’t survive the move, I now have the cardoon to provide beautiful flowers towards the end of the summer.