I have the willpower of a maggot. It is known. So when I found myself over by the Yorkshire coast for a family wedding, it was only natural that I should also, mystically, find myself over by an amazing nursery. Sigh.
And it is a truth universally acknowledged that an addicted gardener in possession of a credit card must be in want of a whole heap of new plants. Oh yes it is.
This is a proper nursery. It’s not an alleged garden centre, giving as much importance to clothing and cards as it does to plants. No, this is a place where plants come first, second, third, fourth … well, you get the picture. They do sell compost (their own is great), pots and things like fertiliser, but – compared to the area devoted to plants – only a small amount. That’s still quite a lot because this place is vast.
This, for instance, is the perennial field. Field.
And the glasshouses. Wow, the glasshouses. When I was there this time they were full of plants growing on,
trays of ferns and cyclamen.
Then, when you’ve abandoned your attempt to fit everything in a basket, gone back to the entrance and found a wheelbarrow and transferred your selection, there are the bigger plants by the main glasshouses. Sigh.
Note the price on these Melianthus majors. Yup, that’s right. I bought four (they weren’t all for me, I add hastily). The Heucheras were horrible, so I only bought two.
Oh, all right, no they weren’t, they were lovely. One – Black Pearl – was a gift, a thank you to a fellow gardener for keeping an eye on my toms while I was gallivanting around North Yorkshire in what passed for a posh frock. The other, Raspberry Jam, was for me.
So what did I end up with? First visit: two sages, two ceratostigmas, a tray of white cyclamen, one bigger white cyclamen, a lithospermum ‘heavenly blue’.
Second visit was Sempervivum territory: S. Jovibarba allionii, S. calcareum, S. tectorum ‘rubin’, S. ruby hearts and what I suspect (no label) is S. green wheel. I do like Sempervivums. You may have gathered this. The third (and final – I was on my way home) visit saw the purchasing of the Melianthuses (Melianthi?) and Heucheras. And this, gifts removed, was my final haul:
Now, you do have to pick your plants here. You have to make sure they’re not rootbound or surrounded by interesting mosses and liverworts. These are not cossetted plants but, possibly as a consequence, they tend to survive. Total expenditure? Twenty-five quid. I’ve been coming here, on and off, for years, and I think this is the most I’ve ever spent.
Reighton Nurseries, Hunmanby, YO14 9RT.