Derry's nursery and garden are open to the public--do click on Special Plants Website to see what the hours are--and you can even sample some of the plants you'll see in this posting sold at her nursery and also mail order as seed from her seed company.
|Coronilla glauca 'Citrina'|
The pictures you see here were taken over a period of several days in mid April when we visited and toured the West country. Derry's is a wonderful year around garden, however, with extraordinary design (she was helped in that department by her husband who is an eminent Architect). Their home is as gorgeous as the garden--lovingly restored outside and thoroughly modern inside!
|Corydalis sp. ign.|
|Caltha palustris var alba|
|We'll get a closer look at the Clianthus shortly...|
|I'd heard there was a blue Lathyrus vernus, but this was the first time I'd seen it!|
|Even veggies tucked in here and there!|
An iconic view: come to think of it, there are iconic views all over this wonderful garden!
Like this one out our guest room window. (I am a lucky guy!)
I went nuts at the nursery: mostly because I couldn't buy everything and bring it back. I daresay two thirds of what Derry sells is not in the U.S. market! Harrumph!
Wish I could take this Coronilla back!
Entryway to their home..very welcoming and gorgeous!
I'm a sucker for unfurling croziers...
Several pieces of garden art were simply stunning.
|Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'|
|Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'|
I'm also a sucker for lichen!
|The pond is covered with wonderful waterplants|
|Many visitors don't realize the extent of the garden--there are naturalistic sections that gradually blend with the surrounding countryside.|
I am such a nursery junkie: I can't resist stopping at random nurseries when I travel (I always find something I can't live without)--and being in a rare plant nursery like this is HEAVEN!
One last look at the outrageous Tulip pots...
Thank you Derry, for a fantastic visit: I felt so utterly at home! I felt as though we've known one another from a past life! And I can't wait to lure you hither before too long so you can see that America does have some horticulture worth noting, although I agree our political scene is perhaps the most depressing I've experienced in my life time: I am confident we'll change that soon!