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Eddington House Nursery – a local beacon

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The move to our current house in 2010 prompted a new route for the school run.  The route took us round a sharp bend around St Helens church (which, for reasons I’m afraid I don’t know, isn’t in the village at all).IMG_0275

The bend ensured that I had to slow down, which gave ample opportunity to admire the planting on the opposite side of the road.  Always changing and always interesting, I remember thinking that there must be a darn clever gardener living there.

Fast forward five years and that clever gardener, Ian Chadwick, now has a well established nursery, Eddington House Nursery, on the site.  IMG_0272

Today I visited for the Isle of Wight Rare Plant Fair which Ian hosts annually.  Sadly I missed the talk by Bob Brown from Cotswold Garden Flowers, but did catch an interesting talk by Chris Chadwell on ‘Paradise on Earth, the beautiful flowers of Kashmir’.  Lucky chap to have seen those beautiful Himalayan poppies in the wild.

Meanwhile the nursery was looking absolutely immaculate.IMG_0271

Over the years Ian has developed not only numerous interests including salvias, herbaceous perennials and now plants for shade too, but has also expanded the growing and showing areas and planted up interesting beds to display many of his plants.IMG_0273

I, of course, succumbed, this time to rather diminutive beauties – Trifolium repens ‘William’ for the MCB and also Origanum rotundifolium ‘Kent Beauty’ for pots.

Oh and Nick from White Cottage Daylilies (who I wrote about here and here), was there with, selling amongst other things, some beautiful succulents, so I bought a couple for the OH.IMG_0283

Thanks Ian for great event, and thanks too for choosing to site your nursery within such close proximity to Duver Diary!

White Cottage wonderment

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Another gorgeous June day and another garden visit.  This time to White Cottage Daylilies just across the harbour in Bembridge.

I first read about Nick Peirce’s garden in one of the posh gardening magazines a couple of years ago.  I was thinking what a stunning, intriguing garden, and was then absolutely stopped in my tracks to learn it was on the island.  Since then I’ve been a couple of times and was intending to go for Nick’s NGS opening earlier in the month, but got the day wrong. So bereft was I, I emailed Nick to ask if I could schedule a private visit and he kindly obliged. I was accompanied by my friend Louise from the Old Rectory and it was such a joy to introduce two of my gardening heroes to each other.  Both had heard of the other (from amongst others the Telegraph garden writer Jean Vernon, who’s written about both their gardens) but had not met and had not visited the other’s gardens before,

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Nick’s cottage is terraced and so, when you enter the garden, the space is initially quite narrow.  However this initial confinement is only temporary, as the garden widens as you explore.  There is no lawn, so access through the garden is via a sinuous path which winds directly through the planting.  ‘Through’ being an accurate description, as by this time of year the planting is spilling out onto the paths, adding to the sense of discovery,

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Nick admitted to us that whilst his first love was daylilies, he has since become intrigued by succulents, and more recently species fuschias, but there is a lot more going on in this garden than just those three genera.

Not only was yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday photo of Solanum Pyracanthum taken at Nick’s, but he introduced us to a host of other plants we were unfamiliar with including Buddleia  colvilei ‘kewensis’

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Agapetes ‘Ludgvan Cross’IMG_3277

and a stunning grass, sorry, I don’t have the name.IMG_3268

Something more familiar, but which I didn’t recognise, were the seedheads of Salsify.  They had incredible golden colouring in the June sun.IMG_3274

So back to the first three genera.  Nick has been breeding daylilies for years now – just as well, as it takes three years from seed to flower and then another three years until potential registration.  If you look on his website you’ll see he has now registered ten daylilies, all with the prefix ‘Vectis’ to denote their Isle of Wight heritage and that they’re his introductions.  It was a little early in the year for the daylilies, but there were a couple more bred by Nick to admire.

Nick also had some intriguing species fuschia.  The only one of his I recognised was Fuschia microphylla, which I have and have previously written about, but this one was gorgeous – so incredibly dainty, Fuschia procumbens variegata.IMG_3295

And to finish, I always love an arrangement of succulents – but I think this one takes the prize:IMG_3282

With many thanks to Nick for being such a charming and informative host,  But also for being so outrageously generous to not accept payment for the many plants we staggered home with.