In the 'Potting Shed' News from the Nursery
 

NEW DIANTHUS (PINKS) FOR 2015

We are really pleased to be growing three brand new varieties introduced by Whetman's Pinks in Devon.  They are all taller garden pinks growing to around 40-45cm (18inches).  Each has a strong scent and if dead-headed will provide colour throughout the summer.

The first variety is Wessex Pink.  It is a beautiful pink form with a raspberry pink centre.  It is named after HRH The Countess of Wessex who visited Whetman's nursery last summer.

Dianthus Pinball Wizard really caught my eye when new catalogues started popping through the letterbox late last summer.  It is a pretty white form, heavily flecked and marked with raspberry pink.  Again it is a highly scented variety making it ideal for cutting.

         
Dianthus Wessex Pink                                                                   Dianthus Pinball Wizard
© 2015 Images used with kind permission of Whetman Pinks.


The last of our brand new varieties is Dianthus Bubblegum.  Described as shocking pink this super new variety with definitely add colour to your borders and pots this summer.  Finally we are pleased to be growing Dianthus Haytor White a lovely clear white which has been recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society as a great garden plant and as such has an Award of Garden Merit.

         
Dianthus Bubblegum                                                                     Dianthus Haytor White  AGM
© 2015 Images used with kind permission of Whetman Pinks.


A useful link listing all of the current Dianthus Royal Horticultural Society Awards of Garden Merit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Award_of_Garden_Merit_dianthus
 



Posted by Mairi 1st February 2015

PLANT FAIR DATES FOR 2015 NOW LIVE INCLUDING NEW VENUES

Most of this years plant fair dates are now live on the Events page of the website.  There are several exciting new venues including Carsington Water which is literally down the road from the nursery.  The first of two events will be held on Saturday 4 April from 10am-4pm (Easter Saturday).  The fair is free entry you simply have to pay to park.

Posted by Mairi 10th January 2015

NURSERY RE-OPENING 2014 AND MOTHER'S DAY

The nursery will re-open for the season on 29th March 2014.  This is Mother's Day Weekend and we will have a wide selection of planters and containers for thar special 'Mum' in your life.  As we grow all of our perennials and the vast majority of plants we sell ourselves initially the selection will not be as wide as later in the season.  However we will have a wide range of Alpines and a wonderful selection of choice spring bulbs for sale.  These include several different Muscari, Narcissus, Tulips, Fritillarias and Chionodoxa. 


Posted by Mairi 10th March 2014

BBC GARDENER'S QUESTION TIME

This week the team were in Derbyshire.  Well Dressings and Tissington get a mention with local Historian Chris Carr and Radio Derby Gardening Expert (and ex Broomfield lecturer from my college days) Ann Liverman.  Catch up with BBC iPlayer.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/bigscreen/radio/episode/b03wsb3y/

Posted by Mairi 8th March 2014

THE KITCHEN GARDEN IN IT'S HEYDAY!!

I was visiting a friend in the village last night and was shown some old photos including one of the Kitchen Garden in it's heyday. I've never seen the garden as it was before and it really was amazing.  I know from some old writing on a wardrobe in the Potting shed that many things were grown here including Strawberries, Raspberries, Pears and even Melons.  This picture really gives an insight and to how things were and how it has changed.  Hoping to get a copy of the original to treasure!!!



Posted by Mairi 24th February 2014


PLANT FAIR DATES NOW LIVE FOR 2014

We now have a lot of the dates in for this years fairs.   A couple of exciting new venues too including Dorothy Clive Garden and Dearnoford Lake.  Check out the 'Events' page for details.

Posted by Mairi 1st February 2014


LETS GET GROWING IN 2014

Firstly we would like to wish all of our customers and visitors to the website, a Happy New Year.  Psychologically I always feel that once we reach the New Year Spring is on it's way.  The days are becoming noticeably longer and the sun higher in the sky.  We have been very lucky with the weather so far this winter as it has been mild, although rather wet!  There are signs of life in the garden with new shoots tentatively peeping through and winter flowering shrubs such as Viburnum x bodantense 'Dawn' are 'doing their stuff'.  Even the birds are beginning to sing more loudly and play 'chase me' through the trees.  Spring indeed is on it's way!!  We hope you will continue to follow our Blog as the season progresses, we will endeavour to keep you up to date with nursery 'goings on', plant news and other useful information.

Posted by Mairi 11th January 2014

IN THE PINK OR SHOULD IT BE WHITE?

Each year we grow nearly 2000 plants in over 35 varieties.  Garden Pinks are enjoying a resurgance in popularity especially as the scent is now being bred back into new plants.  They are easy to grow given plenty of sunshine (not the easiest thing this season!!) and a neutral to limey soil.  If your ph is on the low side or acidic you can also grow them in pots.  Pinks are the ideal subject for the patio or by the back door where you can enjoy the scent and pick a few for the house!

Dianthus 'Memories' is a beautiful, clear white Pink with the heady, clove scent so familiar with this plant.  It is compact and free flowering.  All of the Royalties from the sale of this variety will donated to the Alzheimers Society.  Take a look at their website to see what valuable work they do www.alzheimers.org.uk


Dianthus 'Memories'
© 2014
Whetman Pinks Used with Kind Permission

Dianthus 'Stargazer' is a smaller pink affectionately known as an Alpine Pink.  It is compact, scented and has a long flowering season.  It's pure white flowers are complimented by a dark purple, nearly black centre.  It's edges are heavily serrated or 'Pinked' the term from which the common name for these beautiful plants was derived.


Dianthus 'Stargazer'
© 2014 Whetman Pinks Used with Kind Permission


Both of these new varieties are sure to be popular.

PLANT TALKS

We are starting to get bookings for talks well into 2013.  I can do talks on a wide variety of subjects, a favourite being 'Late Flowering Perennials'.  I have my own digital projector, laptop and screen if required.  We will also bring along a selection of plants for you to peruse (often the most exciting bit of the evening!!!)  If you are interested in me coming to talk to your garden group, WI groups etc please email me at info@tissington-nursery.co.uk

Posted by Mairi 19th October 2012
 

PLANT FAIR DATES NOW LIVE FOR 2013

We now have a lot of the dates in for next years fairs.  Most are listed but a few are waiting confirmation (TBC).  A couple of exciting new venues too including Whitmore Hall and Consall Hall  Check out the 'Events' page for details.

Posted by Mairi 20th September 2012

WHETMAN PINKS RECOMMENDED RETAILER

We are proud to be listed as one of the highly regarded Whetmans Pinks retailers.  Here at Tissington we grow and sell around 30 varieites of Dianthus or Pinks as they are affectionately referred.  From the old favourites like Doris and Mrs Sinkins through to the newer hybrids such as Supernova and Slap n Tickle!  Have a look at the Whetmans site for many images of the plants we grow  www.whetmanpinks.com

Posted by Mairi 20th September 2012