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Visit Jersey – it’s closer than you think!

Here’s another set of photos that I’m afraid I’ve been rather tardy in posting: some snaps that I took on a flying visit to a very exciting, relatively new nursery that I first heard about quite recently (at Simon & Annetta Turner’s open day, in fact). You probably all know about it already: Jersey Cottage Nursery at Moulton Seas End, between Spalding and The Wash. It’s only been open a couple of years, since spring 2012. Apparently they’d advertised in this year’s NGS Yellow Book, which, typically, I failed to buy!

It’s a family-owned nursery, run by Steve Foster and his wife. They have a great range of unusual trees, shrubs, bulbs, succulents, grasses and perennials, as well as many of the good reliable old stagers. And the extensive display garden is unbelievable, particularly when you consider that it has all been created from scratch in less than five years. In fact, it’s such a recent creation that if you look up Jersey Cottage on Google StreetView, there is absolutely no sign of a nursery there at all, at time of writing! (See link at foot of page, which may or may not work – it’s a bit experimental! You may have to click on the “View Larger Map” link to see anything at all, and then use your browser’s back button to return.) Incredibly, the site was an old orchard as recently as spring 2009.

Check out the full story on their excellent and informative website. Amazing! And apparently it was all inspired by a fortnight’s holiday in Cornwall and the Scillies!

If my pics look a bit blurry, please click on them and larger, clearer versions should pop up separately. (Sorry about the copyright lettering on them, but some of my photos have been turning up unannounced and unattributed elsewhere. I hope it doesn’t spoil the impression too much.)

Entrance beds by car park with Stipa gigantea etc at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Entrance beds by carpark with Stipa gigantea etc at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Moulton Seas End, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Rex'; hosta

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’; hosta

Tree ferns etc in polytunnel at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Tree ferns etc in polytunnel

Perennial display gardens with geraniums, heucheras, bamboos, buckeye etc at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Perennial display gardens with geraniums, heucheras, bamboos, buckeye etc

Rehmannia elata in perennial display gardens at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Rehmannia elata in perennial display gardens

Detail of white buckeye flower (Aesculus parviflora) in perennial display gardens at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Detail of white buckeye flower (Aesculus parviflora) in perennial display gardens

Detail of Melianthus villosus flowers and foliage in perennial display gardens at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Detail of Melianthus villosus flowers and foliage in perennial display gardens

Trees (including eucalyptus and liquidambar), shrubs and herbaceous planting including monardas, salvias, miscanthus and Diascia 'Hopleys' at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Trees (including eucalyptus and liquidambar), shrubs and herbaceous planting including monardas, salvias, miscanthus and Diascia ‘Hopleys’

Potentilla thurberi 'Monarch's Velvet' and Lythrum virgatum 'Dropmore Purple' in perennial display gardens at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Potentilla thurberi ‘Monarch’s Velvet’ and Lythrum virgatum ‘Dropmore Purple’ in perennial display gardens

Lythrum virgatum 'Dropmore Purple' and Stipa gigantea with other ornamental grasses etc in perennial display gardens at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Lythrum virgatum ‘Dropmore Purple’ and Stipa gigantea with other ornamental grasses etc

Planting around the pond in perennial display gardens at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Planting around the pond

Pond, decking and surrounding planting at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Pond, decking and surrounding planting

Reclining chairs on decking, succulents and Leucadendron argenteum in pots, shrub borders and lush planting including Verbena bonariensis and Romneya beside pond at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Reclining chairs on decking, succulents and Leucadendron argenteum in pots, shrub borders and lush planting including Verbena bonariensis and Romneya beside pond

Crocosmia with other ornamental grasses, echinops, sedum etc in perennial display gardens at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Crocosmia with other ornamental grasses, echinops, sedum etc in perennial display gardens

Succulents etc in dry garden and sales area at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Succulents etc in dry garden and sales area at Jersey Cottage Nursery

Agave, succulents etc in dry garden and sales area at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Agave, succulents etc in dry garden and sales area

Crambe cordifolia, euphorbia, cistus, succulents etc in dry garden and sales area at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

Crambe cordifolia, euphorbia, cistus, succulents etc in dry garden and sales area at Jersey Cottage Nursery, Lincolnshire. Design by Steve Foster.

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