1 June 2011
When the poppies are in flower I love to visit this nursery. (It holds the National Collection of orientale poppies.) This time I managed to combine the visit with a new job I needed to see which made the trip even more worthwhile. The Super Poppies, which Watermeadow grow and sell, are fantastic - they stand upright without the need for stakes and they flower for longer than their cousins.
As with so many plants I choose either for my own garden or for clients, I need to see them in flower and in season before I can settle on a colour or habit. In this case, and by happy coincidence, I found Papaver 'Medallion' - a beautiful dusky pink Super Poppy - in flower with a smoky purple wild comfrey. The contrast in flower size and the repetition of their furry leaves made for an unexpected but lovely planting combination.
I left the nursery with the familiar feeling that nature had, once again, transpired to inspire my work.
Watermeadow Nursery, Alresford Road, Cheriton, Alresford SO24 0QB