A visit to a perennial nursery
I’ve been gravitating around this nursery for ages and the feeling I have for it and its owners is rather contrasting. At the beginning they only had a few PVC tunnels, I remember bending my head to avoid water tubes… Now the site has changed dramatically, it is very nice and clean and almost sophisticated. They offer a wide range of perennials and grasses, but you can find some precious bushes too. It’s Priola I am talking about, a nursery situated in the very center of Treviso, Italy. In the other side I kind of hate them because of the not seldom wrong labelled plants, rather high prices and sometimes they sell plants (expensive ones) very tiny or worse, diseased. Anyway it is very nice to go there and hang around amongst all those plants, especially during their ‘Open Days’, like yesterday*.
*Yesterday means Sunday, as I’m having some serious ‘misunderstanding’ with Wordopress and this post was published yesterday.
There were small and huge pots constellating empty areas forming beautiful installations. However we went straight to the grass area, which takes about 1/3 of the entire nursery. They have some interesting plants there, some of them are not completely hardy though, because they sell plants to all Italy and in the south there is a very warmer climate in winter.
I bought a couple of grasses, one is ampelodesmos mauritanicus a pretty big grass which I’m not sure about hardiness, so I took 2 small pots and I will see. Another one is a real discover to me: bothriochloa bladhii this unpronounceable name is for a medium sized grass (45-55cm) with a pretty red tinge on the leaves, strictly related to american bluestem (andropogon) but surely suitable for italian climate and clay.
In the middle of the nursery there is a kind of hut or shed which is usually used as an office but for the yesterday event it had been converted to a dining room with Treviso typical food where everybody could help himself. There were salami, a very tasty cheese, bread, wine, cakes and other stuff. Obviously we picked some of everything… (especially Ale to be honest!).
We sat under a nice pergola with a wide view on the perennials.
After the break we continued our tour, looking especially for some interesting heleniums and asters as they have a lot on their catalogues. Ale confessed me he wanted a fern to plant under the cherry trees, where he has his personal bedding, so he spend a while looking at ferns.
At the end we where shouted and had our little trolley loaded, so Ale (not me actually) decided it was time to go and maybe planting something in the afternoon.
When we got home Mina was particularly cheerful with us, I didn’t understand why though… (maybe she sensed the salami smell on us…)
The booty was very rich: a beautiful helenium ‘Loysder Wiek’, the grasses I listed above, a white flowered and rather tall clover, a tansy ‘Isla Gold’, a lime yellow helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, a few asters ‘Purple Dome’, ‘Incomparabilis’, ‘Little Carlow’ and a pink aster ericoides I don’t remember the name, a fern for Ale, luzula sylvatica and a liriope, a silvery white senecio leucostachys and other little things I can’t even remember now…
Even if you see the sun in the picture a big windy and few rainy storm came after a while, so we didn’t planted everything.
The rest of the garden has been messed up by the strong wind but nothing too bad. I hope this storm washes away this long and hot summer and the wind brings us into fall…