Leafy Little Venice gets even leafier when you take two turns off Warwick Avenue and enter Clifton Nurseries, horticulturists to the quality for well over 100 years. These fragrant few acres are a plantsman’s dream, all frondy pathways, mossy pots, lavender, vines, palms, a resident cat, and a treasury of well-kept foliage, trees, herbs, shrubs, flowers, bulbs and garden necessities/luxuries.
It’s not as rustic as our visit to Petersham Nurseries earlier this year, but just as delightful. And, this time, we’re here as gardeners – albeit ones without gardens. Sarah Glenny, outdoor plants supervisor at Clifton, is going to show us how to plant an autumn/winter flowering pot, layered with bulbs to take us right through to spring.
Sarah’s green-fingered tips
- Against an exterior wall is the best place to keep your pot, sheltered from real cold, and in dappled shade.
- Cyclamen go on until about Christmas time, after which you could swap it for snowdrops, pansies or primrose.
- Attend to your pot every few days, watering when needed. Cyclamen and viola need regular deadheading.
- In mid-May, you can change over to summer plants: begonia, lobelia, geranium.