Fresh face for the Pedn Olva with Trevena Cross floraApril 22, 2013
Trevena Cross Nurseries recently had the privilege of supplying plants to the Pedn Olva Hotel in beautiful St Ives, as part of a three month hotel refurbishment.
Working with Garden Designer Jackie Michelmore of Lookout Landscapes, a range of salt and wind tolerant plants from our coastal collection were selected, for the exposed terraces at one of the best spots on St Ives coastline. Specimens including Chamaerops humilis, Cordyline australis, Yucca rostrata, and Astelias are now making a fantastic statement at the fresh faced hotel – complimenting the new interior with an equally pleasurable exterior.
A collection of unusual but striking silver/grey hanging baskets also adorn the front of the hotel, containing Astelias, Euphorbias and Hederas.
Jackie was kind enough to comment on her experience working with us…
“….what a pleasure it has been to do business with your nursery. As a garden designer based near Exeter, planning the instalation of external planting for the newly refurbished Pedn Olva in St Ives was always going to be challenging. Mark Netherway was incredibly helpful from our first meeting at Trevena right through to delivery to site. I feel confident that with the quality of plants he supplied and his help with selecting suitable species, the plants on those exposed roof terraces will look good for many years to come. The Pedn Olva now looks fabulous inside and out. St Austell Brewery is delighted.” (- Jackie Michelmore)
A great job to be involved with… the results of which will be seen and enjoyed for many seasons to come by locals and holiday makers alike!
Showpiece No. 2: PseudopanaxApril 18, 2013
The second of our series, and what a hard act to follow the majestic olive is.
We focus on Pseudopanax here. Not everyone’s cup of tea but architecturally striking plants, the majority of which are from New Zealand. The most unusual defy convention and almost appear ‘man-made’!… like no other plants we have ever come across.
They certainly win the award for originality. Whilst beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it is the plant enthusiast who opts for the most quirky and unusual who is likely to find Pseudopanax a thing of beauty – rather than a middle of the road type who enjoys a traditional shape, lush foliage and ‘pretty’ flowers.
Pseudopanax crassifolius (neatly described by an article in the Telegraph a few years back) is one of the most alien-like, described as ‘bizarre looking’ on our website, with leathery lance-like foliage. Like most Pseudopanax it is still fairly rare in cultivation outside its native home, but the generally mild, damp micro-climate found near the coast in Cornwall bears resemblance to its New Zealand habitat, making it a suitable growing spot, (assuming it’s blessed with the correct drainage and sympathetic shelter during severe temperatures – now seemingly becoming less of an anomaly year on year).
Pseudopanax ferox – the toothed lancewood, is another unique specimen – with jagged edged, downward pointing leaves. This variety, rarer in the wild, only begins to look more conventional as it reaches a certain level of maturity, when its leaves become shorter and greener and it develops a tall, clear trunk . Even then, it never totally says goodbye to its ‘odd’ label, and it still remains very much a part of this unique family of plants…. capable of dividing opinion.
Unquestionably hated by some, but with an ability to also generate admiration and bewilderment that far exceeds that of any other plant collection!
National Gardening Week – 15th-21st April 2013April 11, 2013
National Gardening Week launches on Monday; a week when organisations, groups and individuals across the UK will share a passion for gardening and encourage the nation to ‘Keep Britain Beautiful’.
Celebrity gardening personality and RHS Vice President Alan Titchmarsh comments on the week:
“… I hope that all areas of the gardening world, from industry and horticultural colleges to charities and gardeners, embrace the opportunity and use it to promote the importance and joy of growing plants. It’s also a chance to get the nation to consider just what part growing things can play in society.”
One main theme for this year’s week is ‘Going Wild for Wildflowers’. It’s no secret that there has been a significant decline in bees, butterflies and other garden wildlife in the last few decades, for a number of reasons but significantly, due to a declining number of wildflowers in the countryside. By introducing a wide range of ‘wildlife friendly’ plants into gardens big and small, gardeners can encourage pollinating insects and the positive knock-on effects of having them in the garden. (For one, its estimated that value of insect-pollinated fruits and vegetables grown in the UK is about £220 million a year!) Well publicised by the Olympic Park Wildflower meadow last year, wildflowers are now back on the radar of gardeners across the UK, and thankfully garden wildlife is moving back up the list of priorities.
Some of our recommended wildlife friendly plants can be found here… plus we also stock a range of wildflower seed in the shop – so you can create you own mini – or not so mini – wildflower meadow in your own garden! More information about National Gardening Week can be found on its own designated website here!
Showpiece No.1: The Majestic Olive TreeApril 2, 2013
In this ‘Showpiece’ series, we’re going to highlight a few true garden stars – both those that shout ‘look at me’; and those that bring beauty and grace to a space without seeking attention, simply through their inescapable charisma and ‘presence’.
The first in the series could quite comfortably sit in both categories, depending on context.
What makes the Olive a showpiece?
> With a little imagination it can transport you to another place… to warmer climes in the Mediterranean
> Historic specimens… the largest of which will have seen, and continue to see, more than we could ever imagine in our own lifetime
> Its slow growing nature makes every new inch of trunk an invaluable accomplishment
> Its beautiful foliage displays silvery hues as it catches the light and complements the architectural brilliance of the tree’s form
> For a tree used to warmer climes, it is still as tough and durable as it appears, tolerating sheltered coastal positions and temperatures down below -10 degrees C (although it is best to fleece when in goes cold!)
Olea europaea – trouble free and easy to grow in many sizes, shapes and forms as long as it has a sunny position in a free draining site. A stony spot is perfect! It appreciates a good feed with a slow release fertiliser, especially if being kept in its pot.
Whether you’re lucky enough to have one in your garden, you plan to get one or just simply admire its beauty, you can’t fail to recognise the Olive as a deserved ‘showpiece’.