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We are updating our website

Priorities for our website update

We have many reasons for maintaining our website. The main ones are:

  • to build a following for our on-line sales business
  • to show off our national collection of Primula sieboldii
  • to showcase our other key collections of garden-worthy Epimediums and ferns
  • to provide good quality photographs of our plants

Selling our collections on-line

The main reason for us to keep our website running should be financial:  we want to continue to improve our on-line sales!  As a specialist supplier, we will never be a big player in the plant market.  Turning this into an advantage, ‘small-scale’ means that we can dedicate more time to each person that contacts us.  We want to continue to build our reputation for good quality sales and thoughtful after-sales service.  Those of you that have bought from us will know that we still have to contact you individually to arrange payment.  This is a bit of a pain, we accept; and we do lose some potential customers as a result.  However, it also allows Penny to talk to you direct and to make sure that we can get our plants to you at the best time.  Some customers even say that they like this personal touch.  It is always a real pleasure for us to meet our on-line customers who come up to us at the RHS shows and tell us how well their plants are doing.

We want to keep our web site easy to negotiate, so we do not want to overload it with too many collections.  However, we do sometimes get asked if we can provide other plants from our nursery through the mail order.  We will be talking to our website developer (Paul at Linedot) to see how we can develop a regularly updated “temporary” or “limited period” availability list of other shade loving plants for you to use.

Our national collection of Primula sieboldii

We have held the national collection of Primula sieboldii Japanese cultivars since 2013.  We like to be able to promote our national collection and make it accessible to plant lovers.  We exhibit ranges of our cultivars at the RHS shows at Cardiff (April), Malvern and Chelsea (both May).  Our website gives us to chance to give you a photographic record of the cultivars in our collection.

 

Our Cardiff display of Primula sieboldii, 2017

Our Primula sieboldii kadan at Chelsea, 2017

We want to be able to provide a photographic reference of all of the Primula sieboldii cultivars in our collection.  But we also want to avoid creating a long list of plants that we don’t currently have available for sale.  We will talk to Paul to see if we can find a way around this.

We want to share our knowledge on the plants in our collection, so one of the key updates will be in sharing more notes on the cultivars, such as history and origin.    If you are able to contribute to our knowledge, we would love to hear from you.

Our collection is still growing.  The impact of this comes home to roost on the short winter days when I am out on the nursery splitting and repotting the collection plants and wondering if the task will ever finish!

Our collections of Epimediums and ferns

From the start of our exhibiting in RHS floral marquees, we have used Epimediums and ferns in our displays to give our Primula sieboldii plantings an attractive and  atmospheric setting.

Primula sieboldii in a garden with Epimediums and ferns, Chelsea 2017

Our range of Epimediums is now our second significant plant collection.  We have chosen to collect the more “showy” varieties, rather than follow any specific scientific objective.  We do have a number of cultivars that originate in South-West England, where we are based.

Our range of ferns is growing slowly.  We have chosen to focus on those species and varieties that like moist to wet soil conditions in partial to full shade.  That said – some are equally at home in sunnier and drier spots.  We can only sell young plants on-line.  The cost of sending mature ferns in prohibitive.  As a result, some of the ferns in our list might show as being not available in certain years.  If you are looking for specific ferns from our list, maybe we could arrange to take larger plants to one of the RHS shows that we exhibit at.

Making our photographic record accessible

I am not an expert photographer.  However, Primula sieboldii and Epimediums are highly photogenic, which enables me to get away with limited talent.

We are adding more photos to our website, which we hope you will enjoy.  If you have any photos that you are happy to share and happy for us to publish on our website (with appropriate acknowledgements) we would love to see them.

The update is ongoing

The update of our website is ongoing.  In early to mid-autumn we will provide updated Epimedium and fern availability lists.  The Primula sieboldii update is likely to be closer to later in winter.

Your patience is appreciated.

Surviving summer 2018

It can be difficult to remember that this season started with hard late snows and bitter winds in March.  The wind caused much damage to our emerging plants; and our exhibit at RHS Cardiff in April was short on Primula sieboldii and Epimedium.  Our displays at both Malvern and Chelsea narrowly missed gold, but the public response was strong.

We are now working hard on the nursery to protect our collections and plants from this very hot summer.  Fortunately, we converted our poly tunnels into more shaded tunnels last year, so our shade loving plants are not suffering from direct sun too badly, but the heat and humidity are oppressive.

Our Primula sieboldii are still in full leaf in mid-July, which indicates that they are reasonably happy still.

We recommend that you water your plants in the early evening to allow the water to soak through in relative cool overnight, rather than risk boiling plants as a result of early morning watering.

Here is a selection of the new varieties that should be available soon.

New Primula sieboldii cultivars in from Japan

We have just received our order of special plants from Japan.  This includes 15 new Primula sieboldii, including 11 doubles.  Can’t wait to see them flower.  There is also a new Epimedium and (I have no idea how these slipped in) an Asarum, an Arisaema and a Trillium.  Anyone would think we run a nursery for shade-loving plants!

Penny will be sharing photos on our Facebook page (Penny’s primulas) of the new plants when they flower.  However, for those of you that don’t want to wait that long, here is a sample of the new Primula sieboldii and Epimedium cultivars that we got from Japan last year

Maimomiji
Epimedium Tama-no-Genpei
Hokotusei
Aoi-no-ue

Epimediums and Ferns to join Primula sieboldii

2018 sees another guest page added to the Penny’s Primulas website.  Not only does the website include our National Collection of Primula sieboldii it now hosts both  Epimediums and  a modest collection of Ferns.  Both of the latter plant groups are regularly used as part of our Primula sieboldii displays at the RHS shows at Cardiff, Malvern and Chelsea. Continue reading Epimediums and Ferns to join Primula sieboldii

Primula sieboldii and Epimedium lists of availability now updated.

We are building up to 2018 and have (belatedly – sorry) published our availability list from our Primula sieboldii and Epimedium collections.  We are currently updating other areas of our web-site; and hope to introduce our collection of young ferns for sale during January 2018.

Note that we have re-introduced our introductory offer of 3 Primula sieboldii for £20.00 including p&p.

Happy New Year

Our shop is temporarily closed while we prepare for next year

We have had to close our on-line shop so that we can focus our work on getting our primula and epimedium collections re-planted for next year.  We hope to re-open the shop by late autumn; and will advise existing customers by email of the availability for next year.  If you want to be added to that email list, please send us an email request to Penny.

Look out for our new list of ferns in late autumn as well!

New Primula sieboldii cultivars for Staddon Farm Nurseries

Having promised ourselves not to take on many more Primula sieboldii cultivars we have just received an order for 47!!!  The opportunity arose and could we say no?!  Quite excited at this end.  They probably won’t be available commercially for another couple of years but…..  However, we are hoping to have a small selection of them in our Chelsea exhibit this year.  So watch this space?!

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Primula sieboldii April 2016

Spring at last at Staddon Farm Nurseries.  Primula sieboldii are waking up and beginning to flower just in time for our exhibit at RHS Cardiff show (15th – 17th April).  The featured Primula sieboldii was donated to us by Steve and Angela Lobley.  It is proving to be an absolute stunner – ‘Koharu Biyori’. Sadly there are none for sale  but possibly limited numbers later this Autumn. Continue reading Primula sieboldii April 2016

New Website Addition – The Shop

We are proud to announce that we have made shopping on our website much easier! Previously our ordering system required you to remember the name of the plant you wished to acquire, find it in a long list and input the number you required. Sounds easy enough but as we have expanded that list just became far too large for our customers to navigate effectively.
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