We've been growing plants here in Devon for more than 30 years but don't be fooled into thinking that the climate will make our plants soft and tender; we are nearly 1000 feet above sea level on the edge of Dartmoor and in a 'normal' season would expect to get 45 inches of rain a year. Temperatures in the winter can fall to below -8 Centrigrade so we think it quite likely that most of our plants will go on to more favourable climes!
With the Easterly wind bringing in the cold weather, it's not always very tempting to get out into the garden so now is a good time to plan for next year and think about what plants we'd like to grow.
One of my favourite plants is the Pulsatilla. Shown here is the red flowered variety but it also comes in purple, white and double forms. Being an English native, it grows naturally in the wild in some parts of this country and so is very hardy and well-adapted to our climate. Its cup-shaped flowers appear around Easter-time, hence it's common name 'the Pasque Flower' and its bright yellow pollen makes this plant a favourite with bees. When the flowers have finished, fluffy seed heads appear which in turn attract garden birds.
Easily grown in a sunny place in the garden, Pulsatilla is long-lived and trouble-free.
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