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Alpines and rockery plants for the garden

Alpines and Rockery plants You might ask yourself what is the difference?  You may even wonder when a plant moves from an alpine to a shrub or herbaceous perennial – well we have the same problem. Again I’m sure that there is a system that the purists use and a well laid down RHS principle. Here at the nursery we group alpines and rockery plants together and as a general rule of thumb if it is small and not particularly rampant it fits into this group. We offer a large range of alpine plants all grown on the nursery. These range from the popular and reliable to the more unusual and slightly more difficult. How to grow them  Alpines Technically, these are plants that grow in an alpine climate, which ‘occurs at high elevation and above the tree line’. Most alpines are very hardy, so can cope with cold winters. However they don’t like standing in wet soil - so the main thing to consider when growing them is drainage.  They must be planted in a compost or soil that is supplemented with the addition of sharp sand or grit. If you are very lucky you may have an area that is

Winter Gardening Weekend 2020

Storm Dennis and the gardening weekend 2020. The week before one of our most important events of the year came storm Ciara...  had it come a week later it would have ruined the whole event! at least that was what we thought. Little did we realise that storm Dennis would rush in exactly as we were opening the doors on the first day. The unlikely event of two storms a week apart was shocking. However the hall was all set out and we were ready to go whatever mother nature threw at us. We didn't expect much. To our amazement people turned out in droves. Friday, the best weather day of the three, was so busy we couldn't cope. 'Lets go before the worst of the storm comes' was a common phrase. Non stop from when we opened the doors it was incredible. Saturday came and yet again people flocked in to see our guest speakers. Not a chair was empty for James, Lindsey and Matthew. the whole event was buzzing despite torrential rain and 70 mph winds. Sunday was quieter, the long distance travellers often had to battle flooded roads,  but again all the talks were

Conifers – which ones to choose

Conifers Conifers are such a diverse group that they are often misunderstood.  For example if you were to compare the giants that grow in California to its neighbours in the pygmy forests. Sequoiadendron giganteum (Giant sequoia) can grow to more than 95 metres and weigh upwards of 2 million Kilograms. In contrast the Cupressus goveniana (Californian Cyprus) and Pinus contorta (Lodgepole pine) only reach a height of 0.2m at full maturity in those situations.  And there is a whole range of shapes and sizes in between and suitable for many purposes. They are mainly evergreen, and usually have needle shaped evergreen leaves.  Although there are a few exceptions as conifers such as Larix (Larch) and Gingko are deciduous, so they will lose their leaves.  Their seeds are usually attached to the scales of a woody bracted cone. This is where their collective name Conifer originated.  But yet again, conifers are that diverse that there are a few exceptions. Yews have red fleshy berries that contain a toxic seed.  Juniperus is known for its berry in gin making, it is still a cone but with unusually fleshy and merged scales that give it the appearance of a berry.

Rhodohypoxis | Plant Profile

Rhodohypoxis Of all the alpine plants that we grow, these are by far the most rewarding. They flower for months and are really easy as long as you stick to a few basic principles. Rhodohypoxis are a small bulbous plant native to southern Africa, and is typically found in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. The mountainous regions where it is found generally have a summer of rainfall followed by relatively dry winters.  It is suggested that the conditions are recreated in order to for them to thrive. If planted in your garden, then they need watering in the summer and protection in winter from our cold and wet climate. The combination of wet and cold can cause the corms to rot.  Rhodohypoxis are ideal for alpine troughs and containers, which can be taken indoors or a greenhouse for winter.  It is important though to keep them cool or they’ll need watering. They flower for months The great thing about them is the longevity of its flowering time.  It will flower between late March and October.  Creating an array of colourful blooms throughout the summer.  The star shaped flowers range in colour from white to pink to red.

Primulas- the others | Plant Profile

Primula are herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials, forming a basal rosette of simple leaves, with salver-shaped or bell-shaped flowers which may be solitary or carried in an umbel or in whorls on an erect stem.

Llandysul Winter Gardening Weekend

For those of you that are new to this annual event this is a FREE show that we hold, with help from the local community council, to 'kick start' the gardening year. Held over three days we transform the local hall into a winter wonderland. It is always a challenge to create a new centre stage display, one that will rival the many we have done in previous years. The hall will be filled with vibrant dogwoods and willows - fragrant Viburnum, Lonicera, Sarcococca and Daphnes to mention but a few. Other early birds that will be making an appearance include snowdrops, narcissi and our fabulous hellebores. As well as all the plants there will be a range of gardening related stalls to tempt you. Cakes, sandwiches and a cuppa are also available so you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. The snow scene 2015 Just up the road at our nursery we will be running guided tours of the Hellebore growing area (where our 20,000 hellebores are produced) and the general nursery. This will include a look at the parent plants and the plantings in our open garden. The nursery itself covers over 3 acres and specialises

Our Nursery

Farmyard Nurseries, Carmarthenshire A Nursery that prides itself on growing hardy plants at reasonable prices. Established 37 years ago, Farmyard Nurseries is a retail nursery growing a wide range of plants especially trees and shrubs, herbaceous perennials, alpines and bedding plants. The nursery covers an area of approximately 3 acres, stocking upwards of 2000 varieties of plants and is based just outside Llandysul. As many plants as possible are grown outside in open beds to promote hardy garden worthy plants that will survive the rigors of our Welsh climate, however  a large area is covered with polythene tunnels to protect young plants, add shade or generally coddle the more unusual bits and pieces.. As we grow most of the plants ourselves we carry huge stocks, upwards of 2000 varieties, and customers are encouraged to wander freely. We have a well stocked  sales area which holds a large proportion of what we sell, however the 'best bits' are usually tucked away in a corner of the 3 acre nursery somewhere and finding these has kept many an avid collector busy for many hours, gleefully routing through nearly 40 polytunnels. Customers are encouraged to 'wander' around the majority of


Visit us at our Carmarthenshire nursery RHS Chelsea Gold Medal Winner Get advice and inspiration Latest UpdateThe Nursery is now open as normal 7 days a week 8.30am-5pm, and the shop in Carmarthen is open Tuesday-Saturday 9am-4pm, please ensure that you comply with government rules and bring a face mask with you as it will be required in all indoor spaces. Due to the time of year plants may be cut back. We only pack and ship our mail orders at the beginning of the week so your order is likely to take up to 7-10 days to process. If substitutions are requested, we will only substitute for very similar, and if needed will substitute for a number of smaller pot size for the same or greater monetary value. GARDEN PLANTS PLANTS FOR SUMMER PLANTING NEWS & INSPIRATION FROM OUR NURSERY WELCOME TO FARMYARD NURSERIES We are a retail nursery that pride ourselves on

Winter Gardening Weekend 2019

Running from 15th until 17th February at Tysull Hall, Llandysul just a couple of miles down the road from the nursery. There will be a vast array of plants out to tempt you with.

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