Leafy Little Venice gets even leafier when you take two turns off Warwick Avenue and enter Clifton Nurseries, horticulturists 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.