Spanish Buying Trip
05 July 2014 - by Lizzy Browne

A short reprieve from this seemingly never-ending winter last week with a buying trip to southern Spain. Its been a cold winter there too, relatively speaking, but the weather changed the day after arrival and became warm and sunny with midday temps up to 27 degrees - wahoo!

We visited some interesting, out of the way nurseries in Valencia and were almost as impressed with the crumbly, derelict buildings on the site of one of them as we were with the plants themselves.

You see this a lot in Spain; buildings that would be treasured in the UK, completely abandoned. Although the trip involved lots of driving it really was worth getting off the beaten track, and we visited some tucked out of the way nurseries where we left no corner unexplored in the quest for the very best plants. At the end of the first day, as we were about to leave we pushed to the back of the nursery and found some amazing Yucca aloifolia a discovery that rounded off the day nicely. They were piled together in an unruly heap but we stood them upright and could then see what amazing plants they were.

 On the last day we headed south to Almeria, and here we found the best quality palms on a huge, industrial scale nursery by the sea, where the only way to get around is by car, not just outside but even in the glass houses too.
Following a15 hour (yes 15 hour) delay at the airport, due to industrial action in France, and a mini-earthquake a couple of hours before departure, the plane touched down to a cold, grey Stanstead, still very much in the grip of winter.
Thankfully the weather is slightly better for this week could this be the start of Spring? Lets hope so.

New stock arriving over the next few weeks includes huge Cordyline australis, some with multi-trunks, chunky Yucca rosrata and Yucca glauca, a range of sizes of Phoenix canariensis, big-trunked, multi-headed Yucca aloifolia, Cycas revoluta in a range of sizes , Pittosporum tobira -some very classy and unusual standards, Olive trees, Fruit trees including lime, lemon, grapefruit and orange, Pinus pinea, Topiary some stunning quality Bay balls with spirals, pyramids and columns to follow in a few weeks, two sizes of Trachelospermum jasminoides, some huge Phormium tenax variegata and Cupressus sempervirens (Italian pencil tree).
More stock arriving weekly now plus lots of our home-grown stock becoming available too.

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