Beggars Roost

Even a nursery as small and remote as this can have an exciting existence. Developing from humble beginnings, taking a few spare plants to a local Country Market, Beggars Roost Plants traded from 2001 to 2009, being open to the public and joining the West Country plant fair circuit. It was an education in the essential business background to horticulture; it brought me a peer group who felt as close as family; it introduced the thrill of show displays; and it added more and more, every day and in every way, to my knowledge of how plants behave.
Ever-rising overheads and restricted infrastructure made it sensible to close in 2009, but old nurserymen don’t really give up. The name continues to provide the identity for my current work, as consultant, writer and speaker, and one of my most beloved plant groups Hemerocallis Daylilies

Hemerocallis

Hemerocallis

The beliefs and principles which directed the management of the nursery remain essential to me: NO pesticides, NO herbicides, NO non-organic fertilizers, NO peat. I grow plants and trial their strengths by feeding them well, planting them where they want to be, and seeing how they cope – the great test of garden-worthiness. I’m still involved with old favourites such as Winter-flowering Shrubs (for their scent and cheering qualities), Dahlias (for their bold variety and generous performance), Little Blue Bulbs (which transform spring beds for very little money), and Ferns (the best of garden structure plants, and surprisingly adaptable); and I am proud to declare more nerdy interests such as Snowdrops and Historic Daffodils.
Snowdrops

Snowdrops


Different days, different ways – but the beat definitely goes on!