Two ghastly parallel structures of glass host much of the ‘behind the scenes’ activity at Hidcote and power a significant portion of the plant displays. Although it certainly does not look pretty, this building is quite an integral element of the garden, with many plants either propagated here from seed or cuttings, or brought inside to see out the winter months. All plants are nudged along with daily attention until ready to go out into the garden. A large misting bench with heated mat is used for cuttings, and outside we have cold frames and standing out areas for hardening off. There is no denying that during the winter this place is a magnet for gardeners!
|Salvia splendens ‘Van Houttei’, propagated from cuttings last year|
|Stylomecon heterophylla, grown from seed this spring|
|Meadow Brown butterfly dropping in for a drink of Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’|
|A mixed rose hedge beside the cold frames|