Crug Farm Nursery

8 Aug

Last week was spent on holiday in North Wales, hence the previous post of pictures taken at Portmeirion. We were going to have a day out on Snowdon, myself and Alex walking up it and Anna and Reuben taking the train, but seeing as the train was all booked up, we went to Caernarfon to see the castle and call in at Crug Farm while we were at it, seeing as it is only two or three miles from the town. This was great news for me, but I hadn’t wanted to push my agenda given that this was meant to be a family holiday. The children behaved wonderfully. Alex wanted to know all about the poisonous plants! I told him to steer clear of the Illicium, just in case.
The taxi driver was bemused as to why we wanted to go there. “There isn’t much there you know. I’ll wait for a few minutes in case you want to come straight back. I’ve been doing this job for twelve years and i’ve never been asked to go there ” I wondered if we were thinking of the same place and told him about the Chelsea show gold medals and the plant hunting they do. What was I expecting him to say? That they have an excellent selection from the Araliaceae family? Once we were there, an employee there said that people often turn up expecting coffee, cake and ask where all the plants are because they don’t “get” what the nursery does and sail straight through the garden without noticing anything. I wasn’t disappointed, although we didn’t have the capability to take anything away with us there and then.

Here are loads of pictures with the labels given after each one:




That was Hydrangea aspera ssp. robusta


No ID for this fern

Schefflera macrophylla (?) with Cautleya spicata in the foreground 


Must be Luma apiculata.

Rhododendron sinogrande or maybe R. falconeri in the foreground, at a guess.


Lysichiton, children and gunnera

Rodgersia podophyllum?

Obviously I would have wanted to take all of these, if I could. But it was a privilege just to be there.

In the next installment, the nursery sale area.

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2 Responses to “Crug Farm Nursery”

  1. Loree / danger garden August 8, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    Thanks for the look at a place I’d love to visit, someday…

    • thechthonianlife August 8, 2016 at 11:32 pm #

      I don’t know if you have put together a few ideas for other things to see nearby if you were to visit, but Portmeirion is somewhere i’d recommend. There’s an area planted with grey foliage (the ghost garden) which is quite wild and ends with an ad hoc descent via a knotted rope onto the beach. It’s a special place.

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