Welcome to Hill View Rare Plants

Dear Hillview customers

As many of you will be aware Marcus sadly passed away due to melanoma late last year.

Hillview is not currently trading, however we are hoping to have a catalogue of bulbs for sale in the 2017/2018 season.

The 2015 catalogue featured a richly diverse selection of bulbous and perennial seeds collected in the Mediterranean region in 2014, as well as from our own nursery during the last southern summer.

While there is a strong emphasis on Crocus and Fritillaria in the Wild Collected List there are many other excellent plants on offer, including those dancing windflowers, Anemone pavonina and coronaria, as well as unusual perennials like, Helleborus vesicarius with its huge inflated seed capsules, and the incomparable Salvia pomifera, with its dense whorls of large pale blue to lilac blue flowers and papery, fuchsia-coloured bracts.

We are still able to offer seed from amazing forms of Dracunculus vulgaris growing in Crete featured in my blog post titled, “Scents and Sensibilities – The Dragon Lily of Crete” as well another aroid from that island, the sweetly-scented Arum creticum with its butter-yellow spathes and deeper coloured spadix.

All the collected seed will remain viable for another full year and please note, that because of recent international agreements, this may be one of the last few opportunities to obtain wild, provenanced seed.

The 2015 Nursery List is an eclectic mix with a whopping selection of cyclamen including the silvery-leafed Cyclamen graecum, and rare endemics, C. creticum, C. balearicum and C. coum forma albissimum. We are also listing much sort after crocus, such as, Crocus paschei, adanensis and cyprius but these are in small numbers so you will need to be quick. Ditto regarding fritillarias, and we have some gems, including Fritillaria forbesii, conica, kittaniae and alfredae ssp glaucoviridis. So what more could you want? Well how about the fragrant, yellow-flowered Daphne giraldii, or the beautiful white form of the February daphne, Daphne mezereum? Or perhaps you could be tempted by the sweetly scented Dracunculus canariensis, now that's a contradiction in terms if ever there was one! And that's not all! Throw in a goodly range of liliums, a handful of tulips, a clutch of paeonies and a brace of desirable species daffodils ... we'd say you're spoilt for choice.

Growing plants from seed may seem like a challenge to the novice, however there are many important advantages in raising a batch of plants from scratch. For those of you who are "first timers", and may be hesitant, you won’t be alone because we will be sending out “how to do it” notes with every order and a little poem for inspiration!

We hope you will be delighted by what we are offering.

Marcus and Crew