Welcome to Hill View Rare Plants

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And welcome to our 2014 Seed Catalogue featuring a richly diverse selection of bulbous and perennial seeds collected in the Mediterranean region in 2014, as well as a selection of seeds from our own nursery. A high degree of confidence is placed on the identification and provenance of all the items on offer and many of these will not be available elsewhere.

While there is a strong emphasis on Crocus, Colchicum and Fritillaria there is so much more on offer. We have choice selections of Paeonies, Lilies, Anemones, Cyclamen and many other unusual perennials, including Helleborus vesicarius with its huge inflated seed capsules, the soft pink flowering Ebenus cretica with its eyelash-like bracts and the incomparable Salvia pomifera, with its dense whorls of large pale blue to lilac blue flowers and papery, fuchsia-coloured bracts.

For those who were seduced by the incredible forms of Dracunculus vulgaris growing in Crete featured in my blog post titled, “Scents and Sensibilities – The Dragon Lily of Crete”, here is a chance to obtain genuine seed. We are also making available a small quantity of seed of the sumptuously beautiful Iris sari, one of the few from the difficult Oncocylus section that we consider relatively easy to grow. And for those with an interest in snowdrops we are offering for the first time the spring flowering form of Galanthus reginae-olgae and wild seed of Galanthus ikariae, a Greek island endemic.

Orders will be taken up to the end of May 2015 or until seed supplies are exhausted. Stocks for some of the Paeonies on offer are small but we anticipate "top ups" from our current season's crop, as well as further additions to the list, during the coming months. One packet will include between 15 to 20 seeds unless otherwise indicated on the individual listings.

Growing plants from seed may seem like a challenge to the novice, however many of the species listed will germinate freely. There are some important advantages in raising a batch of plants from scratch. The grower gets to better know their requirements, has the opportunity to develop and hone his/her gardening skills, and will have a range of individual plants from which to select nicer forms. And all at a fraction of the cost of a much smaller number of purchased bulbs.

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