It's the unlikeliness of the location. Nestled within a block of Victorian
and Edwardian buildings...you pass through a black metal gate and down a planted alley into.......
an urban Paradise where all things "gardens" rule, and the best of them are a bit
out of the ordinary. I mean, how many of the usual suburban garden centers will try to sell you twine in all the colors of the rainbow - for tieing up your sweetpeas and nasturtiums?
Clifton Nurseries will supply you with the usual roses and daffodils
and primroses, but it's not everywhere
that will offer you the VERY LATEST in garden furniture in that distingue Hermes orange
to take home with your ancient olive tree for "instant Mediterranean" in your backyard.
Some people die for rhubarb pots (I do). You might need to send a man to collect them for you, they won't fit in your tote bag......I know - you weren't expecting to find rhubarb pots on this trip to the shops - me either.
And in case you've been feeling left out of all of this season's Sakura viewing? Clifton Nurseries can help you plant your whole neighborhood.
Surprise, surprise? Those yellow orchids are fake!
But the garlanded amphorae and the stone sphinxes are 100% percent real. Wait a minute - which of your suburban big box stores has one or two of those overseeing their sales floors? None you say? No, I didn't think so. And if you are thirsty. There is a cafe at Clifton Nurseries, inside a greenhouse, for a nice chat with the light pattering of raindrops overhead......
Or if you are like me, there is a nice pub around the corner! The planting will wait.