Please note, we do not live in Pembrokeshire – this was an error for those who may have seen the Gardener’s World slot on May 20th. We live in Carmarthenshire, just two miles east of the National Botanic Garden.
Regina’s Cottage is set in a small wooded valley, next to a stream where we, Pat and Robin, look after old fashioned and new varieties of garden auriculas, the *National Collection of Border Auriculas *
Pictures of our cottage and garden
About the Collection
The Collection was started over forty years ago by Geoff Nicolle in Pembroke and we have continued since 2005, often adding new varieties, some of which we have raised ourselves in the quest for hardy, attractive garden plants.
Geoff first saw an Auricula in a garden of a neighbour in the village of Rosemarket in Pembrokeshire, this plant was known as a “rackler” a piece of which was given to Geoff which he later named “Rosemarket Rackler” the first of many old plants which were collected countrywide. Some of our plants have a history dating back over a hundred years. One introduction is an old Border Auricula named “Upperfields” by Joe Braddock who lives near Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucester, Joe has known the plant for over fifty years and kindly brought some to us. New varieties are also welcome in the collection, several have recently been donated by John Green of Totnes, Devon. Many of the old border auriculas typically have a history dating back many years, most perhaps not good enough for the Florists’ benches but too pretty to discard so planted out in the garden.
Bob Bach, famous for his Eden Border Auriculas has kindly donated many of his plants to us, which we now show on Open Days as the “Eden Collection”. A current programme of crossing some of the Eden Collection and Patti’s Borders is ongoing, hopefully the combination will give us some interesting new varieties, the most recent, we have given the greenhouse name ‘Dolly Mixture’ one of these I have given a greenhouse name of “Patti’s Plum” (see pictures)
Our quest for Old and New Border Auriculas continues, combined with a love of gardening which extends to organic vegetable growing and a flower garden full of poppies, delphiniums, roses, hardy geraniums, hellebores and many other herbaceous plants, making the garden at Regina’s Cottage an all seasons garden.
We are members of the National Auricula and Primula Society (Midlands & West Section)
We have recently introduced a “Workshop” for beginners’ and for those wishing to know more about the Auricula.
Open days to view the collection are held in April or May, or by appointment. We are happy to have visits any time by prior arrangement for those who would like to come to chat about auriculas. We do grow other auriculas so that visitors may see as many types as possible, we grow Alpines, Stripes, Selfs, Edges and Doubles though just a few of each which makes a more interesting picture for visitors.
The Border varieties are some of the oldest type of auricula to be grown, hardy perennials, their colour range, perfume, floriferous growth and compact habit make them a plant for today, yet they retain that nostalgic old fashioned look of a bygone era.
To contact us for further details about open days or the Collection,or if you would like us to give an illustrated talk on the History of the Auricula to your group or Garden Club, e-mail;
check out the News and Events for details of Open Days, The Workshop and a list of the Auricula Society Shows.