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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 22:17

Rain last. Everything was so dry and crispy we desperately needed it. Means tomorrow I won't have to dig in concrete yay! 

Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 21:29
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Thank you for the lovely photos. Sounds exciting getting to the sunken garden. You look young and slim.

Thanks Busy  Have to admit to being a little less than 27  and the gardening work keeps me slim. The other lady in the photos of HC is my friend that I co-managed an independent nursery with many years ago so she is as plant mad as me lol


Chicky I didn't know either 

Matty not surprised you love it. It really is a gem.

Have been to both Trebah and Eden but not Hidden Valley. Where abouts in Cornwall is it? Will have to go find it next time at mums.

Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 16:05

These are from Hampton Court Castle and Gardens. The original one built in 1434. Well worth a visit. Grand, beautiful and plenty of soul

The grand entrance with the castle in the background

How pretty are these for runnerbeans?! And Hi  thats me.


 A riot of colour

The view from one end.....


To the other


You had to find your way through to the castle folly in the middle


You go inside down through a tunnel and come out to this!


Then to get to the sunken garden you have to go behind this!


 You come out here 

 And sit on a bench here and admire the view 


  Will load some more later have to go 

Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 15:39

These are from Bramdean House. An NGS garden. Beautiful borders but to me somehow seemed to lack soul.

Sorry about quality of pictures  Don't have camera these were taken with ipod.

My friend standing next to a Brugmansia aka Datura

 A view down through their famous mirror borders to the house.

 Same again. Sorry bit dark

  Look at the size of the plants!!!!

 A really pretty little double geranium. Anyone know the name?

  Beautiful Clematis, so many flowers.

Loved the colour of this Hemerocallis

 Anyone know what it is? Slugs certainly liked the leaves.





Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 22:23
Matty2 wrote (see)

I live near Leominster, Malvern. Love Hampton Court especially the amzing veg garden. The only time I've ever really been excited about veg garden display

Hi Matty...sorry had to quote this from Morning Forkers thread. Veg garden wasn't looking very good at all when we went. No rain for so long had taken its toll but could see what it would have looked like.

Have promised myself to go up there when Malvern plant show on. You live in a beautiful part of the country 



Seasoned gardeners

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 16:47

PaulaH You are a gardener by trade too   Think I tried to look at your profile before but comp said no and just kept telling me about me lol x


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 16:37

Hi everyone and commiserations for those who need it, health or flooded gardenwise.

Just come back from a long weekend in a place near Leominster, Hereford. Anyone on here live near there? Stayed with a friend I've not seen in years. She now has a small holding in the back of beyond a complete deadzone as far as my satnav and phone are concerned. Drove round for over an hour trying to find her. Eventually found a local who knew them and rang for my friend to meet me and show me the way  had driven past turning 3 times lol. 

Absolutley idyllic where they are. Beautiful countryside. Have pics I will post later as well as pics of the original Hampton Court castle and gardens and Stockton Bury Gardens both definitely worth a visit. Still have to post pics of Bramdean that I visited a while ago...just not enough hours in the day!!!! 

vine weevil

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 16:19

The main ingredient in Provado...thiacloprid.....has also been linked to depleting numbers in bee population  If the plant is in the ground it will survive beetle damage and grubs will be eaten by predators. If in a pot put a bit of landscape fabric in the bottom, leaves no access through drainage holes, and give the top of the pot a thick layer of gravel/grit etc. Beetles can't lay.

Seasoned gardeners

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 15:29

Hello H & M  Fairly new here myself. 

Margaret seeds are wonderful things too and so readily available. Ask neighbours for those too. Most will be more than willing to share.


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 15:16

More mistakes by me than just thugs  Thought I could control them. Live and learn...A "mile a minute vine"....ended up growing in my roof!

Put "mind ur own business" round my pond, it looked so lush and green and mossy like, spent the next ten years trying to get rid of it!

Loved listening to the "pop!" of the seeds exploding from my 5 planted Euphorbia characias. Knew I should deadhead but thought I would actually like a few more....could have supplied every nursery in the vicinity with them the following year. 

Sweet violets, the worst!!!!!! So pretty, edible too. Thought could keep them confined to top wildish patch. Their seed heads explode too!!! Got into my alpine garden  Had to dig out alpines, extract violets...roots so deep and resistant to pulling for such a dainty looking plant...replant and re-grit. Took forever! 

BTW Bice to see you Keen  Why is everyone so shy on this forum? Most I've been on post pics of themselves straightaway. Only reason I haven't is I don't have a recent one of me to post.

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