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Visit The Old Vicarage Gardens East Ruston - Friday 5th June

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 19:27

Wonky Womble and I plan to visit The Old Vicarage Gardens at East Ruston in Norfolk this coming Friday 5th June.

Hopefully Panda will be able to come along too.

If anyone else would like to join us they'd be very welcome


Posted: 01/06/2015 at 19:22

Hope you're better for trip to East Ruston on Friday Wonky!

Yvie, take it steady with that knee.

Hosta - congrats to the new property owners!

It's chilly here and trying to rain.  I've tied up some clematis and the autumn raspberries and moved pots and precious things into sheltered areas.

The birds are still busy feeding so I'll not put the hedgehog food out until later or they'll raid it. 

Now we're on the sofa waiting for Nigel Slater's new programme to start - we've got the fire on

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 19:11
Flower Girl3 wrote (see)

Trust me that will be the last I order from them as, I'm still not happy with my lavender and still waiting for an e-mail back from them it is taking forever! Apparently it is because of high demand! hmmm, not happy!!

Presumably the high demand on the services of their Complaints Department!

flying critters

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 19:03

If you use insecticides you'll never have ladybirds or any of the other wonderful insects that prey on aphids. 

I brush the aphids off between my finger and thumb - if you're squeamish use a soft paintbrush.  If you can't reach use a jet of water from the hose. 

Ladybirds and wasps will come in the warmer weather and help you out.

Also, hang bird feeders with suet pellets and sunflower hearts near to the plants that have aphids - the bluetits will be attracted by them, then they will see the aphids - caviar for bluetits and lots of other small birds



Posted: 01/06/2015 at 17:57

I used to live opposite this and I remember when the whole 'Church Plain', as the gravelled area is called, was covered with snow for about 10 minutes on June 6th when Wonky was very small. Don't think it's going to be repeated this year ........

Missing Bees

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 17:36

I've been sitting in the garden listening to the birds and watching the bees - there were quite a few bumbles and solitary bees on the geranium phaem and broad beans, and the chive flowers are seldom without several bees at the moment - even in this chill wind. 

Do ALL tall(ish) plants need supporting?

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 17:22

We've just been out there and tied the autumn raspberries to the fence with a length of this  so they don't thrash about and get damaged in the high winds we're supposed to be getting.  

stags horn problem

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 16:27

Is the poorly one more exposed than the others - does it catch the wind or frost more than them?  I've seen tender new sumach leaves really badly damaged by cold weather, especially if the leaves opened in a warm spell and then the weather turned cold again.

Is this plant safe?

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 14:52

Potato fruits and leaves are poisonous; rhubarb leaves are poisonous; cherry stones are poisonous ... the garden's full of poisonous plants


Posted: 01/06/2015 at 14:27

Snap Nut

Think Jay's got autumn fruiting raspberries in his garden - delicious

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