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Posted: 17/08/2014 at 17:34

Good afternoon everyone.

We went to see the Roscoea collection of Mr and Mrs Bream, at Stevenshilll in Shropshire. We set off early, went past. the V festival, but early, and I think all the revellers were still in their tents.  Mr Bream showed me around personally. I bought some plants from the plant stall, and a few others he found for me from the collection stock. I had to borrow a wheelbarrow to take them to the car.

We spent an hour or so looking around. OH spent some time talking to the oragan grinder (not the monkey).

 I'll put the garden photos on "gardens we have visited"

Then to avoid the fall out from the festival , we went to Ashwood nurseries for lunch and another mooch. Since I had already spent quite a bit, I restricted myself to one orchid for the house, one hellebore, and some colchicum bulbs.

Time for tea and more cake I think.

Your Opinion on Grow Lights

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 20:17

Expensive. I think they get used a lot by people growing certain crops in the attic.

ID please

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 20:15

The birds like the seed heads.

Climbing french beans

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 20:14

The ends that hang down, I just wind around the next cane and they grow up again. bit of a tangle but it works.

ID please

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 20:05

A type of amaranth I think.

Reddish leaves underside and then red tassels later.

I had Amaranthus hypochondriacus (really) last year , and its seeded all over.

Feed borders now?

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 21:54

I love that clip of the jewel garden at the beginning.

I'm watching back issues of beechgrove.

East Anglia Forkers Outings

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 21:50

This Sunday , I am planning on going to the National Roscoea collection , in Shrewsbury.

If anyone wants to meet up, let me know.

Feed borders now?

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 21:21

I give the soil a feed in Spring with fish , blood and bone.

If you feed perennials in borders now, you get soft growth and more damage with the frosts. The only exception I would make is for dahlias in full flower,where I would give a high potash feed, such as comfrey, tomorite or phostrogen.

Growing aquilegia from seed

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 21:18

Aquilegias dont need heat. They do better with a bit of shade. Advice from Carrie Thomas who has the national collection is here...

I had 20 packets of her special doubles last year, and I have more seedlings than I know what to do with.

raised beds

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 21:12

You can staple a layer of thick plastic compost sacks to the inside to separate creosote or tar from soil.

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