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Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 20:44

Trebah is gorgeous. I always expect dinosaurs to rear up from the giant gunneras and tree ferns.


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 19:05

You are so lucky living in kingswinford with Ashwood  nurseries on you doorstep. I'd never be away.


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:58

Were you the one who asked me if I knew what the tree in the corner was?

(I didn't)


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:40

Compost bins are fine. If you have a lot of stuff to compost, you can use the 1 tonne size builders bags with a piece of cardboard or carpet on top.

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:06

As well as the open day, they will take a group around by appointment.


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 17:56

I was the one wheeling the blue wheelbarrow full down to the car. OH was the moody bloke with the beard. We were there for 10.30, left about 12.30

I liked the Roscoea he had grown himself from seed. Very similar to the Royal purple hybrids they have at Ashwood though. They look excellent value this year. They look like last years that have bulked up well. Last year they were single shoots for the money, this year you get a potful.

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 17:48

Mr and Mrs Bream. national collection of Roscoeas spread around a 1 acre garden, Stevenshill , Shropshire.

Mr Bream showed me around and pointed out variations in different plants from the collection. Near the entrance, where he stands some of the pots in the shade, Roscoea scillifolia pink form had seeded itself into the gravel.

 Three types growing in large pots which get protection in the winter.

Usually they are bone hardy in the soil, with a thick mulch of compost.

 By the pond.

 One of his own seedlings , probably a ghurka/purpurea cross.

Brugmania never flowered

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 17:37

I have had rooted cuttings from the previous year, flower as late as November(bonfire night in fact). If it is in a good size pot, put it in a sunny place, feed it regularly with a high potash feed such as phostrogen or tomorite. Plenty of time yet.


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.

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