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Posted: 03/07/2014 at 20:36

I started going to Ryton gardens when it first opened. I was working in Coventry and used to have lunches there.I was there when Prince Charles visited . I used to chat to Lawrence Hills and he took me to visit his wife Cherry. I saw it developed garden by garden. It expanded through the muck and magic era, demonstrating how to start an organic garden from a blank canvas. I think it has lost its way.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 20:13


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 19:52

I had a very odd feeling day. OH had left a tripod in Hinckley, so as he was going in that direction we went to Ryton gardens , or groworganic as it is called now. The cafe and shop has shut. The plant sales area has shut. The restaurant has reopened. We were the only people walking around the gardens. We saw one gardener and a couple making notes with a clipboard. The soft fruit area was padlocked, but peering through the locked gate, we could see loads of raspberries and gooseberries begging to be picked. The pear orchard was fenced off. I had the feeling we were there on the wrong day and we started whispering to each other. What was open was still maintained, but it seems to be going backwards not forwards. Very sad really.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 09:20

Verdun, how exciting. Are you starting a wildflower patch?

Plant ID please

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:47

Last one looks like Thalictrum delavayi, I think it has now been renamed Thalictrum dipterocarpum.  It is easy from seed, Try chiltern seeds.

There is a double one called hewitts double, but you dont get the airy fairy look.

If you want a good patch. plant 10 or 12 in a block six inches apart. It will seed about after that.

garden hoes

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:11

He has a rake type thing called a double lute. I didn't see a hoe.

I like a wilkinson sword thing called a swoe.

Plant propagation

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:09

Philadelphus, I would take semi ripe cuttings now. A really strong new shoot should just be at the right stage. Up to 6 inch long, cut below a leaf joint, dip in hormone rooting powder or gel,stick 4 in  the corners of a 3 inch sq pot of gritty compost. Cover with plastic bag or stand in a propagator tray with cover on. You will not need heat. They should root by the end of summer and I would pot on when they start with new leaves in spring.

Hawthorn Hedge

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 15:41

Water it well. A new hedge will need a good soak of water at the roots at least once a week during the summer. If it has much top growth, any rain will not reach the roots.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 14:33

Clarington, some don't need training, they are just upgrades or replacements for older versions.  They all come as pick n mix, but its always the accountants that draw the line at the training. They dont understand that its not what the training costs, its what the lack of training costs.

Spear and Jacksons new Kew Gardens range of tools - any good

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 14:27

I bought one of their neverbend  root breakers last year. Thats pretty good . Better than breaking another spade handle anyway.

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