Latest posts by fidgetbones

californian poppy spotting

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 13:49

They're very obvious once they have two true  leaves .If you get rid of the ones that are obviously not the eschsholzia, then you might have a fighting chance of identifying the real ones.

californian poppy spotting

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 11:46

Pull out by hand each deadnettle and then see what you've got.


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 10:32

Its a bit early for phlox. They normally flower in August.  If they are growing well you should have flowers. You could give them a feed with a teaspoon of Phostrogen in a can of water if you are worried.


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 10:20


 Of course, being June, there are many roses in flower, pink perpetue, filipes 'kiftsgate", Constance Spry, and of course, Geoff Hamilton,  a pink scented modern rose from David Austin.

 Busy bee was very taken with the fruity scented "Lady Emma Hamilton"


 The cottage garden


 A new garden,  Lands End, based on a seaside garden. The gardens are not stagnating in time, new additions are being made.

 We  had a look around the nursery are, succumbing to some of the many plants on offer. There is a large amount of day lilies (Hemerocallis) in the nursery, but we were a bit early in the season to see them in full bloom.

We left at around 4.30 pm, having had a very enjoyable afternoon.


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 10:07

 Looking up, there is a mature tulip tree (Liriodendron) in full flower above the Versailles walk.

 We marvelled at the eight foot tall delphiniums. Despite only using organic iron based slug pellets, they were untouched by slugs, and various colours were looking magnificent dotted around the gardens.

 While there were many pleasing plant combinations around the gardens, this is one we didn't like. The Heuchera clashed horribly with the penstemon and geranium.

 Mixed nigella and calendula in the potager garden.

 The mediterranean or dry garden. No water is used in this garden

 There were a number of white barked silver birches, forming the shady walk. Underplantings of hellebore and pulmonaria  would  be a highlight in Spring, but in high summer gave us some respite from the heat.


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 09:53


 We arrived at 12 ish (allowing for random tractors) and as a busload of 80  was due in, we sampled the delights of the cafe first. .  Most ate salads, but I had a good chunk of coffee and walnut cake to fortify me for the walk around the gardens.

 A random group of people wandering around the gardens.

The gardens are now mature, time has passed since Geoff Hamilton constructed them, with trees  casting more shade than they would originally.  It could have been very bitty, with a series of gardens, but one seemed to flow into another, almost like the rooms at Hidcote. Some had obvious delineations, other parts like the shady walk, just merged one into another.  We had the benefit of glorious sunshine, and shade was often needed.  The  bus trip didn't overwhelm the garden, there is plenty of seating dotted around for those that needed it.

 After two hours wandering around, we had to sample the delight of Belvoir cold drinks from the fridge, and Roskilly ice cream from the freezer..... and then venture forth again.

Nasty seed ID please

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 18:52

Seed head of  wood avens. they get everywhere because they stick like velcro.


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 18:51

I finally shook off white van man on the way home from Barnsdale. Raspberries and ice  cream consumed as a snack to tide me over until dinner.

Off out now. See you later folks.


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 18:41

I had raspberry ice cream too.

Off out tonight. Lots of pictures tomorrow.


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 08:52

Beckie.  Have look at ryton gardens in Coventry and ashwood nurseries(John Massey garden has open days once a month)near Wolverhampton.

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