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Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 20:28

Have just seen the beautiful photos of the gardens ( and the ladies too of course )

Look absolutely wonderful so thanks again for sharing your day out  The pot of Sempervivums made me cross eyed ( and Edd's pic didn't help much either  )  Thank goodness my bowls of Semps don't have the same effect on me or I'd never get much gardening done!

Thanks again for the uplift

Viewing hibernating and breeding animals?

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 20:19

A beekeeping neighbour of mine had hives which had a Perspex "viewing" panel.  This was covered over by a wooden slide and his children were allowed (under parental supervision) to move the cover and be able to watch the bees going about their business.  This both enthralled the children ( and me too ) whilst not disturbing the bees.

I suppose it is a similar idea to that used by many zoos these offer an insight into the life of Ants and others without causing disturbance.

Disturbing wild animals/birds is not to be recommended but there are ways around that to show the next generation how things work and why they should be considerate of nature in all it's forms.

Perhaps your local Wildlife Trust could give you some advice........and, of course, becoming members of any local society will only enhance your childrens experience and education.

I hope you manage to find an acceptable compromise

Massive grass snake

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 20:40

Anyone seen any Glow Worms yet ?  Used to have lots but not seen any for a couple of years.


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 19:58

Never come across this problem.............a tough skin when you assume they are ripe to pick seems like the fruit hasn't developed properly ?

I don't fuss over my toms I admit but ate my first outdoor one today......just as delicious as I expected

Perhaps Italophile will have an explanation ?

chilli peppers

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 19:49

Bit late to sow chilli seeds now but always worth a go.  Also depends which F1 won't necessarily come true from seed.  If you want to save the seeds, make sure they are dried from the pulp and then store in paper bag until Spring.


Where's Mike?

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 17:34 sent me a PM...........unfortunately I cannot reply as the PM system is not working for me at the moment.  I gather there is some glitch in the system.  If you are happy to post your email address, I will respond using that method.

I assume you are following this thread

Best wishes


Where's Mike?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 22:11 got it in one.......hadn't realised there was still so much of a difference between Northern language and Southern.

Verdun, David, Pauline, Lilly.............I'm sorry you were so offended .........what I was trying to say ( and so obviously spectacularly failed as far as you were concerned ) was that Mike would post on the forum when he wanted to/had something to impart.  I truly don't see the point of asking why he hasn't posted ......he has been sick after all and judging by his latest posts, has other fish to fry as well.  As I said, give the guy a break rather than trying to pressurise him into thinking he HAS to post......that seems a little selfish to say the least.

I don't mind admitting that I don't always see eye to eye with Mike but have always thought (and said ) that he is a  good contributor to the are others 

Where's Mike?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 21:16

Verdun.........why not nice ?   I didn't say Mike was any less important than anyone else...........surely  it is up to each individual how often they post..........sorry if I offended but this forum is about  all the members............Mike is one among many other posters.  I assume he will post when he has something to say...........otherwise presumably he has other things to do.

Yes, you are right, everyone is important........I wasn't intimating otherwise.......but give the guy a break

Sorry.......not often I disagree with you ( except about Bamboo maybe ) but I think you are being unfair to say "Not Nice"..........this forum does not depend on one person (whoever it might be )  to keep it would be bloody boring if that was the case.


Where's Mike?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 20:47

I wouldn't worry too much Pauline.....people come and go..........the forum doesn't depend on just one person 


Posted: 17/07/2014 at 20:11

Bit late to try and grow quick annual climbers now but if you install some fencing/trellis even without plants at present, it would give you some privacy.

Once you have that in place, you can then start to think about the plants to grow up the screen........come the Autumn, you should be able to plant and can then look forward to your privacy next year. 

If you post photos of the area you are concerned with, I'm sure there will be lots of advice which you can consider

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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Perennial evergreen Grass

What variety ? 
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Sulphate of Potash feed 
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Nicandra physalodes (Shoofly or Apple of Peru)

Leaf variegation 
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Grass snake

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How things change 
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Cuckoo Spit

First of the season ? 
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Wildlife Pond

Frog tadpoles 
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Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

general query 
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Waterlogged grass/lawn

using RapidGrid to make a path 
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Kniphofia- Red Hot Pokers

Best type ? 
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