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

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 13:40

Back home now after a great weekend away - fantastic weather to be beside the seaside & the storms were quite exciting too! Crab, ice cream & beer were all as good as I remember.

The garden was beautiful & inspirational and the company was exceptionally good - 5 such lovely, friendly people - feel as if I've known you all for years, not a few hours.

Artjak has done a wonderful job of capturing the the beauty & the essence of the garden & little Panda clearly enjoyed her travels!

Will try to upload a couple of my pics when I've finished unpacking.

Meantime a really huge thanks to the 5 of you who made for such a great afternoon.

When's the next one?....

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

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 09:30

... I think perhaps crab ice-cream with a red chilli coulis could make it onto a menu or two ....

Off now - see you all tomorrow (hope not too many probs for you Panda - fingers X'd)

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

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 17:05

Thx Dove - beer, crab & ice cream are beckoning.....

See you Saturday 

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

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 15:16

Thx Nut - see you Saturday 

Novice gardener with an overgrown gardener

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 14:03

Hi Pompoms - well done on the weed battle! I garden down in Suffolk so defer to local knowledge when it comes to severity of the winter.

If your plants have been in containers for some time you should be able to plant them at anytime the soil is workable - so starting sooner rather than later to establish them before winter seems like a plan.

Just make sure you prepare the beds well with lots of organic matter as this will help to retain moisture through the summer as well as helping to support the plants in other ways. I would also suggest considering using a mycchorizal root fungus as I found this really got root systems going when I was planting a load of shrubs last year. A bigger, deeper root system should mean they're better protected against ground frosts. I would also use a thick mulch after you've given everything a really good watering - again to help conserve moisture over the summer months.

After that it's a case of keeping everything well watered (unless you're getting lots of rain) - but that shouldn't be anymore work than watering all those containers!

Good luck.

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

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 11:54

Hot enough for everyone today....? I am confident we will enjoy E Rustons microclimate of warm (not hot) sun with a gentle cooling breeze on Saturday ---- Brolly is on stand by in case I need a parasol 

We are taking advantage of the warm weather to take the caravan to the Norfolk coast tomorrow morning (16 miles to drive on Saturday instead of 160 - hurrah!).

I therefore probably won't have access to internet after 10am tomorrow. If there are any major changes to our plans can either Dove or Nut text or ring me please? Otherwise really, really looking forward to meeting you all at 1pm in the car park and spending the afternoon exploring these beautiful gardens.

Ice cream anyone?....

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

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 15:27

Thanks for the offer Dove but I don't need any at the moment (need to dig another bed before I can have anymore plants!).

Glad I spent the day in the garden yesterday doing quite a bit of planting & general sorting out - torrential rain & thunderstorms today & very warm & humid - no need to go out and do any watering & it'll get the seeds going 

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

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 18:42

My lovely OH brought me a glass of St Peters Organic Bitter while I was in the bath .... Feeling MUCH better now 

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

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 18:08

7 hours in the garden today - very hot & steamy - I could down (at least) one right now...

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

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 17:58

Sorry folks but I think I'll probably give a pub meal a miss - but if it's very hot I might be tempted to join you for a swift half of something long and cold from Southwold or Woodbastwick ...... 

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