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

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 11:27

Likewise - always good to meet fellow gardeners.

Hope they do coffee & walnut cake in the tea room - it's the law that I have to have a slice with builders tea after walking round a garden  - either that or a half of Adnams with smokey bacon crisps 

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

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 10:12

I've been wanting to visit E Ruston for ages and would love to join you if that's OK.

 

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 08:43

So pretty - esp love the rose arch & grass - well done you.

Is that a scarecrow in your veggie beds? Does he work? I am doing battle royal with pigeons so that cd be an idea for me!

Mini Greenhouse Plants

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 22:35

Likewise. I lost a lot of March and the whole of April to more pressing commitments & have been playing 'catch up ' with the garden ever since. The garden itself now looks ok but my veggie & perennial seedlings are pathetic (the local vole & mice population don't help either!). Just hoping lots of water, a bit of TLC & a bit of cheating via garden centre plugs might allow me to salvage something this year.

In short Knathan - you're not alone - far from it!!!

 

Papaver somniferum seed

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 22:28

Thx everybody. Will keep some sed from the 2 best plants & see what comes up next year!!

 

Overgrown garden - please help

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 16:15

What would you like to do with the garden?

Are you hoping to make some beds / grow veg and develop some green fingers or are you just looking for a 'green space' to sit & chill with a glass of something cool?

For now I'd be tempted to strim the grass back to see exactly what's there (if you're only planning to do this once it might be cheaper to hire than buy) and keep looking out for anything that's growing that you might want to keep.

Once it's strimmed you can mow it a couple of times to see if you can make a lawn of the grass.

If it's all too rough, dig it out (weedkill and rotovate) and turf or seed in the autumn, making beds where you want them.

 

Cows in garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 15:51

I have a similar problem but with horses in the field behind me. One of them strayed into my garden last year & did quite a bit of damage - fortunately we were in the middle of the really messy stage of landscaping & we were able to make things right without too much effort.

The landowner is a bit 'strange' and has fallen out with a lot of people in the village and her response has been to just let weeds, hedgerows etc etc grow completely out of control so that neighbouring gardens have a real fight to keep their gardens looking nice. She has been taken to court more than once.

We have been here 3 years & whilst I am not friends with her, we do have a polite & respectful co existence (I think she was relieved I didn't take legal action last year!). We rub along to both our benefits by me approaching her if anything is affecting my garden / view & by her agreeing for me to have the work done. It's not ideal but she is getting work done she should (but wouldn't) do herself and I am getting the job done to my standards & in a way which is most beneficial & pleasing to me.

I would certainly chat to the farmer about this. Does he even know there is a problem? He might agree to do something about it straight away. It might be that he doesn't have the resources to deal with the problem but would be happy for you to sort it out if you have the cash to do it (or he might go halves). If so I would look at strengthening the wall and / or using electric fencing as suggested before.

I certainly wouldn't go down the threatening route except as a final resort.

If the cows don't eat foxgloves they might also resist aconitum (both are toxic) which don't mind a shadier garden.

Papaver somniferum seed

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 12:58

Thank you Chrissie - as you say it is all part of the fun to see what comes up differently each year. 

There do seem to be some named varieties out there though so I wonder how they propagate those? GOOGLE may indeed be my friend here.

Papaver somniferum seed

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 10:35

Apologies for posting this twice but wasn't sure if it should go in 'problems' or 'plants'!

This year I have had several Papaver Somniferum plants pop up in my garden which I have allowed to flower. They are all about 3-4' high and most are fairly standard single flowers. A couple, however, are beautiful pom pom heads - one a lovely dusky pink/plum and the other a softest pink (looks like an old fashioned rose from a distance). 

Does anybody know whether it is worth while collecting the seed from these 2 plants to sow for next year? Will they be true to the parent plant? The bees have been busy buzzing between them so if they are easily cross pollinated this is likely to have happened.

If cross pollination is a problem, would it be possible to prevent cross pollination of a couple of the unopened flower buds (perhaps by tiring some insect mesh loosely around them) in the hope of producing 'true' seed?

 

Papaver somniferum seed

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 10:31

Hi

This year I have had several Papaver Somniferum plants pop up in my garden which I have allowed to flower. They are all about 3-4' high and most are fairly standard single flowers. A couple, however, are beautiful pom pom heads - one a lovely dusky pink/plum and the other a softest pink (looks like an old fashioned rose from a distance). 

Does anybody know whether it is worth while collecting the seed from these 2 plants to sow for next year? Will they be true to the parent plant? The bees have been busy buzzing between them so if they are easily cross pollinated this is likely to have happened.

If cross pollination is a problem, would it be possible to prevent cross pollination of a couple of the unopened flower buds (perhaps by tiring some insect mesh loosely around them) in the hope of producing 'true' seed?

 

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