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East Anglian garden visting

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 10:11

That looks good Nut. I can do most dates except Mondays between now and September (doesn't have to be a weekend for me) - but had better keep 10th - 20th June free for visitors. Wouldn't mind a repeat visit to E Ruston either if the dates fit....

Were we thinking about trying to get to Beth Chatto's this summer after we were rained off last autumn? I think Busy Lizzie wanted to go there too and I believe she is visiting in July - perhaps we could make that fit? 

Summer's coming 

ID for hardy geranium please

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 09:02

Morning Nut - that's a good idea. At the moment my summer is relatively free except for a week of visiting relatives in June. Would be nice to get a couple of trips lined up 

Off out into the garden now - the yellow globe is shining here but the forecast suggests I need to make the most of it!!

ID for hardy geranium please

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 07:19

Ooooh - thank you Dove - I rather like that one. My garden is still very new and, whilst I have most of the major tree and shrub planting done, there is still a long way to go filling in the gaps with perennials. There are some good basics - but this year I'm concentrating on introducing foliage texture and colour. That fern will do very nicely!

Nut - thank you - that's very kind. I would love some G. nodosum seedlings. There are loads of spaces for them in my woodland style border. I hope we do meet up this year - we had some lovely visits last year didn't we?

Such nice people on this forum.... 

ID for hardy geranium please

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 17:16

I seem to remember that G nodosum is a good 'doer' in a woodland style border - must remember to put it on the list.

Not being funny Dove (honestly!) but is the fern in the picture intended to be copper / bronze foliage or is that last years growth which hasn't been cut back? It looks very pretty & I can think of  a spot where that colour would work in my garden.

My ferns go that colour over winter but look very messy after the frosts and never stay nice and upright like that. If it is a bronze fern can you remember the name please? 

My New Garden Friend....sorry I had to come and show off

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 09:44

 It is a very special experience isn't it OL?

This is the first property we've had where we get fairly regular visits from green woodpeckers & less frequent ones from the lesser spotted & we never tire of seeing them. A neighbour has wooden shingles on her roof which the woodpeckers love hammering on (apparently it's her regular wake up call).

We are fortunate to have a lot of visiting wildlife - some welcome - some less so. We hear owls every night but I have yet to see one - that would definitely make my week. Have thought about putting up an owl box - has anybody else done that with any success?

Busy Lizzie's Open Garden

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:29

Congratulations BL - I have always thought you had a fantastic garden & now it sounds as though you are one of the best ambassadors they could wish to have for this new event - hope it goes from strength to strength. 


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 23:38
If it was you Lily - BIG thanks


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 21:29
Seeing the red squirrel was the highlight . Have loads of pesky greys at home digging holes in the lawn and 'planting' unwanted hazel & walnut trees everywhere but reds are just cute and gorgeous. I would love to have those in my garden


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 20:31
Evening! - Sounds like everyone's been very busy (especially Wonky - that Dove sounds a real task master!).
Have had a perfect day today and just wanted to say a huge thanks to whoever mentioned Larch Cottage Nurseries in Melkinthorpe on the forum some months ago - we are on our jollies so we made a special journey there today.
Fantastic nursery - excellent plants and gardens and lovely gift shop. Bought plants, bought presents, had excellent lunch in the restaurant then went for a drive through the very quietest NE corner of Cumbria. Lots of lambs, fabulous scenery, quiet roads and saw a red squirrel - first one in years.
Back to our caravan watching Chelsea Challenge with a G&T - (home grown) rhubarb crumble & cream to follow.
Doesn't get much better!

Getting close to..CHELSEA

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 15:08

Have never been tempted by Chelsea - it's often cold and wet and everybody moans about the crowds and not being able to see things. If I'm paying that much money I like to be able to take my time, examine the best gardens in detail, take photos etc. I am also short so trying to see things in big crowds doesn't really work. 

Hampton Court is lovely (if a little tiring - it's a BIG site) and the show gardens are very good. Less keen on GW although it is less formal and a bit more fun.

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