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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A Prarie Garden At East Ruston

We found this part of the East Ruston Garden in Norfolk very close to closing time so I felt  I needed more time to do it justice. It is the most wonderful soft flowing planting and absolutely at its peak late summer.

East Ruston The Old Vicarage Garden In North Norfolk

A beautiful garden with echos of many of my favourite great gardens such as  Hicote and Great Dixter but also totally remarkable and exciting with a delightful appeal of its own. This garden is a credit to those who have  brought it to life

An Exotic Garden At East Ruston

This is just one of the gardens within the fabulous 32 acre garden at East Ruston Old Vicarage in North Norfolk I mistakenly called this a Mediterranean garden but its not. Its in the guide books as a Desert Wash and represents Californian planting.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Top Dog

Before and after pics. Everone needs a good trim and this little Yorkshire Terrier has just had her first. Well done Christie and thankyou for coming to visit us at the Nurseries and show us your new hair cut.

Summer Colour Talk

Lovely group of folks today as Peter gave a Summer Colour talk

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Curious Gardeners

Competition Winner
Do you remember the series, It was a little while ago. The Curious Gardeners. Well we were privileged to be visited at the Nurseries by the winners.

August Gardener's Calendar

I though August might be a quiet month, the time for holidays but I was wrong there is such a lot to do in the garden

Planting Combinations With Grasses

Leucanthemums and penstemons with Carex Testacea
 Grasses combine beautifully with herbaceous plants bringing texture and movement to borders

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Kiftgate a Garden to Visit

A fantastic garden to visit. Set in the Cotswolds and only a short drive from Buckingham. If you haven't already go and see this garden. It is next door to Hidcote an equally lovely garden. This is Kiftsgate. It’s a garden that has been loved and its a garden with a vast and interesting collection of plants. A lot of thought has gone into the placing of plants and much consideration has been taken over colour.

Super Summer Sale

As we are planning the next season we have decided to have a special sale. There are some lovely items from the shop which will soon be updated with our new ranges. The sale includes some study log baskets equally good for storage, garden trading display lighting, large white table and chairs from our garden furuniture range and house hold items like hooks and country style storage furniture.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Broughton Castle Near Banbury - Film Location for Wolf Hall

This Castle is a hidden gem. Its only open a few days a week but throughly worth a visit. Its walled garden is beautiful. The castle was used  as a location for the filming of Wolf Hall the Man Booker prize winning novel by Hilary Mantel, staring Damian Lewis (Homeland actor) as Thomas Cromwell in the 6 part Tudor drama.

The knot garden was featured in the first episode of Wolf Hall. Henry was talking to Thomas Cromwell in the knot garden.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Rousham, A lovely Landscaped Garden To Visit Near Lower Heyford

What a great garden to discover and just on our doorstep. Had a customer not mentioned Rousham I would not have known this garden existed. Google maps

Rousham House and Gardens Gardens Lower Heyford

This is not a commercial place so don't expect to find a tea room or shop. You certainly won't fight for a parking space, just pay at the machine and walk round the gardens. Make sure you take a picnic and loose yourself for the day whilst  admiring one of the best landscaped gardens in the county.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Fresh Flowers From The Garden for Cutting

Bringing Flowers Into The Home

Sweet peas and leucanthemum daisies are just some of the fresh flowers you can grow easily in your garden.

Scrambling Late Summer Clematis

Clematis Plena Elegans

If you haven't got late summer clematis scrambling through your shrubs and bushes now you are missing a treat. Its also low maintenance gardening.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Hot Cottage Garden Colour Perennials

Coriopsis_Enchanted Eve
Whow what a lot we have at the moment. Cottage garden perennials have blossomed and come into their own

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Colour Ideas For Late Summer Pots, Containers and Hanging Baskets.

Its never too late to add some extra colour and there is still plenty of time to enjoy the garden before we put it to bed.

Choosing plants for a pot, container or hanging basket can be a little overwhelming with such a huge choice of both plants and colour. 
Plant combinations in pots can be fabulous but I equally enjoy simple pots of all red geraniums or colourful salvias or dahlias so don't be daunted successful colourful pots are easy to create.

If you need help deciding what colours will be most effective in your situation its useful to famiurize yourself with the colour wheel. Follow my link to the colour wheel; Colours close together harmonise, colours opposite contrast dramatically.

In this article I have taken a look at some of the combinations you can create with both plants and colour.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Thunbergeia (Black Eyed Susan) Is Now Glorious In Orange

A vibrant orange annual to scramble up an obelisk or just up a few Cains as with sweet peas. It adds that essential bit of height. Perfect for a cottage garden display of bedding.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Dahlia The Hotest Plant This Summer

Dahlia Powder Lavender
 Once considered a little dated now the hotest plant on the market. Possibly thanks to Gardener's World and Monty's persistence every year with his brightly coloured dahlias in his celebrated Jewel Garden.

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