Visit to Green Island Gardens

A copy of the garden brochure, £1, is essential to see all that this garden offers; it’s large and there are many areas that you’ll be likely to miss if you don’t have one. If you have one in advance of your visit study it and plan your tour so that you see the parts you want to, if you can’t get one in advance then I suggest that you buy one on the way in then head to the tea room to review it and make your plan. If you do neither of these then before you go visit the website which has comprehensive details of the garden, it’s features, facilities, opening times and address. As with the garden itself, a lot of effort has gone into the website and it’s a great introduction to the gardens.

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Pig Trough Gardening

I visited our local auction house T W Gaze last week looking for some plants, however in the Deadstock Meadow sale I saw a pig trough aka a pig feeder. Made from cast iron it is very heavy yet I wondered if I could make it do duty as a plant pot. These are sometimes referred to as Mexican hats and you can see why. Continue reading “Pig Trough Gardening”

Barham Hall

 A Visit To Barham Hall, Church Lane, Barham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 0PT Sunday 2/7/2017
The garden at Barham opens once a year on a Sunday around the end of June, hosted this year by “The Great Garden Trail” in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice, 565 Foxhall Road, IP3 8LX Ipswich, Suffolk.

Tickets are £3 for adults and £1.50 for children under 16. Plenty of well organised parking is available and is included in the ticket price.

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Making Steel Plants Supports

My borders are looking messy as the tall plants; verbena, achillea, tall asters, crocosmia “Lucifer” and so on have grown so high that they are falling over under the weight of their flowers. I don’t like this look so searched the internet for hoop type plant supports. I wanted them sturdy so opted for 6 mm mild steel and I didn’t want the plastic coated type as I find they rust and the plastic becomes unsightly. Continue reading “Making Steel Plants Supports”

Buddleia/Buddleja aka Butterfly Bush

This is not my favourite plant however I was given one, unidentified, by a neighbour and bought one for a few pennies, unintentionally, in a job lot of perennials at my local auction house. This one, Buddleia Davidii Nanho Blue is Continue reading “Buddleia/Buddleja aka Butterfly Bush”