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Title: 09 April 14
Post by: mark smyth on April 09, 2014, 12:16:18 PM
OMG what a display! I'm so green with jealousy
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Maggi Young on April 09, 2014, 12:56:43 PM
This is a favourite time for us in the garden - the erythronium are such a joy. Been having a lovely time this morning just examining their markings one by one.
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: mark smyth on April 09, 2014, 01:22:41 PM
because of this weeks blog I've just spent too much money
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Maggi Young on April 09, 2014, 03:03:57 PM
because of this weeks blog I've just spent too much money
:o ::)

 I have been asked to point out that the Bulb Despot and the SRGC accept no responsibility for the retail therapy frenzy which may be engendered in readers of the Bulb Log.  :-X
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Brian Ellis on April 09, 2014, 06:11:08 PM
I don't know that you get away with it that easily Maggi ;D
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: David Nicholson on April 09, 2014, 07:54:37 PM
I find myself sharing Mark's greenness
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Margaret on April 09, 2014, 08:14:50 PM

Me too. Really wonderful Ian.
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: mark smyth on April 09, 2014, 08:24:49 PM
Maggi you'll be happy to know the money went to Scotland  ;D tho loads of things I would have bought are out of stock
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Leena on April 10, 2014, 06:36:36 AM
Your garden is my dream garden!
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Mavers on April 10, 2014, 09:01:47 AM
I've just seen paradise!

Your garden is so beautiful Ian & Maggi, thank you for letting us have a peek.
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: ranunculus on April 10, 2014, 11:54:38 AM
An IRG in a Bulb Log!!!   Absolutely stunning my friends!    And we get invited to stay in February when most of these gems were still underground.  Life isn't fair!!!   
Seriously, Ian and Maggi your latest blog should be printed and handed out at garden festivals, shows and garden centres inspiration of the ultimate kind and WHERE are the TV cameras when we need them.  Hotfoot them to sunny Aberdeen.

Many thanks to Jon Evans for pointing out my typo (now amended) that suggested Ian and Maggi were running a 'latex' blog perish the thought imagine either of them in latex!!!
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Ian Y on April 10, 2014, 02:47:15 PM
Thanks to all - our garden, or should I say the plants within it, are a continual inspiration to me - I just love this time of year.

I will point out to those encouraged to spend their cash that I continually say that seed is the best way to achieve a garden full of bulbs much the cheapest way to so I accept no responsibility Mark ;)

Cliff I was contacted by a BBC researcher earlier this year - we had a long conversation and I suggested the best times of year and what they might expect to see but not surprisingly I have heard nothing more. I am quite pleased as I am not really sure if I want a TV crew tramping around our garden.

I have just taken another 208 pictures today - here is one.



I do have some liquid latex in my workshop, I use it in my art, but I am not sure there is enough to make a life cast ???
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: ChrisB on April 10, 2014, 02:52:01 PM
It's my idea of heaven Ian!
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: mark smyth on April 10, 2014, 02:58:38 PM
I will point out to those encouraged to spend their cash that I continually say that seed is the best way to achieve a garden full of bulbs much the cheapest way to so I accept no responsibility Mark ;)

I know I know but I don't have the patience but must start
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Maggi Young on April 10, 2014, 03:11:03 PM
Hmm, TV crews ?  We've had them here before - for BBC and Channel 4. We've had features on the old "Bloom" programme; some programme  whose name escapes me - it was fronted by Stefan  Buczacki ; the Beechgrove Garden several times over many years  and  a couple of other things, too - so we do feel we've done our bit  in that regard. Can't say I'm in a hurry to welcome another crew to the premises!
Apart form anything else they eat you out of house and home.
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: mark smyth on April 10, 2014, 03:20:12 PM
I've had TV crews twice. You might remember a researcher wanted to feature my rookery. I had to stop filming many times due to people sitting / standing on plants and camera tripods getting poked in to plants. In one programme they said I couldn't talk about plants!
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Robert on April 10, 2014, 04:54:11 PM
Ian and Maggi,

Your garden and the Erythroniums are an inspiration for all of us. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. And for so many years. It seems the garden just gets better very year.

P.S. Ripe Corydalis seed - my first post on the forum was a request for fresh seed. Maybe I can find someone in the U.S.A. that is willing to share or trade. Wishful thinking.
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: David Nicholson on April 10, 2014, 07:50:07 PM
I do have some liquid latex in my workshop, I use it in my art, but I am not sure there is enough to make a life cast ???

Wouldn't take all that much in your case Ian and just a soupcon more would do for both of you. :P ;D  Lovely, lovely garden.
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Tim Ingram on April 10, 2014, 09:10:06 PM
It's a huge inspiration to see all those erythroniums, especially because they are seeding a lot in our garden too and the prospect of a display like that in the future is wonderful. I don't know about TV programmes - very many years ago Fern Brittan presented a short film of our garden (before it became more weedy!) - and my memory of her and the team she was with is very positive. The right presenter (Carole Baxter is excellent isn't she?) with the knowledge and ability to really bring out the essence of a garden, and what the gardener has put into it, can produce a programme which is really the equal of the garden, and it could be so revealing to so many viewers. The big thing is taking time and researching something properly. There are huge opportunities for more interesting gardening/plant centred programmes of all sorts. What about the 'Great British Sewing Bee'? I've been watching this with my wife (who is pretty good at sewing when she gets the chance), and it has been hugely enjoyable and shown how skills can be shared and developed - even though competitive in some ways its clear how much everyone involved learnt from each other and shared disappointments. Hardly any celebrity there - straightforward artistry and skill (and quite a few mistakes which are not unusual). Sewing may not be gardening but the basic premise is the same - it is to do with really wanting to learn and constantly improve on what you do, and you can't do that in isolation - that's why this Forum is so brilliant! This is a long winded way of saying thank you to Ian and Maggi in particular.
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: fixpix on April 11, 2014, 08:02:35 AM
And I always thought Erythroniums are a single-leaf thing.
Definitely not doing too well where mine are planted :(
Gorgeous pictures!
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on April 11, 2014, 08:21:57 AM
Utterly amazed, Maggi & Ian !
Must be back... sigh.. !
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Mavers on April 11, 2014, 10:54:07 AM
I'm letting my 'specials' self seed & I also collect the seed of my attempts at cross pollinating.

Lots of trilliums coming on & erythroniums....................many years off of having a show like Ian & Maggi's garden though, but I'm slowly getting there.

As far as trilliums are concerned I think I'll be getting for my late 60's by the time they bloom. ::)
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Matt T on April 11, 2014, 12:29:02 PM
I'm like you Mavers. I have dozens of sowings of Trillium coming along in the hope that they might be close to flowering by the time we move to a mainland garden with a shady border or bit of woodland edge to suit them. Long-term planning :)
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Maggi Young on April 12, 2014, 03:21:39 PM
It's a lovely day today and I think my cold is on the mend - so I thought I'd take a few photos in the garden to give you a slightly different "take" on it this week from my perspective. ;)  Bit too sunny and breezy for good photos, I'm afraid.

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Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Maggi Young on April 12, 2014, 03:24:11 PM
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Post by: Maggi Young on April 12, 2014, 03:31:16 PM
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Post by: Maggi Young on April 12, 2014, 03:32:42 PM
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Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Maggi Young on April 12, 2014, 03:34:14 PM
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Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Margaret on April 12, 2014, 08:55:56 PM

So many Rhododendrons flowering as well as the bulbs. Lovely. You must have a big garden, Maggi, to have so many plants?
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Maggi Young on April 12, 2014, 09:21:48 PM
The whole plot, including the house, is  about two-thirds of an acre, Margaret. It's closely planted :)

There are literally hundreds of rhododendrons-  and I forget the names of more of them every year!
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: ranunculus on April 12, 2014, 09:24:57 PM
The whole plot, including the house, is  about two-thirds of an acre, Margaret. It's closely planted :)

There are literally hundreds of rhododendrons-  and I forget the names of more of them every year!


Apologies, Maggi you missed out two words!!!!   'It's closely AND BEAUTIFULLY planted':)
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Maggi Young on April 12, 2014, 09:30:39 PM
Thank you, Cliff.  :-*
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Margaret on April 13, 2014, 08:35:35 PM

Here, here, Cliff.  Those dwarf Rhododendrons are beautiful and have the added advantage of great foliage texture all year. Our garden is 500mm of good soil over builders rubble and so I've never been able to grow any acid loving shrubs much to my sorrow.
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: annew on April 13, 2014, 08:57:11 PM
I think I may have to come and live in your garden....at least until the daffs start up again.  ;D
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Maggi Young on April 13, 2014, 09:10:09 PM
I think I may have to come and live in your garden....at least until the daffs start up again.  ;D
You're welcome so to do, Anne - we'll even let you sleep indoors - but honestly- wouldn't you rather go to Fermi's in Oz to catch his  daff season ?
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: annew on April 14, 2014, 10:17:02 AM
Hadn't thought of that!
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Mavers on April 22, 2014, 03:18:52 PM
What pH is your soil Maggi?

Everything seems to flourish.
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Maggi Young on April 22, 2014, 03:59:51 PM
Good question, Mike - it's been a longtime since it was last tested and I don't remember exactly.  :-[  somewhere around 6  to  6.5 I think -  so on the acid side, but not very much so.
The underlying soil is a sandy loam and we have forty years of added mulch, composted bark etc which has undoubtedly made it a nice friable  mix to nourish the plants.

Remember that the things we have are flourishing because they're the things that are happiest here. Those which don't have either died out or been given away.
Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Mavers on April 23, 2014, 01:05:11 PM
Cheers Maggi.............6.0-6.5 & sandy loam eh?

Well I've done what I can with the basic soil in my garden which is a fertile but heavy loam, now double dug with lots of grit, sand, horse manure & composted bark. On top of that I'm gradually building up a good layer of woodland type soil with leafmould & composted bark..............I've got 6 years mulching under my belt just another 34 to go. ;D

Title: Re: 09 April 14
Post by: Maggi Young on April 23, 2014, 01:11:07 PM
Oh, yes- manure - I forgot to mention manure - there has been a goodly quantity of  well rotted horse and cow manure dug in over the years.
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