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Wisley visit


It was my Birthday so . Son and Daughter in Law took me to RHS Garden at Wisley. It was a lovely day temperature ideal.. Camera failed to operate. The massive herbaceous border was a delight. So many new varieties but the whole border perfectly integrated, the surface rather like a tablecloth of varying colour..
We moved on to the trial grounds, where the Kniphofias were still showing colour,some of which were from my Son’s Southview Nurseries.
.Then to the Rock Garden, rather quiet at this time of year. The Alpine house however was full of interest. The pots are sunk up to their rims in the sand. Reminding me of how we used to grow them in clay pots, sunk in similar fashion to partly to keep them moist and also to prevent them falling over. Sometimes I pot up in those old 60s ( the eqivqalent of a 3inch pot) but it is more than the average plastic tray can carry without bending or breaking.. The cleaning of those clay pots was one of the jobs for the Garden Boy, or Gardeners apprentice. Not much fun on a cold and frosty morning..
Next was the giant glasshouse, where tropical flowers are flourishing and at floor level Succulents, such as Echeverias in wonderful colours and twice the size of any of mine..
Before leaving we visited the Garden Shop, where I bought a Crassula Hottentot. A plant I had never seen before. Once home, I opened the pot and found there were at least three separate rooted portions and a number of possible cuttings. A generous potful for £5. . The next day I received an order for a number of plants, at the end of his list the customer had written , If you have any Crassula rupestris please include some, I dont mind if it is only a cutting.. How is that for a coincidence. Herewith picture

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Happy birthday ! Thanks for describing your outing, and I always enjoy your memories of years gone by....

A pity your camera wasn't working while you were visiting Wisley. That was a lucky coincidence about the Crassula. The rooted sections look very healthy !

26 Aug, 2009


Happy Birthday from me tooo..;-))

pity about the camera but your description was sooo good.
i adore the crassula rupestis. mine even attracted my brothers eye and he dosent do house plants....

your description of the alpine house brought back memories of a park i used to play in as a child. if it was raining wed take cover in on of the two victorian glasshouses. all the pots sunk into the tables. oh the smell was lovely...
glad you enjoyed your day out...;-))

26 Aug, 2009


Belated Happy Birthday Peter ! I'm glad you enjoyed the day.
That crassula looks an interesting plant. I think it's a fascinating genus alogether.

27 Aug, 2009


arnt they Hywel. im am amazed at how many there are and how different they are...

27 Aug, 2009


I only have one now but I've had several over the years. maybe I'll try and replace them next year.

27 Aug, 2009

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