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August in the garden & the Chief Trading post !!

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Like most GOU gardens Annuals and herbaceous perennials are at there peak a few in the garden follow,starting with 3 double Busy Lizzie’s planted in a basket.My hanging pig all dressed up again & Gazanias bought as plugs in May.


Blue Hibiscus is looking nice


Dahlia purchased this year


And anew mini Hosta i like called Pandora’s Box


The next are a tray full of my babies.They are Primula Marginata hybrids I crossed and raised last year that with luck should flower next spring and if i have it right they will be shades of Blue and White.


This is another new acquisition Rudbeckia Hirta ‘Toto Rustic’ the jury is out on this one it’s not doing anything for me


next is a part of the garden never seen before, it housed a large wooden shed ,it was very strong and measured 25ft sq small caravans were built in it at the end of the second world war needless to say i did not even own it then,about three years ago its life ended when i had it pulled down ,that left me with a brick foundation and wall thirty inches high and another 18in in the ground with a lot of work i have now removed them and will level and plant next year.


Some brick’s i have already used making a path into an area that becomes very slippery when wet


Now i wanted another fern and this is what I bought.
Dryopteris cristata The King


Where i bought it is called ‘The Chief Trading Post’ it is not a coventinal garden centre and you may like to see some of the quirky things there.it has many thousands of Ferns, Palms, Cannas and the like when you enter you are greeted with piped bird song and the occasional roar!The first picture is the entrance after that you can use your own imagination


That will be enough for now although there are many more lots for sale at a price. Hope you enjoyed my ramble through August.

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hi Bjs ,you have a big space to fill where the shed was ..good luck with your project..its not your conventional garden centre is it ? like the touch with the dogs bowl lol.. what a good job you have done with the path too.. great pics.:o)

12 Aug, 2010

 

Your baskets and plants are great - and I do like your new fern. Your GC is something else -I don't really know what to make of it - certainly it's different!

12 Aug, 2010

 

Beautiful hanging baskets and well done with your project so far, the path that is slippery, I have the same problems caused through the trees next door to me, I use a jet washer and it clears it. That wonderful hibiscus and new fern beautiful and love the not conventional garden centre especially the gorilla and elephant great.

12 Aug, 2010

 

Hi Bjs
The ferns look really good. Since I discovered I had twelve different ones in my garden I have wanted to increase my collection!!! It can become an obsession.

12 Aug, 2010

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I forgot to mention when describing the (garden centre) that it has a cafe to die for, every thing home made prepared and served with a smile ,within the plant areas there are many other table's and chairs including an African dwelling house where a whole family can sit eat there meal, you can also have Elvis for company at one table,there were people eating at that table so did not take a photo. may be another time.by the way i had a ham and cheese quiche with salad and strawberries, no dessert this time just coffee.

12 Aug, 2010

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linda. you sure can, at this place you can run wild my plant cost £11.45

12 Aug, 2010

 

Now what makes me think that the GC is a private one and not part of a chain. Lucky you living near, wouldn't the world be a boring place without individual private shops. Your plants are very nice, I like the Rudbecia! As for the brick path, could you sprinkle a little road salt occasionally?
May I recommend lots of cups of tea while pondering over what to do with your new site.

13 Aug, 2010

 

Great Blog.

13 Aug, 2010

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Heron yes it is privately owned ,used to be vast Chrysanthemum nursery years back supplying shops.suppose thats something else we import now.

13 Aug, 2010

 

great blog. love the piggy basket. love the rudbecker looks a bit like mine. great g.ctlove to viset there . fab trip thro your garden .

13 Aug, 2010

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Where to start. Your hanging basket is fabulous - only 3 Busy Lizzies. All your plants look wonderful, I'm jealous. As for that garden centre, you wouldn't drag me out of it, it looks fantastic. At first it reminded me of Noseypotter's garden with elephants and tigers etc.
That was such an interesting blog Bjs. I'm still oooh-ing and aaah-ing over that hanging basket.

13 Aug, 2010

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Mad. the lizies came from Homebase,they had baskets planted up with3 in each for £20 or the plants in pots for £1.99 so i had 3 plants

13 Aug, 2010

 

A lovely blog Brian. I'm wondering how many acres your garden stretches for as there always seems to be something new to see. You do have some lovely shrubs and plants. Brick path looks really good. I have "non-slip" paving slabs which I nearly break my neck on every time it rains and your bricks look 100 times better. Love the hosta and fern too. That GC sounds worth visiting, thank goodness the independants still survive!

14 Aug, 2010

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Paul the brick paths have only been down a few months but as yet they have a good grip, the winter and all leaves will tell .I have many hundreds of brick's and intend to extend the path further ,the time consuming part is cleaning the mortar off before laying them.As for size a bit over 1/4 of an acre, its not that big there are a lot on GOU with larger gardens.I could not cope with any bigger at my age.The GC is different you would not go there for bedding plants however the desserts in the cafe are well worth going for.Will take a few more pics next time i visit,Its only a few miles from home.

14 Aug, 2010

 

Love the look of the GC, being different makes it all the more pleasurable to visit, I might take a look one day, is it near Bristol?
The piggy planter is great, and I'm another that likes the rudbeckia, they shine out when the colours start to change in the borders.
Good luck with your primulas, hope they turn out how you envisaged them :-)

18 Aug, 2010

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Grindle
The GC. is only about a mile from Hanham Court gardens on the NE corner of Bristol.1/2 mile from Keynsham.the 2 would combine well But not sure about a special journey to the GC. it is very unusual but not to every ones taste,you need to have wacky taste like me!.

18 Aug, 2010

 

LOL oh I can do whacky !!!

19 Aug, 2010

 

Super blog Brian thank you. You captured the Chief Trading Post so well. Their cafe has excellent food and a lovely ambiance.
Your primulas babies look fabulous.

19 Aug, 2010

 

Love the blog Brian, that garden centre would be an experience. Much nicer than walking up and down rows of the same plants. Good luck with the planning and work on the new site. Look forward to seeing the end result. Post some progress photos. That Hibiscus is a beauty.

20 Aug, 2010

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