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Meeting 'Patty'.

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I don’t know if you know the story of Papaver orientale ’Patty’s Plum’ do you?

Well – it was discovered in the 1990s on a Somerset compost heap! This heap belonged to a Nursery owner and gardener called Patricia Marrow, who saw the potential of this beautiful poppy and propagated it. It’s a very well known one now, to be found in many gardens – including mine.

Today, the owners of gardens who open for the National Garden Scheme (NGS) in Somerset, were invited to lunch at a village hall, partly as a thank you for opening our gardens for charity, and partly so that we could pick up the paperwork we have to complete following our open days. We collected a pile of the ‘local’ Yellow Book, as well – to give to visitors to the garden if they haven’t already got one. This little book covers gardens in Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath.

Obviously, the County Organisers can’t be expected to ‘treat’ all the garden owners to lunch – so one of the ways to help raise money to cover the cost is to have a plant stall – we were all asked to donate a plant for it, and to buy plants, as well, naturally! Did I need any ‘pushing’ to do this?

Not when I saw this beautiful double cream primrose I didn’t! I also saw a lady carrying in a box of Aconites – Eranthis cilicica.

To my pleasure, it was Patricia Marrow herself! She still runs her Nursery near Somerton in Somerset, and opens her garden for the NGS. I bought one of her beautiful Aconites, and I am so pleased to have this planted in my garden.

I wonder what Mrs Marrow’s reaction would have been if I’d called her ‘Patty’?

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i glad u enjoyed your lunch Spritz.....i love my patty plum..she just so rich in colour... i love your new plants...enjoy...

25 Feb, 2010

 

what a lovely blog as usual
I didnt know the story of Pattys plum
Beautiful pictures.
:-)

25 Feb, 2010

 

A good day was had by all then! Love the pics Spritz.

25 Feb, 2010

 

I think i might have called her Patty, Spritz, just to see the reaction ;-)))

I've decided that i'll definately get some Pattys, for here !!!

25 Feb, 2010

 

She is ...shall we say...'getting on bit', and I think the shock might have been too much for her! :-(((

25 Feb, 2010

 

LOL, LOL !
You might have found that it gave her a good giggle, Spritz !

25 Feb, 2010

mad
Mad
 

A very interesting blog Spritz, and some lovely photos. The double cream primroses look really beautiful, and Patty's Plum is gorgeous. Does it spread as much as the scarlet ones? That would take over here if it was allowed to.
Its a lovely sight though.
Glad you had such an enjoyable time. I'm just off to the dentist!

25 Feb, 2010

 

pattys plum is a beauty..... enjoyed your blog.....

25 Feb, 2010

 

lovely day out for you-- I love poppies mostly orange ones now tho' :-)

25 Feb, 2010

 

Sounds a lovely event, Spritz, and meeting 'Patty' must have been the icing on the cake.

25 Feb, 2010

 

It was - especially thinking of the beauty of that poppy!

Vicky - I only got mine last year, so I'm waiting and hoping.

25 Feb, 2010

 

What a lovely blog as always found it quite interesting.

25 Feb, 2010

 

Thanks, Carol. :-)

25 Feb, 2010

 

sounds like a good day barbara and love the poppy its just my colour :o)))

25 Feb, 2010

 

Glad you enjoyed your day Spritz.....there is a large bed of "Patty's Plum" at The Alnwick Garden.....and she is much admired........Hmmmm....I might have to try some this year......

25 Feb, 2010

 

And why not? She is lovely. :-)))

25 Feb, 2010

 

She may have found it spritz but she doesn't like it!
I've always found it a difficult colour to place but then I saw it in a Yellow Book garden set off to perfection. Everything around it had green or purple foliage and every other flower was white. Very understated but stunning

25 Feb, 2010

 

Just as well I didn't call her 'Patty' then...she might have been a bit annoyed! lol.

Do you have a lunch as well, Andrew?

25 Feb, 2010

 

Lunch? Sorry, I don't understand in the context of this poppy

25 Feb, 2010

 

That was really interesting, I`ve not heard of `Patty`s Plum` before but its a real beauty. I wouldn`t mind having it my garden. :o)

25 Feb, 2010

 

i have to echo labs comments spritz glad you had a good day it sounds lovely :o)

25 Feb, 2010

 

Andrew - it was all in the blog! lol. Did you skip over that bit?

Thanks, Sandra and Joan. I think she's a beauty. :-)

25 Feb, 2010

 

I havent seen aconites for sale in any garden centres - either the winter yellow ones or the monkshood. They look lovely.

25 Feb, 2010

 

must have gone to bed before you posted this. I did wonder if you bought anything at the ngs meeting. Well it wasnt if but what you had boght. now I know. one word.... gorgeous :o)

25 Feb, 2010

 

Ss - i found a tiny pot of E. hyemalis at a GC a few weeks ago - but this one doesn't seem to be on sale anywhere! I was very lucky, I reckon. :-))

Glad you approve, Sbg - I was lurking near the plant stall at the right time, wasn't I!

25 Feb, 2010

 

you.. lurk surely not :o)

25 Feb, 2010

 

OK - I read the bit about lunch but it didn't register. We had a lunch 'do' the last two years but I haven't heard anything this year. I think there was some not-so-subtle arm-twisting because two gardens in Berkshire open on a regular basis throughout the year but only give a donation to the Yellow Book from their takings so the County Organiser arranged our lunches at those venues

25 Feb, 2010

 

Have not grown it, but I do like Patty very much, grow several poppies, just like the way they seed all over the place.
I have a double pink primrose, on my pics which is stunning.

25 Feb, 2010

 

I love Patty P although we do not grow it, we do grow several different poppy varieties, because I love the way they seed themselves all over the place, and so easy to get rid of.
Do like the double primrose, I put a picture of a stunning pink one page 4, I am sure you would love it.

25 Feb, 2010

 

Glad you had a good time Barbara at your ngs get - together. Our ngs garden openers lunch is this Sunday, but we have another commitment and cannot attend, so all the paperwork will eventually arrive by alternative route.

The Poppy is lovely. They look so good en mass.You should have a nice seed collection later in the season.

We have computer gremlins, and we are using our laptop at the moment as our main computer is being repaired.We now realise how much we rely on computers, and how they have changed our lives!

25 Feb, 2010

 

Poor you, Grenville/Alan - yes, indeed - a PC has become almost a necessity, here particularly, as we are so far from town. All manner of things can be done on the internet!

Shame you can't get to your NGS lunch, though.

Thanks Dd. I'll take a look! I do hope that Patty seeds herself! he didn't last year. :-(

26 Feb, 2010

 

love the colour ,I will look out for Patty P and buy it.

26 Feb, 2010

 

Great blog as usual Spritz, which plant did you donate? Glad you enjoyed your lunch, food is another interest of mine...so what did you have? I adore poppies, I think they have to be one of our most beautiful individual flowers. I've ordered three for this summer, they are supposed to have a longer flowering period. I'll let you know. The aconites, though pretty , remind me of the bane of my garden, celandine:-( Looking forward to seeing 'Patty' in your garden this summer :-)

26 Feb, 2010

 

There were bowls of salad, cheeses and pate, and coffee/tea and cake or fruit to follow. . I took a Penstemon plant I'd grown from a cutting. I hope it sold!

I'd like to know about the new poppies, please, Ba. I read about them - I do hope they do last longer!

26 Feb, 2010

 

The only 'down' side with poppies is they leave a big space after flowering (but then that leaves room for something else to come up later)

26 Feb, 2010

 

Glad you enjoyed your day Spritz and I love the primroses.

26 Feb, 2010

 

Yes, Andrew, agreed - but I still think that they're worth growing.

Thanks, Stroller. :-)

26 Feb, 2010

 

Spritz, you forgot to say what cake...I have high cholesterol so don't have as many cakes as I used to:-( I just have to eat iced buns now, there's no fat in sugar :-)))

26 Feb, 2010

 

Me too spritz. Do you find Patty scorches in full sun though?

26 Feb, 2010

 

No - she's been fine, Andrew. She doesn't last very long, like most Oriental poppies, though. :-((

Ba - it was a ring-shaped chocolate cake, or there was a plain sponge, also in a ring shape.

26 Feb, 2010

 

Letter in the post today - we are doing lunch at the end of March :-)

27 Feb, 2010

 

I'd have had both;-))) Wouldn't it be great if these new poppies really do flower for a longer period, There's a new red one too. I inherited a most beautiful striking red poppy, but it didn't show last year, I blame it (and everything) on the celandine grrrr which will, this year, be treated with poison...my last resort:-(

27 Feb, 2010

 

Oh dear - I do sympathise, Ba. Celandines are AWFUL to get rid of!

Andrew - be early and lurk by the plant stall (if they have one!) You never know what might turn up.....:-)))))

27 Feb, 2010

 

I don't think we have a plant stall. We just have a lady selling raffle tickets for some of those expensive mugs the RHS are pushing. "Nearly everyone will win one," she said. She lied - grrrrr! Think I'll offer her some celandines for her garden...

27 Feb, 2010

 

I think you should suggest one, Andrew! Tell the County Organiser how successful it is in Somerset. I'd much rather pay for a plant than (possibly) win a mug, wouldn't you?

Anyway, I never ever win anything on raffles. :-(((

27 Feb, 2010

 

...and you could off-load some celandines, too! Heads you win, tails they lose. Haha. :-)))

27 Feb, 2010

 

Talk about "heaping coal on your neighbours head" Really you two should think about how you would feel if you had them in your gardens! ;-)

That Poppy looks really gorgeous, Spritz! The double Primrose caught my attention, it looks really lovely! :-)

28 Feb, 2010

 

Well, you should hear the way some of them go on, Balcony! They cannot be for real, honestly!

Thanks, by the way. :-)))

28 Feb, 2010

 

Balcony - I do have celandines in my garden - been waging war on them for a few years now :-(

28 Feb, 2010

 

Oh, I was going to offer you some of mine Andrew;-))

1 Mar, 2010

 

i have a few, as well - I dig them up as soon as I see them. Wretched things!

1 Mar, 2010

 

I've also got Patty, I love the colour does sometimes go a strange colour, she dosen't seem to seed around I have to take root cuttings. I've got celandine "Brazen Hussy" she's certainly brazen, she's everywhere.

1 Mar, 2010

 

I haven't tried root cuttings yet, as the plant was new last year. I shall have a go next spring!

I wanted a tiny pot of 'Brazen Hussy' to plant OUTside our gate, on a bank, but the Garden Centres only sell large pots - I tried to split a plant last year, but it hasn't survived. :-((

1 Mar, 2010

 

I could send you some, but be warned it does spread around. Would look lovely on a bank Spritz, let me know.

2 Mar, 2010

 

Yes please, Pam - that would be great!

I'll PM you. :-)

2 Mar, 2010

Sid
Sid
 

Well, I'm very glad she didn't name the poppy 'Mrs Marrow' x-)
Small world really isn't it......

2 Mar, 2010

 

Indeed it is! I agree - that name suits it.

'Mrs Marrow' has a kind of 'ring' to it - but not about flowers, that's for sure! LOL. Now - what does it remind me of? Hmmmm....;-)

2 Mar, 2010

Sid
Sid
 

Cucumbers?

3 Mar, 2010

 

Errrr......possibly......LOL.

3 Mar, 2010

Sid
Sid
 

x-) LOL

4 Mar, 2010

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