I never realised there was so much there 4P - kinda makes buying a few cowslips to bung in the grass pointless when you see what an old 'orchard meadow' can look like - but by coincidence I returned home with half a dozen pots to make a start only this very minute...
Well, it has been a really good year for cowslips I think - because of the very cold winter I imagine which encouraged a lot of seeds to germinate which might not have in the wetter, milder winters which we usually have. I have several in pots too which I am going to collect the seed from as I would love to have a mini version of this in my own orchard - Cowslip seed likes to be sown fresh - and you gotta start somewhere, OM! It is beautiful isn't it, Plocket? It gladdens my heart every time I walk out of the door at work to go to the vegetable garden - the static caravan you can see on the left side is our 'classroom' and the PT's are obviously where the vegetable garden is.
My lovely lads and I planted up the start of our 'Darwin' beds yesterday - we have been sowing wild flowers and their cultivated cousins all winter to show where our garden plants have evolved from. It hasn't worked out precisely as we wanted since we have had a patchy germination success rate but never mind! As long as it looks pretty....... ;D
It is a lovely place but it needs a lot of work on the actual gardens as it has been neglected for years - lack of funding I expect, and a certain lack of interest by those in charge (they have had problems making enough money to keep the whole place open). I have a plan of the orchard and there are supposedly 62 different apples and pears. Some have died though but there is still a goodly number, they have such appealing names - Norfolk Beefing, Emneth Early, Winter Broaden, Harling Hero........and so on. Moley is the resident expert - I am just an admirer of them all. ;D
Thought I'd use this thread to show you the the rest of the beautiful organic garden I am lucky enough to work in (Mrs Jammy) as it is looking particularly gorgeous atm. The wind turbine has a viewing platform - the only one in the world, and has tours up it 5 days a week (only for the fit and healthy though!). It is the largest single turbine in the country. The lefthand path with the base of the wind turbine just visible:
The Garden Science Trust veggie beds with the willow frames made by our volunteers:
The rest of the garden has lots of beautiful wild flowers all mixed up with herbaceous plants with vegetables grown in between:
The squashes are in a raised bed made of recycled plastic:
The huge Cardoons which surround the teaching bed have gone past their best so we cleared them this week. I couldn't bear to compost the beautiful flower heads so I used some of them to decorate the edges of the borders. The remaining flowers are much vibrant than they look in my picture. I hope they will be used as mini overwintering habitats for critters and maybe the birds can get at the seeds. If some self seed we may be able to sell some too.
I've taken a big bag home to use in my garden too. If they self seed I might try shoving them in the horrid nettles which surround my garden - I think they might be big enough to give even nettles a run for their money! ;D
I don't know how I missed this thread before. What a jammy beggar you are to get to work in such a smashing place. I love the idea of the herbacous and wild plants growing together with the veg too and those Delphiniums are great. That's a great idea to use the cardoon heads like that, I'd say they would keep slugs and snails if you put them around jucy plants which they like.