Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Ryton Organic Gardens Part II

There were lots of gardens to look at, some of which were quite weedy but I know a lot of people who like me, garden organically. They don't mind the weeds but I do and try to compensate for the lack of them with a diverse supply of flowers etc for the wildlife!

Herewith some of them. In the compost area DB is looking at the results of decorating your compost bin:
A large array of bins to look at and think about:
More:
The Cuban Garden area:

The original 'All Muck and Magic Garden' from the 1970's:
Geoff Hamilton's Paradise Garden:
A lovely flower, I thought it was a variation on the Corncockle, it has similar leaves and habit. It turned out to be the flower of salsify. I have grown Scorzonera to eat and left it to flower where it produces a similar but yellow flower. 
I also bought 4 packets of seeds which I left behind:( Anyhow, several emails later, they had found them and agreed to post them to me so that was nice.


12 comments:

  1. Never been there, wish we had done when we lived in the Midlands as it looks so interesting. I would have loved to have seen Geoff Hamilton's garden.

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  2. Geoff hamilton's garden at Barnsdale, Exton, Oakham in Rutland is the place to see a lot of what he created, open to the public although a little expensive, there are lots of ideas to be had.

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  3. The tv programme All Muck and Magic was what got us into gardening : )

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    1. That along with Geoff Hamilton are the programmes that set us off down the organic trail.

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  4. I love the line up of compost bins :-)

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    1. Something satisfying about them isn't there?

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  5. I loved Geoff Hamilton's "The ornamental kitchen garden" - I adopted his techniques of growing veg and flowers together. I also made his half barrel wildlife pond many years ago. An inspirational gardener!

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    1. I cried on and off for ages when he died, still miss him.

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  6. We went to Ryton last month. As I said in my blog on it my favourite garden was the Muck and Magic one. I don't remember the programme (makes me feel young!) but it is about the same size as ours and something I would like to do one day. I remember Geoff Hamilton being a presenter on Gardener's World but I was a student living in halls when he died so gardening programmes weren't of interest to me then. I didn't realise until we visited Ryton what a big influence in organic gardening he was.

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    1. He was Gardener's World first Organic Gardener to my knowledge, such an influence even now.

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  7. What an amazing place! Haven't seen All Muck and Magic but what a great title!

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    1. It was a good tv programme if typical of its time.

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