I visited Urban Jungle near Norwich on Thursday (last seen two years ago, here), and the Old Vicarage gardens at East Ruston yesterday. Four plants came home with me on Thursday, and just one yesterday. However, I also acquired a pocket full of various seeds! Unlike Thursday at Urban Jungle where I took photos of the plants that I liked (and that were suitable for the DeVice Mansion gardens) along with their labels (so I wouldn't have to try and remember/guess what they were later), only by chance did a couple of photos from East Ruston match up to some of the seeds I appropriated.
The seeds were all stuffed into a pocket of my bag, and when I got home, I spent an age racking my brain to remember which plants they came from, and then another eternity scouring the internet trying to find out the plants' names. I've done quite well, I think. Only one seed pod is completely unknown, and another (the one that looks like a bottom) I have a general idea of.
I began by separating and sorting the seeds, then writing a brief description of the plant they came from (if I remembered). Then, after
The completely unreal looking fruits of Dianella caerulea
- Again, no description because of its uniqueness. This is the one I only have a general idea of - I think its from some sort of Crinum, or other similar lily-like bulb.
- "Peanutbutter plant" is the description, but I can't remember the proper name. I used to have one in the gardens of Castle DeVice which, when the leaves were lightly crushed/bruised, would smell of peanut butter, hence my description.
- "Popping seed plant. About 1m tall, leggy, in shade, white and purple 'bonnet'-like flowers." - This, I discovered, is an invasive species, Impatiens glandulifera 'Himalayan balsam'. I've written "Don't grow!"
- "Unknown" - Except, I remembered what plant these seeds came from soon after writing that: The dried flower head of an Allium.
- "Grass - wispy seed heads about 50cm tall" - I'm not buggering about trying to find out what sort of grass as its grass. It'll grow.
- No description as I knew what plant these were from: Echium!
Camera has done its usual sterling job of focusing
everywhere but at the ruddy great thing in the foreground
that was the obvious subject of the bloody, buggery photo!
- "Unknown plant - about 1m tall, leggy, in shade." - Yep, this is the completely unknown one. It came from near the entrance to the gardens, but I can't for the life of me remember anything about the plant. The seed pod does look a little like an Aquilegia seed pod, but with only three lobes.
Right! That's enough of that. Let's have a look at some photos of the actual gardens (if you click the link, there's a list of links to each garden with more info) from The Old Vicarage, shall we?
|The entrance roundabout|
|A very showy Brugmansia near the tea room|
|View from the courtyard (right up a cat's arse, if your eyesight is good enough)|
|More of the North Garden|
|A cute little bridge in the Desert Wash that you're not allowed to walk over. Spoilsports.|
|This sculpture reminds me of one of Delia Deetz's hideous things from Beetlejuice|
|The palatial fruit cage (I need one like this to keep Beaky away from my cherries!)|
|One of the many greenhouses/conservatories/sunrooms etc.|
|Lighthouse View (from the Winter Garden)|
|And a close-up of Happisburgh Lighthouse itself|
|Another lovely Brugmansia (amongst other things) near the Dutch Garden|
|The Rose Garden|
|I rather like this sculpture|
|The Exotic Garden|
And remember, The Very Mistress is hosting the Ninth Annual Garden Photos Event in October - if you'd like your garden/houseplant/bag of salad featured, you need to email her your photos (and captions) by the end of this month!