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 East Ruston Old Vicarage gardens 
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Whilst over on the east coast at Keith and Melissa's we took the opportunity to stop over for a few days and take in the sights one of which was East Ruston Old Vicarage gardens ....the link is worth clicking (do it you know you want to) as it gives you an insight on what the owners want to achieve with the gardens.

The gardens were established in 1973 by Alan Gray and Graham Robeson from a blank canvas the shelter belt around the garden is quite astounding lots of pines seem to be the order of the day 32 acres of lush planting just 1.5 miles from the North sea WOW what an interesting place for a first time visit.

The entrance is quite unassuming considering the wonders that await you.

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Plenty of Tetrapanax papyrifer for sale in their nursery.

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Any idea's on this one, above, it looked like a red hot poker wandering around?

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Topiary features quite highly in the garden and while its not my thing you cannot be impressed with the look they have cultured over the years.

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The Dicksonia must have looked astounding at their peak but I think 2010 may have something to do with te lack of croziers showing on these big boys. :(

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The church in the distance

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Everything is on such a big scale

The Mediterranean garden was eye popping

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Yucca thompsoniana above

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Never seen a Dyckia growing outside before

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A nice Jubaea chilensis

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Yucca schottii above

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Apologies for the amount of photos here it was simply stunning planting considering where this garden is situated

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Dasylirion serratifolium above :shock:

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This R.hystrix above was massive and looked quite green despite its full sun planting

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Phoenix canariensis and a nice blue Ceanothus that's normal right for 53 degrees north :shock:

The surrounding fields around the garden are just flat arable farmland ....see last picture

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There are some interesting installations around this private garden

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Some of the shelter belt bordering the garden

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Can you see the lighthouse framed above?

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Even the spring bulb planting was top notch

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I am guessing butterfly house

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Lobster claw Clianthus puniceus I have only seen growing on Tresco possibly 400 miles south of East Ruston

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I quite liked this large Iochroma grandiflora which reminds my I.cyaneum has made its third winter this time -4.1c :mrgreen:

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Even the Jasminum did not look normal (big flowers) this is J.mesnyii

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Tropaeolum tricolorum above


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Trialing some hedging above and below

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Not a topiary man but this was fantastic below

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Drimys latifolia above

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Cordyline australis were huge

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Tetrapanax just leafing out the trunks again were huge

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I think someone has a full time job trimming hedges

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How many of you have Tetrapanax growing in your garden :lol:

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Yet another wooded area below

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Sonchus fruiticosus, but in a pot, mine survived this winter in the ground 8)

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We then had one last look at the Med garden...sorrry!!! :roll:

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Here we spotted the owner building a dry creek wall with boulders

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Then we went down the beach THE END :lol: :lol:

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and stood in a farmers field nearby

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Just counted the photos ( posted 149) I will have to make it a nice round 150.
Here is our car in the Premier Inn car park where a whole host of really expensive cars parked up soon after.... :P

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Thu May 18, 2017 6:49 pm
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What an amazing place............Heaven, I wonder how many people are employed there to keep it looking so special.


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Thu May 18, 2017 8:03 pm
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Adrian wrote:
What an amazing place............Heaven, I wonder how many people are employed there to keep it looking so special.


My thoughts exactly. I gather they have accumulated land incrementally over a long period and that the garden was a fraction of the size when they started. But they must have a substantial staff to keep it looking so pristine, which suggests that the owners stick to entertaining stuff like creating dry river beds with boulders :?

Amazing thread, Kev, if somewhat like a very large and rich meal. I must get there next time I'm in East Anglia.

I wonder who knows what this fern is:

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David, the fern is Adiantum aleuticum from North America. Deciduous in winter but fully hardy in the UK.

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Red Hot Poker. Yes, looks like Kniphofia caulescens to me
And they do tend to do that. Die at the base and fall over. But mine never re-root like that.


Fri May 19, 2017 12:36 pm
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One of my favourite gardens. Inspirational.

Incidentally, the garden with succulents is 'The Desert Wash' - the 'Mediterranean Garden' is another bit. Or, at least, it was unless they renamed it. I remember going to the opening do when there were very few plants - you could see how beautifully they had graded the stones and contoured the landscape to imitate a desert wash and the biggest feature then was the 'stegosaurus' bridge.

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Fri May 19, 2017 1:17 pm
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I'm impressed with these pictures ! What a wonderful place to be :roll:

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Yet again Kev, some excellent pictures. I love this garden, haven't been for a couple of years so maybe try this year.


Fri May 19, 2017 8:08 pm
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A really enjoyable post Kev. Thanks for putting, it up must've taken a while to sort out all those photos!


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Thanks for that post. :)


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ChrisW4 wrote:
A really enjoyable post Kev. Thanks for putting, it up must've taken a while to sort out all those photos!


Glad you and others enjoyed the pictures its good to share it can be labour intensive, around 3 hrs for this post, but once its there it can be viewed again and again unlike FB where I could upload hundreds of pictures in an instant but they then disappear into the ether just as quick.


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Kev.... sorry late to the party. Wow what a post. The Xeric area is amazing. I could spend a whole day there :D Trying to get my head around what those two tall Nolina were. Could they be hibernica? Thanks for taking the time and effort Kev and on a nice hot day forecast I must make a trip there :D

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We did mention your name as we walked round thinking you might like the spikies.....surprised to see such an array of plants the Euphorbia made a nice foil for the whole area this plant grows in such difficult places.
In Lanzarote it is somtimes the only plant growing in the black rock lava fields something I cannot replicate as here it would out grow my yucca's in an instant.


Sun May 21, 2017 7:15 am
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BTW Kev, forgot to say: Your car looks totally at home in the car park with the others :D



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Mon May 22, 2017 7:12 am
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Impressive place. Thanks for taking the time to take, process and upload all these images. It looks like you had a good time and a frolic on the beach to boot. Who was babysitting Andy?

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