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08/04/2013 at 13:34

Ranunculus 'Brazen Hussy'... an almost black leafed form of Celandine and one of the late Christopher Lloyd's favourites - he discovered the plant and named it... only he could have come up with that one...

I just noticed it in flower today...



08/04/2013 at 14:02

Foliage is gorgeous on that Salino 

08/04/2013 at 14:08

Dove-the white crocus are just fab. I had a big pot crammed with giant white ones for years but the sodding rabbits at last house ate the whole lot  I plan to do another pot this year as they were always so welcome at the end of the winter. 

Any photos I took just now would be very disappointing- bare pots and gravel!

Give me a month or two!

08/04/2013 at 14:29
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Foliage is gorgeous on that Salino 

..thank you, yes it is and it seeds about a bit too, I've now got little plants growing up all over the place...  ...typical celandines in that respect...

08/04/2013 at 15:20

Yes, we have Brazen Hussy at the Bristol Botanic Garden at the front of the Hot Border.  It does spread a bit but not anything like the native one, but then they disappear so quickly too I would always welcome them in the spring - like Shakespeare.  i have the native one covering the soil in my wallflower bed at the moment and they look great with the russet brown shades of the wallflower.  must pick some wallflowers for the house and get more.

10/04/2013 at 17:01

Complementary colours in my butterfly garden this afternoon.  I have not seen any butterflies yet but perhaps this weekend if the forecast is correct.


11/04/2013 at 13:54

Who could fail to be enticed out to do some gardening when this eye candy is what you


see from the kitchen door?

11/04/2013 at 15:16

And who would not want to go to the shops if this is what greets you from your front door when you return home?  My friend's tiny front garden is a real treat at every season of the year .


11/04/2013 at 22:14

What beautiful blues !

And I just love your collection of pots.  I am in the south too (but east, rather than west) and have not even got any buds on my tulips yet - you are miles ahead of us !

But I have got daffs all over - makes me smile when I come down the path.  Thats what I like about gardening - there is nearly always something to get excited about ..... apart from early December, and then I am in a Christmas Preparation Frenzy (capitalised for a reason!) so don't have time to feel bereft

11/04/2013 at 23:09

..refreshing and very nice to see when people make the effort like this.  I especially like all the pots of bulbs as seen ''from the kitchen door''...


14/04/2013 at 09:45

As well as spring colour in my garden and those around me I love the scent of spring.  The hyacinths this year now the spring warmth has arrived at last are outstripping the wallflowers for their perfume.


15/04/2013 at 10:10

...if anyone looking in seeks a smaller growing daffodil that reliably pops up year after year and has a lovely clear single colour - pure lemon yellow which really shows up in the garden landscape... then I recommend this one 'February Gold'.. which must be named for the Scilly Isles as it flowers either late March / early April for me... it's a little taller than 'Tete a Tete'...and I like it better for that...

very late this year, but I do like it so much.... easily available from just about everywhere..


16/04/2013 at 10:03

OH, I do so agree, Salino and they last for years.  They showed a lovely spread of them at Wisley which the RHS gardeners had in bloom last Friday's GW and it just reminded me to increase my stock this year for my Golden Jubilee Garden next year.  Your border looks lovely.

16/04/2013 at 11:26

..thank you Marion, I didn't know it was on GW recently, from Wisley. I haven't watched GW in ages I'm afraid...

I was just wondering, you mention Bristol Botanic Garden a lot, and now the Golden Jubilee Garden, may I ask, are you involved in some way here, volunteering perhaps, or with design or somesuch...?   no need to respond if you don't wish, but I'm interested to know what you are doing here with this garden of yours...

16/04/2013 at 14:01

Ah, nothing better for me to talk about than my half acre and the Bristol university Botanic Garden.  i love them both.  Next year I will have been tending my garden for fifty years and, as I open it to clubs, I am planning a Golden Jubilee Year like the National trust had at Barrington Court.  I like to take my inspiration from te best!  Hence the interest in all things golden.

As for the Bristol Botanic Garden, since taking my Certificate in Biology at Bristol university in 1986 i had wanted to do voluntary work there but it was over the suspension bridge and two and a half hour's bus journey so impossible.  none the less I ecame Friend and, when their site was sold for development in 2005 and the new garden was on this side of the river and i can get there in 15 minutes on one bus, I volunteered to garden there every Thursday at the age of 76.  I also trained to be a Guide to take groups round the Garden and have enjoyed especially taking round school parties.  I attended a workshop at the University on improving my photographic skills and go rund the garden getting amazing shots for blogs like this one and the talks i give to ladies and gadening groups.  Being eighty five shortly and there being a very long waiting list of volunteer gardeners I have resigned from the gardening duties but just go and photograph nd write poetry or my book if I am itching just to be there with my friends.  We have the most wonderful greenhouses as well as a beautiful garden dedicated to plant diversityand evolution, Mediterranean type plants, useful plants and native and rare native plants which abound in the Bristol Gorge a few minutes walk from the garden.    I did warn you.  This afternoon i am off to meet up with the other Guides for our yearly upgrade with the Curator, Nick Wray whom you may have seen some time back on GW.  His hor borders are astounding!

16/04/2013 at 14:09

..wonderful stuff Marion and thank you so much for telling us about it.  I had a feeling you were involved to something like that degree, or have been so... how fantastic to have that near you and a half acre of your own to go with it....!  I do hope you are still able to manage things - perhaps you have some help here and there, we all need some occasionally - lifting pots and digging pits... but I expect your garden is very well established by now....  I don't live anywhere near you which is a pity as I would have loved to drop in for tea to see it... never mind, I hope you continue to post a few photos from time to time....

..keep up the good work !... I shall try to catch up with Nick Wray who unfortunately I'm not familiar with, so will keep an eye out there... 

lovely to talk to you...

19/04/2013 at 16:51

One sweetheart I love to greet every spring having a large garden where it is welcome to seed itself in every nook and cranny it can find, is the forget-me-knot.


20/04/2013 at 11:40

Oh my goodness what a plethora of spring sweethearts I have this year.  It just gets etter by the day.  I had to deliver a talk entitled "This spring in my garden so far" with slides last night and I was spoilt for choice.  In less than a month my garden has gone from thr first slide pf Mar21st with masses of snow to more gorgeous bulbs than I have ever seen.  I finished my talk with a walk round the garden yesterday and here are some of the pictures.


20/04/2013 at 11:47

Such tiny images coming through.  I'll try posting some one by one.

 This is Allium paradoxum

20/04/2013 at 13:11

After an exhausting bout of gardening I shall try again with my photographs taken yesterday.


 The forget-me-knots are so lovely under the Bramley apple tree and below them the lovely leaves of Cyclamen hederifolium have arrived already.

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