Latest posts by artjak

A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 20:08

Blueboots, do you know if your soil is alkali or acid? Summer flowering heather likes one and winter flowering heather likes the other, and I can never remember which is which but others on this forum know.

Painting what you've grown

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 20:03

Please don't be intimidated; I am a professional artist, that is why I could not start this thread! I have been designing and painting professionally for 51 years! I consider myself to be a 'jobbing artist'; that means I work to commission, rather than standing in a studio waiting for inspiration and then getting the Marlborough Gallery to show my work (like for example David Hockney). As my work is murals, it has to be fairly realistic, even hyper-realistic, especially if it is 'trompe l'oeil' (trick of the eye). I also do paint effects (marble, wood grain etc) hence the wood grain effect behind the vase in one of the paintings. I REALLY love seeing other people's work, especially if they are self-taught. It has a freshness that has not been influenced by Art School.

Tina Turner, get yourself into a choir girl! It is never too late. At 65 I am the youngest member of my choir


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 13:30

Just dug one up, cloves starting to form, needs another 2/3 weeks I think.

A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 13:28

Daisy, it looks very smart now

Painting what you've grown

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 13:27

Many thanks, Swiss S and Hollie H

Painting what you've grown

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 10:38

 This is a boring piece of Ikea furniture.

 The last beetroot of summer (to be sung to the tune of 'The last rose of Summer)

 The painting from which my 'icon' is a detail. Can't get the colours to come out rich enough with a digital camera; will have to try and get some tuition on that.


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 10:01

Not as yet, nut, there were no roots left as far as I could see; basically I think it was too defeated by the cold and damp.

Painting what you've grown

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 10:00

Busy lizzie, that is SO beautiful; so delicate, thank you for posting it.


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 09:50

Bf206, the bulbs were swollen but not separated into cloves, just had a look at them; flower buds starting to develop at tops, nipped them off to stop energy going to flowers. Planted a mix of Isle of Wight (new) cloves and my own 'seed' taken from last years crop The new ones got off to a flying start, but now they are all looking the same.

Hollie H, I have always found that the best way is to dig one up and see, if it is not ready, you can still cook with it


Posted: 09/06/2013 at 22:12

After 3 years of my Acanthus getting hammered by the winters we've had I dug mine out and put in the rose Margaret Merrill, which within 2 months is flowering. I also took note of comments about it being invasive.

Discussions started by artjak

Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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More good guys

Good plant supplier 
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bird nest in potato bag

I have found a bird's nest in a potato grow bag 
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What veg are you growing this year?

What veg? 
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Advice needed on propagation 
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Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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