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Latest posts by artjak

Dead Head Alliums?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 20:48

It may be that the birds like them too.

Painting what you've grown

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 20:46

Happy Marion, can we see some 'boring' surfaces that you have painted, I am sure that you know 'Charleston' and the work of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, have you painted firniture like they used to do?

Plant Id please

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 20:43

Yup Cerinthe, like you Dove I can never remember the name. For about 30 years I could never remember the name 'Aubretia', it kept coming into my brain as 'Anchovy'. Then I made myself always think of some old Brit actor in 1930's Hollywood, called C. Aubrey Something and associated the name with the plant. Even now I have to think of his face to name that d...n plant.

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 20:36

Is there anyone in your family who can do carpentry? My neighbour has just built his wife who has disabilities 3 or 4 small raised beds (like high coffee tables, with a soil depth of 25cm or so) so his wife can plant and weed stuff. Your daughter could grow salad veg or flowers in them. He used pressure treated timber so that it won't rot for a while (always use a face mask when cutting this stuff because of the chemicals it is impregnated with)

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 20:09

Hollie H, what a view

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

Discussions started by artjak

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Last Post: 20/10/2014 at 16:18

Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 09:01

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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Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 19:55

Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Last Post: 30/07/2014 at 09:23

Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 12:54

Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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More good guys

Good plant supplier 
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