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Painting what you've grown

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 21:45

I love that sculpture in the last photo!

Here is a version of the poem I sent in to the Gardeners World Poetry Competition, the poem that won was really good, I wish I could write like that.


My garden is scented by froths of white sweet peas and the rose

Compassion. June brings bolting spinach, fat broad beans, furry podded,

chervil and coriander, lacy yet strong,

lovage large and thuggish - but oh! the earthy celeryness of it.

Autumn will be red with damsons, beetroot and bloody

scratches from pruning gooseberry and rose, clearing veg beds

to compost; break down the old to grow the new.

January, the car marooned on the icy drive; cabin fever looms.

In the shiny new greenhouse I potter foolishly among

pelagonium, bay and apricot, dreaming of other times.

My garden is scented by... early spring? It's full of dead things,

but I sense, scent, see the secret pushing, unfurling,

I have loved it all year waiting for this.


Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 19:44

Nut I agree, when I have a moment the horrid purple aquilegia is going, though I think a neighbour might like it.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 19:36

I was looking at Miss Bateman in a nursery the other day and it was white, not a hint of pink, perhaps the flower goes pink with time?

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 19:32

Unrepentant about binning plants I don't like.

Painting what you've grown

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 14:18


Bay tree dying - Newt?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 09:02

I think you have inspired me to re-plant my Bay.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 09:00

I would call those daffs 'orange', which is a lovely colour; but it ain't pink.

A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 08:57

Cetti, ouch!


Posted: 14/06/2013 at 08:56

I just nip all the flower heads off.

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 08:55

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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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Rubbish really 
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More good guys

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