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Charlie November

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Camera Corner

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 22:56

The hosue is another "black and white" timber-framed building, so I think being shown in b&w makes it look more what it is. The waterfall bridge and the channel through the mangroves just look like older photographs, late '50s maybe. They don't lose that much but they don't gain anything. The lanterns and the girl both definitely lose something in the loss of the bright yellows. The waterfall looks cleaner in b&w than in colour, so that's a boost. The trees reflected in the still water above it, though, go from green trees, deep shade and still water to threateningly gloomy trees, dark shadow and menacing still water ... or maybe I've been over-exposed to Victorian horror stories. The dawn mountain panorama, I think, loses something in going b&w because it's moodier when it's explicitly all misty blue. Some more "naturally monochrome" shots:

 ... and for Lily:


Camera Corner

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 13:36

Colour to b&w contrast? Okay.


Looks like I broke the site uploading too many. Have to post the other examples tonight.

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 00:08

Already posted. I hope you've got friends there with space on their trellises!

Has any one made a gardening cake before

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 12:26

If you don't like them too sweet, you could try leaving out some of the sugar. Adding ginger powder or black pepper also provides some balance for sweetness. Would decorating a slab of flapjack count as a cop-out?

I've only done one decorated cake in my life. I didn't use icing at all. I put three bowls of chocolate in the (electric) oven at 70C to melt, and bought a new, clean paintbrush with which to apply them. You can turn the heat up a little for thinner "paint" and pop the cake in the freezer for five minutes to set rather than waiting an hour like you have to with acrylic paints. It only comes in white, brown and dark brown, but chocolate's a wonderful medium. I'm sure you could add colouring to the white stuff. Not really up to that happymarion cake, of course.

loved gardening quotes

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 12:20

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket." - Arabic proverb. They do revere gardens over there. Imagine walking through this all day and then entering this.

Camera Corner

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 20:18

Good grief.

I'm pretty sure your garden isn't big enough for this many akebias or this many gladioli.

 How many would you like? Would anybody else like some? Are we still sending freebies to Somerset? It's not as if I have a use for them or it would cost more to send them all, but ... that's a lot of seeds.


Having given it some thought, that's only a few square metres of gladioli. That would probably look wonderful. It's still a lot of akebia seed, but I don't know what sort of germination rate they'll get. It looks like a tomato-style fruit to me, meaning it probably evolved to take advantage of hungry gibbons not bothering to chew, and may have a lower germination rate if it hasn't been subjected to certain biological processes.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 20:13

It is, indeed. Quite how a sunflower got planted under the gutter remains unanswered, but I have my suspicions involving birdfood and birds.

Feed the birds a lot. Get sunflowers in weird places.


Camera Corner

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 17:15

I'm agreeable!

I've got the dried stems of the Gladiolus byzantinus sitting on a windowsill, too, with a fair number of seeds in them. Not sure how long it takes them to flower.

Very specific hedge plant requirements

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 17:07

The site I checked said "3 to 5 per metre" and that's the basis I used for those prices. I assumed that was 33cm between them in a single row or 20 along and 20 back or forth each time (28.3, acc. Pythagoras) in a double row. As you said it was the top of the hedge you really wanted and there's a fence behind it, you don't really need a dense bottom ... of the hedge ... and you said you wanted it thin, too, so I'd go with the single row. You can always hide it behind a line of something knee-high, perennial and pretty.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 18:11

I'd call this one a "late bloomer" but it's actually a return to the thread after its 22 June debut:

 ... and this one deserves a mention for sheer nerve, combining "say it with flowers" with "shout it from the rooftops" maybe:

 Maybe one of the birds is taking an interest in gardening.

Discussions started by Charlie November

Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Rose cuttings: timing

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When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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