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Posted: 28/03/2014 at 20:43

My Bramle


y apple tree blossom last May.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 20:36

Hmm.  Someone is being greedy.  I get great pleasure out of sitting down with a blank piece of watercolour paper in front of me and a flower or photo from my garden and a few hours later with the cooperation of my paint and brushes there is a new creation instead of the blank sheet of paper.  The next pics will be of my Mother's Day display on Sunday.  Tomorrow will be a busy one in the garden and baking Mother's Day cakes.  Since Gardeners World is later tonight I might just troll through my pics for you, Edd.  Sweet dreams.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 17:21

Next on my list of fun things to do, after gardening, painting, reading and writing comes cooking.  The rain today could have had me frustrated but I made a huge pot of red lentil and chicken soup using some of the lovely extra garlic bulb that was sent with my trial bulb of Solent Wight for Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners Trials and handfuls of the trials salad leaves.  I used the Spicy cut and come again ones and for colour the Red Lettuce.  Here it is and it tastes even better than it looks.



Posted: 28/03/2014 at 14:58

AWWWW!  Thank you all so much.  I shall look at my pebbles with fresh eyes in future.  Come to think about it, they would be such fun to paint in watercolour.  Youhave made me feel like I was back on the stage and some of the audience were rolling about with laughter at my monologue!


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 12:56

Will have to wait for more flowers to open in the clump of mystery plant.  I do have the bright blue ipheion with similar leaves but smaller flowers.  Would be glad of ID from someone who recognises it.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 12:08

So cold out with my camera today but glad I went.  You will see from my photographs i have lots of plans for the garden.


 This is one of my six pots of Bellevalia paradoxa much neater in its leaves than muscari .  i think I have enough now to establish it in my slate scree.


 Discovered this morning that my miniature bulbs come later than dwarfs so going to be great show for Easter.


 Primula sieboldia has hybridised with primula vulgaris I think in the slate bed.  Lovely plant has resulted.  My primulas are as fecund as my snowdrops..


 Tulip "Ancilla" is now "fading" to pink from white in its old age!


 Four buds already on my red peony.  This one is on the Roll of Honour for fifty years service.


 The double daisies have forget me nots for company now.


 I have to look this one up!


 These Mahonia aquifolium are on the Roll of Honour too.  Off to find my mystery bulb now.  I am sure Anna Pavord has such a pretty flower in her book called "Bulb".


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 12:11

My photography tutor at Bristol University would love your remarks, BizzieB.  I do hear his voice as I am out there, saying try to find a diagonal, horizon on the golden mean etc. and the butterfly expert saying keep ypur shadow well away!  During my six years as a volunteer gardener at the Univ. of Bristol Botanic garden I knew i was learning a lot of Latin names and a lot about plants and how to grow them well but the other things i learnt have been just as useful including photography.  Cold outside today so potted four pots of sparaxis for the summer months and pricked out some more tomatoes which had to go on bedroom windowsills as the conservatory will be a hazard to negotiate if i cram any more in.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 08:03

I think that would be a first, Edd - an 85 year-old running as MP!  Quite happy running a garden!


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 21:05

Those are the catkins of the pussy willow tree, looking delightful in the sunshine but losing their pollen to the hundreds of bumble bees on the tree.  


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 20:48

I used to have a poem each month in the Bristol Evening Post, now the Bristol POst - online somewheres.  At Chapter 7 in my social history type novel.  I will have a kook see if any of my poems are pertinent to this thread.  In the meantime here is May Day I painted in the garden.  You see I have a fetish about celebrating.


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