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Summer has arrived

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:34

Add Christopher Lloyd to those , Salino, and I'll be him!  Ha ha. Chicky.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:02

My Key Lime PIe Heuchera is now four lovely plants, growing rapidly.  What gorgeous pictures already and only the second day of summer.  Chelsea has nothing on us.  And we show for free.  I was gasping at the beauty in my garden this morning as i deadheaded (still hundreds of grapehyacinths and bluebells to do so no doubt my camera will be out again in between serving my two visiting sons Sunday lunch and tea.  Keep the pictures coming.  I am loving it.  And when the bearded iris and roses flower - well!  My iris are late this year probably for the same reasons as the bulbs but there are rosebuds aplenty.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:18

What a wonderful first day of summer for pics and art!  I paint my flowers in watercolour. But when studying painting i had to learn acrylics, oils and lots of drawing.  Now I paint mostly with living flowers and photograph them.  

Herby Lou.  Decide what you want from your garden.  Is it to grow lovely flowers or delicious veg and fruit or both or perhaps to have as an outdoor entertainment space or just to relax in with your friends.  If you have to start from scratch and want two good perennials that will give you flowers this year and for many more treat youself to some pretty hardy geraniums and osteospermums.  Grow expensive salad leaves, they are very quick and very easy.  Buy the biggest plants you can afford and buy three, five or seven of the same plant.  Reoeat planting unifies the garden and blocks or ribbons of plants are much better than one of each, except in prairie planting which of course has lots of repeats.  One thing you can be sure of - gardening is fun and gets more and more rewarding as you get older.  I am 84.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 15:51

Superb.  Such perfection just makes me gasp with admiration at nature and nurture (from the gardener).

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 15:04

nutcutlet, you need our very own Botanic garden with a helpful staff or the four volumes of the four volumes of the RHS Dictionary of Gardening which is the one I have.  So useful when labels disappear.  I am sure the foxes use mine as cutlery.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 13:32

What a beautiful peony!

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 12:03

Nutcutlet - looks like veitchii but mascula can be very similar in the pink form.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 12:00

That is such a mix -up, i do not know where to start editing it!  Nutcutlet i will try to find out at the Botanic garden next week if the internet does not do it.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 11:57

More first day of summer pictures.  Here are forget-me-nots and

 This variagated sedum spurium has pretty

 Chives flowering in the onion bed in the potager.

little pink flowers already.


Herb Robert in my spinney (the wild part of my very large garden which can look so beautiful.)

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 10:43

Of course, nutcutlet(yummy).  Rules are not made to be broken here but non-existent.  I have done an hour's deadheading.  Now for some editing.

 My rainbow chard is delicious.

 I have never seen so much blossom on the trees in all my many years of gardening.  This is my hawthorn tree.

Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

I have three gems of tomatoes to sow as a participant in Mr. fothergills Trials in the nation of Gardeners project, called "Black Opal". "Pi... 
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My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

My acer seedlings from the Botanic Garden which I weeded are all different colouring - salmon pink, rich toffee, crimson. pale pink and a ve... 
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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

One of my birthday presents was Kalanchoe "Bronze Sculpture" which is commonly known as the Paddle plant but this one has bronze colored tip... 
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Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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picture difficulties

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Talkback: Gardening in Russia

Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short thr... 
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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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Talkback: House sparrows

In the eighties I used to stop counting at 20 when the sparrows descended on my garden. The wild patch og groud at the back of my garden wa... 
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Gardeners World new season

How was it for you 
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Talkback: Blind daffodils

You would not think from seeing the wonderful display our hellebores are putting on in the Bristol Botanic Garden that they once had the dre... 
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