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plant identification

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 09:24

Yes Coronilla citrina is a little bit lighter yellow flowers but i had a cutting of another variety from a friend last year that does have flowers like that.  It will do well in the border and flower almost all year round and cuttings are very easy to take.  Does it have a heavenly scent.  In the summer the scent travels many yards.

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 09:14

Half and half. chicky!  Next year will be more planned as it is my Golden Jubilee year, starting in the spring with lots of golden daffodils.  I gasp with delight when i find a serendipitycolour splash.  There is a new one this year as the grape hyacinths have invaded a clump of yellow alyssum which is just about tp open its many buds while the grape hyacinths are at their zenith.  Will probably get that picture at end of week.

Wasteland garden.....please help

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 21:49

Justine, I have been tending my garden 50 years next year.  It is a delightful garen now and has many visitors but we arrived with 4young children and had another 3 and seven grandchildren.  It has had a football pitch, three storey tree house, tennis and badminton courts, tent pitch for camping with school friends, has fed nine of us when we had 55 ducks and hens = all now gone and now my joy and full of veg and wondrous plants.  I have half an acre but i am sure your garden will give you and your family much good health and pleasure like ours did.

Gardening as part of the National Curriculum

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 21:32

Schools are encouraged in Bristol to take classes for guided tours of the Bristol University Botanic Garden.  These children are a delight to take round.  You should see the interested faces as I point out the plant whose beans give us the vanilla in their ice-cream, the tea, coffee and cocoa plant and show them the big nut with chocolate beans inside, the sugar that makes their jam and sweets,  They happily run lavender, rosemary. mint and sage through their fingers and sniff.  We go back in time to 500 million years ago and through Evolutionary Dell where their imaginations run riot when we come into the tree ferns and the age of the dinosaurs.  We have wicker models of all the pollinators, insect and mammal.  Many of the gardens are foreign - We visit New Zealand, South Africa, China, the Mediterranean.  I love taking a school party round, much more interesting questions than the adult groups.  And I could not imagine an adult group singing "Daisy, Daisy" to the South African daisies in the Warm Temperate greenhouse like the children do when I explain about plants using up the carbon dioxide we give out when we talk and sing to grow and give us something useful back like food or clothes or building material. Some of them are astonished to see oats and gasp when they hear their poage oats come from a plant. One little four year old got so excited when ho saw the bananas in the Tropicall House he asked if we had monkeys!  Luckily the Zoo is not far away.

Wasteland garden.....please help

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 21:07

I would start by glyphosating the whole lot now.  In two weeks you will be able to rake off the dead grass and weeds and see what is underneath.  A spray pack that goes over your shoulder shpuld do it.  You can hire one.  As the weeds return glyphosate again.  Then think aout covering an area for the children with membrane and a, sandpit, playhouse etc.  Why not mke it all portable so that when their feet have levelled every part of their play area you move ot all so they can level another bit.  a bit like having a pig to fertilise an area like the gardeners have at Hidcote in their large veg garden.

Can anybody name this?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 16:39

Here are native violets last week in the Bristol University botanic Garden by some primroses which like the same conditions.

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Can anybody name this?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 16:33

I forgot to say native orchids in flower are usually seen end of June in south of England.  It is useful to say whereabouts your garden is and when the picture was taken when you wish a plant identified, as well as a pic of flower and leaves.

 

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 09:54

Sometimes it is the cheap and cheerful plants you are so happy, at least I am, in my large garden, to see again in the spring. They are a bit late this year, my bluebells but beginning now.  You can see the first peeping behind these Anemone de Caen.  Grape hyacinths are great for bulking up, like wise Euphoria robbiae which puts te zing into the pink of the heather and the flowering currant.

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Can anybody name this?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 20:46

I took some pics of some os our native orchids at Westonbirt Arboretum last year.  I'

'll see if that helps.

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circular formal raised bed what centre piece

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 19:20

I would lighten the formality with an amelanchier.  I will post a picture of the one in blossom in the Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden this week and a close-up of its blossom which gives lovely little edible fruit in the autumn when the colour of the leaves is spectacular.

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