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Kohl rabi

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 20:13

I grew a fine crop of Purple Vienna Kohl rabi last year outside in a raised bed.  I followed the instructions on the packet for growing outside so did not plant out but thinned out the plants as they get quite big and need a lot of room.  A very useful and delicious veg.  You eat the greens like spinach and the swollen stem like turnip,  great in stews and raw in salads alike!

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 20:07

Oh, they are lovely, chicky.  I do wish we could see the photos enlarged.

Technical Issues

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 15:01

Posters on the Spring Sweethrearts thread are having trouble with posting pictures.  They do not get enlarge when you click and are put on very small.  Three of us have had trouble today - 20.04.13 and just when spring s bursting forth in our gardens or not if the winter has caused casualties. 

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 14:52

Salino, I did not get any of your pictures at all and you're right about not being able to enlarge any more.  i'll see what can be done about it.  My tulips both in pots and planted in the garden have been mind boggling.

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 13:11

After an exhausting bout of gardening I shall try again with my photographs taken yesterday.


 The forget-me-knots are so lovely under the Bramley apple tree and below them the lovely leaves of Cyclamen hederifolium have arrived already.

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 11:47

Such tiny images coming through.  I'll try posting some one by one.

 This is Allium paradoxum

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 11:40

Oh my goodness what a plethora of spring sweethearts I have this year.  It just gets etter by the day.  I had to deliver a talk entitled "This spring in my garden so far" with slides last night and I was spoilt for choice.  In less than a month my garden has gone from thr first slide pf Mar21st with masses of snow to more gorgeous bulbs than I have ever seen.  I finished my talk with a walk round the garden yesterday and here are some of the pictures.


Spring sweethearts

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 16:51

One sweetheart I love to greet every spring having a large garden where it is welcome to seed itself in every nook and cranny it can find, is the forget-me-knot.


Spring sweethearts

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 14:01

Ah, nothing better for me to talk about than my half acre and the Bristol university Botanic Garden.  i love them both.  Next year I will have been tending my garden for fifty years and, as I open it to clubs, I am planning a Golden Jubilee Year like the National trust had at Barrington Court.  I like to take my inspiration from te best!  Hence the interest in all things golden.

As for the Bristol Botanic Garden, since taking my Certificate in Biology at Bristol university in 1986 i had wanted to do voluntary work there but it was over the suspension bridge and two and a half hour's bus journey so impossible.  none the less I ecame Friend and, when their site was sold for development in 2005 and the new garden was on this side of the river and i can get there in 15 minutes on one bus, I volunteered to garden there every Thursday at the age of 76.  I also trained to be a Guide to take groups round the Garden and have enjoyed especially taking round school parties.  I attended a workshop at the University on improving my photographic skills and go rund the garden getting amazing shots for blogs like this one and the talks i give to ladies and gadening groups.  Being eighty five shortly and there being a very long waiting list of volunteer gardeners I have resigned from the gardening duties but just go and photograph nd write poetry or my book if I am itching just to be there with my friends.  We have the most wonderful greenhouses as well as a beautiful garden dedicated to plant diversityand evolution, Mediterranean type plants, useful plants and native and rare native plants which abound in the Bristol Gorge a few minutes walk from the garden.    I did warn you.  This afternoon i am off to meet up with the other Guides for our yearly upgrade with the Curator, Nick Wray whom you may have seen some time back on GW.  His hor borders are astounding!

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 10:03

OH, I do so agree, Salino and they last for years.  They showed a lovely spread of them at Wisley which the RHS gardeners had in bloom last Friday's GW and it just reminded me to increase my stock this year for my Golden Jubilee Garden next year.  Your border looks lovely.

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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