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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.



Posted: 26/03/2014 at 20:15

Yes, it is a year long celebration, Ryan.  Special display for Mothers Day, then Easter, then St. Georges Day.  Lots of golden flowers being brought on in the conservatory and blue and purple complemsnts.  Lots of golden veg. too in my potager.  I give the first public talk on the spring events on the 11th of April so some of the above pics will be in the slide show.  Open day on May 28th and another in August.  I am hoping to write some good poetry through it all and paint some lovely pictures either out in the garden or in the bad weather from my photographs.


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 16:00

Beautiful will do fine!  So glad you like it.  We do have quite a large community of Jamaican origin in this Bristol in the UK and they certainly added colour to the scene in the city when they arrived in the fifties!  We do get our fair share of good weather and sometimes more than most as we are sheltered by the Mendip Hills.  The flowers have loved the mild wet winter we have just had and Bristol can still count the total amount of frosts which were very slight anyway.on one hand.


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 14:54

After a cup of tea we resume the tour.



Posted: 26/03/2014 at 14:31

Parcel post arrived and set me free with my camera.  Do take a walk with me up and down my garden and round in the front garden too.  Ten pictures at a time.  The Welsh daffs, Alliu


he kerria are all in the spinney.


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 13:10

Aww, Edd!  Lots of people gasp at my tulips in the front garden and say theirs are are nowhere near that stage!  I bought a lot of early flowering kaufmanniana type ones and there is no difference in their development between the fresh ones in pots grown entirely outside and the ones from last years pots that i planted in the borders.  Still confined to the house waiting for the parcel post.


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:01

Oh my goodness my Jubilee garden is looking so golden i will have to take my camera out after the parcel post arrives with my redelivery.  I have the most beautiful perfect golden tulips.  I have already pricked out some of my tomato seedlings and found some terrcotta pots for my prettiest auriculas for Mother's day  Some of my "Ancilla" are turning pink so will have their pots soon and find a corner in the garden for them to bloom again next year.  The big pots of "Red Hunter" were double layered so the first layer has been dead-headed and the second layer is flowering.  I can definitely say I have never had such successful early tulips which have been outdoors all their life.  A winter like last winter suits them down to the ground (and the pot).

Discussions started by happymarion

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