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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.



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.

Discussions started by happymarion

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I too am a nettle lover, Kate. Nettle tea is delicious. You can buy the dried variety if you do not have your own source. 
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Well done, Kate. Last winter was so mild and wet lots of sickly trees suddenly showed what they are made of. Trees and shrubs that had nev... 
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Growing tomatoes indoors and out is a trial the Nation of Gardeners Project is doing for Mr. Fothergill Seeds. Ferline F1 is included in th... 
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an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Spring sweethearts

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