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Grow it and eat it

Posted: 23/12/2012 at 08:42

Oh, thank you so much for your support, Zoomer44.  I like your idea very much and so pleased the participants will sit down to eat the fruits of their labours!  Yes, I did notice the piece on Kohlrabi.  I gave a lunch for some of my fellow volunteers from  our Botanic Garden in Bristol to introduce them to kohlrabi that I had grown and it was a great success.  It was a great favourite in Victorian times and still is in many parts of Europe.

Talkback: Goldcrest encounter

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 20:29

Oh, Kate, i hope you have a pair there and can catch site of the babies in the spring. We have them in the Bristol Botanic Garden and the babies are like bumblebees in size. Although the adults love the tops of the conifes, the babies like to buzz around the yew hedges. And buzz they do - they are really fast but the mother is always nearby keeping an eye on them. I just love them and how does such a tiny bird have such a loud song? Happy Xmas.

Grow it and eat it

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 15:16

How about that - the Jan. edition of the mag. has recipes to use winter veg,!

autumn colour

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 10:59

"21.12,12,the shortest day and last day of the autumn and my garden is full of Xmassy colour.  First the red cornus wands I stuck in my heather beds -

 And on the other side of the front gate the cotonester berries and male skimmia flowers contrasting with the white heather.

 And the cotoneaster berries and variegated ivy tumbling over the front wall.

 Happy Xmas everyone.

autumn colour

Posted: 17/12/2012 at 13:43

My convolvulus came through the recent cold snap without a leecebut i will keep an eye on it, thank you. Verdun.

autumn colour

Posted: 17/12/2012 at 13:00

I have just stuck a large bundle of bright red cornus wands into my white heather at the front gate  I shall photograph it on Dec. 21st and say goodbye to autumn colour as  it is now time to start a new thread for winter.  Looking forward to that and what emerges from your posts.  Willow and acers give you brightly coloured wands too for indoor and outdoor decorations for the festive season to complement the holly and the ivy and the mistletoe which has loved this wet year.

Grow it and eat it

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 10:01

In my slate scree this morning, 16.12.12,picking up the brown leaves i found this white primrose flower.


Now how to find out whether it is safe to have the petals on my salad?

autumn colour

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 09:55


Outshining even the Jasminum Nudiflorum in my front garden this morning , 16.12.12, was the golden privet.

Grow it and eat it

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 21:56


Talkback: Winkworth Arboretum

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 17:15

In the winter, the Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden is open to visitors, Monday to Friday but no Visitirs centre. but there is a box on the front gate for a voluntary contribution to the development of the garden or if you wish to buy any of the plants for sale at the gate.  There are always paid or volunteer gardeners there to answer any questions. IF you go to the website you will see opening hours and tours on Sundays by the curator, Nick Wray, during the winter.

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