Oh thank you so much Joyce for mentioning your clematis. I had forgotten to put in a paragraph about the pronunciation of Botanical Latin in my lecture and clematis is such a good example. Not that i mind how it is pronounced as I think it is correct enough if the listener understands you but I have heard so many people stumbling over the pronunciation of what they see on the labels it could be helpful to let them know the simple rules.
Very dark and wet this morning in Bristol. such a change in the weather. I have a streptocarpus that grows like topsy in my bathroom. It does like the humidity there. As does my African violet. Looks like honing my lecture is on the cards for today. At least in the morning. The forecast is for the rain to go east by lunchtime. Ah well the mind needs exercise as well as the body.
Pretty in pink. I think I will have to call the border I look out on from my kitchen door my Pink Border. At the moment it has pink Sedum spectabile, dwarf aster "Little Pink Beauty", pink cyclamen , buds on the pink chrysanthemum "Clara Curtis", and on the pink winter heather and the pink bergenia and the oxalis has just finished flowering but the flowers were pink. I must see if I have bought any pink tulips this year to keep the theme going. Pics from it this morning.
Yes Joyce I am forever digging out oak, beech,chestnut and hazelnut trees Today in Bristol is blue skies and sunshine and very warm. Set to cloud over in the afternoon and rain forecast for tomorrow. I will hone my talk and time myself this afternoon after a morning in the garden. I am not doing a powerpoint with slides but a straightforward lecture but will illustrate it with plants I take with me and postcards to pass round. People get so many powerpoint presentations nowadays I think they appreciate an old fashioned one now and again.
The conservatory from the lounge Lots of floor space to fill
A good long day's work now over. I had to get more crumbs from the kitchen for my 12 friendly birds that come for food as the squirrels pinched the lot this morning brfore they arrived. Tosser the wood pigeon must have been expecting me too and waiting on the bungalow roof as no sooner had I scattered the crumbs he was down tossing them all over the place. The robin soon joined him and the two sparrows flew in quickly to snatch some and fly off with them. They do not linger when tosser is there but the robin will feed within inches of his feet. The conservatory table has a few more plants now.
We have sunshine in Bristol at last, although I must admit it has been warm in the greyness of the morning. Another mountain of prunings has been tidies away so the garden is looking more cared for now. There are loads of bumble bees feeding on my asters which are in full flower. Some are crawling in and out of the cyclamen flowers too. Squirrels are scurrying about everywhere, some full grown some still youngsters, all looking for food to fill up on. now and again one passes with a fallen apple or pear in its mouth. Reminds me of the funniest thing i ever saw at the Botanic Garden one autumn when i was a volunteer gardener there. A squirrel ran past me with a turbin on its head made of horticultural fleece it had acquired from one of the tenderish plants which had been wrapped against an early frost. Evidently it found this the best way to get it to its eyrie.
Well done on the spring onions Flumpy. That's what come of joining the Union(in house joke). I have done quite a bit in the garden this morning as the drizzle has stopped and. it is quite warm. Planted ten bulbs of Iris "Katherine Hodgkin" in a nice terra cotta pot and cut up a container full of prunings from one of the mountains to line up by the green wheeliebin waiting for Friday morning. I managed to squeeze another two tender plants onto one of the conservatory windowsills too GWRS. Grit is good for covering the tops of tulip pots as it stops them smelling them so they do not know they are planted there.
Rain came before 10am! So started on the table in the conservatory. I gave it a clean cloth and brought in one wicker container which will not last another year. Roses and salvias still flowering well.
Colder this morning, grey and dry but rain forecast for about 11 am so must get started soon. plenty to do in the conservatory still if the rain gets too heavy.