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Painting what you've grown

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 09:39

He said it did not need much academic ability or something similar to be a horticultualist,  Alan Titchmarsh took it up in high dudgeon and argued the case well in several papers and magazines.  The fact that many schools are now having gardening clubs and bringing their children to the Botanic Garden makes me think teachers do not agree with him.  The children who visit the Bristol Botanic Garden cannot help get a large dose of science (evolutionary dell and pollinarion garden, medicinal plants, useful plants like vanilla for ice-cream, chocolate, tea and coffee and bananas, rare and native local plants to make their walks round Bristol more interesting.Plants that grow in Medieterranean climates in case global warming changes our weather that way in the future).  I feel safer knowing children can be educated in such things as the threat of much dearer food for my grandchildren is very real.  I was horrified by what the Prime Minister said.  He has children too.

Painting what you've grown

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 22:17

The penultimate line is the winner for me!  I do hope someone has chided the prime minister for belittling the intelligence of gardeners!  Perhaps someone could point him in the direction of this thread.  Eddie J I do hope you achieve your dream.

Wild flowers not now mowed down

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 19:19

Bristol has just been announced as the winner of Green City of Europe Award for 2015.  Well done, Bristol and well deserved.

Wild flowers not now mowed down

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 16:28

A researcher from Bristol university did some experiments on plants suitable for hanging baskets that were bee and butterfly friendly - had loads of nectar and pollen.  I am eagerly awaiting to see if some of the plants have made it into the hundreds of baskets they put up. They already have little patches off wild flower meadow sown right in the centre which look lovely when the poppies and cornflowers bloom.  I am sure it saves the council tax payers a lot of money if nature is given a freer hand.

Painting what you've grown

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 11:50

The Bring and Buy Sale.


There were plants that feed us,

Plants that cheer us',

Plants that puzzle how they've grown.

Plants quite rampant.

Plants quite fragrant.

Plants quite easy and well known.

Tempting outdoor bric-a-brac,

Books crammed full of gardening facts

Where seeds of science are sown.

They dug deep into their funds

With sturdy growers' hands

To buy some plant that's different from their own.

And from each weathered visage

Shone the happy giver's message,

That good gardening is the soil that sets the tone.

Painting what you've grown

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 22:22

Of course it is suitable, Eddie- true garden art.  I am may even put in some of my poems.  I suggested the thread to show that gardening is not just bunchees of flowers and fruit and veg to eat and a nice place to relax but is a great contributer to the culture of a country too.  I love to watch my logs decaying in the garden.  some of the bracket fungus that grow on them are huge.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 15:13

Fairygirl, she would do well to try the RHS site.  Tulip bulbs are susceptile to fungus and any left too wet in cold weather.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 15:07

Rhododendron "Klondyke AK" still glowing gold on 13.06.13


Summer has arrived

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 14:57

The heucheras have started to flower.


Painting what you've grown

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 10:54

Bev, those colours are really beautiful.  This paintung of mine is called "After the migraine has gone".  It just seemed like the peace of my waterlilies had calmed my head.


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