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Painting what you've grown

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 13:06

My gladioli I painted in oils on canvas.

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Painting what you've grown

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 13:00

Many of us paint, draw, embroider. dry, make floral arrangements with the plants we grow.  Let's share it.  Here to start you all of is what an 84 year old is doing with her plants and garden.

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Summer has arrived

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 14:28

John, why not ask the nursery you bought it from - they are hardly likely to have stocked two such similar plants and will have a record of the name.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 12:57

Ahh, John.  We do not have many varieties of clematis at the Botanic garden as we have four specific lines of botanical education illustrated there - native and rare local plants, Plants that grow in Mediterranean type climates, useful plants and the evolution of plants.  The garden is unique in that being the youngest University Botanic garden (built in 2005 from the plants in the old Brackenhill site) it was designed as a beautiful garden and as an amenity for the people of Bristol.  It does have beautiful "Rooms" like the Pollination garden and the Bog Garden and lake but the clematis you would find would be climbing over the verandah in the Chinese Herbal garden (White flowered Clematis chinensis) or climbing the house walls.  Try googling a specialist clematis grower and put the colour of your plant in the search engine.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:25

Wintersong, i find it is best to buy online and have my plants delivered as i have no transport and the only other alternative is buying on coach trips and risking having the plants put in the hold.  But i do buy from specialists and the biggest plant i cam afford if it is not something i can grow from seed like a special rose.  Cuttings are easy if you have a willing donor.

I have been feeling guilty about not taking time to enlarge on irises so TY Fairygirl.  There are so many species of iris that there are whole books devoted to them, some beautifully illustrated, available at the library.  My year starts with the bulbous ones which are very small with large heads -- Iris reticulata varieties mostly, Iris unguiculatis is a little igger and flowers in Bristol from months on end from November onwards, right through winter and spring.  You probably know our native yellow Iris pseudocorus which resides in bogs and ponds all over the country and therelots of other species that like boggy conditions.  The bearded irises love to bake in the sun and there are whole nurseries devoted to growing those in their many varieties.  I saw a lovely Iris japonica in the Bristol botanic garden yesterday which has smaller flowers than the normal big ones. It is white so the sun being out the pic is not so good, but worth seening the difference.  its strappy leaves are taller than the flower stems, a bit like Iris unguiculatis.

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Summer has arrived

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 19:47

Asphodels, papaver atlanticum and Stachys bizantinum in the Mediterranean Bank at the Bristol Univ. botanic garden today.

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 These dactylorrhyza are weeds in the New Zealand Garden in the Bristol botanic garden.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 16:47

They like boggy conditions, Wintersong, so were in their element last  year.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 14:49

Yes they are.  will edit some more pics for you all tomorrow as i must pot up tomatoes now.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 14:09

Summer has well and truly arrived at the Bristol University Botanic Garden and here are 

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 some pics I took this morning.  That is Ferruls communis at the bottom.  The blue iris close-up is Iris siberica "Cambridge" and the pink peony is Peony suffricosa.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 09:17

Oh, Andy, how exciting and what great joy is ahead of you.  All that grass could go and then you would not have to worry about any old lawnmower.  The view is superb.  You have room for prairie planting, a wildlife pond and bog plants, tough trees like holly and ivy to help the holly blue butterfly.  You could be self sufficient in fruit and veg. very soon.  And just think of the lovely loam those stacks of turf would make as you stack them up.  This threat is getting more and more exciting.  I do am thrilled the picture glitch has been sorted.

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