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Has any one made a gardening cake before

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 12:26

It was cut and half eaten at the Bristol Group of the Alpine Garden Soc. Annual Conference.  Another big chunk was taken to my former colleagues at the Univ. of Bristol Bot. garden and given to friends and neighbours.  It would comfortably cater for 100 people it was so big.  It was a wrench to cut it but it inspired a poem.  


We Ate a Work of Art.


The grass was made of coconut

The paths of marzipan.

The flowers and veg. of sugar,

Made by creative Ann.


The pond of sparkling jelly;

The beehive with its bees;

Blue butterflies in the borders;

All put us at our ease,


Till I had to wield the knife

To cut the golden cake.

Too lovely to eat was the cry,

Even for donations sake.


That cry subsided when we smelt

The cherry brandy fumes.

Then we saw the cherries,

Lush as the decorating blooms.


They queued for slices and decorations;

They ooh-ed and aah-ed somewhat;

The coffers swelled for our new projector;

Which eased my pain a lot.


It has gone, my golden cake;

Fond memories remain;

Of the facebook friends who gave it 

And the gardening friends who ate it.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 12:13

Midday and it is dry and the sun is shining again!


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 08:31

The change in the weather has arrived as promised.  It is a very dreich day at the moment in Bristol, dark as night, pouring with rain and a very bedraggled lot of flowers out in the garden.  On the bright side the plants needed the rain and the waterbutts should be getting replenished.  It does not seem colder in the house but maybe outside will be.  Forecast is for a sunny dry afternoon so I should get some gardening done then.  In the meantime I shall try to get my powerpoint presentation on the way.

Has any one made a gardening cake before

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 16:21

The mother of one of my fb friends made this for me for my Golden Jubilee Year in my garden.  It has the lot, flowers, veg, pond, beehive, butterflies, steps and paths and even a trug full of roses on the seat in the rose bower.



Posted: 03/10/2014 at 15:53

Out in my front garden in what seems to be the last day of summer, although the sun is still shining brightly.



Posted: 03/10/2014 at 11:50

Some lovely dahlias spotted at the Bot. Garden yesterday and a lovely orchid.  The tropical pond was having some attention so I got to snap the back of the monster waterlily leaf for a change.



Posted: 03/10/2014 at 09:13

Last really warm day has dawned so after a quick visit to the shops I will spend it in my own garden,seeing where best to use my two long cloches to keep things growing and generally protecting and tidying.  I will bring in anything that I can carry to the now tidy conservatory.


Posted: 02/10/2014 at 16:12

Working on my editing skills.  Here are some of my attempts with pics from the Bot. Gdn. this morning.



Posted: 02/10/2014 at 13:49

I spent three hours taking pics in the Bristol University Botanic garden in brilliant sunshine which was not the best light for pics but was very pleasant indeed for me.  The Garden is looking glorious even although the autumn colour has not developed yet.  I gasped at the blood oranges growing ouside for the first time and the lemons.The gardeners let me taste the cape gooseberries which are at the same ripeness as mine and they are delicious and ready to be eaten.  The mimosa pudica was in flower in the tropical house.  it was all very, very, exciting.  Some of my pics.



Posted: 02/10/2014 at 08:49

Another brilliant morning in Bristol.  As today and tomorrow are the last two warm days in the forecast I will try to get to the Bot, Gardens to get pics this morning as need to do urgent shopping tomorrow.  I can feed myself and visitors from the garden but washing powder for the washing machine and so on need to be bought!  When we moved here there was saponaria in the garden but that has long gone!

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