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Spring sweethearts

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 11:47

Such tiny images coming through.  I'll try posting some one by one.


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Spring sweethearts

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 11:40

Oh my goodness what a plethora of spring sweethearts I have this year.  It just gets etter by the day.  I had to deliver a talk entitled "This spring in my garden so far" with slides last night and I was spoilt for choice.  In less than a month my garden has gone from thr first slide pf Mar21st with masses of snow to more gorgeous bulbs than I have ever seen.  I finished my talk with a walk round the garden yesterday and here are some of the pictures.











Spring sweethearts

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 16:51

One sweetheart I love to greet every spring having a large garden where it is welcome to seed itself in every nook and cranny it can find, is the forget-me-knot.



Spring sweethearts

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 14:01

Ah, nothing better for me to talk about than my half acre and the Bristol university Botanic Garden.  i love them both.  Next year I will have been tending my garden for fifty years and, as I open it to clubs, I am planning a Golden Jubilee Year like the National trust had at Barrington Court.  I like to take my inspiration from te best!  Hence the interest in all things golden.

As for the Bristol Botanic Garden, since taking my Certificate in Biology at Bristol university in 1986 i had wanted to do voluntary work there but it was over the suspension bridge and two and a half hour's bus journey so impossible.  none the less I ecame Friend and, when their site was sold for development in 2005 and the new garden was on this side of the river and i can get there in 15 minutes on one bus, I volunteered to garden there every Thursday at the age of 76.  I also trained to be a Guide to take groups round the Garden and have enjoyed especially taking round school parties.  I attended a workshop at the University on improving my photographic skills and go rund the garden getting amazing shots for blogs like this one and the talks i give to ladies and gadening groups.  Being eighty five shortly and there being a very long waiting list of volunteer gardeners I have resigned from the gardening duties but just go and photograph nd write poetry or my book if I am itching just to be there with my friends.  We have the most wonderful greenhouses as well as a beautiful garden dedicated to plant diversityand evolution, Mediterranean type plants, useful plants and native and rare native plants which abound in the Bristol Gorge a few minutes walk from the garden.    I did warn you.  This afternoon i am off to meet up with the other Guides for our yearly upgrade with the Curator, Nick Wray whom you may have seen some time back on GW.  His hor borders are astounding!

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 10:03

OH, I do so agree, Salino and they last for years.  They showed a lovely spread of them at Wisley which the RHS gardeners had in bloom last Friday's GW and it just reminded me to increase my stock this year for my Golden Jubilee Garden next year.  Your border looks lovely.

Talkback: Gardening in Russia

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 09:54
Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short three months without snow and freezing weather. And the lack of flavour in the veg. they could grow was astonishing. They grew runner beans just for the nectar from the flowers for the humming birds as they were too tasteless to eat. Potatoes were planted on a heap of compost. But the scene of miles of daffodils blooming in Dr.Zhivago is unforgettable.

Shall I??

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 16:01

No way to the turd in each hole as that will burn your tuber.  They are not rotted enough to use on the garden yet.

Plants for summer scent

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 15:54

Some of the scents from my roses just keep you tied to the garden.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 14:44

Thank you, Artjak.  Today my little bit of horyicultural happiness comes from my "Easter"(?) cactus which I had forgotten about for a year and despaired of it ever recovering when  found it behnd the fig tree.  it has one pink flower on it so I rewarded it by buying two companions for it.  The orange one is booked to go in my Golden Jubilee Garden next year.



More blue n yellow

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 14:23

In the Bristol Botanic Garden there is a big spread of the Bristol Flower, Lychnis chalcydonica, bright crimson, next to a big clump od Lychnis coronaria atrosangunia which has puce flowers.  I have to smile when I hear people say, surely that is a mistake or Christopher LLoyd would have loved that as they are in the Phyllogony Garden which shows plants in their families.  The lesson is that cousins can look very different as well as very similar.

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