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Spring sweethearts

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 15:10

At last the bees are finding food in my garden.  It was buzzing with them today.  Up till now i have just been seeing the occasioal solitary bumble bee.  All change today.  but they have been about since i have just spent an hour dead-heading daffodils that had been pollinated.

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Spring sweethearts

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 15:41

Ah, Bristol is sheltered somewhat by the Mendips but these are all near the shelter of the house anyway except the Anemone coronaria and the pots there which are a little further behind.    Tomorrow I hope to go snapping in my butterfly garden.  I know i have loads of primulas in full flower as they have not stopped flowering since last year's hot spring.  i think I shall be dividing up hundreds of clumps this year to throw out the middle and make new plants from the outside bits.

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 15:07

Although it has come a bit late the sun has been bright enough today to open up the tulips and encourage the hyacinths and anemones.  The small anemone blanda are in full flower in my woodland walk too among the daffodils and late crocus.  Still the icy blast that has destroyed the top of some of the burgundy hyacinths is still blowing.  I do so want to go out with my camera and say truthfully "Ah, a lovely mild spring day, now to photograph all my spring sweethearts".

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GardenIng jokes

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 13:23

Overheard as my friend was showing a tour group round the Bristol University Botanic Garden "Ah, these are my favourites - not too big, not too small, juct the Epimedium."  The group roared with laughter too!  I did not smile when he pointed out me and another gardener busily weeding on the Mediterranean bank as "Those are Italian peasants" as it was a very hot day (yes, we do have them sometimes" and we were feeling it.  I suppose our sun hats were a bit comical.  That group laughed too. One of those days I will mingle with the group and stay out of sight at the back just to find out what makes them titter as they listen to his jokes.

Spring Spectacular

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 13:33

Here is the list of twelve talented sculptors who have been delighting visitors to the Bristol University Botanic Garden over the Easter Weekend - Heather Jansch, driftwood horses, Tom Clark,Stone carver and sculptor, Karen Edwards, ceramics,  Jude Goss, Lucian stained glass,  Pete Moorhouse "Arabesque" first picture of balanced cubes,  Susan Long fabric sculptor,  Willa Ashworth, metalwork sculptor,  Aurora Pozniakow who combines scultural pieces with a practical use in the garden,Adele Christiansen - kiln formed panels, Julian P Warren of Metalgnu,  Ian (Spike) Woods  carves small artefacts in exotic woods and Emma Jean Kemp, cold cast or solid bronze figures.  thank you each and every one for such a glorious weekend of enjoyment.

Spring Spectacular

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 09:56

And more

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Spring Spectacular

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 19:06

The Botanic garden is worth a visit at least once a season but even more often when wonderful shows like the Garden Sculpture Exhibition is on.  Here are some more of my favourites.

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 Oh dear that one is animate.  It is our mallard drake braving the icy waters of the lake to feed.

Spring Spectacular

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 17:50

more - I shall give you a list of the sculptors and their speciality later on.  

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Karin Edwards - Ceramics

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 Jude Goss - Lucian Stained Glass.

Spring Spectacular

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 17:36

Twelve wonderful sculptors pur on an amazing show at the Bristol University Botanic Garden for the Easter Weekend when it was too cold to garden.  Here are some of my favourites.

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Posted: 31/03/2013 at 13:03
Love them, Kate. Somehow they only look right in terracotta pots! Happy Easter.

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