Jim Macd

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Incredible luck

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 17:19
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Lovely Jim, absolutely lovely 

Yeah, I feel so lucky. I've seen them down the meadows a few times now but this is the first time I've seen them in the garden. Looks like I'm doing some good.

Incredible luck

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 17:13

Sorry Kef I meant to say. It's an Orange Tip - Anthocharis cardamines. They're here for my Lady's smock

Incredible luck

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 16:54

It's incredible what you can find when you least expect it. We'd just rescued a tired bee and given it a meal of honey. I was now bored watching it feed so I walked around the garden taking photos. I was taking photos of the Dame's Violet when I noticed in the middle of the frame was this. 















Then imagine my amazement when I followed him has he flew off when I saw what he was flying off to.











I'll insert a video of this amorous pair.

Oh, in case you're wondering. They're Orange Tips. Anthocharis cardamines


Here's the link


Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 11:06

OMG Now I just had to explain to the Operations Manager what on earth I was finding so funny, thankfully she's very broad minded. Oh, lordy. I wish I shared a pod with someone else now. Thanks everyone for giving me a bigger laugh at work than I've had in a very long time.

Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:16
Caral wrote (see)

...I do find weeding really therapeutic but my most favourite thing is filching bits of lawn to expand borders as I really am at my happiest playing in the dirt.  



OMG I nearly choked to death on my apple. Oh lordy. I'm not sure what you actually meant but my undstanding of that is very different.

anybody know what these are ??????

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:46
nutcutlet wrote (see)

OP has never come back and answered the question …



Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:14
david spikes wrote (see)
… de gustibus….....    

É, esatto!

Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:10

HI Verdun,

I think you are what would be described by a designer as a 'plants person'. Though I love certain plants and choose a plant because I like it I don't then place that plant in the garden just where it will grow best. I will often place a plant in a place where I will enjoy it, though it won't be where it will grow best. A plant in a garden for me is like a blob of paint on an artist palette and I will use that blob to create a picture, a story. 

There's a distinction between a garden and an botanical garden which is simply a collection of specimens.

I think a garden should be an expression of the gardener. Now if that means a collection of plants as in a museum then so be it. What is wrong with that? Nothing, if that's what it is you want. Another good analogy for me to describe how it is from my perspective is to say plants are like words to the poet. Now one of my favourite words is saddle. Don't ask me why, I just like the sound of it. Saddle. Other words I like are 'Tuesday', Hemp, brick, cardigan, cellar, indistinguishable, bedraggle, spittle and crack. They're great words but I think you would get some pretty odd looks if you were to present that as a list, out of the blue, without any explanation and I don't think anyone would say it was 'Art'. I think to make that Art and it could though I don't think very good Art, it would need to be presented as such. We're getting into 'what is Art'. Which is a huge subject. Does your garden have to be 'Art'. I think so. I often remind myself not to forget the garden, in 'Wildlife Garden'. Does a garden have to Neat? No, Does Art have to be neat? Absolutely not!. You only need take Tracey Emin's, or not, 'My Bed', or  Chris Ofili's Turner Prize winning 1998 Elephant dung. Is it neat? No, is it Art? Yes, Is it Aesthetic? Mmmm, I'm not sure but does it have to be? I don't think so. It should be only whatever you want it to be, it should say whatever it is you want it to say. Sod everyone else!!! Really! Why would you care? It's your garden, or it's my garden and I really don't care that the mother in law thinks it's a 'lazy persons' garden. Really? You want to try managing it if you think that's what's going on, anyway I digress….

Growing wildflowers

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 16:14

As a note of interest corn cockles are rare because their seed, which is like a black pepper corn,



doesn't last longer than a season in the soil. So if you don't allow it to grow each year you'll lose it and have to buy seed next time. It does last a few years in the fridge though. 

Growing wildflowers

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 16:07

Denno666 when sowing wildflower seeds it's best to sow them mixed with sand so as not to sow too thickly. You want about 5g/m^2 which isn't very much, if you thing a teaspoon of salt is ± five grams. 

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