John Harding

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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 19:45


 I can't take any credit for growing these: I took the pictures at Thrieve Gardens, Dumfries & Galloway. John H

I note they don't enlarge when I click on them so I guess the file sizes are at about the limit.

Pics of wild flower verges along roads

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 17:07

On the A4174 Bristol Ring Road approaching Keysham there is about a 1/2 mile carpet of Cowslips covering the verge in the Spring. Looks wonderful when they're out, though they're over now. At present there seem to be plenty of Coltsfoot and Buttercups around - still looks good!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 22:44

Wow! Mrs G what a brilliant set of pics. Thanks for sharing them with us. John H

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 13:05

And me just started to diet yesterday! - gutted!

Pics of wild flower verges along roads

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 08:45

Hi nutctlet, thanks for pointing out the million dollar highway can be seen on youtube, brought back a few memories. We also did the steam train ride from Durango to Silvertown which is also on youtube so I watched that again. Fantastic ride up through the mountains.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 22:50
Birdy13 wrote (see)
Fairygirl wrote (see)

...There's lots of good people here who are always willing to offer advice and when the weather's duff.......cake..virtual only I'm afraid!! 

Yes, it's a great forum, Very friendly too, and I  do like cake, and therefore the idea of cake (which I suppose is virtual cake). Luckily, I've found I can bake:


I justify its inclusion in the forum because I like eating cake in the garden. It helps me appreciate all the good things around me. 

Ahh Birdy13, That looks like a Dundee cake, no good for a weegie like fairygirl. Should have put a pic of a deep fried Mars Bar!  John H

Pics of wild flower verges along roads

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 22:47

Interesting you should make that comment Nutcutlet; we were aiming to travel north from Denver to Yellowstone, when we stopped for a coffee we got talking to a local who said "Why, you gotta see the Million Dollar Highway before you leave Colorado" so instead of going north we went west towards Grand Junction, cut off left at Glenwood Springs through the Crystal River gorge to Delta, Monteray and Ouray. The drive from Ouray to Silverton was absolutely fabulous over Red Mountain pass. If you've got a USA map the Million Dollar Highway goes from Ouray to Durango. We never regretted changing our route as we had planned on just hiring a car in Denver and stopping in motels each night which worked out just fine.

Premature potato furtling...

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 22:34

If you like big spuds try growing Kondor. When we had a bigger veg garden I used to grow these and they were ginormous. Sometimes we would get potatoes weighing more than a pound each. Made wonderful chips but my favourite was to bake in the oven, then scoop out all the flesh, mix with cheese & a little butter and then put it back into th skin-cases and microwave for about 1 minute. "Cheesey Crispy Jackets" - Brill!  Sadly can't do that anymore (put on too much weight!)

Pics of wild flower verges along roads

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 22:25

Here are a few more:




 This last one is of a 'Clarke's Nutcracker'

Bay tree dying - Newt?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 21:48

A newt in the container would suggest it's too wet (newts like water) Bays don't like to be wet! They also suffer from the cold weather, particularly don't like frost. Artjak is right, conditions during past winter have been bad for bays and Ericacious is definitely wrong compost.

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