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Latest posts by Wintersong

April in Your Garden

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 17:10

I've been digging around in large circles of gravel today unearthing the fat purple fingers of my hostas that erupt from the ground as though clawing for the sunlight. I go so far as counting the fingers greedily, talking to them as you do and adding another ring of grit to keep the slugs off. I'm especially pleased with my newbie Patriot that I brought last year from B&Q with three stalks and this year there are eleven fingers!

 I adore hostas but only started growing them recently because I was afraid of the slug population. I currently own six varieties but am reallly hoping to improve on that!

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Posted: 20/04/2012 at 16:55

@ Lilylouise: If its any help, I managed to down size my photos by opening with Microsoft Office Picture Manager > Edit pictures > Re-size > Pre-defined size, choose large web size option. Sorry if this has already been tried or is not an option.

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Posted: 20/04/2012 at 10:03

Oh hubby solved my problem, Internet cache needed clearing. so I'm footloose again, prepare for spam! (only joking)

 This is the most mature part of my garden with some shrubs beginning life as Woolworths sticks 17yrs ago. I especially love this time of year, Spring is my favourite season because I am fascinated by shapes and forms, colours and textures and Spring has such newness.

Spiraea japonica Goldflame gives me so much pleasure from my kitchen window with a bunch of Asiatic Lily just coming up through a trail of Sedum.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:33

South-East inland: Blue Skies! Sunny and warm!

And just when I was begining to get used to constant downpours

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Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:27

What an insane amount of work you must have to do Lilylouise! Thanks for the tour!

P.S. Since uploading two photos, my little green tree option now refuses to browse my computer, so I can't upload anything else unless it changes its mind suddenly. (Perhaps that's a blessing in disguise for you guys) unless someone knows how to solve the problem?

April in your garden

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 21:35

Lovely photos Lead Farmer

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Posted: 19/04/2012 at 21:26

I'm really loving all the up loads guys! Many gratz to you all!

This is an aerial photo of May 2011, my oriental poppies, Mrs Perry were especially pleasing. I took like a million photos to paint.

Talkback: Informal planting

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 15:38
Andy said "Basically, it’s like a collage of pictures stuck on a bit of paper, except I do it in Powerpoint on a computer."

It's an incredible achievement and credit to your design capabilities to be so free and still win!

A few years back, I cut up all my old gardening magazines and made collages which I still enjoy looking at(especially through the dull winter months). They really helped establish my style.

This year I have gone so far as designing my borders using hand sketches and colouring pencils as well as begining my third year photographing the successes and failures with my camera, because my designing has always been organic but also, ridiculously slow. I just take ages to decide where to put something! And only those things that get placed automatically, seem to stay put.
I use the photoes during the winter, not only to cheer me up but make corrections. Using powerpoint is a brilliant idea, especially since I cannot find a free design program on the net!

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Posted: 19/04/2012 at 15:20

Thanks guys! I shall employ those techniques in the future.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 14:34
Shrinking Violet wrote (see)

At least all this weather (I don't think we have a climate any more, just random acts of weather) gives us Brits something to talk about.

Of course I'm no expert, but I do read an awful lot of history and you'd be surprised how often freak weather conditions have occurred (and complained about). It makes me wonder that whilst the human instinct to find patterns in nature evolved into meteorology, it's more a question of averages.

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