Friday, August 31, 2007
It is getting Darker Earlier, and the sun is rising later. The season is changing gradually, and sometimes imperceptibly.
I love Autumn leaves, and golden trees, kicking through leaf piles. The USA calls it Fall, as in the leaves change colour and fall.
I love all seasons but Autumn is always a highlight of the year, especially in places with lots of trees.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
The Dahlia looking more like a proper flower.The white petals were quite tubular, but slowly unfurl.I love the white petals with pink lines on the outer petals.
The pollen in the centre is a delicious yellow colour like honeycomb..
It took me eight goes to upload this photo.Three nights down, four to go...
Next week I have a garden to tidy up and make beautiful with Frans help...will post our ground force efforts. So little time, so many gardens to revamp and beautify...cant wait!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Am back on nights so I will post a photo a day...I finish next monday morning.Seven nights and eight days, from Monday to Monday.
Monday, August 27, 2007
The First Dahlia to flower in the flat. Four plants were rescued from being eaten by slugs at Hils garden and brought back to the flat.
Three are growing with no buds, but the fourth plant grew one flower bud which looked like the photo below. Two days later and the bud unfurled.
Its not the most complete Dahlia flower but the magic of seeing a plant flower is always a pleasure. Even with some buds missing.
The Flower buds looked like a watercolour painting with Pink and white petals, with yellow leaves at the top of the ball.
Dahlias are the national flower of Mexico, and have been grown in Europe for 200 years.The original parent plant of all the Dahlias grown since, came from a box of tubers sent to Amsterdam in 1872. Only one plant survived the trip. Dahlia Juarezi with red flowers. Nurserymen crossed this plant with the earlier ones from Mexico. These were grown in a Madrid Botanical Garden and looked after by the Curator Andres Dahl..Who gave the plant his name. Years later there are 50,000 cultivars.
They have been out of fashion, but now they are back in vogue in British Gardens.The most famous one is the Bishop of Llanduff, with its scarlet flowers and smokey foliage.I saw that in Cheltenham lots of them for sale.
These plants will make the trip to the new house in the next few months. They are prone to slug attack though so need protecting if they are grown in a garden. They are not frost hardy either as you'd expect from a Mexican plant.The Tubers can be lifted after they have done flowering and be stored somewhere dry over the winter.
I wander what colours the other three plants flowers are. Will have to see if I have any more Dahlias this year.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
The Pirate theme day was inspired by the willow pirate ship in the Whale and Mermaid border.The directly sown annuals have grown three or four foot high. Blues and pinks on the left handside, yellow flowers on the right.
The website said field poppies, corncockles, cornflower, california poppys, corn marigold were planted. Last month it had a few odd plants growing. A month later and the annual Seas were blowing in the wind and the sunshine.
Nestled away in the Harlow Carr woods are the Six Doric Columns from the Cheltenham Spa Concert hall in Harrogate originally. These were donated in the 1960's from the Yorkshire Archaeology society. Apparently it was the main entrance to Harlow Carr before.
Giant tree's grow around the columns and the stone lions. Two Aslan like felines, from the lion, witch, and the wardrobe.....One lion was severely weathered on the face.
It was tucked in a glade at the far end of the woods.We had previously not seen them somehow.The sun was shining and they were illuminated six giants, with the two lions keeping guard at the base.
The trees grew around them creating a folly, amongst the Green and shady glade..
They have been in flower from June to August, the Shrub roses. The Verbena Bonarensis, and Cottinus were counterplanted, along with Echinacea's and grasses.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Back to work for me so more Harlow Carr posts tonight....
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Unlike the nursery rhyme these were large pigs, three slept in the enclosure, dozing in the sunshine with only their ears twitching.
The four Saddleback pigs have been brought in to work the land above the Queen Mothers Lake in preparation for Trees for life Scheme planting two and a half acres of Woodland.
They will plant 3000 tree's in the Autumn. It will be an area of sustainable woodland, which Harlow Carr has a lot of already started off many years ago.
I cannot find much information on the use of pigs to help root out weeds. I read they are naturally woodland orientated and use their snouts to forage for tasty roots. The only information was academic studys of wild pigs in California Oak forests. The places in Europe that have wild boars have better selection of Oak tree's. The foraging habit somehow makes the woodland more vibrant. Britain probably hunted its wildboars to extinction.
Its funny how the further forward we go the more we look back in time.I will see how the woodland develops, and whether they put some pig statues in it to remind them of who cleared the land prior to the planting!
The camera is loaded with newly charged batterys. I have been offered another garden to do up from someone at work. I will go to see what needs doing there soon.
The Itinerant gardener travels far and wide to indulge the passion of gardening, spreading a little joy and magic as he goes.
Pictured is the Clary, Salvia Viridis. I love the purple and blue leaves growing from the main stem. I think they would be great border plants. They grow in shades of purple, white, and pink.
I only have the one plant that is on the windowsill. How much better would it look in a garden with its roots in soil?
I got some photos yesterday from Snapfish. Online developers of digital images.I wanted to see the large 10x8 print size. I picked nine photos to be enlarged, and they were all lovely. A guy wanted some prints of my blog photos. I think that size is quite good for printing and framing.
Has Anyone ever had requests for a blogged photo for prints?
I have some target plants today to photograph for a photography competition.The prizes are £100 in vouchers (to buy plants off course).
Snappys garden blog is sending me to new places, enabling me to meet people from all over the world, which is totally unexpected from when it started two years ago.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I tried tyo upload this picture at 6am but blogger had other ideas. After a fourteen hour day here is my angelic Red Lobelia in flower again. You can nearly see the wings!
Am going to Harlow Carr on Thursday my favourite Garden to see whats growing.I will try to limit my photos to the flowers.
Looking at the blogs post list by keyword Harlow Carr has fifty plus :)
I actually have a plan of what to photograph this time. One specific flower species to win some vouchers...will blog that later.
Walking back from work I was struck by how dark it was.Now i know summer is drawing to a close as the light fades earlier. The leaves are all green in the tree's but it was overcast and quite windy. A slight chill in the air.The seasons here are gradual changes, slow and imperceptible.
Another Long day tomorrow before Harlow Carr on Thursday.Cant wait :)
Monday, August 20, 2007
I was Tagged by Michelle from my Grandpa's garden ( http://mygrandpasgarden.com/ ) over a month ago about Seven Random things, that have been criss crossing the world between bloggers when they agree to participate in them.
Seven Random facts about me probably not related to gardening but we'll see...
1) I love Frogs, real ones, and collecting ornaments and garden decorations.These two beautys were given to me by Hils. My collection has dissapeared so I am starting it again.If my new house when I get it has a big enough garden I want a pond that will attract some Frogs.I met a frog last year in my garden as he was hopping through the grass.There was no water there so he was just passing.The sudden movement of him jumping from the grass gave me a fright!
2) Snappycroc is one of my old nicknames, for being grouchy when tired.I have tried to mellow out now though as life is too short...My other nickname is Dids short for Didakoi.An old slang for gypsy and one of the books I read at school. I dont remember why the teacher thought I was gypsy like but it stuck. I thought Snappys Gardens Blog was a unique name.I would not change it now as the name Snappy is easy to remember.
3) I have moved around the Country a lot, and have lived in a wide variety of towns and citys. My Dad was in the Army so the pattern of moving was set early.I was born in Swindon (maternity hospital but left soon after), consider Cheltenham my home town as I lived there the longest period of time for 10 years. I have lived in Hendon, Woolwich, Aldershot, Barlby, Gloucester twice, Cheltenham, Bristol, York, Aberdeen, Castleford, and Wakefield now.My accent is very BBC, as nowhere has effected my speech for long enough.Most people think its a London accent..
4) My family have come from two areas of outstanding Beauty in England.My Dads Family came from Yorkshire, Pickering and Whitby. They were cliff top miners, using explosives to mine some stone from sheer cliff walls.I have a picture from Nans house of Bluebell woods and a stonehouse farm cottage.This was where my Nan grew up with all her sisters in Pickering.
Mums Family were all from Gloucestershire. Heart of the Cotswolds, with beautiful cotswold stonewall, beautiful planting of flowers, and the countryside, a rural heartland.
The wild rugged beauty of Yorkshire, and the Countryside of Gloucestershire may have shaped me in my green fingered passion. Gardening must run through my blood and genes!
5) My Favourite drink is Coffee.I drink gallons of the stuff.It is what keeps the NHS running, especially through nightshifts. Coffea Arabica is the main plant grown. I am waiting for a friend to send me some coffee beans through the post to try and grow a coffee plant. Not for the beans though (its not high enough altitude here), but for the hell of trying to grow it :)
6) One of my posts was about that iconic piece of American Kitch the plastic Pink Flamingo. My late Grandparents took me to Flamingo world in North Yorkshire. I have a Flamingo ornament I bought from London zoo. It is sat by my computer now as I write. I love their colour, and seeing tens of thousands in East African salt lakes is truly a wanderful site to see. Would love to go one day to see wild Flamingoes!
7) Since I have been gardenless I have been reading more books about gardening, and magsines than before. I sometimes used to buy the gardeners world magasine and watch the tv on friday night for the programme gardeners world.I have a TV which sits switched off all the time.I would much rather be outside in the sunshine/rain/wind/snow than indoors.When i am finally in my new garden I will be more outside than in. Untill then I will keep reading and help in other peoples gardens just to feel the soil on my hands. Keeping my gardening blood flowing sap like through my veins.
There you have Seven Random things about me.I will think about who to Tag next.I will pick smaller blogs. Some people were quite anti Memes and lists.They are quite harmless and fun, and I guess if you dont want to do them you will ignore it.
The blogosphere needs the community building that memes create. Like spiders webs stretching from coast to coast and country to country.