Sunday, September 30, 2007
Streptocarpus Ruby has a flower bud too, so another one to photograph.I want to be planting seeds but I will wait untill I find out about the house.I have about thirty packets of seeds that have been bought, collected, or given to me.
I have been thinking about what I would actually want to grow in a new garden.I have been given so many ideas from my garden visits and the Blogs I have read.
Sundays are a day for reading flower catalogues and other Blogs, for relaxing before my seven nights next week.I might have to start packing soon everything into boxes!
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Magic Beans. The seeds from Pats Runner beans are drying on the plate.they are the most amazing pink colour fresh from the Runner bean plant. Picked and cut open along one side.
The Seeds lie entombed, like a mini Parisien Catacombs. Pink and Black/Blue Seeds at the moment. They Darken to a nice purple colour.
They are like an art work, with dark swirling colours on top of the pink outer seedcase.
The Fairytales talk of Magic Beans that grow into Bean Stalks upto the Clouds, where Jack climbs to meet the human being eating Giant. Jack had traded his cow on the way to market for some magic beans. I wander if they were like these runner bean Seeds here. Magic in the Colours within the Green beans.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I rescued another Chilli Plant from work, joining the three I have grown, and the other rescue plant I got. Five Chilli plants are growing now....
Just finished first night shift of three, expect short posts between sleep.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Saturday morning.After a few tired days I am blogging again. These beautiful pink flowers were being sold at the Autumn flower show.
I cant remember the name. Schizosanthus or something like that?
the Pink flowers were growing at the end of three foot strap like leaves. They are very peruvian lilly like in the flowers.
I am looking for a new house in earnest now.The contract here is running out.I have so many garden ideas to try out, new plants to try and grow.
My inspiration has come from trips to Harlow Carr, to Tatton Park, and to the Flower show. Other peoples gardens, and gardening blogs also keep me inspired.
My newest collection of plant is Streptocarpus.I have five types now with three in Flower, and the other two have flower buds growing on pendulous stems.
Streptocarpus Nerys, Ruby, Happy Snappy, Black Panther, and the Unknown one.I will post some photos this weekend. I am also trying to grow leaf cuttings from the New Streptocarpus Ruby....
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
From the Flower show the Fruit section looks like a buffet table. This photo reminds me of the old Dutch masters painting a still life.
I guess its the black table and fruit baskets holding the multicoloured fruit.
The poor summer meant the entrys were not as plentiful, the only exception being Apples.
The vegetables were sparse so maybe not as many people grew to the entry standard.
If people could see these vegetables and fruit, and go away from the show thinking I will have a go at growing that. Then it will have been a success.
How much sweeter is produce that you have grown yourself, free from any chemicals or additives hopefully. Picked, washed, and eaten fresh. I was inspired by the show...
I have been shrinking the photos to see how much quicker it is to upload them.It works pretty well. Do you all miss the large photos I normally post?
A garden would be empty without some Fuschias.I have seen them growing as shrubs and hedges almost, as well as in hanging baskets.
Last year I had a pink fuschia/White Petunia mix in a hanging basket which worked quite well.
I have Fuschia Alice Hoffman regrowing from its woody branches, and the unknown variety from Tatton Park for a Pound. All the others have keeled over, Sigh.
There is always next year to grow them...
Small but perfectly formed flowers with the beautiful patterned Petals. I must get some of these when i do finally garden!
The post title is almost like the traditional British dish toad in the hole, sausages cooked in a batter mix in the oven. yum yum, with Gravy...
Some Astrantia from the Autumn flower show.I love the pin cushion effect of these plants.They are at the top of the blog page.
Its a late post from me after a long day today. Thirteen hour day...
Im off for two days So I can blog the other photos from the Flower show.I have shown the flower competition, and some of the Vegetable competition.
It was funny to see beautiful ornate cauliflowers and cabbages displayed on the black covered tables.
These Astrantia were in a Nurserys display, with the plants on sale besides it.These were given medals too for Exhibitors Displays. Perennials, Acers, Carniverous plants, Alpine plants...
My favourite flowers that I discovered at Harlow Carr, and here again at Harrogate.More posts in the morning :)
Monday, September 17, 2007
Look at these beautiful Carrots, like athletes lining up for the 100 metre sprint!
Shallots, on the plate...
Cabbages, what a nice colour they are...
Marrows, very colourful
Tomatoes that would look good in my cheese sandwich...
Giant Heavy leeks, like heavyweight boxers in the Veg growing world. The first prize went on weight, and the leaves were so neatly washed and plaited...
Onions from Table eyed view.You can see the hall they were displayed in. Long black tables with various Veg displayed in their respective classes for judging.
I would love to grow all of these, but for eating with home cooked foods. They can be displayed like edible Art works!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I went Yesterday to The Autumn Flowers show in Harrogate, held in the Yorkshire Show grounds.
The last flower show of the year.I took a mere 150 photos only. This was my Fifth trip with Hils since June.
There were competitions for flowers, vegetables, fruits, Exhibitors displays, Honey and Mead, Flower Arranging, and a wide selection of Arts, crafts, Jewellry, clothing, Yorkshire Foods like cheese, Meats, pork pies, cakes, sweets, drinks, and even a Massage area run by physiotherapists.
It was packed yesterday with people, and the sun was shining.I will show a selection of photos this week. I worked today so my energy levels are low...
Photographed are some of the Gladiolus Display flowers arranged in Vases, with a Selection of classes. The winners got rosettes.
The flowers were all beautiful, but strange in the way that single Stems were displayed.I like my flowers in a garden, as part of a bigger display.
There were Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Roses, Dahlias, Gladiolus, Bonsai,....
Over ninety Nurserys and plant sellers were there.The funny wheeled plastic trolleys were there like at Tatton, for wheeling around all your new plants. There was a plant Creche too....
It was Sunny to start, then it became Autumnal with cloud, and a cold wind.It was a fabulous day out, but even I have become Planted it, after taking over 1200 photos :)
The Next flower show is in April, So I have time to recover from my frequent exposure to masses of plants and flowers.