Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Guild Members Do Well

George & Jenny take the top spot
in the Hinksforf Park garden competition.
Like team GB they did the work
 and got the result.

Marlene with a little help from Jack
also won two awards.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Hampton Court Trip

Hampton Court Gardens

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Quick coffee fix!

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Ah! The Perfect Couple!
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Is it musical benches!
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Just checking out the grass!
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Mandy's Mafia
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150 yr wisteria arch. Can I have one tomorrow.
7.  150yr wisteria arch
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The Swindon Connection!
8. The Swindon Connection!
What tickled their fancy!
9.  What tickled their fancy!
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The Italian look!
10. The Italian look!
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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Bee Fly Bombylius major

Only a handful of records ever, in Staffordshire.
Photo by Patrick Coin creative commons Copy-right (CC) April 26, 2008
The Bee Fly lxys its eggs on the larvae of a Solitary Bee. When it hatches it eats the bee larvae.
Goerge Allen & myself saw one in my garden, then on my finger. If I had realised what a rarity it was I would have photographed it before helping it out of the greehouse. I took the camera out of my pocket with my other hand, altered the zoom setting to macro, only to witness the Bee Fly fly away.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Friday, 23 March 2012

Hepatica nobilis
A beautiful woodland plant, often grown in the alpine house. This one is in a shady spot in hyper-tufa. A member of the buttercup family.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Gardening can be hard work, Jack kindly helps by getting Marlene the spade.
Callianthemum anemonoides - Ranunculaceae
This little beauty is usually seen in the Alpine house but this tiny delight is in hypertufa outside

Another gem for the Ericaceae family

Phylliopsis 'Coppelia' a bi-generic hybrid between a Phyllodoce & Kalmiopsis leachiana. Cultivar:
Much easier to grow than its parents. It needs an acid peaty soil that is well drained but doesn't dry out. Generally trouble free.