Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Tansy shot up the tree..
and looks to be thinking to go higher, but its only a wee tree, no braches to sit on....

Friday, April 25, 2008

here's the lorry

this is Robbies' lorry, the window is a little living space, on the other side there are windows for two to three horses and there's enough space for his cart too.
here he is modeling his new sweatsheet, I bought it for him as he turned his old one into ribbons last week.
also ordered at the same time a fleece blanket for Angel to wear while she cools down, Barbara-Ann has started driving her recently. how cute is she in her little rug!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

where's the lorry?

this is Iris 'Knick Knack', just a little one but its a beauty.
its probably about two inches across, and this is the only one that came out though there are other leaves in the pot.

and the frits are opening out
very fascinating!

erythroniums, I love them when their petals totally recurve.
this is a double Sanguinaria, also known as bloodroot.
it was a bit of tuberous root when it was gifted to me and its increased a lot in three years, there's quite a few coming up now.

and there is no lorry photograph, Robbies owners let me practice drive the horse lorry on Saturday and it was my intention today to take a photo and make a post about it. another day then. here's Robbie and me instead.

Monday, April 21, 2008

greehouse things

the onions seedlings, out in one of Billy's coldframes. these two coldframes are going to be very useful!
things! growing! whoppee!!
two kinds of lettuce, I am desparate for some fresh lettuce to eat.
some mizuna, to add to the 'hopefully soon' salad.
and some carrots, to have as a wee treat.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

123 meme

I've just been tagged to do the 123 book meme by Alice, of Born2Cree8. I've done this meme before I'm always reading different books so it'll always be different.

you go to page 123 of the book you are reading, find the fifth sentence/phase and then post the next three sentences/phrases.

picture borrowed from PHOTOBUCKET

this is a library book "The Taking" by Dean Koontz:

"Molly, Neil . . .I'm sharing this out of concern for you. I don't mean to cause you any distress."
"Too late," Molly said.
"You're my friends," Derek continued. "I don't want to see you waste your final hours or days in futile resistance to an inevitable fate."

well, its a horror/thriller, we're being taken over from outer space, not to be read just before bed time. . . . I've just reached the part with the fungus..... and ther's lots of rain, hence the borrowed photo.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Permaculture in Practice: Bradford

this a lovely video of a community garden in england

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

todays flowers

vinca, growing in a pot
tulips also in a pot, intended for the doorstep but I think they're too big to sit on the doorstep

primula gold lace, its about the size of my thumbnail.
this double primula has lost its name, it looks a bit pink on the pc screen but in 'real life' its a deep red.
primula guineve giving a good show
a white fritillary, this is in a pot on the doorstep. you can just see the checkerboard marks.
a lovely 'snakeshead' frit. I love these when they open with their checkerboard markings.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

pop in to see

Wildside , she has just posted a fabulous series of small community videos on chickens, bees, garden growing and cooking.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Always Use Good English

A man's cupping his hand to scoop water from a Highland burn.
Gamekeeper shouts, 'Dinnae drink thon water min, it's foo o' coo's shite n pish.'
Man replies, 'My good fellow, I'm English ....repeat that in English.'
Gamekeeper replies, 'I said use both hands - you get more that way.'

received in an e-mail today, cheers Fiona!
apologies to those South of the Border.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

thank you Katarina

the garden at 8.30am this morning.
its a nice thing to recieve an award so I must say thank you very much to Katarina for my 'E'. Katarina is from Switzerland and her blog Roses and Stuff has the most beautiful pictures of camelias.

The Rules are;By accepting this Excellent Blog Award, you agree to award it to 10 more people whose blogs you find Excellent Award worthy.
its difficult to choose as I read more blogs than this.

1. Wildside
2. I Was Born2Cree8
3. Veg Plot
4. Frogma
5. Withinsight
6. Blooming Writer
7. The Hesitant Scribe
8. Down on the Allotment
9. Green Thumb Chronicles
10. Snappy's Gardens Blog

Friday, April 04, 2008

and the mowers are out!!

Tansy walking along the cat path. one of my neighbors kindly came in with his petrol lawn mower and started the grass cutting season off for me. it was too wet and too long for my wee push mower so this should get me going if I keep on top of it when its dry. this is the first cut its had since last September or October and it was badly needed.

Primula Guinevere. a pale coloured single but the interest is in the red stalks and dark coloured leaves. I like her.
drumstick primula, I can't remember if I bought, scrounged or grew these.
this is another one, nice blue colour.
and the rhubarb crown starts to produce some stalks. bags of sugar ready. . . . .

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

varying weather

Hebe Pink Elephant, showing its best colours with its new growth in spring. the weather yesterday was absaloutly stunning, sunny, warm and calm. I even opened up the door of the greenhouse. its the opposite today of course! horizontal rain!!
Corylus Avelana Contorta, this little shrub is starting to put on some size now, it was wee for years. it spends the winter being entertaining with its twisty wood, and spring the lovely catkins. then in the summer it fades into the background. a very useful shrub/tree.

I am a big fan of the lifestyle of Permaculture and completed an introdutory course last year with Ed Tyler, one of Scotlands most active and knowlegable permaculture teachers, he has just started his own blog called Local Futures and its well worth a visit.