Seed Swaps

Happy Jubilee, Mrs. Queen!

02 Jun 2012
Rainy 11°C / 52°F

And thank you for letting me have a long weekend of doing very little.

As I write, I am watching this:
It’s David Attenborough’s Kingdom of Plants, which is like a HD, 3D (if you’re watching it on a 3D TV) Private Life of Plants which is my favourite documentary series, also with Sir Attenborough. Way back in 1995 (when I was just 3!), the cinematography of PLOP (yeah, what a great acronym) was astonishing, and every detail captured. Especially memorable is the time-lapse sequences, which, like everything else, have been improved with 17 years of technological improvement.

Earlier today I decided to watch Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace again, which is hilarious. That was after a much-needed14-hour sleep.

I have spent a good while out in the rain and in the greenhouse, marvelling at the intricacy of the foxglove blooms and the speed of the cactus/succulent growth.

A lovely day all round.

1: A Jubilee compilation of Euphorbia milii, Mammillaria ‘Snowcap’ and Meconopsis betonicifolia. I’m a bit patriotic, but a few minutes on Photoshop is the full effort I am willing to give.
2: many people complain that Rosa ‘Tea Clipper’ fades too quickly, but with bloooms as thick and fast as it produces, who cares? Here is a bloom of around five days old, and unopened rich apricot buds.
3: My grapefruit!! (Citrus × paradisi) OMG It’s only a year-old seedling, but already a perfect flower (literally perfect in botanical terms) . I think it deserves its own little journal. :)
4: A Pimm’s, with Pentaglottis sempervirens flowers in place of the traditional borage, of the same family (Boraginaceae).
5: The lovely Clarkia unguiculata syn. elegans






Folia Helper

United Kingdom8a

Great compilation using the Union Jack flag as a template!

You have a fantastic collection of plants! I’ve almost finished planting up my balcony for the summer. I have two trays of Lobelia plugs to put in my hanging baskets & then it will be complete!

Did you watch the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant on TV this afternoon? I only watched a little, from where the Queen’s barge was coming close to Tower Bridge & its opening 80º in salute to her. Then I watched at intervals when she watched the flotilla pass along the Avenue of Sails.

Posted on 03 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

Your cacti/succulent images continue to make me happy!

Posted on 03 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)


Folia Helper

United Kingdom8b

Thank you Amarylis, no, I was either asleep or in the greenhouse so I caught a few glimpses. I bet your balcony looks gorgeous. :)
Thank you very much, rosemarieGardener. :)

Posted on 04 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

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