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New YouTube video – Masking fluid tests, abridged version (with surprise guest)

Hello everyone, Another sunny day in the UK, filled with the smell of Rosa ‘Jasmina’ as she gently sways in the breeze, giving off waves of warm rose perfume. She really is a spectacular rose. The baby sparrows have started their yearly invasion. They are so less reasonable than their parents. For a few weeks… Continue reading New YouTube video – Masking fluid tests, abridged version (with surprise guest)

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New YouTube video – Watercolour sketches in the garden, 2 blue flowers

I have a new video on my YouTube channel. Last Bank Holiday week-end, while we were having a mini heatwave, I spent some time in the garden and mixed some colours for forget-me-nots and Violas. It was a sunny, warm and beautiful day. I sat under the birch tree in the dappled shade. It turns… Continue reading New YouTube video – Watercolour sketches in the garden, 2 blue flowers

Gardens, Plant of the month

Plant of the month – June 2016 – Rosa ‘Jasmina’

Order: Rosales       Family: Rosaceae     Subfamily: Rosoideae Genus: Rosa          Type: Perennial        Propagation: Seed, plant propagation, cuttings, grafting Native to: Mostly Asia, some Europe and North America This rose is a spectacular rambler with such vivacity that I have to hack through it after the first flowering in order to stop it from invading the whole garden.… Continue reading Plant of the month – June 2016 – Rosa ‘Jasmina’

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The Birdbath Coup

“It will never work”       “They will completely ignore it”       “It will always be filthy” That was Mr. Flora’s Patch’s verdict on the general usefulness of a birdbath. Eventually he gave in, probably because it was easier. On a sale day at the garden centre, I got my birds a bath and proudly installed it by… Continue reading The Birdbath Coup