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Kaga simpson
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61 of 72  Sun 4th Sep 2016 12:49pm  
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As a boy visiting a house, I know not why, I met an old gardener and walking round his garden he told me the Crusaders had brought back the Damask rose from Damascus, velvety in tissue, glowing in colour, and richly fragrant, and tea roses brought back from China. Had me searching for my geography books when I got home. He adored his plants. The first man I heard talking to his plants, he rejected the idea of planting by the moon, which was quite commonly talked about among the country folk in those days. I was fascinated by this man and his knowledge of plants and visited his garden often, he taught me, and gave me a greater love of flowers plants and the countryside than any other subject. And all the suburbs of Coventry was farmland and villages where our grandparents grew up and spent their leisure time, most had their own little patch of garden or allotment that they tended with loving care, which they handed down to us. Although other things came into my life, as I grew older the more I was drawn back to the peace and tranquility of the garden.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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62 of 72  Mon 5th Sep 2016 1:21pm  
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Kaga simpson
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63 of 72  Fri 9th Sep 2016 4:50pm  
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I have read much about wild gardens, but nothing like two I visited. One was the botanical gardens in Cairns, the water lilies were enormous, producing flowers in full range of colour except blue, and without flouting the tranquility of the scene or the mirror reflections. I was in heaven, taking pictures when my son dashed up and dragged me away. There are 'crocodiles' in those lakes, he shouted. We were visiting friends in Florida. Knowing my interest in gardening they took us to Strawberry Fair, a small but well established horticultural show. This was mid February and the height of their picking season. After 4/5 hours of their hospitality, swopping ideas and 'tongue in the cheek' agreeing of the taste a size (the English variety of Royal Sovereign) is by far the sweetest and juiciest strawberry I have ever tasted, we started to leave, when it struck me I had seen no nets against the birds. So I asked a coloured grower "where are your nets against the birds?" He looked at me as though I was dumb. "We have no nets, man, we got 'snakes'"
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CowboyBillyBob
Coventry
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64 of 72  Sat 10th Sep 2016 3:38pm  
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Sorry for interrupting here, when you say Slough are you on about Wyken Slough? If so I remember as a kid someone catching crucian carp with nearly every cast and I think they kissed every one of them when they where putting them back. I have not been up there for over 20 years now though. Mods note: Thanks for your post and welcome to the forum. Wave The "Slough" has its own thread on the Coventry topics section. Another part of this post referred to the canal, so it has been copied into the "Canals" thread in the Coventry topics section Thumbs up

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Midland Red

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65 of 72  Wed 14th Sep 2016 5:46pm  
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Hi all - flower id, please, if you can Thumbs up
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groat
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66 of 72  Wed 14th Sep 2016 11:12pm  
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Colchicum, common name autumn crocus or naked ladies. All parts of plant are poisonous!
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67 of 72  Thu 15th Sep 2016 8:57am  
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So they are! Thank you Cheers
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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68 of 72  Thu 15th Sep 2016 12:44pm  
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Don't tell me MR, you found that out for yourself. Now he tells us ! Lol Lol
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Kaga simpson
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69 of 72  Fri 16th Sep 2016 10:36am  
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During the early fifties, I was told a few people were going to make a garden in Coventry with a difference, I asked myself what difference so I visited. A field had a rabbit proof wire fence of about half acre square, already laid out in smaller plots, two of which had the turf removed to a corner of the plot, there were two small wooden sheds, only three people working. I entered and asked what type of garden were they planting plus other questions. An organic garden. I visited a few days later and more turf had been removed and they were planting fruit bushes, the first time I had heard the word organic linked to gardens. Up to the war there were no other kind, soot being the only thing not organic. I believe later they were joined by Henry Doubleday who introduced Russian 14 bocking comfrey as an alternative to manure. They thrived. A few then bought ground in Surrey and became the Chase Organic Garden. For the last forty years I have bought all my seed from them. Two years ago they changed their name to the Organic Gardening Catalogue. Yesterday their winter catalogue came through my post box. I really think they did a lot for Coventry in the gardening world.
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70 of 72  Fri 16th Sep 2016 10:44am  
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Garden Organic in Wikipedia
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Heathite
Coventry
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71 of 72  Sat 8th Apr 2017 7:02pm  
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A gardening chart. Helpful or harmful side by side planting
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Kaga simpson
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72 of 72  Tue 18th Apr 2017 3:18pm  
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There's a growing sense of delight simply being in a garden Like a book of curiosity and pleasure The book should murmur with a voice of outdoor happiness And a garden brimming over with flowers, Mark the days and weeks and months With buds, and blossom You just have to learn that every flower, every leaf is a letter And you will find yourself carried away in the beautiful story.
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