Showing posts with label Gardening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gardening. Show all posts

Sunday 12 May 2024

RHS Malvern Show 2024

After two late nights, visiting the RHS Malvern Horticultural Show meant an early start this morning, no matter how exhausted we felt. 

The showground estate was massive, full of colourful plants, busy crowds, food and drink vans catering for every diet and taste, gardening talks from top TV personalities and even music.

This post cannot hope to capture the full breadth of the show's atmosphere, but I have given it a try with a handful of snaps, some ambient audio field recordings (including a couple of the talks), and some of the gardening purchases I made on the day.

All in all, a day well spent and a pleasurable conclusion to a bit of a hectic weekend:


Ambient Sounds from the Malvern Horticultural Show 2024:

My Gardening purchases from the show:

My favourite purchase of the day, however, was this vintage Coca-Cola crate offered by one of the vendors in this show. At just £15, it was an offer I just couldn't not resist.

Sunday 5 May 2024

Trichocerues brisdgessi Monstrosa (Long form)

A Day in the Garden

The first real warm and sunny day of May. Took the opportunity to sit outside to catch up on some writing and give Monty (who is 20 next month) a much-needed day out in the sunshine :)

My Niciotian rustica plants (centre right in the pic below) are growing nicely, and I am still hopeful of getting them to flower by the end of my GNS zine project:

Thursday 2 May 2024

Catch Up

Gutted I missed out on this year's May Day festivals in Glastonbury yesterday (especially after seeing these pics by someone who did attend 1  2 ), but I made up for it by getting a lot of work done on both my Swansea and Gower websites.

It's been a busy few weeks, as regular readers of my blog as facebook page will be aware, so I thought I would use today's post to publish some recent photographs I haven't has the opportunity to publish yet.

I'll start with this pic of our 8-year-old chickens, who remain at our old home while it's being refurbished but get daily visits to ensure their wellbeing. Here they are, photographed sometime during mid-April freelancing around the garden:

Next up are a few ðŸŠī pics (yes I still like to keep my fingers green).While I lost one Mandrake during the awful wet Welsh winter we have recently emerged from, this one survived and has sprung back into leaf: 🙂

And while my Mandrake is doing well, this gorgeous Crassula ovata (money tree) is currently displaying a Ruby flush that is gorgeous:

And finally, for now, here is my prize cactus, which is now sitting before the landing windowsill of our temporary home:

Well, that's me all caught up here now. Until my next post, keep well and happy.

Thursday 4 April 2024


Thursday, 04 April, 2024

Guy N Smith project 5/100. Just sown these babies with the mission of getting them to flower and to get some decent pics of them before the 100-day deadline hits.

Monday 11 March 2024


Monday, 11 March, 2024

Here are a few pictures of the carnage. The worst part of today? Having to throw shelf after shelf of signed books, collected over many years and at great expense, into the bin!

Burnt to a char and still a smile on his face. I'm gonna be keeping this
fella no matter what he looks like after a scrub.

The cause of the fire - faulty electric socket wiring

Our digital clock

Our once bejewelled bedroom ceiling light

Our bedroom TV

The view from the bed

Our telly

My old Jaws shelf, videod here just the other day

Our bedroom fan

The plants in the front porch, however, loved the burst of heat.
I've never seen this Jade looking so good!

Caught the highest tide of the year briefly as we drove back to Mumbles after house-sorting:

We saw something strange as we approached the Airbnb then. Dont Ask! But it ended with a furious dog chasing me from the scene:

Been a busy day but can't complain when there is still time to chill with fudjcat and a good film - The Black Phone. It's our last day in this Mumbles holiday let tomorrow. On Wednesday we relocate to a cheaper caravan/trailer down Llanrhidian for a couple of weeks. Our landlord reckons it will take at least 6-8 weeks to make our house habitable again...

Tuesday 5 March 2024

Our Garden Fox is Getting Brave

 Tuesday, 05 May, 2024

Sunday 3 March 2024

A Sunny Morning in the Garden

 Sunday, 03 March, 2024

The sunshine is warm this morning 🌞... 

...and The Soosh has taken to chive-licking.



Thursday 29 February 2024

Mandy Lives!

Thursday, 29 February 2024

Mandy's alive! Despite thinking that my Mandrake had died in the cold damp Welsh weather last Autumn, I brought the root inside and gave it some tender loving care. And look who just popped up above the soil announcing she is alive and well and very much looking forward to a third year of life! 🙂

Sunday 25 February 2024

Hermon Ivy in Our Garden

Sunday, February 25, 2024

The ivy cutting I collected from the ruins of Hermon Chapel, back in 2021 is growing nicely in our garden now. Its located in a few places in our garden now and is a lovely reminder of the chapel than can still be seen from the window of my childhood home :)

Sunday 11 February 2024

An Afternoon venture into the Garden

Sunday, February 11, 2024

It was mild enough for me to go out into the garden today and have a little fire in the chimenea. It was lovely to see that Spring is finally starting to claw its way into 2024 :)


My Yew Cutting, taken from this magnificent tree down the Gower Peninsula, was looking nice and healthy:

My Yew Cutting (pruned to be a bonsai)

Another bonsai in the making - this time a Cherry Tree

It was nice to see that the Sycamore, grown from a trio of seeds I collected a trio of Sycamore from the sacred Chalice Well Gardens, the sacred in Glastonbury:

An old pic of the three Sycamore Seeds collected from Glastonbury

These three seeds have now formed a rather cool 'single' entity whose contortions continue to amaze :)