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Monday 11th June 2012

Another Monday and another week underway. I have been ‘off air’ for a couple of weeks while organising a house move and also watching the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Boodles in Saint James London with good friends, great food and a little champers. We also got across to see my art teacher Songul last weekend, whose great collection of paintings is about to go on public exhibition. This motivated me for tonight’s post to put a couple of recent watercolour efforts of my own. Below is a sketch of Boodles and also a sunset over Portwrinkle, Devon where we stayed earlier this year with friends. And yes, Portwrinkle is a place not a condition; go look it up on the map!

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Tuesday 29th May 2012

Monday evening was definitely garden evening in Wimbledon Village with the annual ‘Parkside in Bloom’ event in aid of Linden Lodge School, a specialist sensory and physical college supporting pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties. http://www.lindenlodge.wandsworth.sch.uk/

As the evening drew near we watched with trepidation the skies for the first signs of the heavy thunderstorms which were forecast, but not a cloud was to be seen as the gardens on display were bathed in the golden sunshine of a wonderful Wimbledon evening. Some incredibly generous and green fingered residents leant the organising committee their gardens for the evening so as we could all enjoy a perfect evening of strolling and admiring; oh and not to mention some cold beer and wine to fuel us on our way!

As you can see in the photo gallery attached, these are real gardens planned with fantastic vision, landscaped with ambition, planted with hope and tended with love and hard work! And more than this, these gardens and Linden Lodge School are a living part of the community raising money for an incredibly worthwhile cause which is changing lives for the better and making the world a little more beautiful for us all.

If you would like to donate or get ‘high res’ copies please let me know and I will put you in touch with the organising committee for Linden Lodge School to arrange. Many thanks. Chris x.

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Sunday 27th May 2012

This weekend we paid a visit to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gardens at Wisley in Surrey. The gardens were once owned by Sir Thomas Hanbury at the turn of the 20th century; remember Allen and Hanbury Blackcurrant lozenges for sore throats?

While the rest of the country was focussed on the Chelsea Flower Show this week, the ‘country cousin’ gardens at Wisley basked in the summer sunshine in a display of spectacular colour and artful design.

Clematis

Clematis

Orchid RHS Wisley
Orchid RHS Wisley

RHS Wisley Glass House
RHS Wisley Glass House

RHS Wisley Glass House 2
RHS Wisley Glass House 2

RHS Wisley Glass House 3
RHS Wisley Glass House 3

Agapanthas RHS Wisley
Agapanthas RHS Wisley

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Thursday 24th May 2012

Swans and Cygnets Fishponds Surbiton

Swans and Cygnets Fishponds Surbiton

New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block

Don't Mess with Dad!
Don’t Mess with Dad!

Time for Bed
Time for Bed

 

This proud pair of mute swans comes back year after year to Surbiton Fishponds to breed and raise cygnets. There is only room and enough food for a single pair of swans and their offspring  and so the previous year’s cygnets are elsewhere, probably on the Thames. Last year this pair brought up three cygnets and the pond was looking decidedly full by the time they were all ready to migrate in the winter.

All swans in the UK belong to the Crown and are the responsibility of the Swan Master to protect their welfare and track them. Swan Upping is organised each year to tag the new cygnets and track the older swans.

Swans mate for life and this is at least the third year this pair have been back to Fishponds. I’ll update the blog with pics from time to time as they grow into teenagers, before they fly away fro the winter.

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Sunday 20th May 2012

Today’s theme is blue and white in honour of those football fans that have spent a lifetime supporting Chelsea Football Club in search of the “Big One”. Yes they won the European Champions Cup over in Germany last night in a fairy tale finish lead by a ‘caretaker’ manager and their captain suspended. With the last kick of the match and possibly his last kick of the ball in a Chelsea shirt Didier Drogba converted the deciding penalty. It doesn’t get sweeter than that. So enjoy these blue and white flowers that have fought their own battle with this summer’s cold and won through.

Blue Berberis in Flower

Blue Berberis in Flower

Dandelion Clock

Speedwell
Speedwell

Horse Chestnut Flowers
Horse Chestnut Flowers

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Saturday 19th May 2012

Today the theme is purple…indeed any purple flower that caught my eye in between cloudbursts, in the rare rays of sunshine that fell on Surrey gardens and parks in the last week. These pictures were captured whist slushing through the mud with my trusty dog Holly at heel, or in the garden where I got an insects eye view of the new nectar in bud.  I’m not sure what the garden plant is until it fully flowers, the tag hence nectar in bud,  but the Red Campion  is exceptional. Researching it on Google it’s classified as a weed, but if this is a weed, then let’s have more of them. Secondly it’s not red. So let’s raise a glass to Red Campion in all its purple glory and just because it grows wild and free let’s not call it a w***!

Nectar in Bud

Nectar in Bud

Insect Eye View of Flower in Bud
Insect Eye View of Flower in Bud

Red Campion Out Walking
Red Campion Out Walking

Red Campion Insect Eye View
Red Campion Insect Eye View

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