Sunday was the last of the plant swap events for this year, arranged by Laslo of the Knockvicar Organic Gardens, it was very well attended as usual and we picked up a couple of things who's names escapes me, so we will have to play the waiting game to find out what we have. In exchange we took loads of parsley which grows like a weed for us, true Oregano, (not Marjoram) soap wort, Mimulus, and Sweet Woodruff, again this also grows like a weed so we are quite pleased to be able to swap with people who want what we have. If we had wanted tomato plants we could have had as many as we wanted, but we are selective when it comes to tomatoes, we only grow Sungold, excellent flavour and they have never let us down. On our way back from the swap we had intended to stop off at our favourite bluebell woods, however, we could not get parked within half a mile of the woods, it seems as though everyone in the area had the same idea as us, it was again a beautiful day, not a cloud in sight. Twenty odd years ago we would have been the only people there, it would seem that the woodlands fame has spread. We instead took a slight detour via Forest park,
The garden is now delivering something every day,
Most of the daffodil are now over although there are a couple of types just coming out into bloom,
|I think the colour of these tulips is stunning.|
|A true black tulip.|
|I've named her Flora, she can sit and guard the rockery for me.|
I'm still enjoying the pottery classes that I go to every week,
I think I will try to emulated a Troika vase for my next project. Troika was a small pottery set up in 1962 in St. Ives in Cornwall, it was only in existence for twenty years and pieces that come up for sale fetch a pretty penny, far more than I can afford to pay, although Troika pieces were made using a mould, I will have to try doing it using the slab method, however it turns out I know I will enjoy the challenge.