Saturday, 18 December 2010
Here's one of Rob minding the greengarland stall. Flatly refused to were a gg apron but very useful all the same.
Many thanks to Robin Haward and everyone at the market for their continued support. Go check out http://www.sustainableredland.org/ to see what they are all about...
Friday, 17 December 2010
I really enjoy being part of this market. Its full of lovely foodie things, greenbaskets and Tom, my twelve year old son, will be adding to the atmosphere by bringing his double bass to play carols for his adoring public (?) I have even roped in Rob, my fifteen year old, to work with me on the stall this time.
The forecast keeps changing but I will settle for one that involves nothing but a sprinkling of snow about lunchtime. Anything else just wont do. Come and do some Christmas shopping, buy a wreath, listen to the music.... See you there...... :)
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Yesterday we ran the first of two new workshops at the Botanic Garden.
The University Botanic Garden was created in 2006 within the grounds of The Holmes at Stoke Bishop. As well as enhancing the teaching of Plant Sciences within the University, this garden provides a unique research and teaching resource and a new major cultural attraction for the City of Bristol.
It also runs a really good selection of short courses all year round which can be viewed at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/Depts/BotanicGardens/about/education.htm. We are very proud to be associated with them.
We spent a happy afternoon in the warmth of the Potting Shed creating some really fabulous fragrant christmas wreaths using traditional techniques. We have put some pictures of the finished wreaths on the flickr website
http://www.flickr.com/photos/greengarland_workshops_2010/sets/72157625403461817/. We were really impressed by the quality of work produced.
Thanks very much to Nick Wray, the Curator of the Botanic Garden and Judy Preston for inviting us into this wonderful and unique environment. Many thanks also to Andy Winfield, one of the team of gardeners (who probably has the best job in the world..) who allowed us to borrow his wheelbarrow and made us all feel so welcome...
The opening times of the Botanic Garden can be found at tp://www.bristol.ac.uk/Depts/BotanicGardens/index.htm. It is well worth a visit at any time of the year.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
This is the second year that greengarland have worked with the Project and we are very proud to be associated with them. The Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project will be in its tenth year in 2011 and is a collaboration funded by Bristol City Council, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Natural England, University of Bristol, Society of Merchant Venturers, the Downs Committee and the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation, and work in partnership with the National Trust (phew). Their work celebrates the outstanding wildlife interests of the Avon Gorge and Downs and works to secure its future.
Mandy has inspired almost a whole generation of children (including mine who are now in their mid-teens) to appreciate and enjoy the diversity and uniqueness of the Downs. My garden is full of insect hides and bird boxes that my boys have made on some of Mandy's courses when they were younger, and we have as a family spent many happy hours listening for birds, hugging trees, hunting for rare moths and identifying some of the unique species that grow there on the wide range of walks, talks and courses that they run all year round. More details of their work can be found at http://www.avongorge.org.uk/.
As last year, Mandy, Catherine and I were amazed at the standard of work produced and the variety of different wreaths created by everyone that attended. I have put photographs of their work up on Flickr for everyone to admire.http://www.flickr.com/photos/greengarland_workshops_2010/
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Its about 15 cms across and has mini cinnamon sticks and dried orange segments, juniper, ivy and wrapped with a lovely textured burgungy ribbon given to me by Wendy when she came visiting earlier this year. She brought books, ribbons, lovely jelly and some bases that I have not seen around these parts, and we had a nice time chatting, shopping and pootling around at the allotment.
It is more a Falstaff than a Titania. Will be taking one of these along to my workshop on Saturday to get some feedback from the folk there. I rather like it. Thanks Wendy. Happy Thanksgiving (here it's only Thursday...)
Thursday, 18 November 2010
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Saturday, 13 November 2010
..for braving the foul weather and falling masonry to drink, talk and shop with Gabriel, Jenny, Judith, Liz and I on Thursday.
So now we are all stocked up with bling, baskets and cards, and our table decorations, garlands and wreaths are ordered to help us celebrate the Christmas season.
This new design looks as though it is going to be this year's big seller. The Orange and Cinnamon Wreath. Smells lovely.
It's now just down to the greengarland elves (me..) to make them and deliver them to you all.Thanks again to everyone for attending, and for your orders - and especially to Karen who ran the show for us. Much appreciated. Sue
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Judith's bringing lots of contemporary silver jewellery from Bob Adams Designs - new designs just in from his travels, at discounted prices - Bob himself may even join us. Liz is bringing some of her lovely new baskets, fresh in from Morocco and Ghana - check out her site http://www.green-baskets.co.uk/. Jenny Williams will be bringing some of her great range of Phoenix Christmas Cards and Advert Calendars. And me, well... I have made some things from stuff I have grown in the garden and will be ready with some new designs for Christmas Wreaths for mail order and home-delivery using local, compostable materials. We are all really looking forward to it.. Wine, chat, old friends and new.. Come and join us....
Saturday, 23 October 2010
It smells good (especially at night). It attracts pollinators like fury (note bee on the right hand side really going for it...) I make Mahonia Berry Jelly with the lovely blue berries that follow in the spring. I took this picture during a short burst of sunshine between the showers today. It is definitely half-term as the weather has taken a turn for the worst.. ho hum...
Friday, 15 October 2010
I have got some lovely bright red local ones, some really great ones from Cornwall and also from Glastonbury. Have some more to collect but fear that the frost may beat me to it. It has gone VERY chilly in the last few days .
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Mike, my elder brother, once got up into the tree above the nest hole with a broom and whacked the tree very hard, holding a can of silver spray paint in the other hand so he could spray the wasps on the way out (why?why?) I watched out of the window from the house. He got quite a few before the whole nest turned on him. I've never seen him run so fast, up the garden back to the house tearing off his shirt as he ran, to get them out of his clothes. Hur hur. So getting up there today brought on a bout of nostalgia..
Here is the cut willow, and below is the bases I made with them.
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Here they are with some various other squashes from this year's crop sitting pretty in a fabulous multi-purpose basket that I got from http://www.green-baskets.co.uk/.
Monstrous, and they weigh a ton. Also grew some weird gourds again this year, but not so many - I guess something to do with May and June being so dry - they really didn't want to get going. Last year I used some saved seed for the pumpkins and know now quite how promiscuous the squash family are. The plants had a very pumpkin-like sprawling habit, and the pumpkins (were they pumpkins?) turned orange like pumpkins do, but they were the shape of enormous marrows and very hard inside. We took them to London for the Halloween weekend with Julie and Nick and carved them there. Here they are spooking up Julie's kitchen..
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Saturday, 18 September 2010
I did mean to make these hearts last weekend but it was the Cranleigh Gardens Annual Street Party on Saturday. I think it went rather well. Unfortunately there was gin, loads of ice and very little tonic. I felt no pain but had to have a little lie down before sundown. Couldnt do a lot on Sunday apart from groan so my punishment is fetid decomposing leaves in with the vines. Blurgghh. I may have given up drinking. I blame the neighbours.
Friday, 17 September 2010
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Friday, 10 September 2010
Just heard from Wendy in New Jersey who is a long-standing greengarland customer and who I met for the first time this spring. She is coming over to the UK within the next few weeks to settle another of her boys into University here, and has lots of ideas for different wreaths that she has seen on her travels. It was Wendy who started the kumquat fetish last year which turned into one of my big sellers...
We are going to spend some time together sharing ideas and techniques with the idea of Wendy starting a greengarland offshoot in New Jersey. Looking forward to that.
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Monday, 6 September 2010
...when you don't dig your Charlottes until September. So much for new potatoes. We planted so many this year at Easter we have been digging them since June. They started off really small but these are whoppers. Reallly good tho' Going to try to store them this year in the shed. Bill, who has the allotment next to ours, says that we should put them in those cardboard carriers you get from the supermarket for half cases of wine. Our allotment motto is "do it like Bill". Bill knows a few things and is happy to share the knowledge..so that's what we are going to try. In the dark. Away from the mice..
As long as no one wants to ride their bike until about February that should be just fine..
Sunday, 5 September 2010
Saturday, 4 September 2010
and a lovely rolling boil to you. Made some summer fruit jam with blackcurrants, raspberries and tayberries from the garden. Set first time. ha.
For the record
1lb blackcurrants, 2lbs mixed raspberries and tayberries. 1 pint water. 4 lbs sugar. No lemon juice. Soften the blackcurrants in the water, simmering for about 45 mins. Then add the other fruit and soften until bursting -then add the sugar,boil, bingo.
Also started the first hydrangea wreath as the first heads I cut are now dry enough to work with. I think I am going to try to finish this one with some really deep pink heads from last year if they aren't too dry. Will keep you posted.