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The Spring Thread 2011

This is a discussion on The Spring Thread 2011 within the The Outback Terrace Bar forums, part of the Land Plants category; Flowering trees like this are lovely ( can't seem to spell gorgeous any way which ...

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    Flowering trees like this are lovely ( can't seem to spell gorgeous any way which looks correct...). Too big for a garden , unless you have an estate.

    Did I ever tell you about when I joined the Royal Horticultural Society , sixty odd years ago ? You had to be proposed and seconded and then got elected as a Fellow - very grand .. then I asked for advice about my garden ; is it a large garden sir, or a small one ? (they said) actually, at that time I had not yet qualified in my profession, and was paid pennies per week , and after five years of scrimping and saving we had bought our first house - the smallest there was, so far out of town that it was 30 minutes walk to a bus , and we couldn't afford a car - a brand new housing estate, where the rascally builder had sold off the top soil - but nevertheless I had the biggest garden on the site - a full one hundred feet long and maybe twenty feet wide - I thought it large, but was cautious enough to ask ; where do you draw the line between small and large ? They said , " over 4 acres is large , under four acres is small -
    On my estate, they were building at an average of ten houses per acre..... ) I did wonder if I was in the right place...the RHS has almost got rid of its image as an organisation dealing with grandmansions and estates, but not quite - you can still get elected to one of the Committees quite quickly if you are a Lord or a Sir, or an Honourable ( which means your Dad was a Lord) but if you are a plain joe , especially one who pipes up questions like "do you actually know what you are doing ? That plant you are proposing to award is bog standard even if it does come from The Earl of ....you definitely don't get invited...
    Is that a chip on my shoulder, you think you see ? never...

    Nowadays I still have a small garden , maybe 1/4 acre - as a deliberate downsize from larger ones. to suit my old age . Do you know Reginald Arkell.. ? "A garden should be very small / or it will be no fun at all"....
    But I have squeezed in four Magnolias, none of which will grow to the magnificence of the pic here, at leat, not until my ashes have enriched the soil for many a year ! I'll put some pics up in maybe a week, when the whole bush/tree is in flower in two of the cases ; they can still be wonderful even if only 1/50th the size of the oine Shane posted.

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    [QUOTE=Branka, are those crocus and snowdrops?[/QUOTE]
    Yes Tami, crocus and snowdrop, I think Common snowdrop:

    and this on below is I think Spring snowflake:

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    wow those are cool Branka....never seen those before.;..

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    Branka - those are so pretty.

    Cheers,
    BD

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    Here's a couple more spring pics. The azaleas are blooming now, the colors range from white, pink, hot pink, fuchsia, red, and dark reddish/purple. At least those are the colors that predominately grow here. Sorry the close up came out blurry. The bush in this picture is 8 ft plus and I'm thinking the other small flower may be a Dogwood. Unfortunately, they are in decline in this area of Louisiana.
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    Spring has come to East Texas!

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    Default Front of house...

    And, this is one of the many gardens around the house...Betty :-)

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    Where do I begin? From the top of the page I guess with Geoff's post. I enjoyed the narrative Geoff. By the way we don't of course have formal aristocratic titles here in the States, but we have our own and increasing group of snobs. It takes three things to join these days. (1) MONEY, it need not be honestly gotten. (2) The ability to lie to others and ones self. (3) Self righteous indignation. No, as you can see we have no class system here in the States. On to the other posts- the spring flowers from all over are beautiful! I miss seeing the Azaleas and Rhododendrons in Oregon. AL

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    @Shane; That azalea bush is awesome.

    @Betty; Love those semi-circular beds around the house, Betty. Unfortunately the picture is too small(for these old eyes) to fully appreciate how beautiful they must be. I assume the plants must be azaleas too. You do have a lovely house with such a beautifully planted compound. Also love those raw brick columns and walls.

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    Thanks, Yew...Sorry I put such a small pic. Andy & I enjoy the gardens, and we are proud of them as we do all the work ourselves. It's a fun & rewarding hobby! Betty :-)

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