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hey ho, a flower show

Thanks very much to all for your lovely birthday wishes/gifts/visits/tapas, you have all been fabulous (especially you, uitlander, who have created a mysterious dinosaur muffin future). The reason why I've been spending the last couple of days doing little more than feebly pressing the like button is that I managed to do my stomach some damage somehow (my guess is the big lunch box full of left over tapas stored in a sweltering office for several hours) and I've been in a state of serious, collapsed, no comfortable position illness. I've now progressed to the irritable and cranky stage of illness so am practically healed. But. really.

Anyway, one NEW THING I did recently was visit a flower show, with tinyjo and her mum. For various reasons to do with intense summer scheduling it had to be Hampton Court, which caused me a small stab of republican annoyance, but actually that turned out well as it's big on new and fancy varieties, flowers and blooms, and has a reasonable stab at conceptual show gardens -- all things I like. It was the hottest day of the year (again!) and the roses in the rose marquee were wilting as only the very best of roses can. I returned with some insane tomato seeds to try next year (including one that literally says "this will shock the neighbours" on the packet), a stunning poppy-flowered Abutilon and a tiny Tree Fern which is already unfurling happily in the humidity.

I recently found going to a flower show being used (I think by a Guardian columnist) as the ultimate expression of being no longer radical, I think in relation to some ancient rock star rumoured to be going to Chelsea. I disagree. I think that the time of the punk garden(er) is upon us. For anyone doubting the innate radicality of bloomage, see below.

delphinium moonlight the fridge garden
oilslick reflections forest fire recovery

P.S. For anyone wondering if I do now know the answer to the life, the universe and everything, my mum very thoughtfully sent me a card with it in. It's ice cream, apparently.


( 12 worms — Feed the birds )
25th Jul, 2013 10:19 (UTC)
Belated happy birthday, and I hope you feel much better very soon.
I'm with the Chinese and the Japanese on gardens: they can be explorations of spirit and of revolution.
25th Jul, 2013 19:24 (UTC)
Feeling much better today, thanks. And there's certainly something revolting in my garden, I found a dead Ladybird by the bepested field beans, presumably done in by the blackfly's farmer ants.
25th Jul, 2013 12:39 (UTC)
I didn't even manage to say happy birthday yesterday, sorry... :-(
Feeling rather under the cosh with things right now. Glad you are on the mend...
25th Jul, 2013 19:26 (UTC)
Re: I didn't even manage to say happy birthday yesterday, sorry... :-(
no worries, I know you're mad busy at the moment. Sending extra strength to your elbow ((( )))

Edited at 2013-07-25 19:27 (UTC)
25th Jul, 2013 16:39 (UTC)
Pleased to learn the dinosaurs made it safely and that you are on the mend. Will look forward to the new future once you're feeling better.
25th Jul, 2013 19:31 (UTC)
so you may wish to wait till I've practiced
Muffins are a whole new departure for me. Fairy cakes are as close as I've been.
25th Jul, 2013 21:46 (UTC)
Re: so you may wish to wait till I've practiced
I'm sure it can also be used for other edible substances - Jelly? Chocolate? I shall look forward to seeing what you come up with.
25th Jul, 2013 17:18 (UTC)
There was a Goff garden ffs! I liked the "break an ankle every day!" crevice garden.
25th Jul, 2013 19:40 (UTC)
And also celebrity hen houses, but fortunately they were easy to avoid. Clints & Grykes contained some of the happier plants, I think they liked hiding from the sun in crevices.
25th Jul, 2013 22:03 (UTC)
oh, were you asking me about a shrub the other day? I still can't comment on your journal, no idea why
27th Jul, 2013 13:38 (UTC)
No, that was black humour (my current gardening techniques are slash, glycophospbate, and I would burn if it weren't a terrible safety hazard ).
I banned and unmanned you today in the hope of overwriting whatever bad data is causing it, but...?
28th Jul, 2013 08:30 (UTC)
no luck from my end, either
and I think we've tried that before to no avail, too. I've put in a service request to see if LJ can sort -- I think it's something to do with __ and -- and being sent to a non-functional ghost of your journal, but why it's just me is anyone's guess.
( 12 worms — Feed the birds )