My marvellous Kent Claret vine ... I bought it from Victoriana Nursery to keep my ever-faithful calendulas company. Friend Wendy recommends the grapes for grape jelly.

Happy harvesting … my Great Auntie Bee's watercolour of farming life as it used to be, painted in 1950.

The creative mind in action … Coppicing days, Pheasants Coppice, Bishopsbourne.

History …In the garden of Serre de la Madonne, Menton. Seems I wasn’t the only admirer.

Happy birthday! ... My 50th Birthday Party 9th September 2010 at Jenny's, also with Hilda, Becca, Vittorio, Robin and Yvonne and Bianca - Caprese Michelangelo, Toscana. A very special day.

Birthday girl ... Mrs G picking flowers on the morning of her 80th Birthday, a few seconds before she realised that I had arrived.

Roberto's been busy in his allotment which is no surprise to those who know this green-fingered poet. The creative juices get the plants growing, which in turn harvests our brilliant fellow's creativity.

And here's the happy result, Roberto's Allotment Harvest Verse.

Image on healing gardens co dot uk to illustrate the article.

Allotment Harvest Verse

Asparagus, broad beans, runner beans,
Round yellow courgettes,
Trombonchinos, new potatoes,
Currants black, white and red.

Oregano, fennel, bay, mint,
Sage, garlic and thyme,
Grapes and apples,
Pears and cherries,
Parsnips, for winter time.


Thanks to Dennis 'DieTa' Klein for the image from

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