Tuesday, 21 October 2008

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Our much-beloved leader in bloggage, Sir James Alexander-Sinclair, has distinguished himself today by posting pictures of his first window box to the BBC GW site. I don't know why he would throw himself into the eye of the storm in this way as I am convinced he will now receive two hundred (at least) mean emails going on about his winter pansies. Well, I've definitely written one.

He also reveals his early love of  nasturtiums. In fact he's posted a whole set of his nasturtium photos to Flickr for us to peruse in more detail. Now not many people go on about nasturtiums, but I agree with the Hat: they are the best. Scorching colour and such beautiful leaves that mostly I don't even care when they get a bit soggy and don't flower. They go in my salads in summer, but even just post-prandially that orangey tang along the edge of a flowerbed will always make me happy. 

However my most important finding after ten minutes on James' Flickr is that I LOVE CORRUGATED IRON PAINTED WHITE. I just got emailed by a publisher today about a book about corrugated iron and I said I wasn't interested. WHAT AN IDIOT! IT'S AMAZING!

Put me down for ten sheets and a tin of quick dry primer, will you?


8 comments:

Arabella Sock said...

Sir James should be made a "National Treasure" how do we go about that?

Not sure about pansies and nastyurtiums though.. they conjure images of being a bit limp and ragged. Well all the ones I've ever grown have been.

emmat said...

I'll look into it

VP said...

Nasturtiums limp and ragged? You should see them on my plot! Rampant more like! They also pep up a salad very nicely - just like their cousin, watercress.

I'm not too sure about pansies - violas do much better in my view.

Agree totally on the national treasure thing though.

Victoria said...

I can never decide which pansies (or violas) I like best, so I end up dithering and the opportunity passes. I love the deep red velvety ones. And I like bright orange violas, especially with bright pink bellis. But I love the ones with little faces too...
Strangely, I'm much more decisive when it comes to nasturtiums. I choose a variety, or two, and grow those. Weird.
Let's henceforth refer to Mr A-S as Sir James and maybe it'll catch on.

emmat said...

There was a whole PAGE to choose from in today's The Garden. Acutally maybe not everybody's RHS mag arrives on the same day... I have visions of 300,000 mags all going in the post together but probably because I am TOWNSHEND i am LAST as USUAL

The Garden Monkey said...

If we call him Sir James, can we call you Queen Victoria?

Sorry - couldn't resist - it is almost pantomime season, so crap jokes are nearly legal.

emmat said...

I think if she's queen Victoria you may call her Madam. And curtsey, you naughty monkey.

Duke of Plaza Blackpitts said...

Oh please...... surely you realised that I am actually a Count of the Holy Roman Empire and a mere knighthood is a bit of a comedown. Like the idea of being a National treasure though: very Thora Hird.