Location: Teignmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

I'm married with two grown up children and four grandchildren, My wife of 47 years is Sue and we are the same age. My two children are Pamela (blogging occasionly under and Roy,who was recently Paralysed from the waist down due to an Absys on his Spine. My 4 grandchildren are (oldest first) Gavin, Hayley, Thomas,and Zoe. Sue and I are both retired and we're disabled too, her with a badly Arthritic back and spine, me with lung (COPD) and Heart problems.I have always loved Fishing (all sorts) Sue started fishing with me about 8 years ago, now she really enjoys it too. We both love m'cycles and m'cycling, Sue owns and rides her own bike which is a Custom 1981 250 Honda.I own a 1979 Honda CX500. We are both members of this motorcycle club ( view or join our club on or see my blog post Dec 2007 blog "Getting old, never", of course we're badly resticted now due to our illness, only riding in really good weather.Just over three years ago we lost our best friend and Baby Mojo the border Collie, Gone but never forgotten. Please feel free to use any of our photo's but do let me know you have used them, thank you.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Above and below are pictures of a wild flower a type of Campanula( I think). These grow wild in tiny holes in walls, rockeries etc all over Devon and Cornwall.
The first picture here is of, in the foreground a 5-6 year old "Bountiful"standard, behind is an ex shop rail that I use to bring on up to five baskets at a time. The three on the rail at the moment are last years, they are, the first two "Harry Gray"one of my favourite basket types,then in the corner a "Wild and Beautiful". The second picture shows close ups of the last two.

These pics are of first a few last years not so good standards in varying sizes and condition(I use these for cuttings) and a few odd parent plants. The second is of cuttings taken some a week ago the rest about 6wks ago, they are in my homemade cold frame.

These two pictures are, first of about twelve cuttings that I took back in early march that are doing really well, the second is of a few plants that I'm training into standards most will need to go into next year to be full size.

These three pictures are first a two year old "Tennesse Waltz" which you can see has made a great pedestal planter plant. Next is the same plant alongside a lge concrete vase with a three year old "Susan"in. Lastly a mixed planter only planted four weeks ago.

These are pictures of my garden as it is today, we have lots of Fuchsias (53 varieties) obviously but also Tomatoes, (three varieties) potatoes in giant pots,Marigolds French and African, Allysum, Lobelia (three colours), Busy Lizzies (Impatiens) in four colours, even a few Lilies and Geraniums.


Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

Well Bob, everything seems to be well on the way to being a wonderful show of colour, as always. And I loved your pics of Instow and Georgeham. One of my g-g-g-grandfather's was from a Georgeham family. You make me feel quite homesick with the pics of the wild flowers.

11:39 am  
Blogger Haddock said...

I have planted Campanula in my little rockery as it reminds me of Devon :)

1:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice flowers as usual and good photos of them as well.

8:00 pm  
Blogger Martin Stickland said...

Hey mister green fingers! Wow, nice plants there Bob and thanks for the pints!

11:16 pm  
Blogger Martin Stickland said...

Nice to see you Bob and your lovely wife!

Sorry I could not chat for long but my friends were waiting to move on.

It may be a while before you read this but I hope you had a good time in Combe Martin and did not eat too many of the strawberries!

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