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16/08/2014 at 13:26

Yes, I always have soup in the freezer for when i get immersed in my writing and do not fancy cooking.  I think one girl is destined for the church, the other will find her way forward at St, Andrews which has lots of choices.  Another grand-daughter is nursing  - my eldest daughter was a midwife.    Here are the goodies from my camera moosey up my garden today.

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16/08/2014 at 16:22

Lovely photos Marion, the Gazanias I see are still flowering, what's the pink plant called on the last picture?, sounds like your gran children have a promising future tell them to keep up the good work 

16/08/2014 at 17:21

That is a phlox with a lovely perfume in the last picture.  It is very fruitful in my garden now so more pictures.

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16/08/2014 at 19:04

Ho Marion, I wouldn't stop eating in your garden, it's lovely, I like the red flowers, sorry to keep asking but what is the red flowered plant called?, them berries look really nice, do you make jams too? 

16/08/2014 at 21:07

I do not eat much jam now but used to make lots for the children.  I do make the blackberries into squash though.  The red flower is a patio rose I bought at RHS Wisley in 2012 for the red circular bed in my Olympic Rings garden.  The label did say just that "Red Patio rose" but it is growing into quite a big rose bush now.

17/08/2014 at 08:49

Today is my first day of judging at a horticultural show and the sun is shining.  There are eleven categories to judge and only an hour ro do it in so will have to be quick so i have written them into a book and made columns for the marks and entry number to speed things up.  The entry with the highest marks will be first if up to standard I require.  There are lots of cups and trophies for those with the highest numbers of points, three points for first, two for second and one for third.

17/08/2014 at 08:57
Well i wish you all the luck Marion and hope the weather stays dry for you, cattch up with you later Marion and may the best man/women win
17/08/2014 at 17:37

I thoroughly enjoyed my first stab at judging.  The show was held in a very nice hall and the organisers put up a very good  lunch for the judges.  The gladiolus class had no entries as they are over early this year and some classes i did not think the standard was good enough for three prizes but the flower arrangements were outstanding, especially one of the ones made from materials from the local hedge rows.  It had ten different species in it beautifully arranged in a piece of bark.  I gave it the accolade of best entry in the floral classes.  The vegetable entries were very well represented and the judge for that gave the accolade to 5 perfect large tomatoes.  I saw the biggest cherries I had ever seen decorating four cupcakes.

18/08/2014 at 12:37

As I did not have time to pick in my ripe tomatoes yesterday there were two days haul to pick this morning - 103 in all!

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 If there was a prize for the most value for money plant I think I would give it to Lotus hirsutus which has flowered with its lovely little pea like white flowers for ten weeks at my front gate, fed the bees and butterflies, now is covered in its lovely berries and is good-looking all winter long as it is an evergrey.  Here it is this morning.

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18/08/2014 at 12:58

Hi Marion, I haven't posted on your thread before but have been looking at it, I keep trying to start from the beginning but get sidetracked!! 

Anyway, I just wanted to say it's absolutely beautiful, you must work so hard in it and be so proud  Well done and keeping posting the pics, they will make me smile now that my garden is looking rubbish after all the wind 

18/08/2014 at 13:55

Awww, Ty Orchard Lady.  I am amazed how many people have been following my garden through its Golden Jubilee Year.  When we het into 2015 the exciting fact is that Bristol where i live and garden is the Green Capital of Europe so the emphasis will shift to ecology then - a bit of a hobbyhorse of mine.  Kate Bradbury will be egging me on from GW no doubt as I report on the environmentally friendly efforts being made in Bristol.  Still will be lots of lovely pics too.

18/08/2014 at 15:27

Fantastic Marion, I will look forward to it.  Do you mind me asking, did you work in horticulture/gardening or has it always been just a hobby? You are very knowledgeable 

18/08/2014 at 18:56

Fell in love with growing things when my infant teacher showed us how to grow cress on a windowsill in the classroom when I was five, Orchid Lady. I read a lot of gardening books, go to lectures a lot as I belong to Friends of Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden and the Alpine Garden Society so the dark nights are catered for.  I also go on many coach trips to National Trust and other famous gardens and buy plants and soak up information from the gardeners and volunteers.  For six years i was a volunteer gardener one day a week at our Botanic Garden and learned something new every time i went.  I am a participant in Mr. Fothergills' Seeds "Nation of Gardeners" so get lots of new cultivars to try out and lots f information from the firm every month.  It is more than a hobby now I am 86, rather my life.  Every thing I do seems to have a horticultural interest.  But then it is all to do with nourishment for the body and soul so why would it not?

18/08/2014 at 19:06

The pelargoniums, begonias and gaz

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anias are all still flowering but the hydrangia leaves say autumn is coming.

18/08/2014 at 22:13

Marion, your life sounds fantastic, I hope I have such a fulfilling retirement one day 

19/08/2014 at 12:49

Got caught in a heavy shower while having a heavy weeding session this morning but the scent from the buds which are many and now opening on my "Golden Celebration" rose was delightful.

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19/08/2014 at 19:13

I think I got caught four times in a heavy shower today trying to get the butterfly garden weeded.  I probably did a personal best for teh over 80's one hundred yards   The green wheelie bin is nearly full up despite this.  It made a change from pruning and harvesting.  no workmen till the glaziers come Saturday morning so I will persevere tomorrow even if this showery weather continues.  I did pick a half pound of runner beans for supper and they were delicious.

Yesterday at 10:54

Good morning  and good to catch up, so much going on. Your plants are looking extremley colourful and healthy Marion a credit to your watchful care. 

I was interested to read about the judging you have done and how you organised the system for point giving, it must make it easier to get round when you have so much to look at. Our small garden group are organising a competition about gardens visited this year with a vote out of ten for each. Definative rules are being discussed as each garden has so much variety. Looking forward to it.

Visited Picton Gardens on Sunday, beautifully laid out. Cropping photos ready to post but this is one favourite

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 gravelled paths and at every turn something to catch the eye, to look closer, to sit and just look around. I could live there!

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