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05/03/2014 at 17:07

Marion - the pot of little species tulips are so lovely 

You're garden so well ahead already. Looking forward to seeing all your 'golden moments'  

05/03/2014 at 18:35

Please keep this thread going, your writings about your garden Marion is lovely, always so interesting. Your garden is just beautiful and full of colour already. If you ever write a book about your gardening, I would love to buy a copy.

05/03/2014 at 19:03

Agreed Marion.  Your thread is a lovely one 

05/03/2014 at 21:12

So pleased you are enjoying it.  It gives me great pleasure to share the garden with you all.  I gave a whoop of joy tonight when the weather forecast was for fine settled warm dry calm weather for quite some time, thinking about all the jobs I can get done from now on.  I will be golden in the face very early this year by the sound of tonight's forecast.

06/03/2014 at 14:07

As soon as I donned my gardening boots and coat this morning it started to rain but I bided my time and it went away so I got a couple of hours done before lunch and sowed Marigold "Moon" and Cerinthe major purpurescens while I could not get out.  Another couple of hours this afternoon will do me.  The cut and come again Red Lettuce leaves are behaving better on their second sowing.  These were one of four saladings we Nation of Gardeners participants had to sow for Mr. Fothergills trials and mine damped off before i had any red leaves but now I see them colouring up so prettier salads soon.  I can recommend their Spicy Salad leaves mixture for taste.  They are lovely in sandwiches and in salads and I always sprinkle some on my pizza,  They are a great buddy for anything cheesy.  Here are the Red lettuce leaves.


07/03/2014 at 11:22

First it was very wet indeed and then the sun came out.  The central heating has been switched off and the garden is looking very lush already.  I got my auriculas I want to plant in the slate scree out from the conservatory to harden off and went up the garden taking more panoramic pictures now, including the ivy shelter I am working on in the Butterfly garden to run in to out of the showers in April , though the buds are showing on the Bramley apple and it is a good retreat.  Muscari and Anemone blanda giving a good show now and lots of hyacinths.  In the spinny the ground cover is doing well including the Vinca major from the Bot. garden the Welsh daffs.  The kerria is blossoming everywhere, including through the prunus.  The forsythia and flowering currant as well are blooming.


08/03/2014 at 15:06

14 degrees and sunny outside.  Worked on the heavy work till i could do no more then took my camera out.  the butterflies were loving the bergenia flowers, more and more interesting daffodils were showing their wares and I found a very pretty seedling polyanthus in salmon pink.  The smell from the hyacinths was lovely.  The first picture is called "Good Companions".


08/03/2014 at 17:15

Like the plant associations Marion.   Agree about the smell of hyacinths but daff cheerfulness was wonderful as I worked around them today."


08/03/2014 at 17:17

just beautiful marion.

09/03/2014 at 15:10

Thank you. Verdun and Mrs Garden.  My garden has never looked so beautiful.  When I think how it was fifty years ago, being cared for by the 93 year old major's professional garden, it is a complete transformation apart from the nine parallel paths in the middle garden which were full of strawberry plants and roses in 1964!  The paths are still there but now a myriad of flowers and shrubs spill over them and they are barely notiseable or at least their regimentation is.  We are promised a week of good gardening weather and I shall take advantage of it.

10/03/2014 at 08:31

Another Monday but such cheerful predictions from the weathermen that my hopes are very high for the jobs needing done in my Jubilee Garden this week.  I started a huge assault on the brambles threatening to overwhelm the slate scree at the weekend so will finish that first.  It is full of primulas spreading vegatively and by seedlings and there are hordes of cyclamen.  They were all hidden under arches of brambles entangled with couch grass which also needs an assault.  But the white Arabis montana is flowering well and the Arum italicum leaves are so pretty.  In between I shall tidy up the patios and get rid of last winters wet leaves now they are drying up and easier to collect for leaf mould.

10/03/2014 at 08:38

Good morning Marion. I hope you have a happy gardening day in the sunshine.

I'm still reading although I haven't said anything for a few days. This is your special thread.

10/03/2014 at 10:15

Oh wow, I have only tidied the back door patio and am already drooling over my bulbs!  They go so well with the dwarf rhododendrons.


10/03/2014 at 10:36

Good morning Marion, enjoying your thread immensely, you have so much colour so early, lovely auriculas. What county are you in? I'm in north Yorkshire and we have no signs of colour in our tulips yet. Although there is fair amount of yellow about and all the little daffs and golden crocus remind me of you, and I wonder what my garden will be like in 50 years time. It would be lovely to see some photos of the scree garden, I'm attempting something of a similar description myself. Have a good day out there Marion. 

10/03/2014 at 11:20

I am already, Lisa,thank you, and decided I needed a coffee break today as I started at 7am.  i will snap the scree garden at the end of the week.  I live in Bristol, sheltered by the Mendips and am so glad you are enjoying my account of my Golden Jubilee year.  Some day you will be handing out Roll of Honour places to your plants!


10/03/2014 at 12:48

O  what a start to the week!  I have kindly had delivered by the Entry Secy of the Bristol and District Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society four very well grown tubers of golden dahlias, all named so I can look them up- a gift from Philip Orley, last year's Silver Medal Winner.  They met up at the AGM last weekend and Phillip arranged it.  I am so very, very glad I spent all my savings when I was eighty on becoming IT literate and equipped!  Otherwise such lovely things would never have happened to me.  I hope I can do those lovely tubers justice.  What a wonderful golden show they will make at the end of the summer.

11/03/2014 at 09:47

Much colder today which is just as well as I overdid the heavy work in the garden yesterday so a lovely warm spell in the conservatory trying to move seedlings around to get veg seeds sown and seeing to my new dahlias will suit me fine.  They all look beauties on the internet so I have a great show to look forward to.  There are sedums and osteospermums in pots ready to go out in the middle garden so may put on my coat and do that in the afternoon when the temperature is forecast to reach 10 degrees, not 16 like yesterday.

12/03/2014 at 11:20

Such a cold, foggy morning in Bristol today i decided the conservatory was the best place to be gardening and took my camera with me.

 This is what I see looking out the windows of the conservatory.


12/03/2014 at 11:23

I made it out to the front garden


after a steaming hot cup of coffee.  The tulips are opening up.

13/03/2014 at 12:42

Still foggy and cold in Bristol.  I have done the bees' work for them on my peach tree with my sable artist brush and watered all my seedlings in the conservatory.  Four of my chlorophytum (Spider) plants have been watered as well as I may use them next Monday in my porch St. Patrick's Day display.  The March parcel from Mr. Fothergills for the "Nation of Gardeners" Trials has been dispatched so may arrive today.  That is always exciting.  Would love to be out in the garden but it is too nasty out there.  Parcel has just arrived from Mr. Fothergill by Royal Mail.  It just gets more and more exciting every month this trial.  Something i had not imagined we would do this month which I will tell you about when everyone has received their parcel.

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