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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 09:36

Good morning Marion.

I think lots of people read your thread but look on it as being your thread so they don't post anything. I won't be posting soon as we are going to New York, leaving Tuesday. OH's choir has been invited to sing in Carnegie Hall on Sunday. I hope the housesitter waters my pots and the tomatoes in the GH, a heatwave is forecast here.


Posted: 31/05/2015 at 09:31

Morning all.

KEF, DD's Open Garden is 29th June.

Rain forecast for tonight, then heatwave up to 35°. We will be away then, so I hope housesitter waters the pots properly.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 22:57

I'm glad you had a good Open Day on Wednesday. You have a lovely garden.

I've been busy again, having had my Open Day, I held a Strawberry Tea today for a cancer charity, 40 people came, was quite hard work but I had a good team of helpers.

TOMATO BLIGHT- What to do next year?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 22:19

That's funny, had notification by email of this thread, but I hadn't written on it before and now I see it dates from last September!

TOMATO BLIGHT- What to do next year?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 22:15

I live in SW France, Jill. I see you live in mid W France. But blight was very bad all around here last year. Some years blight is bad and other years there is hardly any. It seems worse when the summer is wetter than usual. I grow tomatoes every year, sometimes very successfully, sometimes not. You could spray them with something anti fungal like bouillie bordelaise.

Preparing hard-packed soil to start a garden from scratch

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 22:06

If the garden isn't too big I would dig it first, get down deeper. Then dig in compost and manure if you can get it. That's what I've done in the past. It takes a bit of work and time to get the soil you describe.


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 22:03

Thanks Chicky. I think I have eaten too much cake.  Not very comfy. There were scones, jam and cream too.


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 21:55

Have just read back. Wow! Wintersong, that's a beautiful car. May you have many happy years together.


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 21:44

My Strawberry Tea went well, 40 people came, several bearing cakes. We actually had too much cake! So we auctioned two of them and made an extra £20. Made about £50 from selling left over plants from my Open Garden day. Tickets for the tea were £9 each. For a cancer charity.

I have realised that I don't actually like cannas. I grew some last year in a pot and they did quite well. I put them in a box of compost in the garage over winter and when I got them out they were all shrivelled up and dried out. Perhaps I should have watered them, but I forgot about them. Bit of a relief because they don't really suit my garden style, which is more romantic and rose filled.


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 09:03

Morning all.

Strawberry Tea day today, so very busy, expecting over 40. It's in aid of Cancer Support France, a charity that helps English ex-pats in France who have cancer.  Must go and make 50 scones.

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