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BBC -entertainment or education?

Posted: Today at 17:40

The best way to get information about plants and the most entertaining is to go on  a tour of a botanic garden like the Bristol University one with a volunteer guide or the Curator or one of the horticultural staff and do not be shy about asking questions that bother you. Next weekend is the Bee weekend in Bristol and all sorts will be going on including talks about bees.  I like just to amble round reading the excellent information boards and finding the plants they mention with my camera which is an extra eye really.It is open 10 till 4,30 and has refreshments so you can amuse yourself  for hours.  There is a Ritz of a bug hotel too to take home pics of insects to look up.  Tv could never compete with that for entertainment.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: Today at 08:44

I hope you find something nice to grow in the garden centre flumpy.  I know I get great pleasure from trying somethng it will be a case of weeding and planting when I can  I hope you are fit and well again Pat and are able to get out in your spring garden.  The weather has changed again in Bristol.  I am typing this wearing  cardigan on top of my Tshirt.  We had some rain through the night and more is forecast with top temp. at 3pm of 16 degrees.  Not at all like the sunny days we have been having recently.  But it is Sunday and Bank Holiday so visitors may arrive so baking and tidying the house are on the cards.  I have defrosted a large chicken to roast.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 21:52

My gazanias are so brilliant now and the white chrysanthemum


is opening its buds.


I'd like to share my pictures with you all

Posted: Yesterday at 14:37

Beautiful close-ups flumpy.  Keep them coming.  How are your sweet peas?

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 11:30

You too, flumpy.  I hope you are not too tired after your week's work.  If you have ant spare pocket money now is a great time to get amazing bargains for the garden in the end of season sales, especially of the plants in 2 and 3 litre pots - big plants.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 10:27



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 10:18

Light just right for taking pictures.  I think it is going to be a very colourful autumn this year.  The apples are colouring up very nicely and the colourful stems like the tree peony.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 08:30

Hazier sunshine this morning but dry forecast for all day so should get lots done in the garden.  As forecast for next three days is rain I must make the most of today, then I can freeze and hang things to spread things to dry on the wet days.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 14:38

Whacked after a lot of harvesting and weeding so took some pics of daisies, oxalis and yellow chrysanthemums.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 10:33

After digging up a big basket of potatoes and putting onions and broad beans for seeds out to dry and taken note of the vast amount of fruit needing picked I decided an early coffee was called for.  I did tie up sweet peas too which  the rain had disturbed a bit so now the garden is looking tidier as well as lush.  That recent rain has put spurts of growth on everywhere.  The things  i gave the Chelsea chop to are now flowering for the second time - weigelas, clematis montana, cirsium rivulare, all the hardy geraniums to name just a few.My white gaura has been devoured by slugs though.  Mr. Fothergills onion plants we had to trial for the Nation of gardeners have been harvested - 9 survived from thirteen plants and the biggest is not much more than an inch in diameter so hardly worth the bother hen onions come so easily from seeds or sets.

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Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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My Bristol Garden in 2015

about how I am trying my best to be ecologically friendly in Bristol's year as Green Capital of Europe. 
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Talkback: Using nettles in the kitchen

I too am a nettle lover, Kate. Nettle tea is delicious. You can buy the dried variety if you do not have your own source. 
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Last Post: 23/11/2014 at 10:33

Talkback: Trees for wildlife

Well done, Kate. Last winter was so mild and wet lots of sickly trees suddenly showed what they are made of. Trees and shrubs that had nev... 
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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:12

Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

The "Charlotte" potatoes I an trialling for Mr. Fothergill are harvested from the potato planter bag and being eaten. very delicious and a ... 
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Last Post: 06/09/2014 at 18:57

Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Growing tomatoes indoors and out is a trial the Nation of Gardeners Project is doing for Mr. Fothergill Seeds. Ferline F1 is included in th... 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 18:21

Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

I have three gems of tomatoes to sow as a participant in Mr. fothergills Trials in the nation of Gardeners project, called "Black Opal". "Pi... 
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My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

My acer seedlings from the Botanic Garden which I weeded are all different colouring - salmon pink, rich toffee, crimson. pale pink and a ve... 
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Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

One of my birthday presents was Kalanchoe "Bronze Sculpture" which is commonly known as the Paddle plant but this one has bronze colored tip... 
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Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Last Post: 18/11/2014 at 08:20

Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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