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Posted: 26/03/2014 at 16:00

Beautiful will do fine!  So glad you like it.  We do have quite a large community of Jamaican origin in this Bristol in the UK and they certainly added colour to the scene in the city when they arrived in the fifties!  We do get our fair share of good weather and sometimes more than most as we are sheltered by the Mendip Hills.  The flowers have loved the mild wet winter we have just had and Bristol can still count the total amount of frosts which were very slight anyway.on one hand.


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 14:54

After a cup of tea we resume the tour.



Posted: 26/03/2014 at 14:31

Parcel post arrived and set me free with my camera.  Do take a walk with me up and down my garden and round in the front garden too.  Ten pictures at a time.  The Welsh daffs, Alliu


he kerria are all in the spinney.


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 13:10

Aww, Edd!  Lots of people gasp at my tulips in the front garden and say theirs are are nowhere near that stage!  I bought a lot of early flowering kaufmanniana type ones and there is no difference in their development between the fresh ones in pots grown entirely outside and the ones from last years pots that i planted in the borders.  Still confined to the house waiting for the parcel post.


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:01

Oh my goodness my Jubilee garden is looking so golden i will have to take my camera out after the parcel post arrives with my redelivery.  I have the most beautiful perfect golden tulips.  I have already pricked out some of my tomato seedlings and found some terrcotta pots for my prettiest auriculas for Mother's day  Some of my "Ancilla" are turning pink so will have their pots soon and find a corner in the garden for them to bloom again next year.  The big pots of "Red Hunter" were double layered so the first layer has been dead-headed and the second layer is flowering.  I can definitely say I have never had such successful early tulips which have been outdoors all their life.  A winter like last winter suits them down to the ground (and the pot).


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 09:12

 Rained a lot through the night in Bristol but dry now and temperature is bearable outside so will prick out my own tomatoes, cerinthe major, zinnias, etc as I found a binbag full of suitable pots in a corner of the garage yesterday.  Rain forecast to come from the east in the afternoon.   It does make it easier to get plants out in the borders and to remove weeds first.    The mild weather is forecast to return on Saturday.  I should have my Mothers day display up and running and will post a oicture.                              


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 12:39

Glad to hear it, Lisa!  The participants in Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners Trials are about a month behind with flowers on the broad beans, growth of their garlic plants etc but they get there, just later than us down south.  Frosty in Bristol this morning but no damage done and the garden is just so beautiful with spring blossom and bulbs in full flower.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 16:05

I took a stroll up the garden to en


joy the colour but my it was chilly.  Astonished to see buds on my peonies so early.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 12:37

Oh, thank you. Chicky.  That does look a good one.  60 allium moly and 60 brodiaea now planted, but it kept getting overcast and threatening to rain.  I have come in for lunch now but it is so dark out there I fear it may plummet down again soon.  I do not want a hard frost as the Conference pear tree is in blossom so perhaps i should be encouraging the clouds.  There is plenty I can be getting on with indoors.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:20

We have a forecast for mainly dry today but it is already raining.  I watched GW which I missed on Friday being out at the AGS meeting.  Quite eclectic but I have seen Carole help a young couple with children do their garden before and Monty clean out his pond.  Well gardening can be repetitive.  I shall be sowing the three outdoor tomatoes for Mr. F. trial today- "Sungold F1", "SakuraF1" and "FerlineF1", someGem Squash seeds a FB friend sent me,lobelia and Rudbeckia, Rustic Dwarfs mixed, planting some of my summer bulbs in pots and starting my Mothers Day display off.  Thank you for the kind appreciation, donutmrs.  BizzieB I have some brodiaea in the garden already,increasing nicely and it is a lovely cut flower.  You seem to be as busy as your name suggests.  May get some picyures in the afternoon.  The spring flowering shrubs are glorious this year.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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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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Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Summer has arrived

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

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Talkback: Gardening in Russia

Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short thr... 
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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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Talkback: House sparrows

In the eighties I used to stop counting at 20 when the sparrows descended on my garden. The wild patch og groud at the back of my garden wa... 
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Gardeners World new season

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Talkback: Blind daffodils

You would not think from seeing the wonderful display our hellebores are putting on in the Bristol Botanic Garden that they once had the dre... 
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