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Go on brag about your Autumn Foliage!!!!

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 14:18

Oh and this is my smallest acer I grew from a two leaved self seed.


Go on brag about your Autumn Foliage!!!!

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 14:17

Lovely colours on my oxalis leaves.



Posted: 18/11/2014 at 14:08

Such a lovely morning of gardening in brilliant sunshine.  All the saladings for the winter sown outside under cover as asked by Mr. Fothergill and keeping Bob Flowerdew's strawberries company.  A huge bunch of my delicious grapes were demolished for lunch and I found to my delight the oxalis leaves are lovely in the autumn too  Took a picture of my smallest acer sparkling in the sunshine.

 These are the salad leaves we had to sow for Mr Fothergills Nation of Gardeners Trials end of September which I raid every day for my sandwiches and evening salad though you would not notice as I sowed so thickly.  They have done very well in this mild autumn we have had in Bristol.



Posted: 18/11/2014 at 08:44

Drier this morning and brighter so should get some salads sown outside today but as 10degrees is forecast for the rest of the week I think it is time to look out warmer socks and to wear my heavy walking boots in the garden , else frozen feet will make me miserable.  Circulation problems have always been a bugbear in the winter with me so leaving Scotland as a young woman for a warmer climate was not a problem.  The cost of heating a home up there must be quite horrendous nowadays for older people.  I may switch my central heating on before Xmas this year.    Today I shall harvest more tomatoes and sweetcorn and check for signs ofpods on the Meteor peas.


Posted: 17/11/2014 at 09:06

Despite the weather and lack of sunlight my Princess Flower is glowing in the conservatory.  It is 3 feet tall and covered in buds but they do not all open at once.



Posted: 17/11/2014 at 08:39

Such a dark wet cold Monday morning in Bristol.  There is a duckpond on the kitchen patio again so the water table must be high.  All the cars going past have their headlamps on.  No going out in the garden yet I fear.  Time to do housework I think.


Posted: 16/11/2014 at 21:11

Dull a slightly damp in Bristol today but better weather coming next week so the weathermen say.  I have to go to our flower shop tomorrow for some fresh compost as I have seven packets of salad seeds to sow for the Mr. Fothergills trials.  Luckily two of them can be grown on to provide a stir fry vegetable and two lettuces can be grown to maturity  which should mean lots of lettuce soup so it is not all cut and come again salad leaves.  I do like their Spicy salad leaves a lot though.  No frost forecast for next week so should be able to get a lot of work done.  So glad your greenhouse is in one piece, flumpy1.


Posted: 16/11/2014 at 10:47

A bit of a dull Sunday morning but the conservatory is very bright and colourful.


Blooms in November

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 21:08

My white winter flowering heathers are flowering too.


Posted: 15/11/2014 at 13:44

My November parcel from Mr. Fothergills seed trials for the Nation of Gardeners trials has just arrived.  Seven pkts of winter saladings to sow which got a cheer from me as i had such success last year, all very delicious.  We also all had a present from Bob flowerdew of woodland strawberry plants to grow on .  these seem to be like the ones i have growing profusely all over my garden but i have never thought to grow in pots before so here goes.  We certainly have fun.  No idea what we will be asked to do next.

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