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Posted: 02/10/2014 at 16:12

Working on my editing skills.  Here are some of my attempts with pics from the Bot. Gdn. this morning.



Posted: 02/10/2014 at 13:49

I spent three hours taking pics in the Bristol University Botanic garden in brilliant sunshine which was not the best light for pics but was very pleasant indeed for me.  The Garden is looking glorious even although the autumn colour has not developed yet.  I gasped at the blood oranges growing ouside for the first time and the lemons.The gardeners let me taste the cape gooseberries which are at the same ripeness as mine and they are delicious and ready to be eaten.  The mimosa pudica was in flower in the tropical house.  it was all very, very, exciting.  Some of my pics.



Posted: 02/10/2014 at 08:49

Another brilliant morning in Bristol.  As today and tomorrow are the last two warm days in the forecast I will try to get to the Bot, Gardens to get pics this morning as need to do urgent shopping tomorrow.  I can feed myself and visitors from the garden but washing powder for the washing machine and so on need to be bought!  When we moved here there was saponaria in the garden but that has long gone!


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 16:17

The drizzle brought me indoors so I practised on my new computer doing things with my photographs to make them more suitable for posting and sending by email.  Here are two pics from today i edited.



Posted: 01/10/2014 at 12:23

The drizzle and cold requiring more clothing to be donned has driven me indoors but it seems to be brightening up again so will carry on after lunch, having looked out my gardening raincoat which has not been needed for some time!


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 08:47

Another brilliant sunny start to the day in Bristol.  I shall be out in my garden all daylight hours enjoying the cyclamen all over it and the colours of the acers.


Posted: 30/09/2014 at 16:07

Picked one and a quarter lbs of runner beans and took half to a neighbour who gave me a huge slice of watermelon in return.  The sun shone all day so took my camera in the front garden.

 The Japanese quinces like all the apples are huge this year.


Posted: 30/09/2014 at 08:59

Another brilliantly sunny morning in Bristol and warm once more.  Cooler conditions forecast for Saturday so will start getting more tender plants in to the conservatory or at least pushed into more sheltered parts of the garden if they are too heavy for me to lift.  Waterbutts are very depleted so I have not been watering pelargoniums and begonias which means the pots are a bit lighter.  The front porch of the bungalow is pretty well sheltered from the cold and gets some heat from the house.  Mr. Fothergills are putting the first results of the Nation of Gardeners trials out on the ether now and , as I thought when we started they are promising to be very useful.


Posted: 29/09/2014 at 20:16

I am hoping to make 2015 the year I help Bristol io be environmentally friendly as it becomes the Green capital of Europe.  My garden will be full of wildlife friendly plants, recycled containers, energy saving devices,  plants that have been got from cuttings or swops,fruit and veg. to save on food miles and lots more devices to save on postage and fuel that could have been used by buying on line or going to a garden centre.  Different from 2014 which was all about celebration.  I hope to visit the Bot. Garden this week with the remains of my cake for the staff and volunteers whom i worked with as a volunteer gardener for six years.  The autumn colours should give me some good pictures.


Posted: 29/09/2014 at 13:57

We Ate a Work of Art.


The grass was made of coconut;

The paths of marzipan;

The flowers and veg. of sugar;

Made by creative Ann.


The pond of sparkling jelly;

The beehive with its bees;

Blue butterflies in the borders;

All put us at our ease.


Till I had to wield the knife,

To cut my garden cake,

Too lovely to eat was the cry,

Even for donations sake.


That cry subsided when we smelt

The cherry brandy fumes'

And then we saw the cherries ,

Lush as the decorating blooms.


They queued for slices and decorations;

They ooh-ed and aah-ed somewhat;

The coffers swelled for our new projector;

Which eased my pain a lot.


It has gone, my Golden Cake;

Fond memories remain;

Of the facebook friends who gave it

And the gardening friends who ate it.


Discussions started by happymarion

new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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Last Post: 09/07/2015 at 16:01

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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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 15:36


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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Last Post: 09/12/2013 at 17:31

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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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 09:47

picture difficulties

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