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Posted: 28/04/2014 at 09:09

It looks like a dull, wet start to a dull, wet and eventually colder week.  But it will not stop the garden growing lusher and lusher every day now and my goodness there is lots of potting on needing done - peppers and cocamelons have been added to the list to join the tomatoes which have their first flower trusses and the maincrop potatoes needing planted.  My early 2Charlotte" outside are showing above ground and the Dutch Iris "Royal Yellow" from a farm in Cornwall are showing their glorious gold colour in time for May Day.  Perhaps I might not have been such a duffer at Chelsea after all!  Whitsun display will be even more gold as my Coreopsis "Early Sunrise" are beginning to flower and yellow pansies too. Some very late daffs I planted in January are flowering too.


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 09:55

In Bristol when we have wet and warm summers the potatoes and tomatoes outside get decimated by blight.  I do not like the taste of the blight resistant potatoes so concentrate on earlies and moving the crop about but the bungalow tends to shelter tomato plants lined along the drive from the fungus which comes in the rain and it never affects any under glass.  We do have outdoor ones in the trial as well as three types to grow under glass.  I have a beautiful hebe in my woodland garden which is very shaded that brightens it up with its plentiful white flowers.White tinged variagated ivy works as well.  Wet again today but loads to do in the conservatory and planning my Mayday display for next week.


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 11:49

The big job for Mr, Fothergills "Nation of gardeners" trial has been started - planting the tomato varieties into their final pots.  The first three i have done have to be grown under cover and are not on the market yet.  After a shaky start they have made very good plants and three have been potted.  I reckon if I make way in the conservatory floor for three big pots each day I will be ready to plant out the outdoor ones in the raised beds and big pots in the driveway away from threat of blightby the middle of May.  I have never had blight from my indoor tomatoes.  I have potted up my cape gooseberries this morning early and am now congratulating myself as it is tipping it down with rain and very windy now.



Posted: 25/04/2014 at 19:11

Oh that is such a beautiful tree peony - delicate cream.  I have the bright yellow species and Daijin which is supposed to have red and white striped flowers but just gives me white, pink and red flowers in solid colours all on the one bush!  That one looks good enough to eat.


Posted: 25/04/2014 at 12:12

Good job I got started early today as it is now raining steadily in Bristol and by the looks of the sky is here for some time.  The postman brought me my latest plants from Mr Fothergills - pot grown garlic plants to be tested for bolting as against autumn  planted and spring planted and earlier pot plants we received.  I have never seen better plants - still damp and carefully handed over by the postman the right way up!  If necessary I will don my raincoat to plant them out in the potager as no frost is forecast for tonight.  In the meantime I am cleaning the windows and shelves in the conservatory.and removing the spiders webs from the corners, picking off the brown leaves on the pelargoniums and pruning where needed .  I found the first two flowers on my bougainvillea and let out such a cheer.  No matter how dull and damp the day, my plants find ways to cheer me.


Posted: 25/04/2014 at 10:25

Quite chilly up the garden today but dry so took my camera up as i wandered round drinking in the smell of the bluebells.  The Clematis montana atropurpurea will give way to bourbon roses in six weeks time . The garden is very blue with bluebells, forget me nots and Viola corsica.



Posted: 24/04/2014 at 20:22

I doubt I will be painting much this Mayday or this year really as the garden is having so many visitors.  I think next year I will do a collage of individual paintings of the plants on the roll of honour when they are looking their best.  Small vignettes will not take so much time and I can have fun setting up the collage.  Green wheelie bin gets emptied tomorrow and will soon be filled up again!


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 11:49

After a hard two hours work this morning cutting out brambles from a hedge I took a stro;; round my garden to see what is going to delight on May Day.  My goodness what a lot of blossom to come - lilac starting, laburnum getting there, apple and pear will be in full flower soon, mock orange just covered in buds, weigela starting as is Potentilla fruticosa,  aquilegia aplenty. buds opening on the peonies, Dutch iris sure to be open at last as the buds have swollen,late tulips , bluebells and forget me nots and double daisies, campanulas, poached egg plants .  No doubt there will be lots more as I have never seen the borders so lush.  I hope it will be good weather for photographs.  Here is the painting I did on Mayday 1991 up my garden.



Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:19

Hi, Bizzie B, your second way to treat tulips works for me.  T. praestans will multiply for you if you plant it deeply in a border.  Happy St. Georges Day everybody from my front gard


en whose red and white display was sabotaged by a pink pelargonium and late daffs .  Well they are golden!


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:03

It is one of those awkward gardening days today.  As soon as it looks dry enough to get started I get about ten minutes in and it goes cold and then rains on me.  I have given it up and just watered everything that needs it in the conservatory.  It does not seem that my Dutch Iris "Royal Yellow" will open for St. Georges day tomorrow so I will have to be content with a red and white display.  Allium neapolitanum is flowering and the white and green viridiflora tulips are still intact.  We do not have any frost likely this week so the pelargoniums I put out for Easter are quite safe.

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