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Talkback: Plans for a garden

Posted: 22/01/2012 at 18:24

2012 is the year I hae my potager, Kate, with flowers mixed in with the vegetables and a seating area for me and my tools.  There are going to be eight beds-two matching lots of four and metre wide paths.  I would like lots of lavender for the bees too.

Work in Progress

Posted: 20/01/2012 at 15:15

Oh, my goodness, what a lot of work1  Well done and do let us see some more.  So glad you are sharing it with us and your local school.  Your vegetable garden is splendid.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 20/01/2012 at 09:51

I have just cut back my jostaberries by half ( you can make cuttings from the bits you cut off).  Like a gooseberry bush you should try to keep the middle open, cut away any branches that are rubbibg as well.  They are a lovely fruit packed with vit.C and easy to care for and get a good crop.


Posted: 19/01/2012 at 18:13

Wow!  Thank you, Emma.  What a backdrop, especially for those daisies from Namaqualand which we are familiar with at the Botanic Garden in Bristol.  Many of the volunteers have been to these gardens on trips led by Nick Wray, the curator.  We still have some flowers in the South African Garden outside but the beauties are in the Warm Temperate House.  Those glorious hot colours do need great rocks to show them off and we have tried to do that with great slabs of sandstone and limestone.   

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 18/01/2012 at 15:00

When they are a few inches tall, Sillybug, and the mother plant has died back.  The mother plant will be discarded so you should pot u her offspring individually  they are a bit floppy so will need some support and repotted as they get bigger.


Posted: 13/01/2012 at 15:19

Another surprise today in my spinney. I have lots of cyclamen in my garden which the wild boar from the Forset of Dean would just love but this sowbread must be enough for a dinner as its leaves are bigger than my hand.  It is Cyclamen coum and promises to have lots of flowers which is great as it is near the path.

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 12/01/2012 at 19:02

Lucky10carol, i just tried Keeping chickens in the search engine at the top of the site and got73 results.  There is also a discussion going on at the moment about keeping chickens in the garden.

Talkback: Rabbits and myxomatosis

Posted: 11/01/2012 at 16:09
Well said, Pippa. I remember the poor rabbits strewn about the country roads in dreadful distress in the early fifties when I used to go cycling in the East Yorkshire countryside. It was very distressing.

Frogs out of hibernation

Posted: 11/01/2012 at 12:36

I dont know when mine usuakky come out of hibernation but they start mating in Bristol usually about Feb.6th unless we have a severe winter like the last two.  Presumably prior to mating they are feeding themselves up to be fighting fit for the melee for a couple of weeks so I would normally expect to see them around the middle of January.


Posted: 10/01/2012 at 19:57

Well done.  That is so colourful.

Discussions started by happymarion

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: 19/06/2014 at 10:06

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: 16/06/2013 at 17:10

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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Last Post: 29/04/2013 at 22:05

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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Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:49

Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Last Post: 31/05/2013 at 23:16

Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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Last Post: 02/04/2013 at 13:33

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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Last Post: 03/04/2013 at 19:50
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