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Posted: 15/03/2014 at 15:45

Oh what a glorious day I have had in my garden.  The weather was perfect, the soil friable.  I sowed 50 broad beans and 4 Elephant garlic cloves I had saved from my harvest last year, weeded round the new blackberry Reuben and found a new shoot just appeared at its base, checked on the strawberries I planted yesterday and was astonished to see them all proudly showing their first new leaves off. I said hello to my wild violets and sniffed their scent and was never alone as the robins were out in force.   Now I am quite whacked and planning fish and chips for supper.  Gardening does give you quite an appetite,


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 12:35

Then came the parcel post with 15 bareroot lupins, five each of Noble Maiden, My Castle and the Governor.  Long roots so need to find about 20 big pots for them.  They are for the front garden prairie patch.  There were some extra!  The bright sun has the early tulips opening up to it so had to get out my camera.  I wonder if Carole will visit a primula specialist.


 One of my favourite alines is Primula allionii - here are two about tp flower now, P. allionii "Eyres Mist" has cream flowers and "Dwaine's choice" has purple.


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:59

Just in time before I disappeared up the garden, the courier arrived with four lovely pale pink azaleas from Jersey plants.  Of course I had to unpack them and inspect.  They have masses of flower buds but no colour showing so their bright green foliage will be ideal for St. Patrick's day!  They are destined to be planted after flowering in four of the circular beds of the six I cut out for my Olympic Rings in 2012


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:00

I tackled my spreadsheets yesterday and got that out of the way.  No fog this morning and sunny and dry and warm forecast for the whole of today and tomorrow in Bristol.  I will reserve tomorrow to arrange my St. Patrick's Day,( which is Monday )display so today i must sow my new broad beans and tomatoes which did not get done yesterday.  Many of my tomatoes need pricking out now so shall have to search in my potting shed (back of the garage) for 9cm pots to wash.  I have about 30 auriculas which could come out of their pots now and go into the slate scree, so that should help.  AS I have tomatoes to test under glass and others outside I will reserve one of the raised beds for outdoor ones and put the others in large pots.  Next week is the local group of the AGS meeting so I have to get the March Newsletter written and printed for then.  That will have to be an evening job.  I was so pleased to see Carole Klein on Gardeners World last night talking for the second week in a row to a well known member of the AGS.  Those cyclamen were just delightful.  I have Cuclamen hederifolium, coum cilicicum and pseudo - graecum all flourishing at different times of the year outside and of course, persicum in the conservatory.  Lovely to see a new variety with such lovely leaves.  Ashwood Nurseries and Graham Massey are well known to AGS members too = hint to Carole.  

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:45

My friend has a tiny garden which drives him up the wall - not really, he has it packed with plants so the only way to go is up.



Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:29

Even foggier this morning in Bristol and so cold.  I will sow my new tomato seeds from Mr. Fothergill on the kitchen table in the warm and hope to get my strawberry plants in and my second sowing of broad beans done this afternoon.  The forecast is for sun about 1pm.  I need to check up on all the other trial subjects too and report to the PR firm who are handling the data.  We do that once a month and I wrestle with the soreadsheets and end up putting most of it in an email but it all gets there.  I tell myself I bet there are not many 85 year olds in the world doing this as I wonder what I have done wrong or failed to do on the laptop now!  But I am a firm believer in exercising the mind as well as the body so I soldier on.


Posted: 13/03/2014 at 17:35

Our box of supplies from Mr. Fothergills this month contained 24 strawberry plants, 4 kinds of tomato seeds to be grown outside to test against blight etc, one pkt of broad beans to compare yield with autumn sown ones and three pot grown garlic plants to compare with the autumn and spring sown ones for risk of bolting - interesting.  I did get the garlic planted but too cold to do the beans and strawberries.  Here is the garlic, autumn planted on the left, spring planted on the right, both from cloves, and the new plants top in the middle.



Posted: 13/03/2014 at 12:42

Still foggy and cold in Bristol.  I have done the bees' work for them on my peach tree with my sable artist brush and watered all my seedlings in the conservatory.  Four of my chlorophytum (Spider) plants have been watered as well as I may use them next Monday in my porch St. Patrick's Day display.  The March parcel from Mr. Fothergills for the "Nation of Gardeners" Trials has been dispatched so may arrive today.  That is always exciting.  Would love to be out in the garden but it is too nasty out there.  Parcel has just arrived from Mr. Fothergill by Royal Mail.  It just gets more and more exciting every month this trial.  Something i had not imagined we would do this month which I will tell you about when everyone has received their parcel.


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 13:31

My infant teacher inspired me when i was five years old.  We grew mustard and cress on the classroom windowsill and i would be first in the queue for school to get to the saucer to see my seedlings.  i still get a thrill , eighty years later , seeing the seeds I have planted germinate.


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 11:23

I made it out to the front garden


after a steaming hot cup of coffee.  The tulips are opening up.

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