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Plants ID please

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 09:39

Primroses and primulas flower practically all year round.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 08:46

Another splendid day weatherwise for Bristol, warmer than yesterday.  My big order of plants from the Secret Gardening Co is arriving today so as two of the species are trays of plug plants I will be busy potting them up.  The conservatory  is nearly all cleaned now so ready for new incumbents almost.  I should do before and after pics of it as by the end of October it will be jam packed once more and I will be gardening more and more indoors because of the weather outside.

Remove leaves from grapevine to allow sunlight on the fruit?

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 16:34

Aah, yes When I first started i had a book which had illustrations and when i was a volunteer at the Bristol Botanic Gardens as a gardener i was given the task of doing their vines every autumn as I knew how to do it.

Remove leaves from grapevine to allow sunlight on the fruit?

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 13:54

I have been growing grapes with great success for many years.  Yes now is the time to cut back all the excess greenery to let as much light as possible into the fruit.  I usually pick in Bristol at end of October when my dessert grapes are at their sweetest.  The wine grapes , both black and green sometimes get picked earlier.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 11:22

I pay my gas and electricity bills by direct debit from the bank every month but they tend to overestimate which means a rebate usually at the end of each quarter.  People used to complain a lot about this when the interest rates were high but they are zero now and have been for some  years.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 09:19

The superb sales offers are still coming into my inbox so i have just fallen for 27o spring bedding plants for £12.99.  Good job i had a heating rebate of £99 from British Gas this month - being out in the garden all day does safe on electricity as I do not cook so much or watch TV.  The plants are violas, bellis, primroses and primulas.  So more to add to my daily list now as they are going into my Persian Carpet garden which will need weeding.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 08:27

Oh thank your husband so very much for the photo, Pat - it is like a huge sun, so cheerful.  I slept in this morning and no ache in either ear so far .  Weather is dry and set fair and becoming warmer.  We are forecast to reach 21 degrees tomorrow.  I will try and do my whole list again today.  The Michaelmas daisies are showing buds now so they will be joining the chrysanthemums soon.  We are having a raffle for funds for the Bristol group of the Alpine Garden Society at our first meeting of this session on friday night so will take some of my apples and pears for that.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 22:09

Yes that is a lovely dark pink gerbera - supposed to be hardy but we will see.  This is the first year I have grown them.  My home made fish and chips was lovely with my tomato salad all from my own produce except the fish.  Yes, I am whacked after a good day's gardening but only one ear is aching now so hopefully the other will recover soon.  It is going to be even warmer tomorrow.   I shall have lots of new plants to photograph next year.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 19:08

Went up to the potager to get some big potatoes to make chips to go with my fish for supper and was amazed at how big they had grown.


Slug resistant plants

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 14:41

I was delighted to find slugs ignore gazanias which is lovely since there is now a hardy strain.

Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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Last Post: 02/10/2015 at 03:56

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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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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