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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 22:09

If you have any old net curtains or can get some from the charity shop that is the cheapest way to defeat the frost, rather than going to the garden centre.  Your sweet peas will climb very well up your trellis your husband has built.  I usually make a wigwam from three canes and plant it in a big pot of compost and grow six or seven plants in it.  Tomorrow I will be taking the last of my 20 bags of compost up to my potager, planting out more of my broad beans, sowing some annuals and clearing more of my paths.  Weather permitting.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 20:07

Do you have any horticultural fleece you could throw over them if frost is forecast?  They will not mind the wet.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 17:59

What a show you are going to have flumpy with all those bulbs!  I like acidanthera and brodiae best of that lot.  oh and the anemones.  Your sweet peas need to be planted out as soon as possible and they need something to climb up - a fence perhaps or through a shrub if you have no canes to make a wigwam?  You can unravel them gently and tie each plant to its support then it will attach itself with its own tendrils as it grows.


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 13:27

Some plants excel themselves in the twilight.  Here is my Clematis montana atropupurea in the twilight last night.



Posted: 26/04/2015 at 12:47

At last there are puddles in my new bog garden I am making so can start planting it up.

Fascinated by Fasciation

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 12:45

Fascinated by Fasciation

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 12:40

Bellis perennis are well known for fasciation.  I have a pic somewhere and I have often found it on primroses - one had more than 40 petals on one flower!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 12:35

Four hours hard graft this morning in the garden and I have a few inches of water in my new bog garden so another thing to add to the list - try to plant one of my bog plants in it each day till I have them all planted.  I will start with the yellow iris this afternoon as it has increased from one spike to three since I bought it.  Then i can remove my marsh marigold from sprawling over my alpine trough and plant it tomorrow.  All systems go now.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 08:39

Much duller today and we seem to have had a bit more rain as the garden looks very wet.  the house feels colder too and only  3 degrees forecast for through the night so will have to close the cold frame lid tonight.  It was lovely while it lasted and only hope there is no frost to nip the fruit blossom.

Unusual cowslips

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 21:57

I seem to remember it had the form added to Primula veris (in Latin) but will find out for sure next week.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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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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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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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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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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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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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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picture difficulties

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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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