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Posted: 26/09/2014 at 14:55

40 plug plants of Pansy Cool Wave (trailing winter pansies) have just arrived from   Jersey courtesy of Mr. fothergill for a Nation of gardeners Trial.  They have been watered and potted into 3in. pots and after my afternoon tea break will be carried into the conservatory to be planted out after three weeks or so.  I have yellow, purple and various combinations of blue and white as far as I can see from those already in flower.  so very, very pretty.



Posted: 26/09/2014 at 11:49

Whacked after filling all the windowsills in the conservatory and beginning anticlockwise on doing the floor beneath them.  Bringing well over a hundred plants in for the winter is a wearying task especially when you reach the big pots.  Sorry about my reflection in the glass which i cleaned after the glaziers left.  The new roof made them look very dirty!



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Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:28

You can prune out the straight bits anytime and cut the others back on the longer side by as much as a half.  That said one in a front garden near me that was blocking the front room light was cut back right to the main stems all over one autumn and thrived!!!



Posted: 26/09/2014 at 08:56

A little rain through the night which should have helped in the garden.  This warm weather is forecast to continue for the next five days at least so I am going to sow annual flowers for next spring  as well as plant bulbs.  Warm soil should bring them up quickly.


Posted: 25/09/2014 at 21:09

This good weather is set to continue well into next week too, flumpy1.  I have cape gooseberries galore and sweetcorn now up in my potager doing well.  It could not have been better weather for my Golden jubilee Year.


Posted: 25/09/2014 at 16:38

What a glorious day of gardening in the sunshine I have had.  The green wheeliebin is full up for emptying tomorrow with prunings, the six saladings for Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners Trial have been sown and I have gone on safari all round the garden taking pictures - so many pink things in flower and my gazanias are still giving.  T

 Flowers on my white rhododendron just going over.

oday there were two new yellow ones.


Posted: 25/09/2014 at 08:48

Chilly in Bristol too, Bizzie B, only 9degrees in the conservatory when I opened it this morning.  Lots to do.


Posted: 24/09/2014 at 16:30

I planted a "white" hibiscus in the spring.  it has started to flower - top photo on previous post.  Only partly white but unusual to have a two coloured flower.


Posted: 24/09/2014 at 11:38

Such a lot of colour in my garden now.



Posted: 24/09/2014 at 08:45

Some more panoramic views from Upton House on Sept. 14th

 If you lift your gaze from the top of the fifth balustrade from the right you will see on the horizon a huge green bird.

Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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Last Post: 24/08/2015 at 22:08

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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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: 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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