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Posted: 30/06/2014 at 11:27
A new watch was nearly ??40 so i had a new strap and battery for the old one. it was still ??30 for the two so had to pretend i did not see the lovely plants for sale in the flower shop! That shows how inflation catches up with you. the old watch was only ??24 complete when i bought it four and a half years ago.


Posted: 30/06/2014 at 08:28
Looks like another few days of good gardening weather ahead and a fine day for Wednesday when i am showing FB friends round the Botanic Gardens in Bristol after they have visited my garden. I have to go shopping in the next village today as we do not have a jewellers in our shopping area and I need a new watch. No doubt i will see some plant or other I fancy there!


Posted: 28/06/2014 at 13:59
Thank you, Dovefromabove for letting me know how i could post. Pity I cannot show you my new Angelonia plant bought this morning - a purple one. The weather men would have been astonished at how quickly an 85 year old can run when startled. i was half way up my very long garden when the thunder and lightening simultaneously startled me. i had not heard thunder with my hearing aids in before! So a bit of retail therapy was needed at the flower shop!


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 20:25

Oh such a shame, frumpy1, about your plants.  Yes I have had to water some of my strawberry plants as they are on trial for Mr. Fothergill's trials.  But the rain we had today has revived quite a lot of drooping plants.  The hydrangeas like wet weather.


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 11:16

It is pouring now and looks like it is here to stay for a bit so a good time to get out my notebook and catch up with my spreadsheets for Mr. Fothergill's Nation of Gardeners trials.  I will have a look on the Blog results to remind me what needs filled in.  The Charlotte potatoes in open ground have not been harvested yet so cannot compare them with my planter crop yet.  But I do have yesterday's date for first ripe tomato!


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 10:22

Late flower seeds sown and just in time I think as it has suddenly gone cold and dark.  I will play safe and work in the conservatory.  Lots of the pelargoniums are showing the colour of their flowers now and need to go outside to be hardened off and repotted into a slightly bigger pot.  I should be able to start filling the big containers soon.


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 08:35

We had enough rain lastnight for me to safely sow the hapf hardy and hardy flower seeds from Mr. Fothergills to try for late summer, autumn and winter flowers so that is a job to be done before the rain promised for 11 o'clock arrives.  The garden is much fresher and I am breathing more freely as my cold has almost gone now.  It should be possible to get some more planting done in the Jubilee border now and fill the vacated pots with fresh compost and bedding plants,  The diascias are flowering so now know their colour.  My snackbite peppers are growing bigger now so will have to find out when I can start eating them.  The first Sungold ripe tomato was eaten while watching the tennis last night and tasted delicious.


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 20:11

It has rained at last, not much but it should save me some watering tomorrow and perhaps fill up some waterbutts.  The weathermen think we may have some more heavier rain in Bristol tomorrow.  That should plump up the potato crop and help the runner beans along.  


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 11:47

Lots of work waiting for you in your garden , flumpy 1 when you do get home no doubt.  Pity about the garden you wanted to see.  Thank you fan no 1, alias Verdun!  Rejoice with me this morning in my garden - tomatoes ripe from Mr. Fothergills ready plants which were planted outdoors on 14th April. lots of golden flowers and Mr. F.'s Purple Splash antirrhinum looking good among my white astrantia and a self seeded Sweet William (five plants of it) which is almost black in the meadow!  I was purring like a well fed pussycat, believe me as I picked another bowl of lovely strawberries.



Posted: 24/06/2014 at 08:46

Fruitcake - what rain?  It missed us!  Bizzie B, I do love my colours but the garden has lots of evergreen ferns and trees so there is always lots of green too.  Here is the onion crop.


Discussions started by happymarion

new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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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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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 09:47

picture difficulties

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