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Posted: 30/09/2014 at 08:59

Another brilliantly sunny morning in Bristol and warm once more.  Cooler conditions forecast for Saturday so will start getting more tender plants in to the conservatory or at least pushed into more sheltered parts of the garden if they are too heavy for me to lift.  Waterbutts are very depleted so I have not been watering pelargoniums and begonias which means the pots are a bit lighter.  The front porch of the bungalow is pretty well sheltered from the cold and gets some heat from the house.  Mr. Fothergills are putting the first results of the Nation of Gardeners trials out on the ether now and , as I thought when we started they are promising to be very useful.


Posted: 29/09/2014 at 20:16

I am hoping to make 2015 the year I help Bristol io be environmentally friendly as it becomes the Green capital of Europe.  My garden will be full of wildlife friendly plants, recycled containers, energy saving devices,  plants that have been got from cuttings or swops,fruit and veg. to save on food miles and lots more devices to save on postage and fuel that could have been used by buying on line or going to a garden centre.  Different from 2014 which was all about celebration.  I hope to visit the Bot. Garden this week with the remains of my cake for the staff and volunteers whom i worked with as a volunteer gardener for six years.  The autumn colours should give me some good pictures.


Posted: 29/09/2014 at 13:57

We Ate a Work of Art.


The grass was made of coconut;

The paths of marzipan;

The flowers and veg. of sugar;

Made by creative Ann.


The pond of sparkling jelly;

The beehive with its bees;

Blue butterflies in the borders;

All put us at our ease.


Till I had to wield the knife,

To cut my garden cake,

Too lovely to eat was the cry,

Even for donations sake.


That cry subsided when we smelt

The cherry brandy fumes'

And then we saw the cherries ,

Lush as the decorating blooms.


They queued for slices and decorations;

They ooh-ed and aah-ed somewhat;

The coffers swelled for our new projector;

Which eased my pain a lot.


It has gone, my Golden Cake;

Fond memories remain;

Of the facebook friends who gave it

And the gardening friends who ate it.



Posted: 29/09/2014 at 09:44

Another week of good gardening weather promised.  Hooray!  Here are some selfsown "Jewel of Africa" from my friend's tiny garden to brighten up Monday morning.



Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:14

I have been on safari with my camera in the front garden where the summer and autumn flowers are blooming together with a sprinkling of spring primulas as well. I have never seen such big rosettes on my black aoniums.  they have loved their summer hols out there.



Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:53

Reinvigorated by my day off the hundred tomato plants are now stripped of their last fruits, spent plants composted, spent compost used  as mulch on my new plantings in my Jubilee border, canes and pots cleaned and stored away and drive swept!  need a quick wash now and a light lunch before getting some weeding done in the sunshine before visitors arrive.  It is like the middle of summer in Bristol - very warm in the bright sunshine.  So glad the bees are enjoying the nectar from your flowers, flumpy1.  So essential to get lots done in the autumn in the garden to make it manageable in the spring.  I have loads of butterflies flitting around today.


Posted: 28/09/2014 at 08:39

Another good day weatherwise for gardening.  Pics from the AGS Conference yesterday.  You do feel so


invigorated after a day off.  At least I do not need to climb volcanoes to see my lovely flowers!


Posted: 27/09/2014 at 17:24

Oh what a wonderful day I have had at the Bristol Group of the Alpine Garden Soc. 's Annual conference.  Four splendid lectures, two of them to the Andes, lovely lunch, and I put the knife into my glorious Golden jubilee cake and the aroma of Cherry Brandy filled the foyer.  it tasted superb and made £31 for new projector fund.  It was stuffed with fruit, lots of cherries!  It was much photographed and praised for its artistry and taste.  i have lots of pics which I will post later or tomorrow.


Posted: 27/09/2014 at 08:17

Probably till this time next year!  Looking forward to a great show.


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.


Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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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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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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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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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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