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The Instant Gardener

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 16:44

Oh dear, they didn't have small children I hope.  I decided the program was too depressing for me to watch any more.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 15:03

Been to the dentist and bought myself a cuphea and pink platycodon as a reward.


 My first Sunlem tomato for Mr. Fothergills trials is ready to


test for taste at suppertime.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 12:03

My forsythia twigs this year took two weeks to open up but they usually only take ten days.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 12:01

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 09:35

If I thought there was a chance that this series would encourage anyone to take up gardening I would watch again but I don't so I can be better employed elsewhere when it is on.  The Autistic Gardener on Channel 4 tonight is much more worthy as it does show the health benefits gardening can bring.  We need a program to emphasise how a beautiful and productive garden can enhance the country and indeed the world.  Biodiversity practised in our gardens can counteract the evils of monoculture brought about by the need to feed billions of people who can no longer all be hunter-gatherers.  The more people who grow food and flowers the better for the insect and human population and the happier the population will be.  Happy people are usually healthier people too.  I must say the team and volunteers on the Instant Gardener do not seem very happy in their work so it does not even have that going for it like "Love your Garden " has.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 09:07

So sorry, flumpy.  Do take care of you.  Pat, those forsythia twigs should sprout some roots and give you some new bushes.  It has been raining overnight in Bristol and we may have some more today.  I have  a dentist's appointment in the afternoon so will take the oportunity to go to the florists for some fresh seed compost and perhaps treat myself to one of her plants.  Watch this space.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 12:27

Sorry about the last one - it does that when it thinks you have put on too many pics.  Last one.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 12:04

Just had to take my camera up the garden where the tall perennials like the eupatorium and veronicastrum have joined the phlox and lythrum salicifolium and the platycodon to make such a colourful show.  And the day lilies are all knock out gorgeous.


















My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 10:15

A personable young man from the Alan Titchmarsh team has just taken off a pot of my sweet peas for the last episode of "Love Your Garden"in the present series.  I answered one of the production team's plea for help to find some on FB.  Here they are waiting for him by the garage and i shall be eagerly watching for them on the program!  Also a pic of an evening primrose just flowered in the driveway and the first flower on a lovely day lily one of my fb friends sent me.





My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 08:34

Your rabbit Alfie looks lovely, EddieR.  Do ask your husband if he would like to bring you down to Brentry for a visit and I will message you my address.  I have family in Gloucester Rd, Quarrington Rd and Nottingham Rd so know Horfield well.

Discussions started by happymarion

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

About my efforts to entice pollinators with scent to my Garden in Bristol. 
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Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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new series

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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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Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

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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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