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Posted: 10/02/2012 at 10:17

David, winter was very slow to arrive in the UK this year after a very warm October so lots of bulbs have put on early growth, only to be hit by a colder, snowy February.  The only bulbs behaving normally seem to be the snowdrops.  Snowdrop gardens that opened on the 5th of Feb. had grear displays and ones opening up til lthe end of the month are looking good.  But many bulbs like tulips are showing a lot more leaf than usual and some daffodils are flowering.


Posted: 10/02/2012 at 09:05

I agree, homebird, moth orchids are lovely.


Posted: 09/02/2012 at 20:54

True, but i had a cold today and had to miss my day at the Botanic Garden.  I'll share some more of their collection with you.


Posted: 09/02/2012 at 19:03

Will try tomorrow as snow is forecast for Bristol tonight so I may be housebound..  So glad you are enjoying my plants, Cassie.


Posted: 09/02/2012 at 12:22

Just what a cold February needs to cheer the soul.  These daffodil bulbs were "cheapies" from the pound shop - reduced from a pound to fifty pence a bag.  The cheapest things can surprise you.


Posted: 09/02/2012 at 12:10

Hi, Kate.  My normal date for seeing frogspawn in Bristol is Feb. 6th but not this year.  Will let you know.

Talkback: The benefit of freezing weather in the garden

Posted: 08/02/2012 at 21:51
My broad beans did last winter, woody3, but I don't know about your purple sprouting broccoli.

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 08/02/2012 at 11:51

It is time there was somewhere on the site to remind us to watch TV programs that gardeners would find interesting.  Lots of people missed "How to grow a planet" on BBC2 last night and Sarah Raven is on tonight.

my 1st allotment!

Posted: 07/02/2012 at 16:04

Ask your allotment neighbours about what the soil is like - alkaline or acidic or neautral, clay or sandy or stony. any bad perennial weeds like mare's tail .  Then you can work out a strategy to get your soil ready for planting.  Find out about allotment deals on manure and seeds for your site.  Establish where to get water.  

Talkback: Gardening jobs for snowy weather

Posted: 06/02/2012 at 17:08
We only had a light fall of snow in Bristol, Adam but I was out there with my biscuit crumbs for the robins and my camera. Now all our snow has gone but my desktop has been changed from a summer shot of Barrington Court to the snow scene of my garden with two wood pigeons pinching the biscuit crumbs. I had to go into my potting shed for my saw as the snowfall had been too much for a 14foot yucca and snapped the trunk. Snow does beautify everything despite the damage it can do. All my large yuccas were fine in the last two severe winters but they had put on a lot of lush new leaves in the warm October weather this year. No two years are ever the same for us gardeners. I've never heard a gardener say he or she was bored!

Discussions started by happymarion

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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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: 16/06/2013 at 17:10

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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Last Post: 29/04/2013 at 22:05

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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Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:49

Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Last Post: 31/05/2013 at 23:16

Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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Last Post: 02/04/2013 at 13:33
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