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Blooming calendar

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 20:27

The dates are on them all.  If you want a whole year just look in my last year's posts called 2014 which was the year I was celebrating 50 years of gardening in my present garden so, if you want flowers for September this year have a look to see what was flowering in my garden last September or the gardens I visited in 2014 and sow or order the plants now.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 16:58

My friend sent me pics of his salsify now seeding.  I have never seen these huge dandelion like seedheads before.  I also like the colour of his "Lady of Shalott" rose.


Blooming calendar

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 16:53

Wonky Womble - in case you are not aware I post on the forum all the year round as I have a wildlife friendly garden which has to have food for the bees and butterflies every month of the year so if you go to my thread called "My Bristol Garden in 2015" on the Forum you will see the flowers i have in bloom every month.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:49


Some pics from up my garden today.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 08:55

Not quite so sunny today but warm already.  Green wheeliebin which I stuffed full yesterday will be emptied soon .  I will wear two pairs of gloves when nettling today as it took hours for the tingling to fade yesterday - surgeons gloves under my leather ones.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 17:03

I have worked myself to a standstill and feel like every part of my body has been stung by nettles but lots of butterflies and bumblebees and of course birds kept me company.  Three unusual white flowers out - Blackberry "Reuben " which has ftuits as big as a small plum, peony lactiflora "Laura Dessert" which perfumes a large corner of the garden even in bud, and a lovely alpine rock rose with pink tinged edges to its petals.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 11:29

I've made a start on the nettles as they are way above my head now.  Made piles of some for the remaining caterpillers to get some food , stuffed some in bottom of a waterbutt to make nitrogen rich fertoliser and filled the green wheeliebin, but even with tough gloves on I am stung all over , even on my cheeks so have come inf or coffee and aloe vera treatment.  If that does not work quickly enough i have some coconut oil.  Oh I do suffer for my art somtimes!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 08:36

Definitely a sunhat day in the garden today and perhaps weeding in the woodland walk and fernery would be the most sensible option as UV is at its maximum and we are predicted temperature of 19 perhaps 20 degrees.  I think the vent in the conservatory will have to be opened now for the summer. Just a glance out into the garden I can see lots more geraniums have opened their buds through the night.I can predict my birdbaths will be put to good use today.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 11:43

All thanks to my wildlife friends, Runnybeak.  No pesticides or artificial fertilisers used and a policy of growing food for the insects all the year round.  My garden then feeds me, and some of my family and friends.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 11:34

Relieved to see my fruit is fine after the storm.  I am amazed at how many plants look as if nothing untoward has happened at all.


Discussions started by happymarion

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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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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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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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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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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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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