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Mr Fothergills Seeds

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 09:00

I am one of 20 participants up and down the country doing trials for Mr. Fothergills seeds. Germination problems do not seem to be with the seed   We have not trialled parsnips but have had excellent or good germination with tomatoes, peppers,cucamelons, coriander, basil, salad leaves,sweet peas, antirrhinums,broad beans,so far. We have also trialled strawberry plants and garlic cloves with good results and early seed potatoes.and bare root perennials and fruit bushes.are giving good accounts of themselves. 


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 12:44

Spent the whole morning filling up the eighth and last of my potager raised beds (built in 2012).  I used the spent compost from my many large pots of spring bulbs and well rotted horse manure.  It will have runner bean wigwams at the centre and I have already planted kidney beans round the edges.  The weather stayed fine and not too warm.  Clouding over now but that was forecast and I need a sit-down.


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 09:20

Another lovely morning but must get busy as the forecast for the afternoon is heavy rain .  The rosebuds are opening. more colour from the hardy geraniums and everything in the veg garden is very lush.  Weatherwise the garden has been very lucky.  Deadheading is the order of the day now and the Chelsea chop after the visitors on Wednesday.  Always looking ahead as I have visitors booked for June, July and August and Gardening for Bristol end of July, beginning of August.  My new border is looking promising with buds on the newly planted trollius, peonies, hydrangeas, ajuga, and some of the taller perennials .  All my little trees and shrubs are growing.  I am especially pleased with the Sorbus bristoliensis and my amelanchier.  


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 22:37

Yes I was and pleased it did not rain and I got a lot of things accomplished.  That is a pretty marigold.  I grew them from seed to go with verbena rigida I overwintered.  I relaxed with the TV tonight - The Duchess of Malfi on BBC$ was from the Globe Theatre was excellent entertainment for one who loves poetry.


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 15:15

The FB friend who sent me my yellow "Honka" dahlia in the above pictures has just told me this one is the parent of all the other Honka dahlias - there are now white and red ones and bicolours.  How exciting is that for my Golden Jubilee Year!


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 12:46

Some pics of the flowers ans veg. encouraged by yesterday's rain in my garden.  Lots of pink and blue hardy geraniums opening their buds fir my open day on wednesday and of course the roses are all budding well.



Posted: 25/05/2014 at 10:49

Awww flumpy1, I do hope the weather lets you get your dad's fence panels painted.  I dispaired of the weather yesterday but more cheerful now - back to happymarion despite the bearded irises and giant purple alliums blown flat by the wind and lashing rain yesterday!  The veg garden has loved it so I took some pictures of my trials.  The slugs have eaten my trial poppies before they could flower - grrrr.  Millions of snails crawling up the bungalow walls.  they must be making for the gutters.  are they telling me something?  Camera battery on charge but pics as soon as the light goes green.


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 08:29

That is more like it.  Bright but hazy sun and no puddle at the back door.  It should be a lovely day's gardening today.  The birds are singing loudly and a tiny cistus is flowering.  I will take out the camera later.

Talkback: The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 21:53
Not just in America, James. Many a berry has been nibbled by me in the Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden where there are two very fine specimens!


Posted: 24/05/2014 at 16:37

Oh my today has been a complete washout.  I did venture out in it and have had to change my soaked trousers twice.  Tomorrow is forecast to be completely different, warm and dry!  Looking forward to that and getting the front garden display done for Whitsun Bank Holiday - mostly red.  

Discussions started by happymarion

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: 19/06/2014 at 10:06

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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Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

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: 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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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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Talkback: House sparrows

In the eighties I used to stop counting at 20 when the sparrows descended on my garden. The wild patch og groud at the back of my garden wa... 
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Last Post: 03/04/2013 at 19:50
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