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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 15:16

Spent £16.96 on three shrubs - Weigela "Victoria"- and nine perennials, three each of Echinops retro, Helianthus "Lemon Queen" and Salvia nemerosa "Amethyst".  Now to find big pots for them  Thank you for your kind thoughts, Runnybeak.  I am very mindful of my age .and capabilities and try not to let my enthusiasm overrule my common sense. 

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 14:51

I dug up and cleaned for the second time a patch of my new perfume garden and planted three agastache  two of which have a blue flower stem showing.  Poor things still think it is summer.  I had a £37 rebate on my water bill this morning so now planning on buying some new plants.  I will see what bargains the Secret Gardening society is offering this week.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 08:30

Gloomy in Bristol today but still dry and calm so a good day for gardening again and the green wheeliebin will be empty once more but not for long.  There looks like enough leaves on the drive for me to start filling up a black plastic bin liner with them for leaf compost next year too.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 22:06

Oh I remember lighting the smoke candle in my 40ft greenhouse I  used to have!  The children thought it all some kind of magic!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 14:57

Up my garden this afternoon in the brilliant sunshine.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 09:31

Yes Lyn.  I will warm up well before starting and wear my full length old raincoat to make sure I stay warm.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 08:43

Another beautiful day has dawned in Bristol and after my afternoon off yesterday I am raring to go.  I should be able to get some planting done in my perfume garden now I have cleared some more of the ground.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 16:48

Home again and everything I took found a new home.  The leader introduced me as their "ray of sunshine" and was thrilled to have more members attending  than she had had for a long time.  They all said how much they enjoyed my talk.  My new plants from the Secret Gardening Club arrived just before I left so now have to pot the Japanese anemones up before it gets dark.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 12:56

Nearly ready.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 11:50

Good job I have a lift to my talk this afternoon as my kitchen table is covered with recycling - it is a Bristol Club after all.  There are Bramleys and Conference pears. Worcester Pearmains and Charles Ross eaters which have never been so sweet and juicy, winter flowering violas in yellow white blue and purple - I am keeping all the brown ones. A huge bunch of autumn flowers for the ladies to share out and a chlorophytum plant as I am going to talk about getting a clean atmosphere free from plastic chemicals indoors using plants.  A big bag of my recycled plastic bags for taking booty home.  It will cover the speaker's table but i do have a nice picture of Monty Don with the Botanic Garden Shaun the Sheep to show them and a four part speech ready.  Must remember to check my watch so as not to overrun my time as I get so enthusiastic once started - a bit like on here really.

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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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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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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