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Plum Tree is giving two different fruit

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 17:25

The stock plant will grow much stronger than the grafted plum so will be huge in a few years but will also give you beautiful blossom in the spring.  I let my dual plum just grow and it now has purple, yellow and red plums on it , all delicious but it has grown into a forest sized multi-stemmed tree which is breathtakingly beautiful for many weeks in the spring.  Only if you have a very large garden like I have should you let it have its head.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 14:49

Whacked digging up potatoes but very pleased with the crop = huge potatoes from ordinary "white" potatoes that were sprouting in the supermarket plastic bags so got half price.  Picked up ten to twelve big potatoes from each one I planted.  I must say recycling, reducing and reusing for Bristol Green Capital of Europe year does save you money when I think i paid £20 plus postage for my collection of seed potatoes last year and had nothing like this harvest.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 10:56

Now for some pics from my garden where the neighbour on the other side is making great strides with his new wall between us.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 10:50

Busy as usual then , Lizzie but so exciting to have the family nearer you.  I took my camera next door to get cheery pictures on a dull Monday.  Bristol is certainly in Bloom this August.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 08:56

At last I can post pictures from the weekend when I visited the Mall in Clifton for their "Music in the Park" afternoon and got my new pig to mark the spot where there was a pigsty and which is so  fertile it seems the pigs are still manuring it.  My companion is dear Cathy, partner of son no4, who chauffered me there then over to visit my sick friend who showed her his lovely house and garden despite feeling a bit grotty after his op.  He recovered somewhat yesterday.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 08:44
It is so good to know you can grow your own lettuce right through the year as we do here as long as you have some glass or a polytunnel.Pat. Cooler today in Bristol and cloudier but 20 degrees is fine to garden in. the farmers are starting to harvest rape for rape seed oil so we nee dry weather for a good harvest. I shall harvest some of my potatoes today and weed the ground and sow some annuals for autumn flowers.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 22:05
We will find out tomorrow what she died of - 72 is no age for women nowadays. I think the average is 82 or so. She gave a great deal of enjoyment to millions of people.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 09:58
Going to be 24 degrees in Bristol today and sunny. Better do the gardening in little packets I think. I am enjoying my "Flower Hunters" book so my rattan armchair and it will be carried out to its spot under the garden umbrella. I see the posting clitch is still here so no pictures possible.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 19:07
Back home from two lovely visits. The music in the Mall garden was provided by a very good drummer, guitarist and singer from Senegal. I got a wooden pig for the garden and a little china jug for my Welsh dresser in exchange for the toddlers wellies and toys I took from the loft (and of course some space. My friend looked very well after his operation and his garden back and front was just beautiful.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 11:17
The music is from Senegal Flumpy so quite new to me - very interesting to see what instruments are used. Just before my eightieth birthday I found I could no longer do simple things with my left hand fingers like tying my shoelaces, cutting my right fingernails etc because the small finger and the one next to it could open but not close - i had to use my other hand to close them. The receptionist at the doctor's sent me to A&E wher the nurse showed me which nerve was not responding and sent me to another hospital which does plastic surgery. Within six weeks i was in day surgery having plastic surgery on my elbow. When i woke up the surgeon told me with a very satisfied smile that she had found the aberrant muscle and moved it to where it should be and they thought i must have been born with it but it only caused bother when I got elderly for some reason they could not fathom. anyway it was a great success, Nearly 87 now and no trouble there and the day after my op I was in the cinema in the afternoon with my sons seeing the latest film I wanted to see., sporting my hospital sling to keep my elbow from being jostled. I felt a bit like Indiana Jones whom I had gone to see - and he married his Marion in that film!

Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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Last Post: 24/08/2015 at 22:08

new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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Last Post: 09/07/2015 at 16:01

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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Last Post: Yesterday at 14:59

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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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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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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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: 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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