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Posted: 25/10/2014 at 09:11

Another good weekend for gardening in Bristol is promised.  I shall continue with my weeding and plant another of my freebie lavender bushes.  The last two are too big for any of my pots so will have to go in one of the borders.  I will be able to move the ones around in the pots in the potager to attract bees to crops that need them.  I still have pricking out of perennials to do as well but need to get pansies planted outside to make room so will start hardening the pansies up by bringing them out for today and bringing back inside tonight.  They have such interesting little faces I do hope they trail and flower profusely.


Posted: 24/10/2014 at 21:10

I have put the date on the calendar, Beaus Mum.  Looking forward to it.  I planted some more of the banana shallots i so love to use in my cooking today and did a load of weeding as it was so easy to pull them out.  I had heard that many people were having difficulties with Windows 8 but my son in law assured me I would be fine and I was and now the refrain that comes most often from my lips while I am using it is "Oh, that's clever"!  But Windows 9 is coming out in a few months!!!


Posted: 24/10/2014 at 16:21

MY tibouchina has twelve fat buds on it and the first one has opened.



Posted: 24/10/2014 at 15:53

I did get some planting and weeding done but only about an hour and a half's work and the heavens opened.  But I have a tibouchina opening its beautiful purple flowers in the conservatory so will now snap it and have fun editing it.  Watch this space.


Posted: 24/10/2014 at 14:04

Drizzle or not it is very mild and I have lots of planting to do so it is gardening raincoat and boots time, having done my housework and shopping.  Next week the afternoon will be so short!  Dry evenings I may have a bonfire as there is a lot of dry prunings especially brambles.


Posted: 24/10/2014 at 09:09

Very dull and drizzly at the moment in Bristol so may do some housework and shopping before the gardening today.  Gardening usually comes fi  rst in my list of priorities.  I may have some more fun doing strange things with my pictures too.  The novelty has not worn off yet.  Picking a sweetcorn cob to eat every day now.  Every seed in the packet I bought has yielded one or two very sweet cobs.  Tried one of my cape gooseberries yesterday but it was rather sour or perhaps my very sweet grapes  are spoiling my palate!


Posted: 23/10/2014 at 22:24

This pic of my begonias has been focal zoomed!  Still having fun learning.



Posted: 23/10/2014 at 14:20

My haul of fallen apples this morning in Museum Matte surround and a geranium done on Boost.  i am having fun.



Posted: 23/10/2014 at 12:38

Time to think about grape harvest.  The pink seedless are unbelievably sweet this year.  The campanula at the feet of the vines are flowering again.

 Having fun with Windows 8


Posted: 23/10/2014 at 11:22

Another good gardening day.  Will plant some more banana shallots and red onions as I know I use so many in my cooking.  I have brought nto the conservatory another six pelargoniums still in flower.  It is getting a bit crowded in there.  I may take the begonias into the garage later to make more room as there are still a lot of plants need bringing indoors.  The garage is brickbuilt and tiled so usually frost free.  As my plan is not to buy any new plants next year to keep in the spirit of Bristol being the Green Capital of Europe I must save all my tender plants.

Discussions started by happymarion

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

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Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

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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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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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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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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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