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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 16:58

It drizzled all day but still not a lot of rainwater in my containers to show for it.  Felt rather cold too so I decided against the pruning job and watched "Suspicion" and "Rebecca" again.  Something so comforting about an old film. It looks like drier weather is on the way so should get some gardening done tomorrow. 

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 08:41

You too, BizzieB.  The garden is damp ;it is cloudy but warm; very little rain has collected in my containers but it is still drizzling so I have hopes for more.  Time to go to the shops for milk and eggs I think today.  I may put on my old raincoat and wellies and do some pruning.  The Japanese flowering quince is starting to show its red blossom again and is covered in fruit so needs a lot of attention but that is such a prickly job.  The winter flowering heathers need clipping back as well.  I do enjoy pruning though as I usually can envisage the results having done it for so many years.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 20:07

I had a bowlful with cold custard, Linda - delicious.  I love the white peony too.  We are still waiting for the rain in Bristol so looks like it will hit us through the night.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 16:36

I just managed to get my strawberries for supper in before the rain came.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 16:02

Yes, lovely hips.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 14:54

Some pics from my friend's tiny garden in inner Bristol before the rains come.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 10:50

That geranium has been in my garden ever since I came 51 years ago so is in the Marion Roll of Honour,  It is called "Johnsons Blue" and I believe is a variety of Geranium himalayiense.  Storm is threatening as it has gone noticeably colder.  My black currants I am trialling for Mr. Fothergill are ripening very early.  Lots of red strawberries this morning.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 09:49

Before the storm -


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 08:45

The sky is darkening and the wind is picking up so I expect the rain is on its way as predicted.  Warm though.  The tomatoes in the conservatory need attention.  Some butterflies have taken up residence in there.  I will have a run, well a jog up the garden to see all is secure before the storm.

Favourite gardening activity

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 11:08

Taking my camera out to photograph the fruits of my labour in the past 51 years

Discussions started by happymarion

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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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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