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Posted: 18/07/2014 at 08:17

Brought in 20 ripe tomatoes from the drive where eight of the pots had toppled over in the storm last night as had a huge pot of sweet peas but no damage done as all securely tied to their bamboo stakes.  The worst thing was my basket chair which I had forgotten to bring in so now have soaked cushions to dry out.  But forecast is dry and warm for today so it should dry out.


Posted: 17/07/2014 at 19:27

My July parcel from Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners Trials arrived this morning - 10 ready plants of autumn fruiting broad beans which i have already planted out, seed strips with weed free zone down the side! and a pkt of ordinary lettuce seeds for comparison. and another potato planter and five tubers to plant for Xmas.  I will sow the seeds after we have had some rain and need to buy more compost for the potatoes.  This rose called "Oranges and Lemons" always delights me.



Posted: 17/07/2014 at 08:44

My gazanias are opening now too, flumpyi.  They are lovely till the sun goes in when they close up.  Begonias too are flowering their socks off and the pelargoniums.  The forecast is for 27 in Bristol this afternoon so i shall retreat indoors then.  It will be too hot to work outside.  I had four family visitors for supper yesterday so tried out the Black Opal tomatoes on them.  They said they just tasted like a normal fresh tomato so i told them the darker the vegetable the better it was for you, lik darlk kale and beet  


Posted: 16/07/2014 at 11:40

Some pics from the back garden before the promised heatwave and thunderstorms do any damage.

 Each year I forget and am then bowled over by the scent from my William Shakespeare rose.



Posted: 16/07/2014 at 08:37

The bristol in bloom judging has not been yet.  Usually end of month or beginning of August.  They do not tell you when but put a card through the door when they have been.  I am still planting it up and deadheading and weeding like mad.  Very warm and dry here again and thunderstorms expected at the weekend so only the toughest regime will see the gardens unscathed.  I do not do hanging baskets or anything that could be dangerous at my age so hoping everything will be all right.


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 11:35

These tiers of begonia odorara are perfuming the front garden.



Posted: 15/07/2014 at 10:31

Pics galore no doubt when the sun goes behind the clouds .  Dull days are best for pics but today is brilliant sunshine.


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 09:11

The garden seems to have had a few showers through the night so perhaps i can get away without watering today.  The rudbeckia is opening up and the first gazania in the front garden and all the pelargoniums.  There is going to be masses of sweet peas and the Sir Henry Cecil for the Mr. Fothergill's trial is a large flowered pretty speckled pink one.  


Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:55

I have eaten my first cucamelon which i picked today with some "Black Opal" and "Sungold" tomatoes to make a salad for lunch.  Like sweet peas the more you pick the more you get so i shall keep picking now as I really enjoyed it.  The sweetpeas are Old S

 This huge dahlia was sent me for my golden jubilee garden by a fb friend who wins loads of prizes at shows.  It is a huge golden beauty.

pice Mixed in the Mr. Fothergill trial and are so very perfumed i shall want them in the kitchen all summer long.


Posted: 14/07/2014 at 08:57

That first picture is so inviting, BizzieB and the second so romantic.  I have to do lots of deadheading and watering in my front garden today.  I still have lots of bedding plants to put out too.  I do enjoy getting the garden ready for Bristolin Bloom and the party after at the awards ceremony, flumpy1.  Fruitcake I am seldom in Westbury now.  I used to spend Saturday mornings at the Methodist church by the car park looking after the Alpine part of the church garden which i introduced as the Alpine Garden Society of which i was secy for nine years meet there but the church ladies look after it beautifully now.  How about the "guerilla" gardening in the car park there?  Is it not splendid?  The roundabout at the Old Crow looks good in all seasons and the one at the White Tree on the Downs.  I think Bristol richly deserved to be crowned Green Capital of Europe for 2015 and just wait till you see what they are able to do with the opportunities it gives.  We already have meadow planting in the very centre and a garden on a barge in the docks.

Discussions started by happymarion

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