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Do you recognise this flowering bush please?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 13:52

I think it is Inula hookeri which I have in my garden.  It is a perennial much loved by bumblebees and butterflies.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:08

Well the rain did arrive as predicted but I did manage to pick in the ripe plums and a bowl of rose petals for pot pourri before it did.  It is not heavy as yet so do noy expect much in the waterbutts if it stays this way.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 08:28

Lovely bright sunny morning with not a cloud in the blue sky but the forecast isa for rain after eleven so must get up the garden quickly and leave the household chores for later.  My neighbours went home happy with their booty especially as I added a punnet of tomatoes each from the conservatory.  They did not look scratched or injured in any way so must have sensibly taken their time to be careful in an unknown wilderness!  No doubt they will now be busily preparing it all for their freezers.  One lady I gave a basket of Bramleys to last year told me triumphantly in May this year she was about to use the last boxful from her freezer for apple crumble.  It is lovely to know they are being eaten and enjoyed for months after being picked.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 15:09

Two of my neighbours are up my garden picking blackberries, bramley apples and plums for their freezers so I have left them to it and taken pics.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 12:05

I have a blackthorn bush which I prune rigorously to keep in its place and get good growth as it is there to attract brimstone butterflies which it does.  i get two broods a year.  The thorns are vicious so beware.  If you are putting it in a hedge it will keep out intruders.  Sloes grow wild round here - in fact mine was a present from the birds!  Your canna will give you great pleasure.GWRS.  it needs shelter in the winter but Tenby does have mild winters usually.  Lovely part of the world.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 10:09

 Yes Gazanias are amazing but some people do not like the way they close up when the sun goes in.  They are such a brilliant flower and so long flowering that I think they are worth it.  None of my fuchsias came with names (like a lot of my roses) as they were bargain parcels.  But that is a beauty.  Lots more buds to open yet.  Lovely to hear from you Lyn.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 09:20

Yes, busy clearing the site - picking the ripe blackberries for freezing and then cutting down the plants and digging out the roots.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 08:38

The new site is surrounded by snowdops which is a good beginning, Pat as they are very fragrant.  I am growing wallflowers and sweet william from seed and plan on buying some very fragrant pinks.  I have a white flowered and a pink flowered deutzia I can move in the autumn to bolster the myrtle tree and new Maid Marion rose.  Narcissus poeticus will go in in numbers (as many as I can afford.)  There is already a picnic table and bench there (courtesy of my neighbour who never lets anything go into a skip from the demolition site he is working on if he can bring it home for me)  The Bramley apple tree and Victorian Pear tree are nearby and both have very fragrant blossom.  I have large pots of lavender also courtesy of the same neighbour.  The herb too will be raided for cuttings to make new plants and I have two very fragrant honeysuckles I plan to grow up wigwams.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 14:30

No.  Beautiful dry weather now but the plants loved that one rainy day we had.  No more rain forecast till Thursday so I'm busy clearing a wide border for my perfumed garden (new).  Feels pretty warm in the sunshine but I dare not take off my long sleeved sweatshirt as I am dealing with a lot of ferocious brambles.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 14:14

Awww,my neighbour finished his new wall between us at the weekend.  It is quite beautiful.  I have had gazanias flowering outside since Jan.!st and still they come.  And one of my miniature gardens featuring a sempervivum.


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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Summer has arrived

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