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Posted: 20/07/2014 at 09:05

Aah the weather looks much better today, although everything in the garden is very wet.  the sun is shining brightly and it is warm already.   should get the weeds out of my new jubilee border and some more shrubs out of their pots and into the ground.  The lettuce, in strips and a seed pkt should get sown today too.  First thing to do is harvest loads of broad beans and distribute them for Sunday dinner in the lane.  uite a few of the plants have blackfly now so I want to get them cut down and composted.


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 17:35

I am beginning to think I should have had a career n PR instead of chemistry!  still i do get a thrill when i see all the gallons of emulsion paint now being used!  I watched the Golf instead of gardening and shall probably do the same tomorrow as the forecast is for more rain.  Linda I did not know there was a Marion carrot, but knew and have grown the swede called Marion which is a good one.  i hope the carrots are too.


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 10:29

Bizzie B, in the fourth picture down there are many lime green leaved plants - the new growth of a large white heather, filpenduls aruea in a pot, a Japanese grass Hake something, heuhera "Key lime Pie" and the whole bed is topped by next door's lime tree which has lime coloured leaves so red aplenty was called for.


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 09:23

Oh TY Bizzie B.  Last night 's weather had me worried  - lots of heavy rain with the thunder and lightning and more of the same forecast for today.  it is thundering as I type but my morning inspection found everything shipshape and Bristol fashion eXcept of course the gazanias had their flowers tightly shut to protect their pollen from the rain.  It is the Harbour Festival in the Bristol docks this weekend with 350 visiting boats so this is not ideal weather for it.  Lots of the bargages are decorated with flowers.  More wet weather forecast for tomorrow too.  It will certainly make my sweetcorn grow!


Posted: 18/07/2014 at 14:19

What the passers by see in corners of my front garden today.



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.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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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 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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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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