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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 12:13

The garden may be very wet but the scent from Wm. Shakespeare  rose is heavenly.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 11:30

Phone rang while I was doing the tomatoes - a booking to give a talk on Oct. 14th.  While I was putting it on the calender I realised I have a busy social week this week.  Theatre tomorrow night to see "Glory Dazed" and Monty Don at the Botanic Garden next Sunday.  Looking forward to both.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 10:15

It was just drizzle for an hour or so in Bristol but now is more steady rain.  I took a few pics - the first of my friend's Cosmos Sonata he brought me plants of to flower is a very cheerful colour and some of my tomatoes needing sunshine now.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 08:41

Hello GWRS.  Good to know you are still around.  Cloudy again in Bristol and we had some rain through the night.  There is about a cm. worth in the containers I put out.  Every little helps.  I will water and feed the tomatoes in the conservatory this morning.  Five kinds all giving good crops, including the Red Bodyguard one for Mr. Fothergills trials.  I like the name showing how beneficial for health red vegetables can be .Perhaps beetroot and chard should be similarly named.  And collections could be marketed as Keep-Fit collections!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 21:27

Simba is just like one of the cats from next door called Wally who does the same and is all black.  Your parents' garden is lovely and I bet the wildlife loves the pond.  Do they grow their own food?  If so you may have to harvest some while they are away.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 17:52

Our rain has petered out flumpy but did the garden good while it lasted and may get some more tonight.  My new potatoes were delicious at lunchtime and looks like a good main crop as well so we must have had enough rain at least for a good potato crop as I have not watered any of them.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 11:30

Pat lives near a ski resort, flumpy, so I imagine there were lots of winter sports in the past but not so many now she is 75!  We have steady rain in Bristol now so i have a duck pond forming outside the kitchen  - something I have not had for some time.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 09:08

Ha, Epacris longiflora is also known as fuchsia heath and the cigarette flower and has been in cultivation since 1803!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 09:02

i grow ipheion uniflorum in the garden and the clumps are getting bigger each year.  I must look up that epacris flower which looks very pretty.  Your big skies remind me of Canada but not the colour of your terrain.  Eucalyptus is a much bluer green than fir trees and kangaroos much lighter in colour than moose!  Neither have the freshness of the English countryside but then neither do they have the density of population so do not suffer as much pollution.  It is low today so will be comfortable for  me to get on with more pruning.  My neighbour's gardener has just trimmed their side of the long lonicera hedge which borders my drive on their side of the small wall, for the first time in many years so I am grateful for that though he did use a noisy electric trimmer and I will do my side by hand.  He scalps the grass much too short for the wild flowers too which makes me grateful I cannot afford a gardener even if I was willing to delegate some of the joy I get from gardening to someone else.  A splendid big peacock butterfly came into the conservatory last evening and has spent the night there.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 21:07

Forecast is for rain tonight and tomorrow morning for Bristol but brighter in the afternoon so should get some gardening done.

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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