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Posted: 26/08/2014 at 11:31

It stopped raining for a minute or two si now have salad container in fridge full of runner beans, lots of tomatoes and peppers oicked but it started to rain again before I got to the plums.  I ate a handful of luscious blackberries which have loved the rain.


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 09:55

Still we have rain.  There is a duckpond in the kitchen patio which i will have to wade through when i stops to pick plums, beans, tomatoes and peppers. The contorted hazel in the slate scree has suddenly shot out loads of straight shoots as it likes a lot of rain so that will be one wet pruning job.  Forecast is for drier weather from eleven and a dry day tomorrow before the next batch of wet weather so it will be necessary to take advantage of the clear spells however wet the foliage is.


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 08:32

Lovely heuchera, Bizzie B.  Do you have to water your blue hydrangea with sequestrene to keep it blue or do you have a patch of acid soil ?  I have several corners in my garden which is mainly Bristol clay and quite alkaline. mostly under trees where I can successfully grow azaleas and rhododendrons as the soil is mildly acidic.


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 19:06

The pink flower is a Japanese anemone, flumpy1.  It is its season now - late summer and autumn with the Michaelmas daisies.  


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 10:22

Awww, TY Verdun.  Good to hear from you.  My kitchen is smelling great now the Bolognese sauce is on its way.  It took me half an hour preparing a huge bowl of tomatoes and can now report Sungold are better just eaten as they are fiddly to prepare; Black Opal are a doddle they are so soft skinned; Pink Charmer, Sakura  and Ferline are easy too but I could not bring myself to use the beautiful Orange Slice as they are ideal for slicing for sandwiches and their beauty would be lost in a sauce.


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 08:37

Heavy rain forecast for Bristol till 10 o'clock tonight!  A day for doing things with my piles of fruit and vegetables.  another big pot of soup for the freezer, more plums too and i have just taken some steak out to make a great batch of Bolognese sauce to use up tomatoes, onions and garlic.  Now to riffle through all my kitchen cupboards to find enough containers to house it all.  The kitchen will be lovely and warm with all the cooking.


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 22:12

It was a lovely program Bizzie B.  The best blackberries are usually out of reach.  Glad your tomatoes are doing well, Flumpy1.  I have almost finished weeding the new border so here is a pic of part of it.



Posted: 24/08/2014 at 12:34

I find the best gardening gloves are my old black leather "dressed up" gloves that get a new role when i receive a new pair for Xmas.  Sometimes I get a freebie with my shoes when i need a new pair as well.


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 09:59

Yes, I just caught the August newsletter in time to cancel my Open Day.  They can come next year and see the new Jubilee Border in all its glory.  With all the hundred or so pots my sons had carried out of the conservatory for me cluttering the pathways , even without the scaffolding which may be up by then I felt it wisest.  I am so glad you are enjoying my plants Bizzie B.   Next year will be all about economy in the garden as I will be recycling for Bristol's  Green Capital of Europe Year.  Gardening should not be something you can only enjoy if you are well-heeled although good boots do help.


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 08:16

We have a yellow alert for heavy rain for Bristol all day tomorrow so it seems prudent to try and finish the weeding in my Jubilee border today. when the forecast is dry till late afternoon.  I collected 33 broad bean seeds from my Mr. fothergills trials which were so successful in giving me a fine early crop of beans, so will collect the rest today before they get too wet.  I should have enough to make an October and February sowing as I did this year.  I am leaving the roots in to make use of the nitrogen from their nodules.  A very economical crop is the broad bean one.  The Autumn cropping one with the French name has flowers on too.  I do hope your migraine has subsided, Flumpy1.  Keep up the good work of feeding the bees.  I did enjoy being a judge.  I found a great deal to admire in all the hard work that had gone into the entries.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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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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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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an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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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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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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