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Posted: 23/05/2014 at 09:19

Another very wet day ahead.  At least this should mean a very good crop of early potatoes and the plants I managed to put out in the borders are now well watered in. I have not noticed any damage to the flowers but lots of them are loathe to open unless the sun  is out.  I think it is another day for conservatory gardening.


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 10:36

I love the leaf of Oxalis tetraphylla and looking forward to its pink flowers.  Rhododendron "KlondykeAK" has fewer flowers this year.  Now three brown iris flowers and the blue ones are opening up too. The poached egg plant will not open up till the sun comes out.  Cold on the fingers with the camera this morning.












Posted: 22/05/2014 at 08:34

Looks like we had a lot of rain through the night.  Everything that could hold water has an inch or two in it so the waterbutts are replenished.  It feels cooler and the forecast is for more heavy rain today so most of my bulb cleaning will be done in the kitchen today.  I did have the foresight to bring trayloads in to the kitchen table last night before the rain started so they are quite dry.  Lots to do in the conservatory as well.  The umbrellas will be out in force at Chelsea no doubt. 


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 22:27

It was delicious, flumpy !.


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:44

When I went to the potager to get baby broad beans for supper tonight I picked myself a big bunch of Verbena bonariensis which is in flower early this year and smiled at the thought that no presenter has mentioned it this year.  I can remember years when it seemed every garden had it.  Ah well there is fashion in plants too.




Posted: 21/05/2014 at 13:21

If they are perfectly dry, the bulbs I mean, they are fine in a paper bag or a net one you can hang up.  Just keep them as they came when you bought them.  There are going to be lots of berries for the birds again this autumn looking at the amount of blossom on the cotoneaster, holly and pyracantha.  

Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 09:15
Growing tomatoes indoors and out is a trial the Nation of Gardeners Project is doing for Mr. Fothergill Seeds. Ferline F1 is included in the outdoor ones and I have positioned mine in the lee of the bungalow where the rainwater misses them as the blight is carried by the rain and I noticed a few years back that, although my tomatoes in the open ground got blight, those ones did not. Means more watering with metered water though. I have not done the calculation on using fungicide


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 09:05

Another lovely dry day forecast for Bristol before the deluge coming through the night so must get lots of jobs completed today.  There are a lot of bulbs outside which will have to come into the kitchen to dry off thoroughly before being bagged up to plant again in the autumn.  Anything I plant today will get a good watering as rain is forecast for the next four days.  


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 12:24

Very dull out but oh it does give beautiful pictures.  My Euonymus europaea is going to be so locely in the autumn as it is covered in tiny flowers.












Posted: 20/05/2014 at 11:37

Six more cucamelons in their big pots with their bamboo wigwam to scramble up.  i reckon they are growing several inches a day now.  Very satisfying.  I have promised all my friends if i get a good crop they can have handfuls of these little gherkins to scatter with the cherry tomatoes over their salads.  Tackling the shrubs and perennials again this afternoon as the rain has softened my clay a little.  My Bristol clay goes like concrete after the end of May usually so have to get all my planting in the garden done by then.  Raised beds and troughs are quite another matter as I have provided the compost for them.

Discussions started by happymarion

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