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Posted: 16/08/2014 at 11:29

Both my grand-daughters who sat their A levels this year have done well and are off to uni. next month, one to London and one to my Alma Mater, St. Andrews.  One grandson starting his final year in the Uni. of Wales too.  The two youngest are only 12 and 10 so some time before their adulthood.  It does remind you of your own life as their milestones arrive.  I have frozen another batch of plums this morning and must make more soup as I have lots of runner beans and tomatoes as well as potatoes and onions needed used as not good enough to store.  Glad the wedding went well.  Not drinking much is an asset when it comes to appreciating the occasional glass of champagne I find.


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 08:44

No sore head I hope, flumpy1.  We have had a fairly dry night though the garden furniture is still very damp.  but the sun is shining now.  My birthday rose is opening its lovely golden buds up and the smell is wonderful.  I should be able to get a lovely picture soon.  Some of my tiny cucamelons are beginning to get plumper and, as I watered them well last night I am beginning to think that perhaps my mistake was not enough water.  A steep learning curve when you try something new.


Posted: 15/08/2014 at 14:15

Aww one of Mr. Fothergill's "Nation of Gardeners" participants gave birth to a lovely little boy in the wee hours last night.  His picture is just delightful.  This project has certainly served up some wonderful moments but this beats the biscuit.  She was posting results from her very steep cliff side garden right up to a few days ago.  Gardening and motherhood are natural partners.


Posted: 15/08/2014 at 08:42

I bet there will be lots of lovely flowers at the wedding, flumpy1.  Enjoy.  Dry at the moment in Bristol and may be all day.  I do get so wet working in the garden at the moment having so many huge trees which drip on me.  I froze more plums yesterday but there are loads more needing picked.  And this weather has been good for slugs so I should get my potato harvest in else the tubers will fall victim to them.  No doubt there will runner beans to pick and weigh for Mr. Fothergill today too.  My new book on Heritage Fruit and Veg. is enthralling.


Posted: 14/08/2014 at 10:05

My youngest son arrived with carnatios and wine for my birthday.  The carnations smell wondeful and the wines are my favourites.



Posted: 14/08/2014 at 08:38

Picton Gads are famous for their Michaelmas daisies as are Waterperry gdns.  Flumpy has grown annual asters, Bizzie B which give a lovely show in the summer.


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 16:23

I have just made my onions, tomatoes, potatoes , peppers , beans and garlic plus lots of herbs from the garden into my biggest saucepan full of vegetable soup.  It tastes delicious and will taste even better in the winter fom the freezer as i find freezing intensifies the flavours.  Now to tackle the big bowl of plums I picked for myself.  It has been showery and dull today and i have not had a big cooking and freezing session for ages so have thoroughly enjoyed it.


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:09

I picked a big bowlful of tomatoes, an even bigger bowlful of plums and took them to a neighbour, 6oz of "Moonlight" runner beans and covered the tops of my Xmas new potatoes with compost and then it rained again.  Drying up again now so will go out for blackberries to make more squash when the bushes have dried a little or put on my old raincoat and wellies.  Must make a bit pot of veg. soup for the freezer too.  


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 08:51

Lovely asters, flumpy1.  Looks like a much drier day for us in Bristol today so may be able to get some harvesting done as the plums were snapped up last night at the committee meeting.  I expect quite a few will be on the ground.  Lots of tomatoes needing picked too.  My late sowing of annuals for Mr fothergills trials are beginning to make a good show so the way to get nice fresh flower display late in the summer and into the autumn seems to be late July sowing.


Posted: 12/08/2014 at 10:12

Aww. remonds me of when we lived in Gloucestershire.  A buzzard came down and pinched my toddlers chocolate biscuit from her hand and our spaniel pounced on it.  There were feathers everywhere and s screaming toddler every time anything remotely like them appeared.  Here is my bouquet of birthday flowers from the lad next door.


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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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 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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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'

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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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Talkback: Gardening in Russia

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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Spring Spectacular

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