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new series

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 08:55

Cornwall. Lost gardens of Heligan?

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 21:24

I have just watched the first in a new series of gardening programs called "The Autistic Gardener" on Channel 4 weds. at 8pm.  It is quite different from other gardening programs.  i believe it has broken the mould and replaced it with something better.  this to me is an ideal way to teach gardening and a lot more besides.  The young couple for £3000 were presented with a living work of art and even better the viewers were treated to the very warming sight of the team of young autistic gardeners getting great satisfaction out of their work.

The Autistic Gardener

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 21:18

Just watched it and loved it.

new series

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 21:16

I have just watched "The Autistic Gardener" on Channel4 and smiled the whole way through.  This is how to teach gardening and a whole lot more.  For a budget of £3000 a young couple got a living work of art in their back garden and viewers had the treat of seeing how a team of autistic young people got satisfaction from their work.  I forgot the red hair and immaculate red nail varnish and gasped with admiration at the vision and patience that produced such an enjoyable program.

Gardening & what else?

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 11:29

With gardening comes cooking, then painting the flowers i grow, then entertaining in the garden I made, interest in wildlife and botany and photography and politics and music but above all family and friends without whom none of it would exist.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 10:17

I read that tip in a book by Mrs Stanley Searle written in !912, Pat!  Raining a little in Bristol but I did get a bowl of strawberries picked in before it started.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 08:40

Cooler today but no rain so should get the rest of the hardy geraniums cut back and start to tackle the contorted hazel which needs the uncontorted shoots pruned to show up its weirdness.  It is big enough to give me a few contorted branches to dry as well for flower arrangements in the winter.  I wonder whether the chancellor has anything to say about pollution control in the budget today.  It is well past time to encourage environmentally good practice with cash incentives like tax reductions for firms who make pollution free cars, vans and buses.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 19:27

My friend has concentrated on salvias this summer in his tiny back garden.  i bet the bees are loving them.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 14:29

That was an oil painting, Pat.  Watercolour is my chosen medium usually but i was studying art at the West of England Academy and had to try the lot.  Acrylics are good for flowers as the bright colours are easy to mix.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 12:58

In 1989 I grew some gladioli which i Liked so much I painted.  The painting has been on my bedroom wall ever since and I never tire of looking at it.  i must try gladioli again next year.


Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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Last Post: 24/08/2015 at 22:08

new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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Last Post: 09/07/2015 at 16:01

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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Last Post: Yesterday at 22:18

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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Last Post: 23/11/2014 at 10:33

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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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:12

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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Last Post: 06/09/2014 at 18:57

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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 18:21

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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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 15:36


My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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Last Post: 01/01/2015 at 01:28

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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Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Last Post: 09/12/2013 at 17:31

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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Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Last Post: 18/11/2014 at 08:20

Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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