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Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:46

Rain through the night so the garden is lovely and fresh and no need to water the newly planted shrubs and perennials in the new Jubilee border.  The tomatoes in their pots will need watering however as it takes a lot of rain for them to be even dampened.  Flumpy, gardening is not work to me .  I love the feeling of being close to living plants and animals.  It makes me feel part of the wonderful world.  I think as some of your faculties like sight and hearing deteriorate with age other senses like touch, taste and smell become more important and I can satisfy that with my gardening.


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 21:33

Oh, I know Sweet Tea as they have it in the Bristol Botanic Garden.  Yes, the irises are tall .  I may have to stake some if the breeze increases.  I think Chelsea is right up my street this year - lots of naturalistic planting, sensible designs, nothing floating about in the air or sky scrapers.  Most years I feel for the Queen as it looks like a disaster is about to occur but today I felt she was safe.  The only disaster seemed to be plants wilting in the heat and having to be substituted.


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 17:07

The bearded irises are in flower.  I love the deep colours, O







ne is almost black but not quite open yet but this brown one is.  The weigela is very floriferous this year and very early compared to last when it did not flower till July.  The potager is filling up.


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 13:41

The first three cucamelons are potted up and one side of the drive is pretty well lined with tomatoes.  The scheme I planned of purple rhododendron with Heuchera "S







outhern Comfort" and poached egg plant and Allium "Purple sensation" and pale pink aqualegia has turned put very special.


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 09:58

Another beautiful Monday morning to start my gardening week.  First job is to pot up some cucamelons and build them a bamboo wigwam as thay are climbing very quickly now.  I have 15 plants from my pkt. of Mr. Fothergills seeds for the trial so three to a pot will mean finding three huge pots and lots of bamboo canes.  A serious safari round the garden is needed to see what can come out of its pot and into the garden.  Some of my many hydrangeas look like candidates, perhaps the ones that have no flowerheads on as I would hate to disturb the others.  I plan to take my refreshment breaks when Chelsea is on the TV.


Posted: 18/05/2014 at 10:55

Looks like this beautiful weather will last till Tuesday, BizzieB.  I have sown yellow nasturtium "Moonlight" this morning and three shrubs and planted tomatoes in their big pots.  More pruning in the spinney this afternoon and path clearing as I have my first open day on the 28th May.  The garden is looking pretty as a picture.








Posted: 17/05/2014 at 19:05

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Posted: 17/05/2014 at 18:58

What a lovely picture, flumpy1!  I have 32 pots of tomatoes in 8 varieties lining the drive so far.  Probably as many to do again.  Flower tfusses galore.  The blossom on the trees and shrubs has been super this year.  I picked my forst 12 trial broad beans (sown in October) for Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners project, cooked them and ate them - only babies but I prefer to eat them skin and all when very young.  They were delicious with my fish and chips.




Posted: 17/05/2014 at 11:13

I have just come in from several hours work in the garden and after a cup of coffee will go out again.  I added an alpine heuchera to my collection last night at the AGS meeting, Heuchera pulcellus,and have found a pan to plant it in to show off its delightful little flowers when they come.  The birds are really filling the air with their songs and, with my new hearind aids i acquired last Monday I can distinguish them.  I have found the buzzing of bees very loud when near my head - quite sure they sound angry and ready to sting!  But so far so good.  I am sure the late afternoon will be too hot for the heavy work I am doing in the spinney so will find a gentler pursuit then,  We have been warned of bad weather reaching Bristol on Tuesday so mean to get as much as possible done outside before then.


Posted: 16/05/2014 at 11:34

So much royal purple in my









garden this morning looking so good against the wall to wall blue sky.

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