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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 22:10

None whatsoever as i am totally organic and the garden has been for 51 years at least so is now very much in equilibrium with nature doing its bit against pests and diseases.  But I do find it helpful to grow garlic under my tall Queen Elizabeth roses - there are eight of them, very large and very tall so even elephant garlic will grow under them.  When I was studying biology at Bristol University I remember when we did our unit on microbiology the lecturer said the best way to fight blight, fungus etc in a garden was good husbandry so I have always aimed for that.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 20:52

Aah, blackspot.  I keep a beady eye out for that and pick the leaves off as soon as I see they have it.  Seems to work as well as checking the soil around the bush is clean of weeds and unrotted leaves.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 20:16

Snow it has a slight quite pleasant perfume but nothing as sensational as my "Golden Celebration" or "Maid Marion"!  Fruitcake get rid of that cold quickly and do come and visit.  I have a talk to give next Wednesday afternoon , 14th, so not that day.  And not in the rain!  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 14:37

oh it is so very very beautiful up my garden today in this perfect weather.  I think this picture of my Rosa "Oranges and Lemons" says it all.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 08:31

Another fine day in Bristol so will be out in my new perfume garden today, all day.  I have found a perfumed white flowered rhododendron i can move there and a white deutzia with a wonderful perfume I will put near the path.  I walk round the garden with fresh eyes now trying to spot plants with lovely scents.  There is a beautiful double flowered orange blossom  established just across the path which is a fine piece of serendipity.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 15:51

One of my violas from bargain basement end of season sale has a most unusual colour.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 13:39

The sun came out so my three new to me primulas and blue and white salvia have all been potted up and labelled all x3.  All have superb root systems on them.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 08:57

Another dark damp morning in Bristol but supposed to be dry day on the whole and the next five days too.  I will work on my talk I am giving next week till it brightens up.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 15:58

My friend was lucky - the sun came out and the rain puddles drained away and we were able to take a stroll up the garden after our coffee and cake.  He brought me a big box of Minnow narcissus and an even bigger box of tulips and a small box of chionodoxa and took home some Conference pears.  He liked the perfume garden I am making round the myrtle tree he gave me for my birthday.  It will be worth all the hard work.  Apples were falling all around as we walked past them.

Conference pears

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 11:44

Aah try poaching them in red wine and freeze for Xmas when you make a chocolate sauce to serve with them.  Pear and Japanese quince jam is very good too.

Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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Last Post: 02/10/2015 at 03:56

new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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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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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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My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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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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clematis in need of identification

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'

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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