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Posted: 30/11/2014 at 09:16

Awww, fog has returned to Bristol this morning so will have to be patient till it lifts before venturing out.  Forecast is for sunny day after it does and it is still mild - 11degrees.  I could start making Xmas lists and get overseas cards ready for the PO.  I must water my new amaryllis as I have had it three days and I find a little water every three days is the correct amount to keep the buds opening.  No doubt I will have loads of pictures of it by the time the winter is over.

What are your favourite native flowers?

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 15:58

Aah yes, spindle berries Here are mine.



Posted: 29/11/2014 at 15:53

Getting dark so had to come in but it was lovely out there today - blue skies all day and warm.  Green wheeliebin nearly full again.  Will plant some Aquadulce beans tomorrow where I removed the cornstalks from.  I try to never have bare soil just as you see in nature.  Mt newly planted daylilies are looking good and my large lavender plants the fairies brought.  I took a big bowl of grapes next door as they are dropping off the bunches now.  Still have apples to pick and distribute tomorrow but no rain forecast for next four days.


Posted: 29/11/2014 at 09:11

Another fine mild day for gardening.  I have had to chase the birds off my lettuces - they were pulling them up by the roots.  I have never seen birds thinning lettuce seedlings before but then i have never had them outside like this before.  Mr. Fothergills trials have certainly made my Golden Jubilee Year in the garden an exciting one.  I will harvest the rest of my sweetcorn today and some of my grapes and apples and try to fill up the green wheeliebin with prunings.  


Posted: 28/11/2014 at 14:35

Such a lovely day for grdening and for finding plants still giving colour.  My tulip tree is alight now.



Posted: 28/11/2014 at 11:21

A mixture actually, Edd.  We do try out some that are not in the catalogue yet and we try out well tested and already favourite products for new ways of growing them, especially extending the growing season.  Hence I have hardy annuals in full flower still in the garden sown end of July.  We also compare the yields and growth times  from different ways of growing eg potatoes in potato planters and in the ground.  It is important too that we are many miles apart in different areas of the country so differences show up which means the information given on seed packets can be amended for different areas.  Bunny Guinness commented on our work on winter vegetables in the "Telegraph" this week.  Look up the gardening pages for her latest article.


Posted: 28/11/2014 at 09:37

How good it is to see the sun first thing.  I have been out checking in the garden and it is very mild and so far calm,no sign of the forecast breeze yet.  My saladings newly sown for Mr. fothergills trials are all up - seven of them and some may have been up for some days as they are a few mms high already.  Of course with the 'flu followed by the foggy weather I have not been able to check on them.  Quite amazing for this time of year outside but then it has been a very warm autumn. Good forecast for the next four days at least with no rain so , since the green wheeliebin has just been emptied , lots of pruning is on the cards.


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 17:02

Here you are, Susan.



Posted: 27/11/2014 at 16:58

I am almost fully recovered TY Susan and getting my appetite back.  The bush i think you mean has orange berries inside pink bracts and is the Spindle bush or tree, Euonymus europaeus which is our native bush brought to me by the birds.  It has been, like all flowering plants this year absolutely covered in blossom and as my garden was teeming with pollinators all summer is now covered in berries.  I will scroll through my photos to see if I can find a good close -up for you .  if not tomorrow is going to be a good day for gardening and photography - 13 degrees forecast for Bristol, almost summer again.


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 16:39

Here it is - my newest plant.


Discussions started by happymarion

My Bristol Garden in 2015

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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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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

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Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

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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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an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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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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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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picture difficulties

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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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