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Posted: 05/08/2014 at 09:09

Including my large bungalow my plot is half an acre.  I love all plants from alpines to forest trees.  As I recognise the great benefits in medecine that have come from studying plants and love eating fruit and veg. I have for the last fifty years been getting my garden more and more in equilibrium with the wild life and native flowers.  As i take visitors on safari round my garden I warn them it is a naturalists garden who sees as much beauty in lots of butterflies and bees as in the plants so, what they may think is a big clump of weeds is more likely to be food source for several types of butterfly.  None the less, because i am a trained artist I paint with plants and my garden looks beautiful at any time of the year.  It is also very prolific with produce.  It is as organic as it comes with slight slip ups when I need to buy bags of compost for pots or seed sowing.  I have a wormery, make nettle tea, have damp spots fpr bog plants and frogs and fond the whole eco system of my garden fascinating.  I love the Latin names of plants and botany and zoology as fascinating as geology and chemistry and physics which I studied at university.  I also love the way gardening makes you such wonderful friends - sharing plants and cuttings and seeds.  The most important aspect of my and my friends' outlook on gardening is the "doing" of it. Designing, harvesting, painting or writing about it pale before the thrill of sowing seed and seeing them germinate, growing flowers that will feed the insects, growing trees for shade and the birds.  Enough, Verdun?  Oh I am a very tidy person in my appearance and home but i share my garden with a cornucopia of other living creatures who do not worry about such things.


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 07:55

Woke up to find a very damp garden this morning with rain overnight. It is raining quite steadily now and forecast for most of today so harvesting plums, blackberries, runner beans, potatoes and tomatoes will have to be put off till tomorrow.  Two days of fine weather then forecast followed by nasty storms at the weekend.  Looks like my birthday picnic on Sunday will take place indoors.  My birthday outing to a lovely garden centre in Somerset shpold still be on I hope unless there is thunder and lightning.  I do hope the glaziers can do something quickly about the conservatory roof when they call on Wednesday afternoon.


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 16:03

Still the glorious weather is bringing more gazanias and my "Polish Spirit" clematis in my north facing front garden is flowering as it scrambles through my 50 year old hardy fuchsia.



Posted: 04/08/2014 at 09:25

That's the spirit, Bizzie B.  Visiting a water garden in the rain is super - adds another dimension to see the raindrops splashing among the waterlilies.


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 08:04

Hebden Bridge is often on the telly. flumpy1.  it looks a lovely place.  Stop your tomatoes when you have six trusses of fruit by pinching off the top.  Beautiful day forecast for Bristl again today.  i will fill up the green wheeliebin with bramble prunings as I pick in my bramles for squash.  i made a bottle yesterday.  It is quite delicious .  The blackberries are huge this year with all the rain and very sweet because they have had loads of sunshine too.


Posted: 03/08/2014 at 18:11

It is a white Gaura, Bizzie B.


Posted: 03/08/2014 at 12:18

The wildlife is loving your garden Bizzie B.  More pics from mine.



Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:57

Oh what a beautiful morning. oh what a beautiful garden after the rain.  Oh what a fruit crop and the three golden huge plums i ate had the juice runni

 More later.

ng down my cheeks.


Posted: 02/08/2014 at 17:20

Hmm.  I have had two get to the size of a large grape, eaten them and they were refreshing but that is from nine very large sprawly plants so i do not think i will grow them again unless the hundreds of peasize ones suddenly grow and give me a great crop.  They reached the top of the conservatory before it was struck by lightning but i was already thinking of withdrawing my precious metered water from them.  We will not get better weather than this summer for them so i think i should leave  it to the Mexicans to grow them.  Other members of the Nation of Gardeners are growing them, some outside so if any have rave accounts to report to Mr. fothergill i will let you know, Linda.  I grudge them the room in the conservatory - not at all easy like tomatoes.


Posted: 02/08/2014 at 08:14

Steady rain in Bristol this morning and puddles everywhere so water butts should be filling up and the potager getting a good soaking.  Bodes good for the runner bean crop.   I will have a chance now to catch up on the office work for Mr. Fothergills trials.  Time to make lots of soup and pasta sauce for the winter.  I picked a big bowl of plums yesterday so will make some plum crumbles and freeze them as well.  Next to gardening I like cooking best of my hobbies, especially on a dreich very dark and wet Saturday.  So fortuitous the Bristol in Bloom judging was early this year.  This weekend would not have been such an enjoyable task for the judges.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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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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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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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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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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