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Posted: 27/08/2014 at 08:31

Oh what a glorious morning after such a dull day yesterday.  The sun really is the enticer to get out and get working.  The garden no doubt will be very wet still in among the plums and blackberries but the potato harvest should be possible in the raised beds in an hour or two as they drain quickly.  The annuals I sowed late in Mr. Fothergill's trials for the Nation of Gardeners project are flowering well now.and the broad beans have flowers on.  Summer is still out there.


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 13:54

Yes, Fruitcake, the plum harvest is huge this year.  The rain stopped for a little so i went up to bring in today's harvest from the garden and took some pics.



Posted: 26/08/2014 at 11:31

It stopped raining for a minute or two si now have salad container in fridge full of runner beans, lots of tomatoes and peppers oicked but it started to rain again before I got to the plums.  I ate a handful of luscious blackberries which have loved the rain.


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 09:55

Still we have rain.  There is a duckpond in the kitchen patio which i will have to wade through when i stops to pick plums, beans, tomatoes and peppers. The contorted hazel in the slate scree has suddenly shot out loads of straight shoots as it likes a lot of rain so that will be one wet pruning job.  Forecast is for drier weather from eleven and a dry day tomorrow before the next batch of wet weather so it will be necessary to take advantage of the clear spells however wet the foliage is.


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 08:32

Lovely heuchera, Bizzie B.  Do you have to water your blue hydrangea with sequestrene to keep it blue or do you have a patch of acid soil ?  I have several corners in my garden which is mainly Bristol clay and quite alkaline. mostly under trees where I can successfully grow azaleas and rhododendrons as the soil is mildly acidic.


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 19:06

The pink flower is a Japanese anemone, flumpy1.  It is its season now - late summer and autumn with the Michaelmas daisies.  


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 10:22

Awww, TY Verdun.  Good to hear from you.  My kitchen is smelling great now the Bolognese sauce is on its way.  It took me half an hour preparing a huge bowl of tomatoes and can now report Sungold are better just eaten as they are fiddly to prepare; Black Opal are a doddle they are so soft skinned; Pink Charmer, Sakura  and Ferline are easy too but I could not bring myself to use the beautiful Orange Slice as they are ideal for slicing for sandwiches and their beauty would be lost in a sauce.


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 08:37

Heavy rain forecast for Bristol till 10 o'clock tonight!  A day for doing things with my piles of fruit and vegetables.  another big pot of soup for the freezer, more plums too and i have just taken some steak out to make a great batch of Bolognese sauce to use up tomatoes, onions and garlic.  Now to riffle through all my kitchen cupboards to find enough containers to house it all.  The kitchen will be lovely and warm with all the cooking.


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 22:12

It was a lovely program Bizzie B.  The best blackberries are usually out of reach.  Glad your tomatoes are doing well, Flumpy1.  I have almost finished weeding the new border so here is a pic of part of it.



Posted: 24/08/2014 at 12:34

I find the best gardening gloves are my old black leather "dressed up" gloves that get a new role when i receive a new pair for Xmas.  Sometimes I get a freebie with my shoes when i need a new pair as well.

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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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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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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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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an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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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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