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Alan's new series

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 15:49

Seeing Monty in the flesh on July 19th when I go to his lecture so will report.  That garden was crammed much too full for those tiny children who need space to grow - themselves as well as strawberries.  I expect if they could tell us they would say they liked the old garden better.  Tricycles come before wheelbarrows at that age.  It is an advertising feature all the way through.  I feel so guilty always watching the grief of the participants when you cannot help but this time I felt particularly bad as gardening was a great healer for me after my husband died and the team left nothing for the poor girl to do.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 15:28

Yes, Fruitcake, a few pounds buys a lot there but i am much too busy to go shopping.  Family coming tonight and 12 of them next week.  Also just spent an hour picking a huge bowl of strawberries and another of blackcurrants.  There is a little space left in the green wheeliebin so I am off to fill it now with flowering rosebay willowherb and nettles to get emptied tomorrow.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 08:52

Hello Pat,  yes the James Grieve apple is still a favourite in back gardens and can be bought in fruit and veg. shops.  It should be on Google somewhere.My father was a professional footballer and played County cricket but in Scotland so cannot say i am familiar with a Ken Grieves.

The lecture last night was fantastic.  If anyone can lay claim to the description of walking in Darwin's footsteps Professor Barrett most certainly can.  I will probably be posting about the sexotica as he called it of plants for months now, but as a taster let me tell you about the picture he showed us of a beautiful bird, a Malachite sunbird, which uses the Rat;s Tail or perch coming from an iris Babiana ringens which has evolved flowers that are sessile.  The bird does not like to sully its beautiful tail which is used in courtship by standing on the ground to milk the flowers so this perch has evolved to promote efficient cross pollination and high seed set!  I thought about how lovely that malachite bird would look among your rosellas!  Strangely enough the females are quite happy to stand on the ground,not having a long tail!  Reminded me of when we were going out as a family to some dressed up "do".  I, with seven children to supervise could get ready in five minutes while my late husband needed at least an hour!


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 15:03


Took some pics this afternoon and included three shots of my giant eucalyptus tree!


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:01

I rely on the experts at the Botanic Gardens for identification as they have lots of books in the University library at their disposal Pat.  I am going there tonight for a lecture by a Professor from Toronto.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 08:50

You have a Woolworth's still!  Long gone in the UK, Pat.  I think my eucalyptus is E. globulus.  We have a collection of Western Australian plants in the Bristol Botanic Garden as part of the Mediterranean type of plants collection but NSW is probably quite different.  I remember Monty doing a series once where he visited some Australian gardens.  I remember some were influenced by the settlers of old.  We have another brilliant day in Bristol so feel the warmth!  I will take a picture of my eucalyptus for you and post it when it is not quite so bright.  It looks great when the bark is peeling and the new trunk shines out red in the evening light.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 21:06

That's what I thought Busy-Lizzie and felt so sorry for the parts of the country that are not getting the brilliant sunshine we are having.  Thnak you Linda.  Gazanias were new to me last year and i could not believe the range of colours and how many months they flowered for and then to top it all they came through the winter unscathed and started all over again.  If you look back at the beginning of my thread I have pictures of them flowering in January.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 14:49

My orange gazania had barely two open flowers this morning but the brilliant sunshine has enticed it to open seven now.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 10:47

A few more pics.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 10:37

Got my breath back after harvesting strawberries by taking some pictures of the colour combinations in the garden, though the spider took my breath away again.


Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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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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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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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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