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Clearing and fencing done NOW WHAT?!

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 17:07

Ah now you have to do the brainy part and also decide how much you can afford to devote to your hobby.  Faced with this task I, who loves to look out of my kitchen, lounge or bedroom and see something in flower, would take a monthly visit to a garden centre or nursery and buy a big pot of something in flower each month.  April I would buy a big pot of primulas or polyanthus, take it home and divide it up - probably get 15 or 17 little plants .  Clear a few small patches somewhere you can see them from your kitchen and plant in groups of five or seven.   Next year you will have a lovely show to cheer you early spring, something like this.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 15:22

Here is where I sit to have my tea with the hyacinths in front and the Narcissus canaliculatus in the Belfast sink behind me vying to outperfume each other.  The size of the flowers this year on some of the primulas and polyanthus is astounding.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 12:09

A FB Friend has identified the mystery tulip as Orange Emperor and my friend who gives me his spent bulbs did grow this so no doubt I will find one of his large paper bags he stores them in with the name on.  He usually puts a label in with them but sometimes runs out.  I could not resist snapping them beside my black auniums which i have brought out into the sushine for a wash.  and while i was watering the big pots of bulbs I found anotherdwarf tulip in one of them.  That makes four 4inch high tulips brought to me by the fairies. This one has a yellow splash inside.its red petals



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 09:28

Forgot those pics.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 09:23

I counted 20 buds on my tulip without a name this morning.  The garden is ablaze with colour.

 A  fb friend brought me a small plant of Aquilegia clematifolia last year and I was able to show her it is thriving and being monitored for the dreaded scourge that has wiped out the national collection of aquilegias.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 08:44

Forecast even warmer for Bristol today so must get the toughest jobs done early in the day.  There are lots of plants needing potting on which I can do in the shade in the afternoon.  Still lots of daffodils to deadhead in the slate scree too which is shaded in the afternoon.  Lots of leucojum (snowflakes) are flowering in their place.  My cut and come again salad leaves are loving this weather so I had a thick layer of Oriental Spicy leaves on my Cheddar sandwich yesterday lunchtime which was delicious .  There is some pak choi which Is getting big too which could go out of the cold frame into a raised bed now.  I can always put a cloche over it if the weather turns chilly.  Then I have some nice fresh greens to pick as well.  The red onions and banana shallots are loving the warm weather too which I planted in the autumn last year.  My apricot tulips have 20 buds opening this morning and look tremendous.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 21:27

Awww, flumpy, a little bit of nostalgia for you then!  The lad next door took some good pics of the honeybees on my p


ussy willow tree and emailed them to me this evening.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 16:58

Just to add to my troubles finding names for things I have a beautiful pot of tulips just coming into flower which does seem to have lost its label .  anyone know the name of this apricot tulip with green markings on the outside petals?  I do have the label for my Bithynian Squill, thank goodness.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 15:32

Oh my goodness t got hot out there gardening even though I had gone down to the tshirt and jeans stage of clothes.  36 sweet peas sown and a basketful of miniature daffodils which had flowered in the garage with lots more to open were rescued and planted beneath the Bramley apple where Cyclamen hederifolium grows and seeds itself.  I have no idea where they came from - not in a pot, just laid on the garage floor in soil and moss looking for all the world like someone had just sliced them from a meadow.  The fairies this year have also brought me the prettiest little alpine red and yellow tulips, scattered in various parts of the garden and now coming into flower.  Two plants new to my garden which I will need to do research on to find out their name.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 13:11

Started off with good intentions, sowing Zinnias one seed to a 9cm pot but after ten decided to wait to sow the others directly outside.  Put sweet pea frangrantissima to soak for a couple of hours and will sow those three to a pot this afternoon.  sowed Cherry Belle(F1) tomatoes .  all those were free seeds from AGMag. except the zinnias from GWMag.  Sowing veg outside this week in the raised beds and potatoes were planted yesterday.

Discussions started by happymarion

My Bristol Garden in 2015

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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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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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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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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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