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Posted: 07/04/2014 at 11:05

I had a lovely surprise in the conservatory when I followed my nose to the delightful smell.  It came from this red freesia.  My trial seedlings are all doing well, tomatoes, peppers and lettuces and my marigolds, cerinthe major and zinnias from seed as well. The " Charlotte" potato trial has reached the top of its planter so flowers will not be long then i will be able to rummage for a few new potatoes, remembering to note the date and weight each time for the spreadsheet.  These Monday morning check-ups certainly push away the Monday morning blues.



Posted: 07/04/2014 at 08:58

Oh what a dreich, dull, damp day in Bristol this Monday morning.  Looks like it has been pouring all night by the dripping foliage.  I shall do any gardening in the conservatory and dream of tomorrow outside when we are forecast a dry day.  I need to update my photos of my trial plants for Mr. Fothergill and report on their progress.  I see looking at the front garden thrugh my bedroom window the wind has knocked the last petals off the "Stresa" and "Ancilla" tulips and battered the "Strong Gold" somewhat but the next (later flowering) batch are showing colour in their buds now and alliums are opening up too.  I cannot remember ever having such an early and colourful display in my garden so the mild wet winter definitely got my Golden Jubilee Year off to a fine start.  April showers will no doubt bring even more May flowers this year by the amount of peony buds already.


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 15:45

So glad my efforts raise a smile with you MrsGarden!  It has decided to rain in earnest in Bristol and feels colder now so I have given up for today.  Drier weather supposed to reach us about Tuesday so cannot grumble.  Everything in the garden is growing apace so do not want frost to spoil the fruit crop!  


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 11:02

I just had to take my mirror out and try it


but no interesting coloured hellebores still flowering and the greenish ones did not show up well.  However some narcissi were hanging their damp heads so i took their pic from beneath and I just had to snap the waterlily type tulips which are dieing beautifully.


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 08:43

Twenty five years after his death I find a use for my late husband's shaving mirror - from watching Beechgrove's visit to Lady Fraser's beautiful garden south of Edinburgh where she has put little mirrors under the heads of the hellebores so you can see the insides without having to touch the flower!  And I had never thought to take off any elongated chits from my seed potatoes to give healthier eyes a chance!  No matter how long you garden you can still learn something new to you.    It has been very wet through the night but it is very mild so should get some work done in the garden in the dry spells.  Yesterday was a better day for pictures after all.  Pricking out calls as well.  I have Cape gooseberries longing to be given a bedroom each and more of my tomatoes.


Posted: 05/04/2014 at 11:00

April 5th is a very dull morning in Bristol but not in my garden where golden flowers are shining like miniatu


re suns form dark corners and the plum blossom is amazing.


Posted: 04/04/2014 at 09:13

Much fresher today and two mostly dry days forecast so hundreds of plants are due to come out of the conservatory to be hardened off before planting out and make way for the bigger pots of tomatoes to be grown under glass for Mr. Fothergills Trials and the peppers are now threatening to outgrow their pots as well.  I shall weed as I go, replacing the weeds with the plants already hardened off.  The bitter cress is already flowering so must come out pronto and the cleavers and bindweed are  so easy to weaken by pulling out now they are small.  I do love getting up close and personal with the weeds and new plantings but have to remember to have a good stretch and a stroll around the garden every half hour or so to keep myself supple.  You can even get too enthusiastic about weeding!


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 19:11

I made it to the Botanic garden amid the gloom of drizzly rain and had to borrow one of their umbrellas to get me back across the Downs to the bus stop dry as the rain started in earnest.  The garden was looking lovely, especially the magnolias and the woodland edge garden.  Next wek I shall return their umbrella and take my camera on a nice day.  but it was lovely to see all the new developments and some of the orchids in Subtropical House were mind blowingly beautiful.  And the rain has watered in my new plantings too so that job will not need doing tomorrow.


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 12:30

Worked all morning in the slate scree and Persian runner, weeding and reolacing the weeds with polyanthus plants, saying goodbye till next year to puschkinias, ipheons, scillas etc and hullo to fritillarias and early bluebells, admiring the primroses, planning my next big step to transform what was my Olympic rings into an Olympic shrubbery.  for which I have in big pots nine azaleas and three dwarf rhododendrons, one red patio rose I bought at Wisley and lots of bulbs and polys for in between.  Now I am looking anxiously at the sky which is glowering back at me as I would like to have a break and visit my friends and the plants I cared for at the Botanic Garden, but should not if the pollution returns.  Perhaps the time has come for supermarkets to stock facemasks like they have in Chinese cities.  Better safe than sorry.  Well, early lunch then we shall see.


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 08:53

Oh, Thank you so much ,garden jeannie.  Your neighbour must be very grateful for your thoughtful help.  I am sure she would love some magnolia perfume in the house . Lots of flowers do float so do try it.  It is certainly worth it for the flowers that hang their heads to ptotect their pollen from the weather like hellebores.  You can then appreciate their nectar guidelines and the beauty of their stamens.  I have sent in an application to the team who do the Britains Best Gardens series but have not heard anything yet.  They must have hundreds apply but i thought my celebrations for being fifty years tending the same garden would tie in with Alan's fifty years as a gardener.  It would be lovely for all my friends to see what I talk a great deal about on the telly.  I know how much time looking after children takes.  i had seven and still remember as i tend my gardenwhat the children got up to in it. They had a three tiered tree house, a museum with the treasures they had dug up all labled- some of the bones had marvelous Latinised dinosaur names,made "Puddings " out of the blackberries and wild strawberries, made dens and shops and houses and camped under the Bramley.  They had a small football pitch and a badminton net and tennis net, swings from tyres on ropes, aerial descents from the biggest trees and masses of flowers the girls would pick for decoratng their bedrooms when they had had a big cleanout. They also had to put up with me dishing them up large helpings of broccoli etc and boasted tht only us and the queen could have veg as fresh as this! Ahh, the memories. But back to the present as rain is forecast for this afternoon in Bristol.  It is quite dull now but the pollution seems to have dispersed a bit so I may get some work done outside today.  Yesterday was quite impossible.

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