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Posted: 22/05/2014 at 08:34

Looks like we had a lot of rain through the night.  Everything that could hold water has an inch or two in it so the waterbutts are replenished.  It feels cooler and the forecast is for more heavy rain today so most of my bulb cleaning will be done in the kitchen today.  I did have the foresight to bring trayloads in to the kitchen table last night before the rain started so they are quite dry.  Lots to do in the conservatory as well.  The umbrellas will be out in force at Chelsea no doubt. 


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 22:27

It was delicious, flumpy !.


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:44

When I went to the potager to get baby broad beans for supper tonight I picked myself a big bunch of Verbena bonariensis which is in flower early this year and smiled at the thought that no presenter has mentioned it this year.  I can remember years when it seemed every garden had it.  Ah well there is fashion in plants too.



Posted: 21/05/2014 at 13:21

If they are perfectly dry, the bulbs I mean, they are fine in a paper bag or a net one you can hang up.  Just keep them as they came when you bought them.  There are going to be lots of berries for the birds again this autumn looking at the amount of blossom on the cotoneaster, holly and pyracantha.  

Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 09:15
Growing tomatoes indoors and out is a trial the Nation of Gardeners Project is doing for Mr. Fothergill Seeds. Ferline F1 is included in the outdoor ones and I have positioned mine in the lee of the bungalow where the rainwater misses them as the blight is carried by the rain and I noticed a few years back that, although my tomatoes in the open ground got blight, those ones did not. Means more watering with metered water though. I have not done the calculation on using fungicide


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 09:05

Another lovely dry day forecast for Bristol before the deluge coming through the night so must get lots of jobs completed today.  There are a lot of bulbs outside which will have to come into the kitchen to dry off thoroughly before being bagged up to plant again in the autumn.  Anything I plant today will get a good watering as rain is forecast for the next four days.  


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 12:24

Very dull out but oh it does give beautiful pictures.  My Euonymus europaea is going to be so locely in the autumn as it is covered in tiny flowers.



Posted: 20/05/2014 at 11:37

Six more cucamelons in their big pots with their bamboo wigwam to scramble up.  i reckon they are growing several inches a day now.  Very satisfying.  I have promised all my friends if i get a good crop they can have handfuls of these little gherkins to scatter with the cherry tomatoes over their salads.  Tackling the shrubs and perennials again this afternoon as the rain has softened my clay a little.  My Bristol clay goes like concrete after the end of May usually so have to get all my planting in the garden done by then.  Raised beds and troughs are quite another matter as I have provided the compost for them.


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:46

Rain through the night so the garden is lovely and fresh and no need to water the newly planted shrubs and perennials in the new Jubilee border.  The tomatoes in their pots will need watering however as it takes a lot of rain for them to be even dampened.  Flumpy, gardening is not work to me .  I love the feeling of being close to living plants and animals.  It makes me feel part of the wonderful world.  I think as some of your faculties like sight and hearing deteriorate with age other senses like touch, taste and smell become more important and I can satisfy that with my gardening.


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 21:33

Oh, I know Sweet Tea as they have it in the Bristol Botanic Garden.  Yes, the irises are tall .  I may have to stake some if the breeze increases.  I think Chelsea is right up my street this year - lots of naturalistic planting, sensible designs, nothing floating about in the air or sky scrapers.  Most years I feel for the Queen as it looks like a disaster is about to occur but today I felt she was safe.  The only disaster seemed to be plants wilting in the heat and having to be substituted.

Discussions started by happymarion

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

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Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

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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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Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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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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Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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