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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 11:21

Still bucketing down so looks like no gardening outside today.  Might sow some salad leaves.  I am awaiting my replacement terra cotta pot from the Love your Garden team today or tomorrow. Today I plan on reading the life of David Douglas of Douglas fir fame, a fellow Scot.  i have seen the original tree he brought back from his travels.Nothing like a good read to stop you getting itchy fingers on days like this with all my weed baskets empty thanks to my son tamping down the green wheeliebin yesterday and it having been emptied this morning ready for me to fill it up again.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 08:28

My pots go into the conservatory for the winter Pat so I have colour all the year round and can carry on gardening when it is too cold to venture out.  Things like pelargoniums and tibouchina would not survive here outside the whole year but i empty the conservatory of flowers in the summer months and grow my tomatoes n it .  They are safe from tomato blight there.

We have some rain in Bristol today and it feels cool at 14 degrees.  Set to rain all day so should be able to save some.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 16:45

Yes, GWRS, honeysuckle covers some of the ground in my spinney very nicely.  After a full morning's work in the garden and lunch I was sitting on my patio reading about the life of Marianne North - she of paintings of flowers exhibition fame at Kew_ when I caught sight of my Great Dixter type collection of pots and felt really thankful that I just had to go get my camera to record them and not go through all the trials and tribulations that Marianne North did .


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 10:21

Fine weather so have done all the watering of pots, now need to bake a cake as my eldest son has started his annual leave and has emailed he is visiting.  I will get him to carry the weed baskets o the green wheeliebin as i overstuffed them yesterday.Sometimes my enthusiasm is bigger than my strength.  Bin Day tomorrow.  I have flowers coming on the new honeysuckles i bought which is lovely as i thought I would have to wait till next year.  I will post their picture when in full flower.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 08:40

Repeat again Pat.  Must be like TV!

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 16:44

Oh dear, they didn't have small children I hope.  I decided the program was too depressing for me to watch any more.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 15:03

Been to the dentist and bought myself a cuphea and pink platycodon as a reward.

 My first Sunlem tomato for Mr. Fothergills trials is ready to


test for taste at suppertime.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 12:03

My forsythia twigs this year took two weeks to open up but they usually only take ten days.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 12:01

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 09:35

If I thought there was a chance that this series would encourage anyone to take up gardening I would watch again but I don't so I can be better employed elsewhere when it is on.  The Autistic Gardener on Channel 4 tonight is much more worthy as it does show the health benefits gardening can bring.  We need a program to emphasise how a beautiful and productive garden can enhance the country and indeed the world.  Biodiversity practised in our gardens can counteract the evils of monoculture brought about by the need to feed billions of people who can no longer all be hunter-gatherers.  The more people who grow food and flowers the better for the insect and human population and the happier the population will be.  Happy people are usually healthier people too.  I must say the team and volunteers on the Instant Gardener do not seem very happy in their work so it does not even have that going for it like "Love your Garden " has.

Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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new series

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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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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: Growing tomatoes outdoors

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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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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'

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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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