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Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:29

Glaziers came and removed five big hunks of concrete from the glass, decided because the bottom layer of glass was not broken I did not need boarding up and measured up for new unit which they say will take seven to ten days to be ready.  Quick work and their ladder was an amazing telescopic one - so neat, they did not even have to go on next door's drive.  


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 09:33

What a beautiful picture. TY for your kind thoughts Bizie B.  I have a duck pond outside the kitchen door and the glaziers coming this afternoon.  The forecast is dire for all day but not as windy as yesterday so perhaps they will be able to get the boarding up and the debris removed.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 11:55

We have had a few rumbles of thunder in Bristol and loads of rain but now the sun is shining.  My friend brought me a beautiful book for my birthday the RHS "Heritage Fruits and Vegetables" .  He knows me so well.  His birthday card has a mother otter calling to her young and two distinct answering calls from the infants.  I shall be playing it incessantly.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 07:38

A very very wet garden this morning and steady rain now at 7.30.  The forecast for the next five days is for lots of heavy rain too and as it is still warm there will be loads of growth on the runner beans, potatoes for Xmas and sweetcorn as well as the late sown annuals.  Such an interesting summer of growth in the garden in my Golden year.


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:48

I think I predicted Aug 4th for your first tomato - not far off !  Exciting isn't it?


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 14:16

No, Linda, the balloons did not come our way though they have in the past.  On my 64th birthday 64 of them flew over our local park where I was giving my little grandson a swing.  I counted them for him and could not believe there were exactly 64!  We have had a few showers today but I have tons of plums needing picked before the bad weather arrives tonight so will go out and rescue them in my old raincoat just in case.


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 10:52

Conway looks lovely.  A carrier brought me the David Austin Rose called "Golden Celebration" this morning.  Seven big fat buds on it ready to open for my birthday on Monday.  It was from my daughter and her family in Ballymena.  Here it is.



Posted: 08/08/2014 at 22:10

Our August parcel from Mr, Fothergill arrived in the post today and it is another experiment in sowing seeds later than normal,  We have six packets of perennial seeds to sow at the end of August to see if we have good plants to plant out in the garden next June.  If they all take even my garden will be bursting at the seams.


Posted: 08/08/2014 at 11:35

One of the participants in Mr. Fothergills trials has posted a picture of two brimming bowls of cucamelons, unsure how to use them and another has shown a picture of a summer stew with them added at the end which looks delicious so Not all have been stuck with two full grown and hundreds of pea size fruits!  No doubt when the stats are published I will find what I was deficient in!  I do not like them enough to try again however, not even to put in stew.


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 15:27

My goodness harvesting can be exhausting.  i dug up a washing up bowlful of King Edwards, picked a baking bowlful of plums for jam making tonight, 8 long runner beans for supper and a huge bouquet of flowers to sit in the now almost empty conservatory waiting for the glaziers to board up the damage.  Thirty various coloured tomatoes and two peppers were brought in this morning so i may make some delicious soup for the winter while I am in the kitchen making jam.  I propped up the Conference pear branch that had hit the deck in the potager because of the weight of its crop with a picnic chair.My garden looks like the pictures of the Garden of Eden you used to see in old Bibles!  I have eaten six plums today so must stop.

Discussions started by happymarion

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: 19/06/2014 at 10:06

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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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 15:36


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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Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Last Post: 09/12/2013 at 17:31

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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Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Last Post: 16/06/2013 at 17:10

Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 09:47

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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Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:49

Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Last Post: 31/05/2013 at 23:16

Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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Last Post: 02/04/2013 at 13:33

Talkback: House sparrows

In the eighties I used to stop counting at 20 when the sparrows descended on my garden. The wild patch og groud at the back of my garden wa... 
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