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Posted: 31/10/2014 at 12:17

Sixty more tulips planted labelled and protected from the squirrels.  It is a T-shirt gardening day today.  The last of my red onions have now been planted .  There are five flowers on Pea Meteor and the garden had lots of butterflies in it.  One followed me into the kitchen.  I shall have a Hunter-gatherer lunch again today but will take a cushion to put on one of my wrought iron chairs and sit down civilised today as i am putting so many hours in.  Lots of flowers surprising me including the blue flowers of my brown leaved ajuga which does think it is spring.  Roses are beautiful and the fuchsias.


Posted: 31/10/2014 at 08:55

Oh my such a weather forecast for today in Bristol.  It could be the middle of summer except the length of the daylight hours.  No excuse not to have a wonderful start to the garden in spring next year.  Everything done now will save time then.  I started planting my tulips yesterday.  At 50 per day they should all be planted this year!  Late sowing of salads, annuals, perennials as instructed by Mr. Fothergills for their trials means the garden too looks like it is midsummer and some of the roses like "Generous Gardener" and "Iceberg"are still covered with buds.  I normally rely on my very old Queen Mother roses for a bunch at Xmas but it looks like I may have a mixed bunch this year.


Posted: 30/10/2014 at 16:23

Getting dark now so gave in as I did not come in for lunch but ate it in the garden from the garden.  I did feel like a hunter - gatherer with my two corn cobs, bunch of grapes,CharlesRoss apple and two large red strawberries, but quite replete and able to do much more work.  Before the light went I took some pictures .  I found three pea flowers on my new Pea meteor plants i am trialling for Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners.  The winter jasmine is going to be covered in its yellow flowers this November.  The roses are still delightful and what a year it is for red berries!  Oh and I have blue mushrooms.




Posted: 30/10/2014 at 12:45

I emptied the potato planter of its "Xmas" potatoes as all the haulms were spent and got 1 kilo of admittedly gorgeous new potatoes but will not be repeating this experiment.  Such a tiny crop cannot have depleted the compost much so I will use it in big pots of tulips for the spring.



Posted: 30/10/2014 at 11:25

Normal service resumed in garden today as it is dry.


Posted: 29/10/2014 at 09:00

It has been rather wet overnight in Bristol but dry and cloudy now with forecast for rain most of the day so may give the garden a miss outside today and concentrate on the conservatory.  I really must make room for more tender subjects that need to come in soon and there is a lot of pricking out of perennials to do.  I have started putting pots of gazanias into the cold frame to see whether they will survive till next year there but will bring one basketful into the conservatory to be safe,  They are still flowering .  When i went out to an AGS Committee meeting last night I left the lights on in the conservatory to make it look like someone was home and it did look beautiful so must try and get a nighttime picture of it.  As my friend said when she saw it "That makes all the hard work worthwhile".


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 08:48

What more could a gardener want !  Blue skies as far as the eye can see, sunshine, temperature to go up to 18 and no rainfall forecast till through the night.  Does not seem possible that November is round the corner on Saturday.  No doubt there will be more spring flowers duped into flowering this week in my garden and the late sown annuals will just carry on as if it is the height of summer still.  Yesterday in the garden the illusion was carried on by the birds.  They were very vocal indeed.  Some of it was them chiding me for disturbing them with my pruning.  The blackbirds are relishing the bounteous berries in the ivy thickets; the starlings are getting drunk on fallen apples which are fermenting .I join in by munching at a sweetcorn or gobbling grapes.  

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 14:43

When I visited Upton House Gardens this year with the Friends of Univ. of Bristol Bot. Gadn I was impressed by the way they paired up their plants and how they complemented their lovely walls by the clever use of plants of the right colour.  Here are some examples worth copying.



Posted: 27/10/2014 at 14:33

They do not like it too hot but where you put your geraniums should be fine.  They like a light position to open their buds.  I have 13 buds on mine now  and they all look as if they will be open by the end of the week.  The leaves are beautiful too when they turn red after flowering is over.  Nice to hear from you, Gardening Granny.


Posted: 27/10/2014 at 14:10

Three buds open on my tibouchina today.  I can see why its common name is the Princess Plant.  It is definitely the royal purple.

 And in close up.


Discussions started by happymarion

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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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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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'

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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