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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 22:53

Awww, flumpy and Fruitcake, you will be like me when you have retired.  Mind you I did it three times - the last time at 85 when I retired from working as a volunteer at the Botanic Garden, but then volunteered for the Nation of Gardeners trials for Mr. Fothergills so really haven't retired yet as I am still doing that but it is all gardening. just not my choice.  I did get a lot done today but rewarded myself with two films - "Shall we Dance" and "Billy Elliot" on BBC2 and 4.  Quite a treat.  Looks like we are going to have good gardening weather in Bristol till next weekend at least, Fruitcake.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 10:59

I picked my first three ripe strawberries (huge) from Mr, fothergill's "Sweetheart" trials from last year and, with a handful of my own alpine strawberries (small) had them on my cereal.  It was just last week I finished the last box from the freezer from last year's crop.  The hebes have opened their buds this morning and the bushes are covered.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 09:38

You too, flumpy. So glad you have good gardening weather at last.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 08:30

Such a beautiful sunny morning and the forecast is the same for the whole of next week so all steam ahead in the garden now.  The pyracantha has never been so covered in blossom so the fruitful year continues.  The bees are reaping the benefit now so it will be covered in berries for the birds in a few months time.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 13:34

More pictures flumpy. Pleased to see the mock orange blossom is opening.  i have single and double philadelphus all over the garden which perfumes it beautifully.

 Allium "Christoffe"


Last night's Gardeners World

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 11:16

Yes it was good all the way through.The bee colony reminded me of when we had a swarm arrive in the Botanic Garden and we volunteers were aoo agog watching the beekeeper who was summoned collect them and take them away.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 08:36

Oh TY Clarice.  I think my garden is the "Star" really for wearing so well under the onslaught of seven children and seven grandchildren and hundreds of their friends.  It is splendid example of how to age well.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 22:05

I feel much better about my nettles now having seen Kate Humble being stung up the mountains in Nepal.  I do not make as much noise up my garden as she did.

Blooming calendar

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 20:27

The dates are on them all.  If you want a whole year just look in my last year's posts called 2014 which was the year I was celebrating 50 years of gardening in my present garden so, if you want flowers for September this year have a look to see what was flowering in my garden last September or the gardens I visited in 2014 and sow or order the plants now.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 16:58

My friend sent me pics of his salsify now seeding.  I have never seen these huge dandelion like seedheads before.  I also like the colour of his "Lady of Shalott" rose.


Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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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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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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