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Posted: 18/11/2014 at 14:08

Such a lovely morning of gardening in brilliant sunshine.  All the saladings for the winter sown outside under cover as asked by Mr. Fothergill and keeping Bob Flowerdew's strawberries company.  A huge bunch of my delicious grapes were demolished for lunch and I found to my delight the oxalis leaves are lovely in the autumn too  Took a picture of my smallest acer sparkling in the sunshine.

 These are the salad leaves we had to sow for Mr Fothergills Nation of Gardeners Trials end of September which I raid every day for my sandwiches and evening salad though you would not notice as I sowed so thickly.  They have done very well in this mild autumn we have had in Bristol.



Posted: 18/11/2014 at 08:44

Drier this morning and brighter so should get some salads sown outside today but as 10degrees is forecast for the rest of the week I think it is time to look out warmer socks and to wear my heavy walking boots in the garden , else frozen feet will make me miserable.  Circulation problems have always been a bugbear in the winter with me so leaving Scotland as a young woman for a warmer climate was not a problem.  The cost of heating a home up there must be quite horrendous nowadays for older people.  I may switch my central heating on before Xmas this year.    Today I shall harvest more tomatoes and sweetcorn and check for signs ofpods on the Meteor peas.


Posted: 17/11/2014 at 09:06

Despite the weather and lack of sunlight my Princess Flower is glowing in the conservatory.  It is 3 feet tall and covered in buds but they do not all open at once.



Posted: 17/11/2014 at 08:39

Such a dark wet cold Monday morning in Bristol.  There is a duckpond on the kitchen patio again so the water table must be high.  All the cars going past have their headlamps on.  No going out in the garden yet I fear.  Time to do housework I think.


Posted: 16/11/2014 at 21:11

Dull a slightly damp in Bristol today but better weather coming next week so the weathermen say.  I have to go to our flower shop tomorrow for some fresh compost as I have seven packets of salad seeds to sow for the Mr. Fothergills trials.  Luckily two of them can be grown on to provide a stir fry vegetable and two lettuces can be grown to maturity  which should mean lots of lettuce soup so it is not all cut and come again salad leaves.  I do like their Spicy salad leaves a lot though.  No frost forecast for next week so should be able to get a lot of work done.  So glad your greenhouse is in one piece, flumpy1.


Posted: 16/11/2014 at 10:47

A bit of a dull Sunday morning but the conservatory is very bright and colourful.


Blooms in November

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 21:08

My white winter flowering heathers are flowering too.


Posted: 15/11/2014 at 13:44

My November parcel from Mr. Fothergills seed trials for the Nation of Gardeners trials has just arrived.  Seven pkts of winter saladings to sow which got a cheer from me as i had such success last year, all very delicious.  We also all had a present from Bob flowerdew of woodland strawberry plants to grow on .  these seem to be like the ones i have growing profusely all over my garden but i have never thought to grow in pots before so here goes.  We certainly have fun.  No idea what we will be asked to do next.


Posted: 15/11/2014 at 10:25

Count your seeds and if you think you have enough you could take a gamble on having am erly crop by sowing half now.  i find it helpful to soak the seeds in lukewarm water for a couple of hours before sowing.  I swed some on November last year and out them in the cold frame but the winter was so warm they were lanky and leggy and outgrew the cold frame before the frost had gone, but chances are very slim it will be that warm again this winter.


Posted: 15/11/2014 at 09:24

Yes, flumpy1, many of my fb friends had to put bricks in the bottom of there plastic greenhouses last winter and had the polythene ripped by the wind.  I thought my double glazed toughened glass  aluminium conservatory  was immune to the weather till the lightening struck!  Still I have great hopes of structural marerials to be invented that beat all this climate change can bring to us from the data being collected from the comet.  Comets withstand so much way out there, there must be many lessons we can learn.

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