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2014

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 20:10

It will be interesting. Busy-Lizzie.  I love the way Mr fothergills are exploring different possibilities in different parts of the country in this project  and the participants are being so resourceful and careful too.  I have left over compost from last year which ordinarily I would have used but for this trial i shall wait till this year's fresh compost is in the shops.

Talkback: An early spring?

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 16:58
Ah, Kate. I have double daisies thinking it is summer and two fresh blackbird eggshells below my ivy thicket where the nests are last week. I have brought ten pots of bulbs into the conservatory as they are so advanced. I feel like I am doing a constant Chelsea. But the garden looks lovely when the sun does daign to shine. The winter flowering heather is a real draw for bumblebees in my front garden. It must have been a great loss to the bee population when heathers went out of fashion.

2014

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 13:49

Yesterday's parcel contained "Charlotte" seed potatoes with instructions to plant five in the ground and five in the smart green patio planter that came with them; antirrhinum seeds "Purple Twist"F1 billed as having white streaks on gorgeous purple flowers and reaching 40inches so a good cut flower (and good to set off my golden annuals) ; two packets of pepper seeds - Snackbite Mixed and King of the North.  It just gets more and more exciting as each box arrives.

2014

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 14:55

Today my box of trial material from Mr. Fothergills Seeds arrived and what an exciting parcel it is.  Five jobs in all to tackle.  I will let you know when I start - when it is a bit drier.  If you would like to see how the trials are progressing go to  http://blog.mr-fothergills.co.uk/nation-of-gardeners-december-planting-update-who-needs-the-shops-at-christmas-when-you-have-mr-fothergills/    It is a good read!  My results are the Bristol ones.

2014

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 12:23

About ten days ago I

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picked a bunch of bare forsythia twigs from the garden and put them in water behind the new pic of grand-daughter no 2 in her school Prom dress which I had for Xmas, thinking the buds when they opened would go well with her gold top.  The first buds opened today.

Whats your plans for next year.

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 19:22

To see my plans for 2014 go to 2014 on the Forum.

2014

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 19:10

Great fan club I have !  Thank you all.  Perhaps Gw could have a comperition to find the oldest gardener on their site.

2014

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 11:33

Middle of January and very mild but damp up the garden so I did an hour's work pruning apple and pears and came into the dry in the conservatory to tidy up the pelargoniums which are still flowering their socks off and found the buds swelling on my fog tree so I will find some pots and compost to rehouse the Cyclamen persicum and opuntias and something else which have seeded themselves in the pot and take off the top inch of old compost and give it (the fig) fresh compost.  My Angelonia with its little antirhinum like flowers is still flowering.  It flowered profusely in the garden all through the summer months;  I potted it up and cut it roght back in October and brought it into the conservatory where it quickly grew and has been flowering for the last three months.  I will definitely try another colour of those next year to join my white one.

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2014

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 09:24

Two of the above are on my Roll of Honour for fifty years of Excellence - the pink bergenia and the primroses, both of which were growing in the garden when we came.

2014

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 14:27

That early wallflower smells lovely.  Three more coming.

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Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

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