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Posted: 13/03/2014 at 12:42

Still foggy and cold in Bristol.  I have done the bees' work for them on my peach tree with my sable artist brush and watered all my seedlings in the conservatory.  Four of my chlorophytum (Spider) plants have been watered as well as I may use them next Monday in my porch St. Patrick's Day display.  The March parcel from Mr. Fothergills for the "Nation of Gardeners" Trials has been dispatched so may arrive today.  That is always exciting.  Would love to be out in the garden but it is too nasty out there.  Parcel has just arrived from Mr. Fothergill by Royal Mail.  It just gets more and more exciting every month this trial.  Something i had not imagined we would do this month which I will tell you about when everyone has received their parcel.


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 13:31

My infant teacher inspired me when i was five years old.  We grew mustard and cress on the classroom windowsill and i would be first in the queue for school to get to the saucer to see my seedlings.  i still get a thrill , eighty years later , seeing the seeds I have planted germinate.


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 11:23

I made it out to the front garden


after a steaming hot cup of coffee.  The tulips are opening up.


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 11:20

Such a cold, foggy morning in Bristol today i decided the conservatory was the best place to be gardening and took my camera with me.

 This is what I see looking out the windows of the conservatory.



Posted: 11/03/2014 at 09:47

Much colder today which is just as well as I overdid the heavy work in the garden yesterday so a lovely warm spell in the conservatory trying to move seedlings around to get veg seeds sown and seeing to my new dahlias will suit me fine.  They all look beauties on the internet so I have a great show to look forward to.  There are sedums and osteospermums in pots ready to go out in the middle garden so may put on my coat and do that in the afternoon when the temperature is forecast to reach 10 degrees, not 16 like yesterday.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:01

So soul satisfying, BusyLizzie!  My Bellis perennis (from a freebie pkt of seeds ) are really putting on a good show with such big flowers.too.  Lots of the spring flowers have loved the rain and warmth we had in Bristol this winter.


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 12:48

O  what a start to the week!  I have kindly had delivered by the Entry Secy of the Bristol and District Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society four very well grown tubers of golden dahlias, all named so I can look them up- a gift from Philip Orley, last year's Silver Medal Winner.  They met up at the AGM last weekend and Phillip arranged it.  I am so very, very glad I spent all my savings when I was eighty on becoming IT literate and equipped!  Otherwise such lovely things would never have happened to me.  I hope I can do those lovely tubers justice.  What a wonderful golden show they will make at the end of the summer.


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 11:20

I am already, Lisa,thank you, and decided I needed a coffee break today as I started at 7am.  i will snap the scree garden at the end of the week.  I live in Bristol, sheltered by the Mendips and am so glad you are enjoying my account of my Golden Jubilee year.  Some day you will be handing out Roll of Honour places to your plants!



Posted: 10/03/2014 at 10:15

Oh wow, I have only tidied the back door patio and am already drooling over my bulbs!  They go so well with the dwarf rhododendrons.



Posted: 10/03/2014 at 08:31

Another Monday but such cheerful predictions from the weathermen that my hopes are very high for the jobs needing done in my Jubilee Garden this week.  I started a huge assault on the brambles threatening to overwhelm the slate scree at the weekend so will finish that first.  It is full of primulas spreading vegatively and by seedlings and there are hordes of cyclamen.  They were all hidden under arches of brambles entangled with couch grass which also needs an assault.  But the white Arabis montana is flowering well and the Arum italicum leaves are so pretty.  In between I shall tidy up the patios and get rid of last winters wet leaves now they are drying up and easier to collect for leaf mould.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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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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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 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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an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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picture difficulties

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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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The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Spring Spectacular

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