Latest posts by happymarion


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:29

Even foggier this morning in Bristol and so cold.  I will sow my new tomato seeds from Mr. Fothergill on the kitchen table in the warm and hope to get my strawberry plants in and my second sowing of broad beans done this afternoon.  The forecast is for sun about 1pm.  I need to check up on all the other trial subjects too and report to the PR firm who are handling the data.  We do that once a month and I wrestle with the soreadsheets and end up putting most of it in an email but it all gets there.  I tell myself I bet there are not many 85 year olds in the world doing this as I wonder what I have done wrong or failed to do on the laptop now!  But I am a firm believer in exercising the mind as well as the body so I soldier on.


Posted: 13/03/2014 at 17:35

Our box of supplies from Mr. Fothergills this month contained 24 strawberry plants, 4 kinds of tomato seeds to be grown outside to test against blight etc, one pkt of broad beans to compare yield with autumn sown ones and three pot grown garlic plants to compare with the autumn and spring sown ones for risk of bolting - interesting.  I did get the garlic planted but too cold to do the beans and strawberries.  Here is the garlic, autumn planted on the left, spring planted on the right, both from cloves, and the new plants top in the middle.




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!


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