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Posted: 19/04/2014 at 09:46

My, my, you are a nightowl, flumpy1!  Lovely Easter Saturday in should get a full day of gardening in after a quick visit to the shops for Sunday lunch supplies.  I have quite a few plants needing pricked out and want to start off some dwarf beans in pots so these jobs can be done indoors tomorrow when rain is forecast.  My Mothers Day bouquets are past their best so will compost now and bring in some of my garden flowers for Easter .  The garden is looking spectacular and I can give lovely tomato plants "Sunrise" which is a big yellow one, super in salads, to my gardening friends as Easter presents, as i have loads and they were much admired last year.  Bouquets of spring flowers will be much appreciated too.


Posted: 18/04/2014 at 22:11

Could be.Lisa!



Posted: 18/04/2014 at 20:32

Lovely lady's slipper orchid. Lisa.  Early too!  Here are some in the stumpery in John Massey's garden in June last year when we visited Ashwood Nurseries in Worcs. with the AGS.



Posted: 18/04/2014 at 17:05

Oh what a glorious day for gardening.  The speckled wood butterflies were out in force as were the ladybirds.  I planted osteospermums and my cerinthe major plants i grew from seed and split up some polyanthus.  The ajuga is coming into flower so more blue to join the bluebells and forget me nots.  Lots of berries on the soft fruit - strawberries. blackcurrants and red currants.  The blossom is profuse again on the apple and pear trees.  Garlic and red onion plants looking great.  Must use some of my lovely chives.  A cold night forecast so will take in my dahlias to the conservatory and put the pelargoniums in warm noches.  The potato planter for Mr. Fothergills trial has "Charlotte" potato haulms over two feet high so will fleece that. It is wall to wall clear blue sky in Bristol so a frost is very likely tonight.


Posted: 18/04/2014 at 08:59

Awww, TY all.  Hoping my hundred "Royal Yellow" dutch iris will be in bloom for St. Georges Day on the 23rd!  The table in the niche by the front door is a very useful one as it is sheltered enough to take pelargoniums all the year round and a scented pot will greet visitors with a lovely perfume,  Otherwise they arrive hungry with the smell from the curry plant which is only a metre or so away!  I hope you all get in some pleasant gardening this weekend.  The rain forecast for Sunday and Monday is needed in my garden.


Posted: 17/04/2014 at 14:42

Oh what a delightful walk I had round my bluebell crammed garden today.  The phlox paniculata is flowering and vying with the wallflowers as to whose scent is the stronger. A beautiful pink viola has taken up residence among the forget me nots without an invitation.  I have never seen one of those before but I know it is a native.  The sun went behind the clouds for me to get photos.



Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:28

Oh my gosh, my manure lady came in from the country with 50 bags of really well rotted horse manure.  It is stacked up outside the bck of the garage which is my potting shed, waiting for me to take it uo bit by bit or rather bag by bag to the potager. Easter front display nearly done so will take photos when the light is right.  No rain forecast till Sunday.


Posted: 17/04/2014 at 10:12

You too, BizzieB.  Lots to enjoy of wildlife in the garden now.  Holly blue butterflies joined the orange tipped and overwintered red admirals yesterday and some that may be meadow browns but could not get a close look. Small whites in evidence too.  Still sunshine today but breezier and a little colder.  Will finish my Easter display today.


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 13:53

TY, Verdun.  I cannot believe that the weather is being so kind to me and my garden in my Golden Jubilee Year.


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 12:21

Oh joy. my Dutch iris "Royal Yellow" have fat buds which may open in timef or St. Georges. Day.  I had to use some of my precious rainwater saved from the wet winter for my 48 strawberry plants and three rows of garlic plants for Mr. F. trials this morning and watered the new blackberry "Reuben" too as it is in its first year.  Most of mt daffodils are over but i found a few to use for my Easter display in the front garden and the golden coreopsis is flowering already.  I hope it does so all summer if I deadhead regularly.  It really is like a summer's day today.

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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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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picture difficulties

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Talkback: Gardening in Russia

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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Spring sweethearts

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

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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