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Posted: 14/04/2014 at 15:27

Such a glorious day I worked right through lunchtime but hungry now so in for a sandwich.  The mid season tulips and species tulips are blooming now.



Posted: 14/04/2014 at 13:08

Such wonderful weather for Easter week.  i have spent the morning digging out bindweed roots, dock roots, blackberry roots and cleavers but I have the pleasure of replacing them with spent daffs from their pots, divided primroses and primulas, and osteospermum plants and then I can pot up my summer bulbs into the freed up pots. It is never all tough job whatever you are doing in the garden.  Every day now I am greeting  favourites I have not seen since last year.  Sweet violets are making themselves at home in the limestone chipping path.  I had such a Beth Chatto moment when I saw that!


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 16:29

It has been a glorious day of gardening and I treated myself to mint and chocolate ice cream in the garden.  Felt like summer.  I should have a freshly arranged display ready for Easter at this rate and will have to look out my straw gardening hat.  UV was up to 4 today and top is 7.  


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 12:23

Flumpy 1.  The first picture is Spanish bluebells.  They increase like mad, just the thing for a huge garden like mine and you get the occasional white or pink one.  I like to amuse myself transplanting them into groups according to their colour so now have a quite sizeable clump of white ones.which is picture no 3.  They hibridise with the English bluebell so, in my garden I have three types of bluebell, Spanish, English and the in-betweens in three colours.


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 10:38

I need not have worried about my golden theme.  The kerria ad yellow arcgangel and primulas are taking care of it.  The pear blossom is full out and my tulip tree is showing its lovely leaves and trunk off in the sunshine.  White "bluebells" in abundance and lots of pink and white double daisies as well as late daffs and tulips had me snapping.



Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:12

I have just looked at the seven day forecast for Bristol and no rain forecast for a whole week!  It will be all systems go on the Easter display next week and potato planting!  The bluebell season has begun so out with the camera today to capture them.  It is difficult to keep to the golden theme when there is so much blue about but the golden spirea is trying with its golden leaves.


Posted: 12/04/2014 at 13:18

£1 tomatoes in three varieties all pricked out and separately labeled usung old labels I had to clean up with an eraser.  As i have eight kinds of tomatoes to nurture labeling is important. some are destined for outside, some indoors, some from seed. some from ready plants.  if they weather stays fine after I have finished lunch i will work on till it is dark.  No April showers this year yet.


Posted: 12/04/2014 at 11:18

Bright but a bit hazy.  Feels colder out today, but pricking out tomatoes for Mr. F. trials.


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 21:46

I will. Lisa.  Flumpy 1, it was lovely today.  I had a friend for supper so spent some time cooking and then went off to do my slideshow and talk which was very well received.  I had them in hoots of laughter telling them about dashing in my nightie to the unheated conservatory to see if my trial tomato plants from Mr. Fothergill were all right!  One lady identified a plant for me I had a picture of but no name  Tomorrow I can sow my sweet peas and cucamelon seeds for Mr. Fothergill and plant spent daffs out of their pots into the spinney to do their thing there and reuse the pots with fresh compost for summer bulbs.  Then to build my Easter display in the front garden.  More good days forecast.


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 11:23

I think you may be right about the viridiflora tulips. Fairy girl. Got them from Bloms. Tulipa clusiana is one of my favourites too and is making itself at home in the Botanic Garden and in my garden.  Very easy.  I am enjoying every minute of my anniversary year and will have more time for the garden after tonight when i resign after nine years from my honorary post of secy to the Bristol Group of the Alpine Garden society.  Still a committee member for a year but as the big 90 comes nearer I indulge myself more.  This year I am giving some of my sedums the Chelsea chop to get nectar spread over a long period.

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