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Posted: 06/12/2014 at 14:03

On such a cold frosty day I feel so grateful to Mr. Fothergills Seeds for making me a participant in ther Nation of Gardeners Project.  Without that i would not have Cut and Come Again salad leaves outside,winter lettuce and more leaves coming on in the cold frame, perennials sown late and growing on ready to go out in the garden in June, now in the conservatory.  It would not have entered my head to try.  A big Thank You to Mr. Fothergill


s Seeds for making me feel like I am at the cutting edge of horticulture in my Golden Junilee Year in my garden.


Posted: 06/12/2014 at 09:03

White frost on roofs and grass this morning but sun forecast for all day so should be warm enough to venture out by eleven.  Everything is fine in the conservatory and Mr. Fothergills trials of late sown perennials still seem to be growing though slower.  I should have lots in flower at Easter for the opening weekend of the Univ. of Bristol Bot. Garden when we Friends sell lots of plants for the funds.  Aubrieta in bulk in various colours should catch the eye.   The late sown salad leaves are looking OK outside too.  I am enjoying taking risks under the Mr Fothergills umbrella.  Perhaps I am a bit of gambler after all.


Posted: 05/12/2014 at 09:39

Cold again this morning with some white on next door'd grass but I soon warmed up when i opened my email to find the last two rosebuds of "Lady Emma" from my friend's garden and two pics of his "Red Garden " amaryllis.  I sent him in return two pics of the pink amaryllis he gave me to cheer me up after the 'flu.



Posted: 04/12/2014 at 11:08

Very cold again today but need to go to PO as last posting day for Australian Xmas cards so will wrap up well and post them and my American and Canadian cards as well.  Gardening can wait now till the weekend which is forecast to be sunny and warmer but I can do a bit in the conservatory where everything is thriving and very colourful.


Posted: 03/12/2014 at 22:16

Oh  that was a lovely play, so well performed.  It took me back to the days when we had a week off school to help the landgirls get in the potato crop in the war.  There was an 95 year old ex-landgirl in the audience who was given a bouquet at the end by the producer of the play.  I can recommend it for a very enjoyable night out to any age group.  Almost a musical as they sang all the old wartime songs.


Posted: 03/12/2014 at 11:07

It is brilliant sunshine today in Bristol but bitterly cold outside so i think i will stay in the warm.  I am going out in the evening to see the landgirl play "Lilies of the Land" so hope it is not too cold then.  Forecast is for warmer weather at the weekend.  


Posted: 02/12/2014 at 16:18

Just been told the next thing we have to trial for Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners project is a gardening gilet with lots of pockets for secateurs , string etc.  We all have to send in our size.  What next I wonder - garden benches, sheds perhaps?


Posted: 02/12/2014 at 14:50

Gosh that is an icy wind out there.  Gave up in the end but wheeliebins groaning at the seams - well they would be if they had any.  Picked a basketful of apples so might make three lots of crumble with different spices in and freeze two of them.  I will take a carton of strawberries out to put in a strawberry jelly and that will be all my desserts sorted for a week.


Posted: 02/12/2014 at 11:06

Aah it is a cold wind out in the garden today but the conifers are coming into their own now the leaves are falling off the deciduous trees.  My neighbour's oak tree is clinging on to its leaves


late but the Scots pine looks lovely in the sunshine.


Posted: 02/12/2014 at 08:36

Feels cold this morning in Bristol but it is dry so lots of warm clothes to go out in the garden this morning. Nothing like having space in a green wheelie bin to encourage you out.   I have deadheaded the conservatory where the lovely flowers of my Red Jasmine are about to open.  It has put  on a great spurt in growth this year so the weather outside this summer has been to its liking.  As it flowers on the end of its branches the more branches it sprouts the more heads  of flowers you get. Such a value for money plant it is too, flowering all summer outside and throughout the winter indoors. 

Discussions started by happymarion

My Bristol Garden in 2015

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Talkback: Using nettles in the kitchen

I too am a nettle lover, Kate. Nettle tea is delicious. You can buy the dried variety if you do not have your own source. 
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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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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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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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Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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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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