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Posted: 27/10/2014 at 14:10

Three buds open on my tibouchina today.  I can see why its common name is the Princess Plant.  It is definitely the royal purple.

 And in close up.



Posted: 27/10/2014 at 08:57

Another lovely day for gardening and more to follow according to the forecast for Bristol.  My visitor of yesterday brought lots of food presents so no need to go shopping.  It is lovely to be saved time for gardening.  

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 13:13

I have visited many beautiful gardens in this my Golden Jubilee Year in my garden but the most unusual I think is the 16 Heritage Gardens at the entrance to Warwick Race Course.  These have only been restored since 2006 though they date from 1830.  They were rented or bought from a farmer by business people who needed their back yard for the horse and cart so had no outside space.  Monty Don restored the first in 1995 but this one is not open to the public though you can peep in.  Each has a brick and tile with a chimney and Victorian fireplace in their Grade2 listed summer houses.  The head gardener and volunteers have done a great job.  The restaurant is superb and the plants you can buy.  all in Bread and Meat Lane and called Hill Close Gardens.  Pictures I took.

 They grow 68 heritage varieties of apples.  You are invited to taste their fruit as you wander round straight off the tree!!!


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 12:47

Every time I pass the conservatory door I wonder if there is still room for me.

 My pure white pansy has opened its first bud.

 My tibouchina has two buds open of its twelve.



Posted: 26/10/2014 at 12:08

Awww, Linda, that is lovely, so there is a Marion carrot as well as a Marion Swede!  They look yummy, enjoy.  So glad to hear you are recovering flumpy1 but do no heavy work until you are eating normally and keeping it all down!  I have done two hours gardening this morning in warm dry and very calm Bristol and the forecast for the next few days here is even warmer.  Harvesting, planting, pruning and weeding as well as leaf mould making here I come.


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 08:40

Another mild dry day ahead so should be able to get more of  my plants in and more weeding and pruning done.  Forecast is for even warmer Monday and Tuesday!  The fallen apple harvest needs seeing to, either giving away or freezing as pulp.  I will harvest the rest of the sweetcorn too and that will give me a raised bed to plant garlic cloves from the ones I grew this year.  


Posted: 25/10/2014 at 21:07

Oh dear, sounds like the norovirus.  Keep yourself hydrated and get well soon.


Posted: 25/10/2014 at 16:58

Aww, nothing more than a cold I hope?


Posted: 25/10/2014 at 13:19

Last pics for now.



Posted: 25/10/2014 at 13:05

More autumn colour from my garden this morning.

 More to come.

Discussions started by happymarion

My Bristol Garden in 2015

about how I am trying my best to be ecologically friendly in Bristol's year as Green Capital of Europe. 
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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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Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

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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Last Post: 18/11/2014 at 08:20

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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