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Posted: 14/06/2014 at 18:03

Tomorrow is another day off!  I am visiting Waterperry Gdns and Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire with the AGS group.  Should be able to take my camera this time and show you some of the lovely sights.


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 10:42

Thank you twice BizzieB and TY Verdun..  Do take a stroll round my garden this morning to see what caught my eye.



Posted: 14/06/2014 at 08:18

Another lovely day forecast for Bristol today at least till 6pm, flumpy1 so more work in the butterfly garden after picking in the strawberries.  The first early potatoes need lifting too.  The autumn sown broad beans will now be allowed to set seed as the spring sown ones are ready for picking.  I have flowers on my cucamelons and peppers which are getting little fruits now and a great tomato crop so all very exciting as well as beautiful.  Tomorrow is a day off as it is the AGS summer outing.  It looks like the next five days are fine too.


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 20:21

It was much too hot to work outside this afternoon so i finished my book - The Naturalist's Garden by John Feltwell.  It brought together all the principles I use in my gardening.  Too bad you are not having this glorious weather too, Lesley K.


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 16:56

Just had to take a breather and get snapping.  The colours in the flowers were so intense today in the bright sunshine and wall to wall blue sky.



Posted: 13/06/2014 at 11:33

Oh what a scorcher.  I am so glad I decided to get up early and work in the cool.  I have made a start on the nettles in the butterfly garden, leaving them on the path for the caterpillers of the seven butterflies who lay their eggs on them.  Sweetcorn sown into 9cm pots . and everything that was desperate for a drink watered.  Now i have watered myself and now plant to fill up the green wheeliebin which has just been emptied.  I think I will read a book outside in the afternoon and take up the heavy work in the evening when it will be cooler, after i have gorged myself on strawberries picked this morning.  There was a big hooray from me when I inspected the conservatory this morning and as both Snackbite and King of the North peppers which we are trialling for Mr. Fothergill have flowers and tiny fruits on.


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 21:39

Yes, picking lots of huge strawberries now.  Have a good rest, flumpy 1.  sudden hot spells can be very tiring.  Even hotter here forecast for tomorrow!  I think an early night and getting up early to work in the cool is a good idea.


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 17:15

We enjoyed the soup, strawberry jelly and ice-cream very much after two hours exploration of the Botanic Garden.  It was lovely talking plants all day to Rose and she brought me two lovely plants of Aquilegie clematiflora, one with three buds on already.  The weather was glorious, definitely a sunhat day. I noticed the tomatoes in the drive need watering tonight when things are a bit cooler so that and picking any ripe strawberries will have to be done.


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 13:33

Checking on my Mr. Fothergills trials I was delighted to see lots of tiny yellow flowers on my cucamelons with even tinier fruits behind them.  Lime flavoured gherkins sounds good to me for salads and pickles.  75 gazanias now potted up and room found for them in the conservatory.  Great crop of tomatoes in there. I sampled my "Ebony"blackcurrants from Mr. Fothergill and they were big, juicy and sweet.  Lots of strawberries so made a strawberry jelly to have with ice-cream tomorrow.  Masses of broad beans still to pick on the autumn sown "Aquadulce" and the huge crop on the spring sown ones are showing an inch in length.  I cannot remember in all my years of gardening such lushness.  All the plants, native or foreign, decorative or useful are showing how much they loved the wet, mild winter.


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 08:38

Strawberries every day now for dessert!  Another lovely day i bristol and no rain firecast for the next four days.  Need the green wheeliebn emptied but will have to wait till friday and in the meantime just fill up the weed containers and line them up.  I have difficulty in recalling such a lush June .  The wet winter and absence of frost have meant everything has suvived and flourished,  Makes for beautiful sights in te garden like a huge bank of elderflowers intertwined with mock orange blossom.  Fisrt job fter bringing in the strawberries is o finish potting up my gazanias as the new compost was delivered yesterday afternoon.  I will make a cake for tomorrow's visitor after the sun goes down.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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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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