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Posted: 11/08/2014 at 09:33

What a beautiful picture. TY for your kind thoughts Bizie B.  I have a duck pond outside the kitchen door and the glaziers coming this afternoon.  The forecast is dire for all day but not as windy as yesterday so perhaps they will be able to get the boarding up and the debris removed.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 11:55

We have had a few rumbles of thunder in Bristol and loads of rain but now the sun is shining.  My friend brought me a beautiful book for my birthday the RHS "Heritage Fruits and Vegetables" .  He knows me so well.  His birthday card has a mother otter calling to her young and two distinct answering calls from the infants.  I shall be playing it incessantly.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 07:38

A very very wet garden this morning and steady rain now at 7.30.  The forecast for the next five days is for lots of heavy rain too and as it is still warm there will be loads of growth on the runner beans, potatoes for Xmas and sweetcorn as well as the late sown annuals.  Such an interesting summer of growth in the garden in my Golden year.


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:48

I think I predicted Aug 4th for your first tomato - not far off !  Exciting isn't it?


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 14:16

No, Linda, the balloons did not come our way though they have in the past.  On my 64th birthday 64 of them flew over our local park where I was giving my little grandson a swing.  I counted them for him and could not believe there were exactly 64!  We have had a few showers today but I have tons of plums needing picked before the bad weather arrives tonight so will go out and rescue them in my old raincoat just in case.


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 10:52

Conway looks lovely.  A carrier brought me the David Austin Rose called "Golden Celebration" this morning.  Seven big fat buds on it ready to open for my birthday on Monday.  It was from my daughter and her family in Ballymena.  Here it is.



Posted: 08/08/2014 at 22:10

Our August parcel from Mr, Fothergill arrived in the post today and it is another experiment in sowing seeds later than normal,  We have six packets of perennial seeds to sow at the end of August to see if we have good plants to plant out in the garden next June.  If they all take even my garden will be bursting at the seams.


Posted: 08/08/2014 at 11:35

One of the participants in Mr. Fothergills trials has posted a picture of two brimming bowls of cucamelons, unsure how to use them and another has shown a picture of a summer stew with them added at the end which looks delicious so Not all have been stuck with two full grown and hundreds of pea size fruits!  No doubt when the stats are published I will find what I was deficient in!  I do not like them enough to try again however, not even to put in stew.


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 15:27

My goodness harvesting can be exhausting.  i dug up a washing up bowlful of King Edwards, picked a baking bowlful of plums for jam making tonight, 8 long runner beans for supper and a huge bouquet of flowers to sit in the now almost empty conservatory waiting for the glaziers to board up the damage.  Thirty various coloured tomatoes and two peppers were brought in this morning so i may make some delicious soup for the winter while I am in the kitchen making jam.  I propped up the Conference pear branch that had hit the deck in the potager because of the weight of its crop with a picnic chair.My garden looks like the pictures of the Garden of Eden you used to see in old Bibles!  I have eaten six plums today so must stop.


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 08:14

Another beautiful day and three items on the news this morning which highlight the great benefits elderly people get when they garden.  New studies have shown people who get low quantities of vit. d have a high chance of developing dementia.  no easier way to get plenty than to be out gardening in the sunshine.  Our self sufficiency in food from Jan. 1st runs out today but is up 2% this year to 60% still low compared to 75% it used to be.  Elderly people now harvesting loads of veg and fruit like me to feed themselves and family and friends through the winter are helping haul this target up.   And the honeybee population last year dropped 10% as against 33% the year before.  I think more elderly gardeners are getting the message to plant  more bee friendly plants in their gardens.  Incidentally, now the Britain in Bloom judging is going on i do think more marks should be given to ecologically friendly planting.  Surely gardeners who help the insects, grow food for humans and wildlife like berries for us and the birds and try their best to be organic should get more points.

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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Last Post: 23/11/2014 at 10:33

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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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:12

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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Last Post: 06/09/2014 at 18:57

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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 18:21

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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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 15:36


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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Last Post: 09/12/2013 at 17:31

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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Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

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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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 09:47

picture difficulties

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Last Post: 29/04/2013 at 22:05

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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Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:49
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