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Posted: 06/04/2014 at 08:43

Twenty five years after his death I find a use for my late husband's shaving mirror - from watching Beechgrove's visit to Lady Fraser's beautiful garden south of Edinburgh where she has put little mirrors under the heads of the hellebores so you can see the insides without having to touch the flower!  And I had never thought to take off any elongated chits from my seed potatoes to give healthier eyes a chance!  No matter how long you garden you can still learn something new to you.    It has been very wet through the night but it is very mild so should get some work done in the garden in the dry spells.  Yesterday was a better day for pictures after all.  Pricking out calls as well.  I have Cape gooseberries longing to be given a bedroom each and more of my tomatoes.


Posted: 05/04/2014 at 11:00

April 5th is a very dull morning in Bristol but not in my garden where golden flowers are shining like miniatu


re suns form dark corners and the plum blossom is amazing.


Posted: 04/04/2014 at 09:13

Much fresher today and two mostly dry days forecast so hundreds of plants are due to come out of the conservatory to be hardened off before planting out and make way for the bigger pots of tomatoes to be grown under glass for Mr. Fothergills Trials and the peppers are now threatening to outgrow their pots as well.  I shall weed as I go, replacing the weeds with the plants already hardened off.  The bitter cress is already flowering so must come out pronto and the cleavers and bindweed are  so easy to weaken by pulling out now they are small.  I do love getting up close and personal with the weeds and new plantings but have to remember to have a good stretch and a stroll around the garden every half hour or so to keep myself supple.  You can even get too enthusiastic about weeding!


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 19:11

I made it to the Botanic garden amid the gloom of drizzly rain and had to borrow one of their umbrellas to get me back across the Downs to the bus stop dry as the rain started in earnest.  The garden was looking lovely, especially the magnolias and the woodland edge garden.  Next wek I shall return their umbrella and take my camera on a nice day.  but it was lovely to see all the new developments and some of the orchids in Subtropical House were mind blowingly beautiful.  And the rain has watered in my new plantings too so that job will not need doing tomorrow.


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 12:30

Worked all morning in the slate scree and Persian runner, weeding and reolacing the weeds with polyanthus plants, saying goodbye till next year to puschkinias, ipheons, scillas etc and hullo to fritillarias and early bluebells, admiring the primroses, planning my next big step to transform what was my Olympic rings into an Olympic shrubbery.  for which I have in big pots nine azaleas and three dwarf rhododendrons, one red patio rose I bought at Wisley and lots of bulbs and polys for in between.  Now I am looking anxiously at the sky which is glowering back at me as I would like to have a break and visit my friends and the plants I cared for at the Botanic Garden, but should not if the pollution returns.  Perhaps the time has come for supermarkets to stock facemasks like they have in Chinese cities.  Better safe than sorry.  Well, early lunch then we shall see.


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 08:53

Oh, Thank you so much ,garden jeannie.  Your neighbour must be very grateful for your thoughtful help.  I am sure she would love some magnolia perfume in the house . Lots of flowers do float so do try it.  It is certainly worth it for the flowers that hang their heads to ptotect their pollen from the weather like hellebores.  You can then appreciate their nectar guidelines and the beauty of their stamens.  I have sent in an application to the team who do the Britains Best Gardens series but have not heard anything yet.  They must have hundreds apply but i thought my celebrations for being fifty years tending the same garden would tie in with Alan's fifty years as a gardener.  It would be lovely for all my friends to see what I talk a great deal about on the telly.  I know how much time looking after children takes.  i had seven and still remember as i tend my gardenwhat the children got up to in it. They had a three tiered tree house, a museum with the treasures they had dug up all labled- some of the bones had marvelous Latinised dinosaur names,made "Puddings " out of the blackberries and wild strawberries, made dens and shops and houses and camped under the Bramley.  They had a small football pitch and a badminton net and tennis net, swings from tyres on ropes, aerial descents from the biggest trees and masses of flowers the girls would pick for decoratng their bedrooms when they had had a big cleanout. They also had to put up with me dishing them up large helpings of broccoli etc and boasted tht only us and the queen could have veg as fresh as this! Ahh, the memories. But back to the present as rain is forecast for this afternoon in Bristol.  It is quite dull now but the pollution seems to have dispersed a bit so I may get some work done outside today.  Yesterday was quite impossible.


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:21

End of April last year up in the butterfly garden.  Do you think that is enough, Edd?



Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:07

December at my front door;



Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:03

And November in my garden:



Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:57

Still testing.  October in my garden.


Discussions started by happymarion

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 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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Spring Spectacular

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