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Posted: 24/09/2014 at 16:30

I planted a "white" hibiscus in the spring.  it has started to flower - top photo on previous post.  Only partly white but unusual to have a two coloured flower.


Posted: 24/09/2014 at 11:38

Such a lot of colour in my garden now.



Posted: 24/09/2014 at 08:45

Some more panoramic views from Upton House on Sept. 14th

 If you lift your gaze from the top of the fifth balustrade from the right you will see on the horizon a huge green bird.


Posted: 23/09/2014 at 21:28

I will now try to show you some pics from Upton House and Gdns (National Trust) where the beauty of some of the plantings took your breath away.

 I  will show you some lovely views from the gardens tomorrow.


Posted: 23/09/2014 at 16:49


Here are a few ics from Hill Close Detached gdns in Warwick which have Grade2 listed summer houses with Victorian fireplaces.


Posted: 23/09/2014 at 13:51

 This is a corner of my conservatory just tidied.  I am practising on my new Windows 8 having had a lesson from my computer guru.


Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:54

Awww, thank you, chicky.  Good to hear from you.  I hope you are well and enjoying your gardening as I am.  On Monty fondness for wildlife and rambling  Don's programme about the planet last night they were worried about the ills being caused like erosion by people's love of rambling and exploring wild places for enjoyment and exercise. and wondering what to do about it.  I think the solution is to have mre wildlife gardening.  The creatures come to you then and you can forage in your own garden.  I do think a law is needed to ensure all new affordable housing is planted with a fruit tree before the first tenant arrives.


Posted: 22/09/2014 at 16:12

My goodness I did a lot of gardening for an 86 year old if I say it myself.  All my alliums planted in pots, tender subjects repotted and placed in clean area of the conservatory, beans, tomatoes and lots of bunches of flowers picked, more of the conservatory windows cleaned and shelves polished ready for more plants,hoping to get it done by next weekend and floor washed and table brought back in.  I emptied 8 tomato plants that had finished fruiting from their big pots si, when i have grown on Mr. fothergill's plug plants for sept. which are trailing winter pansies they can occupy the pots which are now cleaned and waiting for occupants.  Days like this are so satisfying.  My harvest was amazing as i fed 6 households with beans and tomatoes last week and did not expect to crowd the kitchen table again today.  and the forecast is for more of the same weather for most of this week!  Lots of apples to harvest tomorrow.  Now to have a cup of tea and enjoy doing flower arrangements before I decide what to make for supper.  I do have some very large potatoes which i also dug up today which would make great chips with their skins on as they have no blemishes at all.


Posted: 22/09/2014 at 08:47

Cooler again today but will be a great day for gardening.  I have a lot to do but it will be a day of discovery no doubt like yesterday when I found lots of red polyanthus in full flower and even a yellow azalea.  Signs of spring even before winter starts!  Tomorrow my computer guru comes so pics soon after no doubt.  I looked at my pics from Hill Close Gadns and Upton Manor on my camera yesterday and they are stupendous.


Posted: 21/09/2014 at 15:26

My conservatory is like new again and the roofers did a splendid job on the roof.  Scaffolding went up Tuesday, roofers came Wednesday, Scaffolding down by 11.30 Thursday morning!  I cannot praise the contractor for the job appointed by the insurance co. enough.  Thank you for your concern, Flumpy1.  your fence sounds like a good job too.  Your tomatoes should all ripen this year, either on the vine or in a drawer with a banana to give off ethylene to ripen them.  Take the top out of the plant when you have five trusses.  Too late for flowers to be pollinated by the insects soon.

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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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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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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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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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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