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Posted: 11/05/2014 at 16:38

Those watering cans belonged to my late father-in-law who died in 1942, Linda.  I have used them to grow flowers in since they sprung a leak.


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 11:05

That is what I am hoping, Chicky.  With so many mature trees in my garden it is impossible to work in it in high winds.


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 10:26

Forty minutes up my garden in the very strong wind and still raining was quite enough of picking up debris for me.  That Jet Stream has a lot to answer for this year.  I thought it was finished its meanderings for this year but no.  I should be deadheading bluebells and pulling up hundreds of forget me nots before they seed everywhere but instead I am gathering up armfuls of twigs and branches snapped off by the fierce winds, but there are buds on the hemerocallis, more late tulips opening, and potatoes reaching for the skies.  Rant over.  A cup of coffee will help get me back out there.  I reckon there is twelve more hours of tidying to do.  A piecs of scaffolding has blown down from the house opposite which is awaiting repairs to the chimney so I will not venture out if the wind is as foerce as yesterday.


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 21:21

Unbelievable the strength of the wind in Bristol today and it is still howling down the chimney.  If it and the rain relents tomorrow i expect I will have to spend a good few hours tomorrow picking up debris.


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 12:47

Much too blustery and wet to do anything outside so went to the flower shop for some seed compost and will sow four kinds of seed in my electric propagator - plenty to choose from as my friend has just sent me his surplus "freebies".


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 10:27

And in the conservatory the mimosa I bought to celebrate the garden's Golden Jubilee has beautiful new leaves.



Posted: 10/05/2014 at 10:18

Managed a few pics of some of my treasures before the rain started again.  The pink flower of my new dwarf rhododendron is lovely.  Pleased with Centaurea montana "Jonty" and


Californian poppies I scattered and the Dutch Iris are still holding their heads high.


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 09:11

Another wet, blustery day in Bristol so will have to stick to planting big seeds like kidney potatoes and more dwarf beans.  I shall have to take a tour round the garden with stakes and string just in case some of the lush growth is finding the wind too much.  The Dutch iris are standing up to the battering fine and making a great golden splash in the front garden.


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 13:35

I braved the wind and planted three new shrubs in my Golden Jubilee year border - a choisya, hebe and hypericum "Orange" keeping to the gold theme.  That meant I had three large empty pots just right for tomato plants that are to grow outside,  It is a nonstop production line at the moment!


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 10:56

No rain as yet but very windy - quite taking my breath away out in the garden but I potted on ten aromatic begonias which have started to grow and sowed the first of my dwarf beans -called "Polka" with golden yellow pods and beans.  The tomatoes, peppers, cucamelons and spring sown sweet peas have all been attended to in the conservatory where most things need watering every day now.  My hawthorn is i


n full bloom so here it is.

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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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

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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

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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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Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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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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