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Posted: 11/10/2014 at 21:18

I try to be environmentally friendly and do not use any power  except woman power in the garden.  I always remember how much energy is used to make machines such as vacuums.  And I try to be as quiet as I can as I know how the sound of machines in neighbours 'gardens can be so disturbing.  I rather like gathering up the leaves by hand for leaf mould.  It is the actual "doing" of the gardening tasks that i enjoy most so I do not look for shortcuts.  Actually if all the tasks do not get done i find nature finds a way to help like breaking down the leaves for me.  Tending a garden is not a chore but a choice for me.



Posted: 11/10/2014 at 16:49

My conservatory is getting very full.



Posted: 11/10/2014 at 09:43

As the Garden Writing Course was cancelled due to lack of support I now have an extra day to get on with the very urgent jobs, like pricking out more perennials, planting some more of the hemerocallis my friend brought me from his garden, clearing weeds away from the snowdrops in the butterfly garden and sweeping fallen leaves from some of my miles of paths as well as bringing more tender plants in to the conservatory.  Everything should be easier to do now the garden has had a good soaking but It will have to be tackled in my old raincoat as I would get very damp in anything else.  Conservatory jobs are warm ones howerver so that is where I will retreat to to dry off.


Posted: 10/10/2014 at 09:01

A beautiful morning again in Bristol though a touch chilly but no rain forecast till late afternoon and the green wheelie bin gets emptied this morning.  The conservatory is so lovely now even though only half the occupants are back from their summer hols in the garden.  These two plant combinations caught my eye this morning.  The purple angelonia  is great value for money.  It is on its second flowering after four months constant flowering outside and after cutting back again it will flower again indoors after Xmas for three months or so.  The white salvia was the only white one in a pkt of "Seascapes" salvias I sowed last spring.



Posted: 09/10/2014 at 15:57

oh dear, not enough takers for the Garden Writing Course so it has been postponed till the spring!  Looks like it will be taking more plants in out of the cold day on Saturday then.


Posted: 09/10/2014 at 15:11

My parcel from Mr. Fothergill arrived at 1.30 and by 2.30 my ten Pea Meteor plants were watered and planted and staked.  It was a glorious job.  The bees were buzzing among my late sown annuals in the same bed; the smell from the Alyssum was delightful; my plants looked perfect and showed no sign of having been near a postvan.  So I rewarded myself with a corncob straight of the plant - really sweet and juicy while i took photos and then ran for the kitchen as it suddenly got cold and dark and I saw the huge black raincloud approaching.  Gardening certainly keeps you fit.



Posted: 09/10/2014 at 09:40

Got hollyhocks and echinacea pricked out yesterday in the conservatory and plan to prick out poppies today and perhaps aubrieta.  That will just leave the aquilegia and the solitary lavender to do tomorrow.  Our October parcel for the Nation of Gardeners Trial for Mr. Fothergill is in the post so may come today.  One year since we started and it is still very interesting and useful.  We all have different obstacles to tackle - mine is my great age, the teenager his lack of experience, the new mother where to put the now very active baby , northern climate, busy schedules workwise, accidents to body parts,lack of space for all the tasks,  - the list goes on and the solutions too.  Someone should write a book about it.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 22:05

I have just googled it and it is called Solandra maxima, common name Chalice Vine.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 22:00

 I am preparing a powerpoint presentation about my Golden jubilee Year and this is the picture I took 30 years ago in Nairobi which i think illustrates what a wonderful year it has been gardenwise.  It is a climber with flowers as big as dinner plates that had scrambled up four stories of our hotel to the roof.  It was very golden indeed.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 11:13

GWRS. memorial garden sounds special - a lovely place for people to meet and remember.  I am sure it will have a seat to sit and chat on.

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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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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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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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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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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