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Posted: 26/04/2014 at 11:49

The big job for Mr, Fothergills "Nation of gardeners" trial has been started - planting the tomato varieties into their final pots.  The first three i have done have to be grown under cover and are not on the market yet.  After a shaky start they have made very good plants and three have been potted.  I reckon if I make way in the conservatory floor for three big pots each day I will be ready to plant out the outdoor ones in the raised beds and big pots in the driveway away from threat of blightby the middle of May.  I have never had blight from my indoor tomatoes.  I have potted up my cape gooseberries this morning early and am now congratulating myself as it is tipping it down with rain and very windy now.



Posted: 25/04/2014 at 19:11

Oh that is such a beautiful tree peony - delicate cream.  I have the bright yellow species and Daijin which is supposed to have red and white striped flowers but just gives me white, pink and red flowers in solid colours all on the one bush!  That one looks good enough to eat.


Posted: 25/04/2014 at 12:12

Good job I got started early today as it is now raining steadily in Bristol and by the looks of the sky is here for some time.  The postman brought me my latest plants from Mr Fothergills - pot grown garlic plants to be tested for bolting as against autumn  planted and spring planted and earlier pot plants we received.  I have never seen better plants - still damp and carefully handed over by the postman the right way up!  If necessary I will don my raincoat to plant them out in the potager as no frost is forecast for tonight.  In the meantime I am cleaning the windows and shelves in the conservatory.and removing the spiders webs from the corners, picking off the brown leaves on the pelargoniums and pruning where needed .  I found the first two flowers on my bougainvillea and let out such a cheer.  No matter how dull and damp the day, my plants find ways to cheer me.


Posted: 25/04/2014 at 10:25

Quite chilly up the garden today but dry so took my camera up as i wandered round drinking in the smell of the bluebells.  The Clematis montana atropurpurea will give way to bourbon roses in six weeks time . The garden is very blue with bluebells, forget me nots and Viola corsica.



Posted: 24/04/2014 at 20:22

I doubt I will be painting much this Mayday or this year really as the garden is having so many visitors.  I think next year I will do a collage of individual paintings of the plants on the roll of honour when they are looking their best.  Small vignettes will not take so much time and I can have fun setting up the collage.  Green wheelie bin gets emptied tomorrow and will soon be filled up again!


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 11:49

After a hard two hours work this morning cutting out brambles from a hedge I took a stro;; round my garden to see what is going to delight on May Day.  My goodness what a lot of blossom to come - lilac starting, laburnum getting there, apple and pear will be in full flower soon, mock orange just covered in buds, weigela starting as is Potentilla fruticosa,  aquilegia aplenty. buds opening on the peonies, Dutch iris sure to be open at last as the buds have swollen,late tulips , bluebells and forget me nots and double daisies, campanulas, poached egg plants .  No doubt there will be lots more as I have never seen the borders so lush.  I hope it will be good weather for photographs.  Here is the painting I did on Mayday 1991 up my garden.



Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:19

Hi, Bizzie B, your second way to treat tulips works for me.  T. praestans will multiply for you if you plant it deeply in a border.  Happy St. Georges Day everybody from my front gard


en whose red and white display was sabotaged by a pink pelargonium and late daffs .  Well they are golden!


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:03

It is one of those awkward gardening days today.  As soon as it looks dry enough to get started I get about ten minutes in and it goes cold and then rains on me.  I have given it up and just watered everything that needs it in the conservatory.  It does not seem that my Dutch Iris "Royal Yellow" will open for St. Georges day tomorrow so I will have to be content with a red and white display.  Allium neapolitanum is flowering and the white and green viridiflora tulips are still intact.  We do not have any frost likely this week so the pelargoniums I put out for Easter are quite safe.


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:04

My goodness it was warm working outside this morning but new plants planted and now room for my lunch on the picnic table out on the kitchen patio.  I am trying to make way in the conservatory for the indoor tomatoes for Mr. Fothergills trials as they are big enough now to go into their big pots.  It is one big production line now as the big pots are full of spent bulbs!.


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 10:24

Much brighter day in Bristol today and no watering needed as it rained a great deal yesterday.  It has definitely been a bluebell Easter this year and the smell as i wandered round my gar


from them and the wallflower and phlox was delightful.

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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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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