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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 11:29

I've made a start on the nettles as they are way above my head now.  Made piles of some for the remaining caterpillers to get some food , stuffed some in bottom of a waterbutt to make nitrogen rich fertoliser and filled the green wheeliebin, but even with tough gloves on I am stung all over , even on my cheeks so have come inf or coffee and aloe vera treatment.  If that does not work quickly enough i have some coconut oil.  Oh I do suffer for my art somtimes!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 08:36

Definitely a sunhat day in the garden today and perhaps weeding in the woodland walk and fernery would be the most sensible option as UV is at its maximum and we are predicted temperature of 19 perhaps 20 degrees.  I think the vent in the conservatory will have to be opened now for the summer. Just a glance out into the garden I can see lots more geraniums have opened their buds through the night.I can predict my birdbaths will be put to good use today.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 11:43

All thanks to my wildlife friends, Runnybeak.  No pesticides or artificial fertilisers used and a policy of growing food for the insects all the year round.  My garden then feeds me, and some of my family and friends.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 11:34

Relieved to see my fruit is fine after the storm.  I am amazed at how many plants look as if nothing untoward has happened at all.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 08:53

Beautiful day out and temperature set to reach 15 by the afternoon so great hopes for lots of gardening.  Lots of twigs off the trees to pick up and the weeds have loved the rain recently as much as the rhododendrons.  Lots of room in the green wheeliebin so can't wait to get started.  A quick safari for any damage and none found.  Mr. Fothergills trial antirhinums from last year are flowering again - called "Purple Twist" this really is a hardy and very long flowering variety.  There are lots of luscious tops on the broad beans which are covered in flowers now so I will start having the tops for greens with my supper.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 21:26

The wind is much lighter now and the rain has stopped so perhaps tomorrow will be a gardening day again.  I swear I get withdrawal symptoms when I cannot garden because of the wind.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 14:15

Tour of inspection done and no damage apart from one tall sunflower stem snapped where it was tied to its bamboo cane.  But have loads so can replace it.  Potatoes nearly ready to harvest so soon have delicious new potatoes and potato salads to eat, especially as lots of herbs need using too and some will have to be harvested to go into the freezer.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 12:18

Oh my goodness my pink rhododendron just loved all the rain last night.  It has never had such big flowers before.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 08:39

Very wet indeed in the garden this morning  but I have not ventured out in the drizzle and wind yet to see if any damage has been caused.  all looks secure from the house.  I expect there are a good few apples and pears strewn around though.The weather is supposed to be drier and brighter from lunchtime..

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 17:16

Now the spring bulbs have finished I am expecting the next blaze of colour as the hardy geraniums are just opening and the pelargoniums from the conservatory are starting to flower too.


Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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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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Summer has arrived

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