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Posted: 21/12/2014 at 09:03

Damp out in the garden so at least we have had  some drizzle through the night.  No frost forecast till the night following Xmas day so coldframe etc will not need any attention except for a little watering.  The forecast temperature for today and tonight in Bristol is 10degrees.  There are still golden highlights out in my Golden Jubilee Garden and some I would not expect to see this time of year like golden gazanias.  Jasminum nudifolium I knew I could bank on and it is very floriferous this year.


Posted: 20/12/2014 at 22:20

Awww that is a lovely Xmas collage.  A Very Happy Christmas to you both.


Posted: 20/12/2014 at 15:53

Ahh you are branching out into chickens.  Beware of the foxes in our district.  We used to have 55 fowl - chickens and ducks but foxes killed the lot.  They will excavate under fences in broad daylight if no one is around!  They roam freely between the Downs and out via Blaise Castle to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway whee they pick up McDonalds cartons and bring them back to my garden.  So an armour plated henhouse will be needed and never forget to lock them up at night.



Posted: 20/12/2014 at 15:16

Two Xmas cakes for presents done and dusted.  Getting there but still have a foolscap piece of paper with things to do


filling it.


Posted: 20/12/2014 at 13:24

I got rid of the 'flu very quickly in November flumpy1 and have been very well since.  I forgot to post my friend's presents he brought this morning.  My January issue of Garedners World magazine has just arrived in the post and been avidly devoured.  I bought a year's subscription when two Premium Bonds won me £25 each.



Posted: 20/12/2014 at 10:20

My dear friend has just delivered my Xmas presents including a stocking filled with goodies including this cute duck but he had a dreadful cold and I had rather he had stayed in bed nursing it as he plans a train trip north on Monday for Xmas.  There were a few people missing from the AGS party last night because of the 'flu bug flying around.

Happy Christmas

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 09:31

Happy Xmas greetings to all the team.  I have really enjoyed chatting on my 2014 thread and hope to change it somewhat for 2015.  I suspect their are changes coming elsewhere on the site too but am sure it will continue to educate, entertain and encourage us all.  Thank you , all the team for a smooth running site.


Posted: 20/12/2014 at 09:13

The hellebores are flowering already in The Univ. of Bristol Bot. Garden.  I visited last Wednesday and they were among the 18 species of flower I found in bloom.


Posted: 20/12/2014 at 09:03

Xmas cards from the neighbours coming thick and fast through the letter box now so must get out later when my expected visitor this morning has gone and deliver mine as the forecast is for bright and dry all day.  It looks like we are in for a spell of mild weather now so no need to shut up the coldframe at night  - one less thing to remember.  I have a long Xmas poem to rehearse for after the Xmas meal so that will keep my mind occupied too.  I am sitting here very fragrant as I won a large box of Dove toiletries last night in the raffle.  My goodies I ordered with my Cocktail naming prize are arriving Monday which is very swift indeed.  I must find containers for my spices and arrowroot and red lentils.  The dates and nuts will be eaten over the festive period.


Posted: 19/12/2014 at 21:50

Just back from the AGS Xmas Social where among the four raffle prizes I won there was a bottle of lovely wine and this beautiful flower arrangement just right for Xmas day.


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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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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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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