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Need Inspiration

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 13:29

Unless you really need a lawn I would gradually get rid except a mini meadow with long grass and wild flowers at the end.  Biodiversity is the key word to becoming one of the gardeners that are helping to save the planet for future generations of humans.  And how beautiful and full of interest biodiversity is.  You have room to make many microcllmate zones, including a raised bed with rocks in for alpine plants, a dry gravel garden, a wildlife pond with bog plants, a veg. patch to get good food for the family which has no travel miles to its debit.  Enjoy.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 13:19

Yes that's the silver lining flumpy.  It stopped here just long enough for me to get to the shops for milk in case of visitors this afternoon, it being Sunday.  Of course I had to go up the garden when I got back to check on Mr. Fothergills new sweet peas and one flower is open and quite beautiful - red, pink and white all in one flower.  I will get a pic eventually but it is raining hard again.

I looked up the native Australian Herb which Pat sent us a picture of. Very interesting as the aboriginal people use it to make baskets as well as eating the bottom of the leaves as a vegetable.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 11:15

Flumpy go to settings and change from basic editing to advanced editing.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 08:45

I think GWRS meant to type gooseberries not grossberries, Pat.  Love your pics, looks like your spring is on the way - a bit like my snowdrop season.  

It is very wet out in my garden.  Lots of rain through the night which bodes good for the waterbutts.  Still raining heavily and forecast is rain for next three days.  Very dark and feeling cold after our mini heatwaves so typing this in a thick cardigan.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 19:30

Just eaten my first two Worcester Pearmains straight off the tree for dessert for my supper.  They were very sweet and juicy so i shall have two every day now till my plums and pears are ready.

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 19:13

Had my usual vegetarian supper tonight, new potatoes straight from the garden to the pot, boiled, then doused in grated cheese and chopped chives and butter, served withbroad beans from the garden and a Sunlem tomato from my conservatory.  Dessert was two Worcester Pearmain apples picked off the tree and eaten as i strolled round the garden..  First this year and very sweet and juicy.  Have frozen lots of beans and strawberries as i had gluts.  Have harvested the red banana shallots, bkackcurrants and have green salads all the year round either from the garden or the conservatory.  Huge crop of plums, apples and pears this year.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 14:21

This gazania I grew from a plug last year flowered for eight months last year, survived the winter out of doors, had seven flowers cut down about a month ago and now has three more in full bloom and one just finished flowering.  The plugs worked out at about 10p each so th price of each flower must be miniscule indeed.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 10:20

The last few.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 09:56

Oh dear , Busy-Lizzie you must have to do so much watering.  Here are the highlights up my garden this morning after the rain and before the next lot forecast for tonight and tomorrow,



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 08:35

Oh I bet that was GWRS.  Yes rained all day in Bristol and again through the night,  I have collected quite a stash and onspected up the garden.  Everything is well watered The rowan tree's berries have coloured up so autumn appearing early.  I must get up there with my camera to take a shot of the new mr. Fothergills sweet peas - so new they have no name.  The colour is showing on the flowers to be red with white edging.  You should have heard my squeals of excitement when I saw that.  Busy-Lizzie there is bad weather on the way for northern France,  I do not know what El Nino is going to bring in the winter but it is causing a lot of hurricanes in the states.

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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Last Post: 06/09/2014 at 18:57

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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 18:21

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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Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

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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