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Posted: 15/12/2014 at 08:58

Another dry mild day forecast for here and the temperature at the end of the week is forecast for 12 degrees night and day!  There will definitely be snowdrops flowering for Xmas!  I have to stay near the house as my Ballymena part of the family have sent a parcel so better spend my time outside tidying the kitchen patio.  I may even scrub the picnic table.and put a nice flowering pot of gazanias on it.  I cannot believe they are still flowering outside.  I ordered 15 plugs in the spring and 45 arrived and they all thrived.  I have squashed as many as I can into the cold frame and conservatory and kitchen to try and save them for next year when I will not be buying anything from a hothouse or mail order to be "Green"


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 18:30

Awwww yes, I am indeed blessed with such wonderful people in my life.  Glad you like the pics.  I kept exclaiming oh that is beautiful and the birds joined in.  It sounded like there were hundreds chirping merrily away out there today.  The autumn floering Cyclamen hederifolium have  just finished flowering and left behind their lovely marked ivy like leaves and the winter flowering Cyclamen coum have just started to flower.  How is that fir synchronisation?


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 13:42

Oh I have had such a lovely stroll without needing even gloves on round my woodland garden and fernery and peeped into the conservatory.  Do join me to see how beautiful leaves and twigs can be in December.




Posted: 14/12/2014 at 09:07

Warmer this morning and no rain forecast for Bristol till 3o/clock so hopefully should get out in the garden today.  In the morning preferably in case visitors arrive for tea.  But many people will be busy with Xmas preparations so may have all the daylight hours to play.


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 21:13

Oh dear Fruitcake, must have been an off day for the sprouts.  Actually ours were as I like them a bit on the hard side but they were too hard for some of the ladies but they were the new sweet variety.  Our Yorkshire pud, well at least mine, was perfect and the roast potatoes were crispy on the outside and floury inside.  Glad you liked the crumble tart.  i have added that recipe to my repertoire.  Yes it was cold in Bristol all day today.  Milder tomorrow  AG Mag. readers voted Christine Walkden as Gardener of the Year this year. Monty Don was second. 


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 17:37

His descriptions of the countryside are so true I feel I am there, seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and even tasting occasionally.


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 09:14

Still in negative degrees in Bristol this morning so white roofs and grass again but the sun is out and a crisp dry day to look forward to  I still have not recovered from the euphoria of such a lovely day yesterday so will be looking at everything through rose- tinted glasses today no doubt.  


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 21:39

Off to bed now with my book - my favourite book of the twentieth century which I am rereading all six volumes of now the weather keeps me indoors more - Marcel Proust's "In Search of Lost Time".


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 21:04

Coming to the end of a perfect day.  The Choir of the year 2014 program on BBC4 tonight was just absolutely splendid.


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 14:34

I thought today could not get any better after my parcel from Mr. Fothergill arrived but changed my mind when the post came.  In it was a Xmas card from the youngest member of the Nation of Gardeners and a lovely plaque for my garden.  See pic.


He also paid me a great compliment as he said he saw it when he was out shopping and thought of me!  And Marion is such a common name.

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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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:12

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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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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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 09:47

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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