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Posted: 15/04/2014 at 22:17

Yes, it is a lovely time of year, BizzieB.  I have frogs jumping all over my boots, bumble bees buzzing everywhere, lots of colourful butterflies and birds singing to me all day long.  There are so many trees in my garden you cannot see the house in many areas of it but half way up by the potager which is built so the veg get maximum sun. you get a good view.


Posted: 15/04/2014 at 16:01

I went on safari with my camera as the orange tip butterflies were loving my forget me nots and found my third wave of tulips are flowering and


some are really beautiful.


Posted: 15/04/2014 at 09:09

Beautiful weather once more and very upbeat forecast for next week. It looks like lots of potatoes will be planted this Good Friday.  I will be on the production line again today, weeding a patch, replacing with new plants, using the vacated pot to plant some summer bulbs.  The birds no doubt will be singing all round me and the Bramley apple blossom will be further out.  It is such a beautiful, fresh time of year and the colour in my garden is magnificent.Golden coreopsis plants are ready to be planted with the gold just peeping from their first buds. 


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 15:27

Such a glorious day I worked right through lunchtime but hungry now so in for a sandwich.  The mid season tulips and species tulips are blooming now.



Posted: 14/04/2014 at 13:08

Such wonderful weather for Easter week.  i have spent the morning digging out bindweed roots, dock roots, blackberry roots and cleavers but I have the pleasure of replacing them with spent daffs from their pots, divided primroses and primulas, and osteospermum plants and then I can pot up my summer bulbs into the freed up pots. It is never all tough job whatever you are doing in the garden.  Every day now I am greeting  favourites I have not seen since last year.  Sweet violets are making themselves at home in the limestone chipping path.  I had such a Beth Chatto moment when I saw that!


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 16:29

It has been a glorious day of gardening and I treated myself to mint and chocolate ice cream in the garden.  Felt like summer.  I should have a freshly arranged display ready for Easter at this rate and will have to look out my straw gardening hat.  UV was up to 4 today and top is 7.  


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 12:23

Flumpy 1.  The first picture is Spanish bluebells.  They increase like mad, just the thing for a huge garden like mine and you get the occasional white or pink one.  I like to amuse myself transplanting them into groups according to their colour so now have a quite sizeable clump of white ones.which is picture no 3.  They hibridise with the English bluebell so, in my garden I have three types of bluebell, Spanish, English and the in-betweens in three colours.


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 10:38

I need not have worried about my golden theme.  The kerria ad yellow arcgangel and primulas are taking care of it.  The pear blossom is full out and my tulip tree is showing its lovely leaves and trunk off in the sunshine.  White "bluebells" in abundance and lots of pink and white double daisies as well as late daffs and tulips had me snapping.



Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:12

I have just looked at the seven day forecast for Bristol and no rain forecast for a whole week!  It will be all systems go on the Easter display next week and potato planting!  The bluebell season has begun so out with the camera today to capture them.  It is difficult to keep to the golden theme when there is so much blue about but the golden spirea is trying with its golden leaves.


Posted: 12/04/2014 at 13:18

£1 tomatoes in three varieties all pricked out and separately labeled usung old labels I had to clean up with an eraser.  As i have eight kinds of tomatoes to nurture labeling is important. some are destined for outside, some indoors, some from seed. some from ready plants.  if they weather stays fine after I have finished lunch i will work on till it is dark.  No April showers this year yet.

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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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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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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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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