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Posted: 19/05/2014 at 17:07

The bearded irises are in flower.  I love the deep colours, O


ne is almost black but not quite open yet but this brown one is.  The weigela is very floriferous this year and very early compared to last when it did not flower till July.  The potager is filling up.


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 13:41

The first three cucamelons are potted up and one side of the drive is pretty well lined with tomatoes.  The scheme I planned of purple rhododendron with Heuchera "S


outhern Comfort" and poached egg plant and Allium "Purple sensation" and pale pink aqualegia has turned put very special.


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 09:58

Another beautiful Monday morning to start my gardening week.  First job is to pot up some cucamelons and build them a bamboo wigwam as thay are climbing very quickly now.  I have 15 plants from my pkt. of Mr. Fothergills seeds for the trial so three to a pot will mean finding three huge pots and lots of bamboo canes.  A serious safari round the garden is needed to see what can come out of its pot and into the garden.  Some of my many hydrangeas look like candidates, perhaps the ones that have no flowerheads on as I would hate to disturb the others.  I plan to take my refreshment breaks when Chelsea is on the TV.


Posted: 18/05/2014 at 10:55

Looks like this beautiful weather will last till Tuesday, BizzieB.  I have sown yellow nasturtium "Moonlight" this morning and three shrubs and planted tomatoes in their big pots.  More pruning in the spinney this afternoon and path clearing as I have my first open day on the 28th May.  The garden is looking pretty as a picture.



Posted: 17/05/2014 at 19:05

Here is my supper to




Posted: 17/05/2014 at 18:58

What a lovely picture, flumpy1!  I have 32 pots of tomatoes in 8 varieties lining the drive so far.  Probably as many to do again.  Flower tfusses galore.  The blossom on the trees and shrubs has been super this year.  I picked my forst 12 trial broad beans (sown in October) for Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners project, cooked them and ate them - only babies but I prefer to eat them skin and all when very young.  They were delicious with my fish and chips.



Posted: 17/05/2014 at 11:13

I have just come in from several hours work in the garden and after a cup of coffee will go out again.  I added an alpine heuchera to my collection last night at the AGS meeting, Heuchera pulcellus,and have found a pan to plant it in to show off its delightful little flowers when they come.  The birds are really filling the air with their songs and, with my new hearind aids i acquired last Monday I can distinguish them.  I have found the buzzing of bees very loud when near my head - quite sure they sound angry and ready to sting!  But so far so good.  I am sure the late afternoon will be too hot for the heavy work I am doing in the spinney so will find a gentler pursuit then,  We have been warned of bad weather reaching Bristol on Tuesday so mean to get as much as possible done outside before then.


Posted: 16/05/2014 at 11:34

So much royal purple in my


garden this morning looking so good against the wall to wall blue sky.


Posted: 15/05/2014 at 14:42

Pelargoniums all potted up.  It was a hot job in 20 degrees.  A few more days like today and I will be running out of my rainwater I saved in the wet winter.  The rhododendrons are now opening up and the poached egg plant is reflecting the sunshine.


Posted: 15/05/2014 at 09:34

While I was asleep 70 pelargonium plants arrived for my Gardening for Bristol display in the Bristol in Bloom competition so no prizes for guessing what I will be doing this beautiful day.  I have already opened the roof vent in the conservatory but I think today i may have to open both windows and the door.  If I keep going till Chelsea preview at 3 I should be able to pot on three more tomatoes which will mean one side of the drive will be festooned with tomatoes and tomorrow I will have to start on the other side,  The pelargoniums were posted yesterday in Jersey and were so beautifully packed they looked like they were quite unaware they had been moved.  My begonias from the same source are racing away now so have hopes for a great display.

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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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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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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an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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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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