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Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:48

Oh no! Grass frost this morning and forecast again for tonight in Bristol.  The price we pay for all this lovely sunshine through the day.  As soon as I saw it on next door's grass I rushed to my unheated conservatory to look at the tomato plants that arrived from Mr. Fothergill yesterday(in my nightie) and heaved one big sigh of relief when i saw the leaves did not have a blue green appearance which they would have had if it was too cold for them.  They are to be compared for amount of crop to the ones we grew from seed ourselves last month.  They do seem to have travelled well as no leaves were broken or bent and the plants raised their heads very shortly after being potted.  Visitor for supper tonight so will have to go to the shops before I start in the garden proper.  Sunny days do get the house chores done very quickly!


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 22:44

If you are willing to water almost any, but why not treat yourself and the butterflies to some lovely Sedum spectabile plants?  There are lots of good varieties out there and you will have hordes of butterflies feeding on their nectar late summer.  The foliage is beautiful.


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 17:06

I just had to pop out to the front garden to see what the passers by were stopping to look at.  It was this cream tulip with the lovely green markings on its sepals.  Still lots of dancing daffodils out there too and just look at the unusual shaped flowers on this perennial daisy.



Posted: 10/04/2014 at 12:54

Parcel from Mr Fothergill arrived and have not taken a breath since!  Had to find nine 9cm pots pronto!  Another repeat to compare spring sowing with autumn sowing and a new crop for me to try.  I will do the new sowings on Saturday.  I do love opening the parcel to see what there is to do each month. This month we are having two parcels as there is more to come later in the month. One lady has had to drop out because of ill health. so sad.


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 11:36

Thank you, flumpy 1.  I have just finished a marathon "office" session with the computer and printer so that I can devote the rest of the day to gardening.  Talk for Friday coming, done and dusted, Secy Report for Bristol Group of AGS written and printed, ditto minutes and agenda.  Now to plant a couple of dozen primulas out and another shrub in my new shrubbery with the spent daffodils out of their pots so I can reuse the pots once more.  The forecast for the next five days is glorious gardening weather so bodes well for my Easter display in the front garden.  A few more pics from what is, after my own garden, my most favourite place to be - the Univ. of Bristol Botanic Garden.  The April delivery from Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners Trials is due from today onwards.  I am feeling excited about that .



Posted: 09/04/2014 at 19:45

It is almost a half acre with the bungalow and seems much larger as i have it split up into many rooms.  My husband and i bought it 50 years ago as we had four children and another on the way and wanted room for them to play as well as a garden for me to grow fruit and veg for the family.  We had seven children and then seven grandchildren so the garden has been a godsend.


Posted: 09/04/2014 at 15:31

Rhododendron "Shamrock" which has finished its green flower display safely planted out in what is to be the new Olympic shrubbery spawned from the Olympic Rings garden.  I feel it is on the way now one shrub is planted.  I will dig out the grass gradually as I plant.



Posted: 09/04/2014 at 13:10

Sedge removed and squeezed into the green wheeliebin.  Rhododendron "Shamrock" soaking in its pot in rainwater till it gets planted in ericaceous compost in what was the yellow ring of my OLympic rings.  May take its picture later.  In the meantime here is the Arum creticum at the Univ. of Bristol Botanic Garden yeaterday which I drooled over.  I love the pattern on my Arum italicum leaves but the colour of those flowers is special.



Posted: 09/04/2014 at 09:20

I was certainly feeling blessed yesterday after such a lovely day.  I shall tackle some tricky jobs in my garden this morning with renewed vigour.  First up is the rogue sedge which has established itself in the slate scree - almost a metre in diameter.  I am sure it will take quite a lot of effort so will do a quarter at a time and intersperse it with more pleasant jobs like choosing the polyanthus plants from the conservatory to harden off to replace it.  Forecast  is for a warmer day than yesterday and dry again.  The amelanchier trees at the Botanic Garden yesterday were so very beautiful.  When the Heart Nurse asks me if I ever get breathless i should say only when I


see this.


Posted: 08/04/2014 at 22:13

No way can I be responsible for withdrawal symptoms, Linda.  So now I have a very moral reason to keep my chronicle up to date.  I only did an hour's gardening today which would normally faze me but my other commitments were all garden related and enjoyable and BBC 4 crowned a lovely day with their programme about Great Dixter.

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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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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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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