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Posted: 14/07/2014 at 08:57

That first picture is so inviting, BizzieB and the second so romantic.  I have to do lots of deadheading and watering in my front garden today.  I still have lots of bedding plants to put out too.  I do enjoy getting the garden ready for Bristolin Bloom and the party after at the awards ceremony, flumpy1.  Fruitcake I am seldom in Westbury now.  I used to spend Saturday mornings at the Methodist church by the car park looking after the Alpine part of the church garden which i introduced as the Alpine Garden Society of which i was secy for nine years meet there but the church ladies look after it beautifully now.  How about the "guerilla" gardening in the car park there?  Is it not splendid?  The roundabout at the Old Crow looks good in all seasons and the one at the White Tree on the Downs.  I think Bristol richly deserved to be crowned Green Capital of Europe for 2015 and just wait till you see what they are able to do with the opportunities it gives.  We already have meadow planting in the very centre and a garden on a barge in the docks.


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 13:15

No time to sit on the bench in Crow Lane, Fruitcake!  I pop along their for my shopping on a Sunday morning when it is quiet and do all my sitting down in my garden, either on the kitchen patio or the patio outside the potting shed or in the shade of the bamboo and fernery garden or in the potager or butterfly garden which all have table and chairs.  Your fuchsias sound nice.  It will soon be the Gardening for Bristol competition for Bristol in Bloom.


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 08:32

We had a drizzle of rain through the night and it is spotting now and very dull.  But it does seem less languid.  I must have a look for wild raspberries in my spinney.  i can usually find a serving or two.  There are only a few strawberries left and i have made my blackcurrants into squash.  We are forecast to have really hot weather from Thursday onwards so must get all the heavy work done before then.


Posted: 12/07/2014 at 18:02

No rain as yet in Bristol but it did get windy and knocked a quite big pot with a huge hydrangea in it over.  Feels fresher. Everything is very lush so expecting great crops.  The plum branches are weighed down with the amount of fruit on them.  My godetia seeds i had to sow late for Mr. F.'s trials need potting up so must go for some more compost tomorrow.  My conservatory is going to be like summer all winter long this year.  


Posted: 12/07/2014 at 08:42

Yes, Bizzie B we have rain forecast for about 4o'clock today.  The garden needs it badly.  One of my FB friends was on GW last night and it was so lovely to see her and her husband and her garden and beautiful container plants.  The whole family call me Auntie Marion as I have become so interested in them through the garden.  Niki has so many good ideas that help aged people like me cope with all the jobs just as well as when they were much younger.  I do hope her appearance on Gardeners world has inspired a lot more people to give gardening a go and carers to help.


Posted: 11/07/2014 at 19:07

Cucamelons are supposed to taste of cucumber with a citrus overtone of lemon or lime.  i do like home grown food.  I had a big tomato salad tonight with my fish and chips (well sauteed new potatoes from the garden).


Posted: 11/07/2014 at 11:03

The bumble bees love all your flowers, BizzieB.  Well done.  My mr. Fothergill's trials are doing well now.  i have lots of peppers and even cucamelons and lots of tomatoes.

 This is a yellow tomato called "Cream Sausage".


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 10:02

Thank you, flumpy1 and Bizzie-Lizzie.  No excuse for not spending the whole day working in the garden today, magazines all read, no appointments, no shopping needed. forecast for bright and sunny all day.  I do wish there was more rainwater in my butts though!  


Posted: 09/07/2014 at 15:09

Some pics from my front garden this morning.



Posted: 09/07/2014 at 08:57

We have a Gardening for Bristol competition judged usually end of July. beginning of August which is part of the Bristol in Bloom competition which in turn is part of the Britain in Bloom competition run by the RHS.  I have been entering my garden for years and have two framed certificates for Best wildlife Garden and a Siver and a Bronze Award for the front garden.  this year of course i am working hard to get a Gold award in my golden Jubilee year.  It is all great fun and the passers -by love watching my display evolve.  I will take some pictures when complete.  The old tyre got planted up with pelargoniums to match the old baby bath yesterday and i hope to get the wheelbarrow done today but have a dental appointment which gets in the way.somewhat.  I belonged to the Keep Fit Association for years, flumpy 1 so never start my gardening day without a fifteen minute workout of "Stretch, bend, twist".  I can recommend it to keep supple!

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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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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