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Posted: 10/05/2014 at 12:47

Much too blustery and wet to do anything outside so went to the flower shop for some seed compost and will sow four kinds of seed in my electric propagator - plenty to choose from as my friend has just sent me his surplus "freebies".


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 10:27

And in the conservatory the mimosa I bought to celebrate the garden's Golden Jubilee has beautiful new leaves.



Posted: 10/05/2014 at 10:18

Managed a few pics of some of my treasures before the rain started again.  The pink flower of my new dwarf rhododendron is lovely.  Pleased with Centaurea montana "Jonty" and


Californian poppies I scattered and the Dutch Iris are still holding their heads high.


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 09:11

Another wet, blustery day in Bristol so will have to stick to planting big seeds like kidney potatoes and more dwarf beans.  I shall have to take a tour round the garden with stakes and string just in case some of the lush growth is finding the wind too much.  The Dutch iris are standing up to the battering fine and making a great golden splash in the front garden.


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 13:35

I braved the wind and planted three new shrubs in my Golden Jubilee year border - a choisya, hebe and hypericum "Orange" keeping to the gold theme.  That meant I had three large empty pots just right for tomato plants that are to grow outside,  It is a nonstop production line at the moment!


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 10:56

No rain as yet but very windy - quite taking my breath away out in the garden but I potted on ten aromatic begonias which have started to grow and sowed the first of my dwarf beans -called "Polka" with golden yellow pods and beans.  The tomatoes, peppers, cucamelons and spring sown sweet peas have all been attended to in the conservatory where most things need watering every day now.  My hawthorn is i


n full bloom so here it is.


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 19:19

Oh what a dreary gardening day today, just wet and windy.  I had two visitors , PA officials for Mr. Fothergills visiting and it would be hard to imagine worse conditions.  but the conservatory trials impressed and the soup made mainly with produce from the trials for lunch did too.  And my golden mushrooms that magically appeared for the first time in my front garden.  Better weather tomorrow so I will try to get back on track as I have a church group visiting on May 28th,


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 15:54

Damage limitation day today as the "breeze" was so strong!  I watered all the pots that were toppling over in the hope that the extra weight would keep them upright.  At one time when there was an almighty sudden gust I was the one that needed tethering.


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 10:33

Chicky that red plant is commonly called RED Jasmine - Cestrum nyelii.  It flowers all year round - in the garden and then the conservatory for the wonter.  It is towering above bluebells in the fernery.


Posted: 06/05/2014 at 21:42

More pics taken today.


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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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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 18:21

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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Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

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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