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Posted: 02/12/2014 at 16:18

Just been told the next thing we have to trial for Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners project is a gardening gilet with lots of pockets for secateurs , string etc.  We all have to send in our size.  What next I wonder - garden benches, sheds perhaps?


Posted: 02/12/2014 at 14:50

Gosh that is an icy wind out there.  Gave up in the end but wheeliebins groaning at the seams - well they would be if they had any.  Picked a basketful of apples so might make three lots of crumble with different spices in and freeze two of them.  I will take a carton of strawberries out to put in a strawberry jelly and that will be all my desserts sorted for a week.


Posted: 02/12/2014 at 11:06

Aah it is a cold wind out in the garden today but the conifers are coming into their own now the leaves are falling off the deciduous trees.  My neighbour's oak tree is clinging on to its leaves


late but the Scots pine looks lovely in the sunshine.


Posted: 02/12/2014 at 08:36

Feels cold this morning in Bristol but it is dry so lots of warm clothes to go out in the garden this morning. Nothing like having space in a green wheelie bin to encourage you out.   I have deadheaded the conservatory where the lovely flowers of my Red Jasmine are about to open.  It has put  on a great spurt in growth this year so the weather outside this summer has been to its liking.  As it flowers on the end of its branches the more branches it sprouts the more heads  of flowers you get. Such a value for money plant it is too, flowering all summer outside and throughout the winter indoors. 


Posted: 01/12/2014 at 19:17

I used to just cut my buddleia down in October and then again in February but this year the October cut has grown out so quickly i have had to give the trees another haircut,Lyn.  Fruitcake, I believe the electricity used is all from renewable sources.and they do make a lot of money for the Children's Hospital.  I have just heard the fireworks from the opening ceremony.  It is in the street next to mine.



Posted: 01/12/2014 at 17:03

I felt mean leaving my new amaryllis out in the conservatory which will be colder tonight so brought it into the lounge to keep me company.  If I


talk to it I am sure it will appreciate the extra carbon dioxide.


Posted: 01/12/2014 at 13:31

,"Oh you do get excited over small things", my neighbour's laughing reaction to my reaction to her offer of her empty green wheeliebin to help with my pruning marathon. It is now nearly full of buddleia and if it does not rain tomorrow will then be as stuffed as mine is.   

New Year gardening resolutions

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 12:15

MIne is a big one.  Bristol is the European Green capital for 2015 so I will not do anything in my garden to threaten the environment.  Luckily I do not use any kind of power tool as I  have no grass and all my hedges and pruning can be done with hand tools but this means no buying plants from heated glasshouses or that need to come via carrier , no visits to gardens or garden centres that I cannot walk to or go in a bus that would be running anyway.  There will be lots of sowing of old seeds and taking cuttings to swap with friends next year!!!


Posted: 01/12/2014 at 09:09

Warm clothes definitely needed for gardening today.  It is a very gloomy damp cold day in Bristol.  I will warm up first by doing a quick clean up in the house and deadheading in the conservatory.  I think the greenhouse heater which i switched off last week in the conservatory will have to be switched on again tonight as night time temperatures are falling to 2or3 this week.  I need to take great care of my "Winter Garden" now.  The cold frame and outside salads will need cossetting tonight too so I will write myself a note to do this before it gets dark and put it on the bun tin which I raid when I have my tea in the afternoon.  When you get to 86 these devious ways of reminding yourself of jobs you think about in the morning are very important or else you find yourself kicking yourself for being so stupid when a favourite plant dies on you.  Verdun I am not amazing but just enthusiastically caring about all things living. - which includes myself GWRS.  I am so glad to know you are still reading my posts.  My Golden jubilee Year is drawing to a close at the end of the month but I hope to start a new thread about my efforts to support Bristol's Green Capital of Europe Year.


Posted: 30/11/2014 at 17:13

I wish it did not get dark so quickly when a lot of the morning was a wash-out because of the fog.  Very short of daylight today but did quite a bit.   Pruning vines and buddliea and now just piling it up as the green wheeliebin is full.  Perhaps the fog will not appear tomorrow morning.

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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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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