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Posted: 18/06/2014 at 19:52

When you have two lots of true leaves usually.  by then they should be about 8inches tall.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 17:21

My what a scorcher of a day to work in.  i gave in just in time to see Heather Watson play her best game of tennis yet.  The rest of the watering will be done in the cool of the evening.  i do like long light evenings.  My little peppers are noticeably bigger now and I have a good crop of cucamelons.  Masses pf tomatoes too.  I am enjoying eating my Charlotte potatoes from the trials for Mr. Fothergills and the sweetheart strawberries.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 08:36

Lovely picture BizzieB and so early in the morning!  Flumpy I , I went to an improvers course at Bristol University which was very helpful for my photography.  I loved that view of the valley through the circular sculpture.  I cut my sedums down by about a third or half when the flowers buds first appear, usually just after Chelsea so that  get a later crop of flowers too.  That way the garden looks good for longer and the butterflies have their mealtime stretched to an extra few weeks.  It is good for the overwintering oneslike peacocks and red admirals.  I had the preview of the article on Mr. Fothergill's Nation of Gardeners project yesterday and it is so good with lots of photos.


Posted: 17/06/2014 at 14:52

Some more of the sculptures.  The chappie made from three types of marble was astride a motorbike, fully clothed in marble.  His bike was sandstone.  There was a curator from the natural History Museum at oxford there to tell us all about the rocks and fossils we were looking at.



Posted: 17/06/2014 at 14:42

Some pictures from my visit to Asthall Manor last Sunday where the roses were a knockout and the views through some of the sculptures breathtaking.



Posted: 17/06/2014 at 14:32

Here, specially for Lisa is the record of one of my sedum


s having the Chelsea chop.  The first picture is the plant as it was this morning. The second after I took off a third of the plant from the front.  I cut right down to the ground and tried to make it look as if it had always been like that ( taught to do that at the Bot. garden ).  The third picture is what I cut off.  I shall post a picture when the flower buds are open for the butterflies and later when the secondary new growth gets its flowers.


Posted: 16/06/2014 at 20:48

I shall do one tomorrow and let you see, Lisa.  Those ones at Waterperry were not very big plants so they would not chop them yet.  Fruitcake, i live in Brentry, near Cribbs Causeway.


Posted: 16/06/2014 at 20:19

Awww, Fruitcake.  I would love to show you round my garden.


Posted: 16/06/2014 at 15:55

My companion Cathy was delighted to find the tulip tree covered in its beautiful flowers.  Mine has not opened its buds yet.  


Posted: 16/06/2014 at 15:51

More pics from Waterperry Gdns.


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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Last Post: Yesterday at 20:05

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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Last Post: 23/11/2014 at 10:33

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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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 15:36


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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Last Post: 09/12/2013 at 17:31

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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Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Last Post: 18/11/2014 at 08:20

Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 09:47

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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