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Posted: 20/04/2014 at 10:19

Bizzie B, if I can do it anyone can do it!  My youngest grand-daughter astonishes the family at how quickly she uses her device to communicate.  She has very little speech as she is a Downs Syndrome child but she beats everyone on IT skills!


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 09:04

Happy Easter, one and all.  Dull in Bristol but not in my garden.  As I looked out the kitchen door the first thing I saw was a chocolate Easter Bunny sitting in the middle of a heart made of eleven small Easter eggs and two Easter cards.  My neighbour got up before me!  They have been rescued from the threat of rain and are gracing the kitchen table now.  Must get into my raincoat and up the garden for fresh produce to repay the compliment.  I know my next door neighbour loves rhubarb crumble and the rhubarb does need harvesting.  We may have a dry morning but it is rather cold so may do most of my gardening indoors today.  I hope visitors get here in the dry as Sunday buses are so few and far between.


Posted: 19/04/2014 at 16:56

Wind dropped this afternoon so one happy gardener again.  The soil is quite warm now and everything I planted yesterday is standing up and raring to go.


Posted: 19/04/2014 at 14:24

Oh that cold north easterly wind has reached Bristol and brought me indoors to work in the conservatory as something has been nibbling at my zinnias,  Most people go on Easter Egg hunts at this time of year but i am on a snail hunt.  I tidied up one of my raised beds and got quite a lot of lovely new potatoes from the potato plants that had grown from the ones I missed last year.  A very nice freebie.Yesterday I was too hot gardening in a tshirt.  Today I was cold even in a jumper and gardening coat.  Treacherous weather.  No butterflies or bumblebees out today.


Posted: 19/04/2014 at 09:46

My, my, you are a nightowl, flumpy1!  Lovely Easter Saturday in should get a full day of gardening in after a quick visit to the shops for Sunday lunch supplies.  I have quite a few plants needing pricked out and want to start off some dwarf beans in pots so these jobs can be done indoors tomorrow when rain is forecast.  My Mothers Day bouquets are past their best so will compost now and bring in some of my garden flowers for Easter .  The garden is looking spectacular and I can give lovely tomato plants "Sunrise" which is a big yellow one, super in salads, to my gardening friends as Easter presents, as i have loads and they were much admired last year.  Bouquets of spring flowers will be much appreciated too.


Posted: 18/04/2014 at 22:11

Could be.Lisa!



Posted: 18/04/2014 at 20:32

Lovely lady's slipper orchid. Lisa.  Early too!  Here are some in the stumpery in John Massey's garden in June last year when we visited Ashwood Nurseries in Worcs. with the AGS.



Posted: 18/04/2014 at 17:05

Oh what a glorious day for gardening.  The speckled wood butterflies were out in force as were the ladybirds.  I planted osteospermums and my cerinthe major plants i grew from seed and split up some polyanthus.  The ajuga is coming into flower so more blue to join the bluebells and forget me nots.  Lots of berries on the soft fruit - strawberries. blackcurrants and red currants.  The blossom is profuse again on the apple and pear trees.  Garlic and red onion plants looking great.  Must use some of my lovely chives.  A cold night forecast so will take in my dahlias to the conservatory and put the pelargoniums in warm noches.  The potato planter for Mr. Fothergills trial has "Charlotte" potato haulms over two feet high so will fleece that. It is wall to wall clear blue sky in Bristol so a frost is very likely tonight.


Posted: 18/04/2014 at 08:59

Awww, TY all.  Hoping my hundred "Royal Yellow" dutch iris will be in bloom for St. Georges Day on the 23rd!  The table in the niche by the front door is a very useful one as it is sheltered enough to take pelargoniums all the year round and a scented pot will greet visitors with a lovely perfume,  Otherwise they arrive hungry with the smell from the curry plant which is only a metre or so away!  I hope you all get in some pleasant gardening this weekend.  The rain forecast for Sunday and Monday is needed in my garden.


Posted: 17/04/2014 at 14:42

Oh what a delightful walk I had round my bluebell crammed garden today.  The phlox paniculata is flowering and vying with the wallflowers as to whose scent is the stronger. A beautiful pink viola has taken up residence among the forget me nots without an invitation.  I have never seen one of those before but I know it is a native.  The sun went behind the clouds for me to get photos.


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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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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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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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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