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Posted: 17/01/2014 at 14:55

Today my box of trial material from Mr. Fothergills Seeds arrived and what an exciting parcel it is.  Five jobs in all to tackle.  I will let you know when I start - when it is a bit drier.  If you would like to see how the trials are progressing go to    It is a good read!  My results are the Bristol ones.


Posted: 17/01/2014 at 12:23

About ten days ago I


picked a bunch of bare forsythia twigs from the garden and put them in water behind the new pic of grand-daughter no 2 in her school Prom dress which I had for Xmas, thinking the buds when they opened would go well with her gold top.  The first buds opened today.

Whats your plans for next year.

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 19:22

To see my plans for 2014 go to 2014 on the Forum.


Posted: 15/01/2014 at 19:10

Great fan club I have !  Thank you all.  Perhaps Gw could have a comperition to find the oldest gardener on their site.


Posted: 15/01/2014 at 11:33

Middle of January and very mild but damp up the garden so I did an hour's work pruning apple and pears and came into the dry in the conservatory to tidy up the pelargoniums which are still flowering their socks off and found the buds swelling on my fog tree so I will find some pots and compost to rehouse the Cyclamen persicum and opuntias and something else which have seeded themselves in the pot and take off the top inch of old compost and give it (the fig) fresh compost.  My Angelonia with its little antirhinum like flowers is still flowering.  It flowered profusely in the garden all through the summer months;  I potted it up and cut it roght back in October and brought it into the conservatory where it quickly grew and has been flowering for the last three months.  I will definitely try another colour of those next year to join my white one.



Posted: 13/01/2014 at 09:24

Two of the above are on my Roll of Honour for fifty years of Excellence - the pink bergenia and the primroses, both of which were growing in the garden when we came.


Posted: 12/01/2014 at 14:27

That early wallflower smells lovely.  Three more coming.



Posted: 12/01/2014 at 14:20

More pics from 12.01.14 up my garden.  The squirrels, birds and fox are enjoying the fallen apples which were on the tree till the storm came.  I have enjoyed them too.  They are Charles Ross good as cookers and eaters.



Posted: 12/01/2014 at 14:08

First pics from my safari up my garden in the butterfly garden and the slate scree.  More to follow.  Who says there is nothing to see in the garden in January?  This is 12.01.14.



Posted: 12/01/2014 at 12:24

Been working in my butterfly garden this morning and found large clumps of Elwesii snowdrops in bloom and Iris unguilaris.  May take the camera up after making Sunday lunch.

Discussions started by happymarion

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 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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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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Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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