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Posted: 23/08/2014 at 09:44

Glaziers arrived at nine.  All systems go now.


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 08:15

Fine but chilly morning but the glaziers have booked in to arrive between 8 and 12 so i shall have to put off the weeding till the afternoon.  Then I should finish the Jubilee garden ready to plant hundreds of bulbs in September.  They are all saved from the pots last spring as next year Bristol will be the Green Capital of Europe and I am going to do my bit towards it by recycling, propagating from the plants I already have, and buying absolutely nothing new.  This should save me enough money to get some hard landscaping done, nothing drastic just better paths and perhaps some more shelter from the storms.


Posted: 22/08/2014 at 17:08

Barks that peel are my favourite too.  My huge eucalyptus tree peels beautifully to reveal pink trunk underneath, lovely in the evening sunshine.  It was chilly weeding today nut I did three hours.  Another such session is needed in the Jubilee border as it is so long and wide.  I like to get my plum trees pruned before September to avoid leave curl fungus.  Only next week to get that job done.


Posted: 22/08/2014 at 08:42

Very wet garden greeted me again this morning and it does feel chilly but the forecast is for mostly bright spells so i shall don my old raincoat and get busy.  Perhaps some photography as well.  As the forecast is for the temperature to drop to 10 tonight and even lower tomorrow night I will close the roof light in the conservatory this evening.  There are still quite a few tomatoes and cucamelons growing in there.  I hope it is dry enough today to pick some blackberries to make more squash.


Posted: 21/08/2014 at 13:57

Oh it is so not a gardening day today - cold and very wet.  So dealing with the harvest it is.  A big pot of minestrone soup has been made with some of my onions, garlic, beans, tomatoes, potatoes and basil.  I reserved some some for supper tonight and froze the rest.  I picked a great bowlful of ripe plums yesterday so they will get frozen this afternoon.  If it is still cold after that I will make a great batch of fruit scones and freeze some too.  Forecast is for better day tomorrow and I will have the stuffed green wheeliebin emptied tomorrow morning so will be eager to fill it up again.  The solidago is showing bright yellow up the garden and I always think of that as an autumn flower.  


Posted: 21/08/2014 at 08:41

That is a lovely picture, Bizzie B.  It feels quite autumnal this morning and my Michaelmas daisies have buds on but my garden is still very colourful with the summer flowers.  There are already hordes of red berries on the cotoneaster, pyracantha and hips on the wild roses so it looks like another year of plentiful food for the birds.  My hands are still tingling from a mammoth session of pruning blackberries and weeding yesterday.  Nettles get everywhere in the spinney and gloves are no defence against brambles.  The glaziers are coming to fix the conservatory on Saturday morning so scaffolding should arrive next week and the roof be fixed before the really autumnal weather arrives.


Posted: 19/08/2014 at 19:13

I think I got caught four times in a heavy shower today trying to get the butterfly garden weeded.  I probably did a personal best for teh over 80's one hundred yards   The green wheelie bin is nearly full up despite this.  It made a change from pruning and harvesting.  no workmen till the glaziers come Saturday morning so I will persevere tomorrow even if this showery weather continues.  I did pick a half pound of runner beans for supper and they were delicious.


Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:49

Got caught in a heavy shower while having a heavy weeding session this morning but the scent from the buds which are many and now opening on my "Golden Celebration" rose was delightful.



Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:06

The pelargoniums, begonias and gaz


anias are all still flowering but the hydrangia leaves say autumn is coming.


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 18:56

Fell in love with growing things when my infant teacher showed us how to grow cress on a windowsill in the classroom when I was five, Orchid Lady. I read a lot of gardening books, go to lectures a lot as I belong to Friends of Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden and the Alpine Garden Society so the dark nights are catered for.  I also go on many coach trips to National Trust and other famous gardens and buy plants and soak up information from the gardeners and volunteers.  For six years i was a volunteer gardener one day a week at our Botanic Garden and learned something new every time i went.  I am a participant in Mr. Fothergills' Seeds "Nation of Gardeners" so get lots of new cultivars to try out and lots f information from the firm every month.  It is more than a hobby now I am 86, rather my life.  Every thing I do seems to have a horticultural interest.  But then it is all to do with nourishment for the body and soul so why would it not?

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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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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