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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?


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 13:55

Awww, Ty Orchard Lady.  I am amazed how many people have been following my garden through its Golden Jubilee Year.  When we het into 2015 the exciting fact is that Bristol where i live and garden is the Green Capital of Europe so the emphasis will shift to ecology then - a bit of a hobbyhorse of mine.  Kate Bradbury will be egging me on from GW no doubt as I report on the environmentally friendly efforts being made in Bristol.  Still will be lots of lovely pics too.


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 12:37

As I did not have time to pick in my ripe tomatoes yesterday there were two days haul to pick this morning - 103 in all!

 If there was a prize for the most value for money plant I think I would give it to Lotus hirsutus which has flowered with its lovely little pea like white flowers for ten weeks at my front gate, fed the bees and butterflies, now is covered in its lovely berries and is good-looking all winter long as it is an evergrey.  Here it is this morning.



Posted: 17/08/2014 at 17:37

I thoroughly enjoyed my first stab at judging.  The show was held in a very nice hall and the organisers put up a very good  lunch for the judges.  The gladiolus class had no entries as they are over early this year and some classes i did not think the standard was good enough for three prizes but the flower arrangements were outstanding, especially one of the ones made from materials from the local hedge rows.  It had ten different species in it beautifully arranged in a piece of bark.  I gave it the accolade of best entry in the floral classes.  The vegetable entries were very well represented and the judge for that gave the accolade to 5 perfect large tomatoes.  I saw the biggest cherries I had ever seen decorating four cupcakes.


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 08:49

Today is my first day of judging at a horticultural show and the sun is shining.  There are eleven categories to judge and only an hour ro do it in so will have to be quick so i have written them into a book and made columns for the marks and entry number to speed things up.  The entry with the highest marks will be first if up to standard I require.  There are lots of cups and trophies for those with the highest numbers of points, three points for first, two for second and one for third.


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 21:07

I do not eat much jam now but used to make lots for the children.  I do make the blackberries into squash though.  The red flower is a patio rose I bought at RHS Wisley in 2012 for the red circular bed in my Olympic Rings garden.  The label did say just that "Red Patio rose" but it is growing into quite a big rose bush now.


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 17:21

That is a phlox with a lovely perfume in the last picture.  It is very fruitful in my garden now so more pictures.



Posted: 16/08/2014 at 13:26

Yes, I always have soup in the freezer for when i get immersed in my writing and do not fancy cooking.  I think one girl is destined for the church, the other will find her way forward at St, Andrews which has lots of choices.  Another grand-daughter is nursing  - my eldest daughter was a midwife.    Here are the goodies from my camera moosey up my garden today.



Posted: 16/08/2014 at 11:29

Both my grand-daughters who sat their A levels this year have done well and are off to uni. next month, one to London and one to my Alma Mater, St. Andrews.  One grandson starting his final year in the Uni. of Wales too.  The two youngest are only 12 and 10 so some time before their adulthood.  It does remind you of your own life as their milestones arrive.  I have frozen another batch of plums this morning and must make more soup as I have lots of runner beans and tomatoes as well as potatoes and onions needed used as not good enough to store.  Glad the wedding went well.  Not drinking much is an asset when it comes to appreciating the occasional glass of champagne I find.


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 08:44

No sore head I hope, flumpy1.  We have had a fairly dry night though the garden furniture is still very damp.  but the sun is shining now.  My birthday rose is opening its lovely golden buds up and the smell is wonderful.  I should be able to get a lovely picture soon.  Some of my tiny cucamelons are beginning to get plumper and, as I watered them well last night I am beginning to think that perhaps my mistake was not enough water.  A steep learning curve when you try something new.

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 13:43

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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Last Post: 29/04/2013 at 22:05

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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Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:49
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