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Posted: 13/07/2014 at 08:32

We had a drizzle of rain through the night and it is spotting now and very dull.  But it does seem less languid.  I must have a look for wild raspberries in my spinney.  i can usually find a serving or two.  There are only a few strawberries left and i have made my blackcurrants into squash.  We are forecast to have really hot weather from Thursday onwards so must get all the heavy work done before then.


Posted: 12/07/2014 at 18:02

No rain as yet in Bristol but it did get windy and knocked a quite big pot with a huge hydrangea in it over.  Feels fresher. Everything is very lush so expecting great crops.  The plum branches are weighed down with the amount of fruit on them.  My godetia seeds i had to sow late for Mr. F.'s trials need potting up so must go for some more compost tomorrow.  My conservatory is going to be like summer all winter long this year.  


Posted: 12/07/2014 at 08:42

Yes, Bizzie B we have rain forecast for about 4o'clock today.  The garden needs it badly.  One of my FB friends was on GW last night and it was so lovely to see her and her husband and her garden and beautiful container plants.  The whole family call me Auntie Marion as I have become so interested in them through the garden.  Niki has so many good ideas that help aged people like me cope with all the jobs just as well as when they were much younger.  I do hope her appearance on Gardeners world has inspired a lot more people to give gardening a go and carers to help.


Posted: 11/07/2014 at 19:07

Cucamelons are supposed to taste of cucumber with a citrus overtone of lemon or lime.  i do like home grown food.  I had a big tomato salad tonight with my fish and chips (well sauteed new potatoes from the garden).


Posted: 11/07/2014 at 11:03

The bumble bees love all your flowers, BizzieB.  Well done.  My mr. Fothergill's trials are doing well now.  i have lots of peppers and even cucamelons and lots of tomatoes.

 This is a yellow tomato called "Cream Sausage".


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 10:02

Thank you, flumpy1 and Bizzie-Lizzie.  No excuse for not spending the whole day working in the garden today, magazines all read, no appointments, no shopping needed. forecast for bright and sunny all day.  I do wish there was more rainwater in my butts though!  


Posted: 09/07/2014 at 15:09

Some pics from my front garden this morning.



Posted: 09/07/2014 at 08:57

We have a Gardening for Bristol competition judged usually end of July. beginning of August which is part of the Bristol in Bloom competition which in turn is part of the Britain in Bloom competition run by the RHS.  I have been entering my garden for years and have two framed certificates for Best wildlife Garden and a Siver and a Bronze Award for the front garden.  this year of course i am working hard to get a Gold award in my golden Jubilee year.  It is all great fun and the passers -by love watching my display evolve.  I will take some pictures when complete.  The old tyre got planted up with pelargoniums to match the old baby bath yesterday and i hope to get the wheelbarrow done today but have a dental appointment which gets in the way.somewhat.  I belonged to the Keep Fit Association for years, flumpy 1 so never start my gardening day without a fifteen minute workout of "Stretch, bend, twist".  I can recommend it to keep supple!


Posted: 08/07/2014 at 07:45

Another dry morning forecast so out in the front garden again planting up bedding plants and getting out all the weeds and dead wood pruned from shrubs.  Husbandry scores marks just like choice of plants and colour does.In my front garden windows through to see different views of it are important too.  The fragrant pink jasmine has finished flowering now so I will prune it though much of it gets hidden in the foliage and flowers of the white buddlea it scrambles through.  The blue buddlea is in full flower so may find myself having to deadhead the large middle spikes to let the side spikes make a good show.  I have found the snippers for deadheading we were given in our welcome box of prsents from Mr. Fothergill very useful indeed this year.  I have never had so many flowers to deadhead before, another sign of how the plants reveled in our wet warm winter last year.


Posted: 07/07/2014 at 19:31

Well, despite the drizzle on and off today I got a lot done in the front garden.  With help from an unexpected source. I had just messed up the pavement pruning back my  flowering quince and variagated ivy which spills over the front wall and had gone for my broom when our street cleaner arrived and did it for me!  So glad I got up early!  I planted out 7 more pelargoniums and three more lobelias.  Tomorrow if the weather permits I will fill the old iron wheelbarrow and the old tyre.  I picked in the few sweet peas that were open and there are hundreds more forming.  When the drab weather sent me indoors I brought my notes up to date for the Nation of Gardeners Trials.  I must not forget the stats for that now so much is being harvested despite being so busy for Bristol in Bloom.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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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