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Posted: 14/11/2014 at 11:23

The spindle bush can grow into a tree but takes a long time to do it, Beau's Mum.   I just clip the top of mine to the height i want it and pruning it means I get more flowers and berries.  The green wheeliebin was emptied this morning but you would not know it now I have been out working.  My gazanias are loving the sun.  May take the camera out later.  sun too bright now, but lovely colours on the Ceratostigma plumboides (blue flowers and pink leaves).


Posted: 14/11/2014 at 09:53

A dry day forecast and sunny later so expecting to get a lot of work done in the garden.  I still have buds on my gazanias that may open in the afternoof it is still sunny then.  I am going to try to keep some through the winter and split them in the spring to get more.  It is the first time I have grown them and, despite the fact they close up in dull weather find the cheerful variety of their flowers very appealing.  I am not buying any heated greenhouse plugs next year that have to use the post as it is Bristol's Green capital of Europe year and i am going to be environmentally friendly.  I feel pretty sure there are some nurseries using solar or wind power but no couriers using hydrogen cars.


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 16:56

Another wonderful episode from Glorious Gardens from Above and two gardens I had only vaguely heard of despite living in Yorkshire for two years.  I look forward each day now to seeing what the present at the end is.  Finding good weather for the balloon flights must have been a worry.


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 14:36

Just counted again and the one you are enquiring about is my spindle bush - Euonymus europaeus, a native plant brought to me by the birds.  Its orange seeds with pink bracts are glorious at this time of year.


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 14:32

If I have counted correctly, Beaus Mum, that is one of my cyclamens.  I have quite a few species but as this one is so tall i think it is a tall variety of Cyclamen hederifolium.  It is a pretty pale pink which makes me think it is a hybrid between one of my pink ones and one of my white ones as I do have the pink species and alba in my garden multiplying freely.  Just in case the picture below it is the Cape Fuchsia - phygelius.


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 12:53

I  have just heard from mr. Fothergills that the November parcel is in the post and could they have a picture and update on the Meteor pea plants we planted so I braved the fierce wind we have and got these pictures.  This is the smallest of my four acers I have frown from seedlings but I think it is the prettiest and the least like its parent in the Bot. garden.  The fuchsia flowers were dancing like ballerinas in the wind.



Posted: 13/11/2014 at 08:46

Another day of waking up to a very wet garden but mild and calm at the moment though pretty dark so I expect rain is imminent.  I dreamed I was on the comet last night - kept spinning till I fell off and woke up.  I wrote it down in my poetry notebook i keep by the bed or else it would have gone.  My subconscious really was excited about it.  I suppose my enthusiasm for life and all things living stretches to wondering how it all began.  There were no plants on the comet and not even water - I seemed to be treading on softness which was no doubt my duvet. 


Posted: 12/11/2014 at 17:07

I should not have to deal with such dilemmas at my age - to stay glued to BBC1 watching Christine enthusing over a 300 year old yew which is teetering on the edge of a gorge or go over to BBCnews to see if our horizons have been stretched to the comet.  Just bided my time till the end of what was an excellent program once more and then cheered at the good news from space and silently thanked whoever is responsible for letting me live long enough to see it.


Posted: 12/11/2014 at 12:17

Like a summer's day in the garden.  I got lots of work done, then took out my camera as the first Iris unguicularis is flowering and the antirrhinum "Purple Splash"is into its sixth month of flowering.



Posted: 12/11/2014 at 09:44

Garden very soggy as it seems to have rained a lot during the night but dry and fairly bright now and still mild so will just have to keep an eye out for black clouds coming when I am up the top of the garden getting the weeds off my snowdrops.  There is still a lot of tidying to do .  I am so glad I have gravel paths I can work from and raised beds I can weed without stepping on the soil.

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 23:05

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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