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Posted: 08/04/2014 at 22:13

No way can I be responsible for withdrawal symptoms, Linda.  So now I have a very moral reason to keep my chronicle up to date.  I only did an hour's gardening today which would normally faze me but my other commitments were all garden related and enjoyable and BBC 4 crowned a lovely day with their programme about Great Dixter.


Posted: 08/04/2014 at 19:39

Oh TY Barbara.  I do get carried away with enthusiasm sometimes but like to share my pleasure, especially this year which is a very special one for my garden.


Posted: 08/04/2014 at 15:21

Some of the things that had me drooling in the greenhouses at the Botanic G

 Clivia citrina.






Posted: 08/04/2014 at 14:07

Back from a beautiful trip round the Botanic Garden.  I will post you all a few of the sights that had me drooling over the coming week as I get them edited.  First the wonderful anemones.

 After a peek at the first waterlily showing.  These come from the same nursery as the ones in Monet's Garden at Givenchy.



Posted: 08/04/2014 at 09:55

Beautiful sunny day.  The spring sown broad beans are up and thriving and the bluebells are opening.  Two of the autumn sown broad beans have lovely purple flowers while the others have the usual white.  I have a talk to give on Friday cominf so will go to the Botanic Garden with my camera this morning and return the umbrella I borrowed from the Visitors Centre.  We participants in Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners Trials have been told to expect the April delivery at the end of this week.  It is like having a birthday every month.  I must take up to date photos of all the plants we have grown in the first six months, now we are heading into the second.


Posted: 07/04/2014 at 11:05

I had a lovely surprise in the conservatory when I followed my nose to the delightful smell.  It came from this red freesia.  My trial seedlings are all doing well, tomatoes, peppers and lettuces and my marigolds, cerinthe major and zinnias from seed as well. The " Charlotte" potato trial has reached the top of its planter so flowers will not be long then i will be able to rummage for a few new potatoes, remembering to note the date and weight each time for the spreadsheet.  These Monday morning check-ups certainly push away the Monday morning blues.



Posted: 07/04/2014 at 08:58

Oh what a dreich, dull, damp day in Bristol this Monday morning.  Looks like it has been pouring all night by the dripping foliage.  I shall do any gardening in the conservatory and dream of tomorrow outside when we are forecast a dry day.  I need to update my photos of my trial plants for Mr. Fothergill and report on their progress.  I see looking at the front garden thrugh my bedroom window the wind has knocked the last petals off the "Stresa" and "Ancilla" tulips and battered the "Strong Gold" somewhat but the next (later flowering) batch are showing colour in their buds now and alliums are opening up too.  I cannot remember ever having such an early and colourful display in my garden so the mild wet winter definitely got my Golden Jubilee Year off to a fine start.  April showers will no doubt bring even more May flowers this year by the amount of peony buds already.


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 15:45

So glad my efforts raise a smile with you MrsGarden!  It has decided to rain in earnest in Bristol and feels colder now so I have given up for today.  Drier weather supposed to reach us about Tuesday so cannot grumble.  Everything in the garden is growing apace so do not want frost to spoil the fruit crop!  


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 11:02

I just had to take my mirror out and try it


but no interesting coloured hellebores still flowering and the greenish ones did not show up well.  However some narcissi were hanging their damp heads so i took their pic from beneath and I just had to snap the waterlily type tulips which are dieing beautifully.


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 08:43

Twenty five years after his death I find a use for my late husband's shaving mirror - from watching Beechgrove's visit to Lady Fraser's beautiful garden south of Edinburgh where she has put little mirrors under the heads of the hellebores so you can see the insides without having to touch the flower!  And I had never thought to take off any elongated chits from my seed potatoes to give healthier eyes a chance!  No matter how long you garden you can still learn something new to you.    It has been very wet through the night but it is very mild so should get some work done in the garden in the dry spells.  Yesterday was a better day for pictures after all.  Pricking out calls as well.  I have Cape gooseberries longing to be given a bedroom each and more of my tomatoes.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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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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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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an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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