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Posted: 09/08/2014 at 10:52

Conway looks lovely.  A carrier brought me the David Austin Rose called "Golden Celebration" this morning.  Seven big fat buds on it ready to open for my birthday on Monday.  It was from my daughter and her family in Ballymena.  Here it is.



Posted: 08/08/2014 at 22:10

Our August parcel from Mr, Fothergill arrived in the post today and it is another experiment in sowing seeds later than normal,  We have six packets of perennial seeds to sow at the end of August to see if we have good plants to plant out in the garden next June.  If they all take even my garden will be bursting at the seams.


Posted: 08/08/2014 at 11:35

One of the participants in Mr. Fothergills trials has posted a picture of two brimming bowls of cucamelons, unsure how to use them and another has shown a picture of a summer stew with them added at the end which looks delicious so Not all have been stuck with two full grown and hundreds of pea size fruits!  No doubt when the stats are published I will find what I was deficient in!  I do not like them enough to try again however, not even to put in stew.


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 15:27

My goodness harvesting can be exhausting.  i dug up a washing up bowlful of King Edwards, picked a baking bowlful of plums for jam making tonight, 8 long runner beans for supper and a huge bouquet of flowers to sit in the now almost empty conservatory waiting for the glaziers to board up the damage.  Thirty various coloured tomatoes and two peppers were brought in this morning so i may make some delicious soup for the winter while I am in the kitchen making jam.  I propped up the Conference pear branch that had hit the deck in the potager because of the weight of its crop with a picnic chair.My garden looks like the pictures of the Garden of Eden you used to see in old Bibles!  I have eaten six plums today so must stop.


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 08:14

Another beautiful day and three items on the news this morning which highlight the great benefits elderly people get when they garden.  New studies have shown people who get low quantities of vit. d have a high chance of developing dementia.  no easier way to get plenty than to be out gardening in the sunshine.  Our self sufficiency in food from Jan. 1st runs out today but is up 2% this year to 60% still low compared to 75% it used to be.  Elderly people now harvesting loads of veg and fruit like me to feed themselves and family and friends through the winter are helping haul this target up.   And the honeybee population last year dropped 10% as against 33% the year before.  I think more elderly gardeners are getting the message to plant  more bee friendly plants in their gardens.  Incidentally, now the Britain in Bloom judging is going on i do think more marks should be given to ecologically friendly planting.  Surely gardeners who help the insects, grow food for humans and wildlife like berries for us and the birds and try their best to be organic should get more points.


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:03

86 next Monday, flumpy1.  Family coming to celebrate on Sunday.  Lovely day forecast for Bristol once more.  I have oromised a big bowl of plums to my eighbour so should not get wet doing it today.  Lots more harvesting to do.  I hope the glazier can get the boarding fixed by the weekend when the remains of "Bertha" are supposed to reach us off the Atlantic.  Do not want the damage made worse by another storm.  Enjoy your bigger greenhouse.  My coldframe is packed with plants from my conservatory and every warm, sheltered nook and cranny I can find round the bungalow.  I did not realise how many I had till they had to be moved.


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 09:09

Including my large bungalow my plot is half an acre.  I love all plants from alpines to forest trees.  As I recognise the great benefits in medecine that have come from studying plants and love eating fruit and veg. I have for the last fifty years been getting my garden more and more in equilibrium with the wild life and native flowers.  As i take visitors on safari round my garden I warn them it is a naturalists garden who sees as much beauty in lots of butterflies and bees as in the plants so, what they may think is a big clump of weeds is more likely to be food source for several types of butterfly.  None the less, because i am a trained artist I paint with plants and my garden looks beautiful at any time of the year.  It is also very prolific with produce.  It is as organic as it comes with slight slip ups when I need to buy bags of compost for pots or seed sowing.  I have a wormery, make nettle tea, have damp spots fpr bog plants and frogs and fond the whole eco system of my garden fascinating.  I love the Latin names of plants and botany and zoology as fascinating as geology and chemistry and physics which I studied at university.  I also love the way gardening makes you such wonderful friends - sharing plants and cuttings and seeds.  The most important aspect of my and my friends' outlook on gardening is the "doing" of it. Designing, harvesting, painting or writing about it pale before the thrill of sowing seed and seeing them germinate, growing flowers that will feed the insects, growing trees for shade and the birds.  Enough, Verdun?  Oh I am a very tidy person in my appearance and home but i share my garden with a cornucopia of other living creatures who do not worry about such things.


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 07:55

Woke up to find a very damp garden this morning with rain overnight. It is raining quite steadily now and forecast for most of today so harvesting plums, blackberries, runner beans, potatoes and tomatoes will have to be put off till tomorrow.  Two days of fine weather then forecast followed by nasty storms at the weekend.  Looks like my birthday picnic on Sunday will take place indoors.  My birthday outing to a lovely garden centre in Somerset shpold still be on I hope unless there is thunder and lightning.  I do hope the glaziers can do something quickly about the conservatory roof when they call on Wednesday afternoon.


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 16:03

Still the glorious weather is bringing more gazanias and my "Polish Spirit" clematis in my north facing front garden is flowering as it scrambles through my 50 year old hardy fuchsia.



Posted: 04/08/2014 at 09:25

That's the spirit, Bizzie B.  Visiting a water garden in the rain is super - adds another dimension to see the raindrops splashing among the waterlilies.

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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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