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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.


Posted: 07/07/2014 at 08:33

Hooray, more rain through the night but a lovely sunny morning, just what is needed when there is so much work needing done.  i should get the last of the pelargoniums and lobelia out of the conservatory today leaving just the last of the gazanias and diascias to be hardened off.  I will start picking sweet peas for the house today as a few more have opened their buds and i want lots for the beginning of August.  The rest of the garlic could be harvested too and the sweet corn planted now that raised bed has had a good sprinkling of rain on it.  My white begonias are as they promised by their species name of odorata, fragrant, and have lots of flowers. After I have picked the ripe tomatoes today I will check on the peppers.and cucamelons.  The rest of the pkts of seeds of annuals and half hardy annuals may find a home now too since the first lot are all doing so well.  I could have a garden full of beautiful summery flowers in the autumn.


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 10:34

My hundred or so tomato plants in eight varieties have all been given a half strength feed this morning, tied in to their stakes, side-shoots removed and flowerng trusses tapped to help pollination though the bees are buzzing round them in the sunshine.  Three of my pots of sweet peas have been carried into the front garden and I could sniff their perfume as i carried them, even though only a few flowers are open. I took some broad beans nextdoor and admired my neighbour's pelargoniums which are huge and covered in flowers, having been left in the ground all last winter.  I must find a few sheltered spots for some of mine this year as the conservatory will not hold them all.  My cucumelons seem to be growing bigger now but not yet oea size!  I have pinched out the tops so that may help double their bulk.  !8 degrees and dry forecast for today so lots of jobs could be tackled.  My weigela bushes are shrinking fast now I have taken the secateurs up to them.  This week should see the front garden planted up. more sweet pea pots taken out there and the rest of the grapevines pruned.  Terrific grape crop again this year.  Strawberries all picked for now but still have "Buddy" which goes on fruiting till October.


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:44

Some oics from my much fresher garden today.  the first flowers are showing on my



Posted: 05/07/2014 at 09:23

Lots of refreshing rain through the night but fine now and dry forecast for the rest of today so the weeds should be easy to pull out now.  My sweet pea trial i was trying to keep back for a great show in August has responded to the rain by opening its flowers so i shall be deadheading daily now to keep them flowering.  they are Old Spice Mixed and Sir Henry Cecil and the smell from the few that have opened is delightful.  I bet the new flower seeds I sowed last week are just delighted with this rain and the slugs too no doubt.  But the runner beans will not need watering today and when the beds have dried up a bit I will harvest the spring planted garlic and plant out my sweetcorn which looks exactly the same size as Monty's were last night on TV as were my harvest of Charlotte potatoes.  


Posted: 04/07/2014 at 21:45

I ate my first "Black Opal" tomato today and was astonished to find it was black all the way through, but it was delicious.  Here it is beside some more usual coloured tomatoes in the Nation of Gardeners trials for Mr, F




Posted: 03/07/2014 at 22:13

Oh and how about the lettuce, cabbages and cauliflowers and the blue water in the pond sparkles.  The attention to detail is amazing.

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