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Posted: 30/05/2014 at 19:06

Just finished for the day.  The green wheeliebin is nearly full again after being emptied this morning.  It pays to have a day off occasionally.  You get lots more done when you are itching for it.  Weather for the next two days is forecast to be dry in Bristol so should be able to clear the long path that winds through the Butterfly garden and the spinney before the rain comes back.  Standing on a dry path I can always work on the edges,


Posted: 30/05/2014 at 14:36

30 seeds each of White Lady and Moonlight runner bean seeds sown, two to a pot and 15 of each over to fill in any gaps that may arise.  I also have made a good start to weeding in the butterfly garden and will do some more when i get my breath back.  It is ideal gardening weather now it is dry, not too warm, no wind.  The foxgloves are flowering and bringing in the pollinators.  Small tomatoes in the conservatory already and the many tomato flowers are bringing more colour to it.



Posted: 30/05/2014 at 09:02

Once again the garden looks like it has been raining all night in Bristol.  I do feel energetic after my day off yesterday so will go to the flower shop for some fresh compost and sow my runner beans.  They should soon come up in the conservatory and in the meantime will erect their wigwams.  By then the garden should be a bit drier and I can start filling up the green wheeliebin again as it gets emptied this morning.  I want to clear the paths in the butterfly garden and the spinney of weeds so I can have a dry pathway all round the garden even when it has been raining all night.  It is so useful in the potager to be able to go and pick broad beans even in the rain without treading on any soil.


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 14:57

Home from the Bot, Garden and I should have taken my camera!  I thought it would be too wet but the weather is improving.  It was lovely to see all the new plantings going in and what had been removed to make way for them.  I got myself a free gardening magazine so shall read that on my "Day off" and get back to the routine tomorrow as the green wheelie bins get emptied tomorrow morning.


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 22:51

Thank you, Flumpy1,  I have just watched a super film "The History Boys" and enjoyed it very much indeed.


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 19:49

Oh thank you for your considerate thoughts on my behalf.  I will have a day off tomorrow and visit my friends at the Botanic Garden and deliver the donation from today's whip round.  Next week will be a busy one - a trip out on the 4th to two lovely gardens and on the fifth a visit from a reporter and photographer from a magazine, so will be busy in the garden again.  But then being busy in the garden is what I enjoy most whether it is doing the work or talking about the results.  My visitors were very impressed with my new jubilee border.  I have flower buds on my new peopy lactiflora, on my trollius from Hanbury Hall last year, on my Cirsium rivale from a too big clump my friend dug up and I divided.  It will be so lovely next year for Bristol's Green Capitol of Europe Year.


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 17:33

Visitors all gone home now.  We did manage a safari up the garden in the dry interval and the ones in sandals had wet socks afterwards!  But the tea went down a treat and everyone thought the garden was great.  I told them all about my trial plants and how exciting it all was.  The organiser went home with broad beans for supper!  They had a collection for the Botanic Garden which they will be pleased about.


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 10:26

Thank you, BizzieB.  It is still drizzling but the sky has lightened a little.  The 9am forecast said rain for all day!


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 09:11

Thank you, Daisyheadcase which i am sure you are not!


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 08:47

Oh my goodness, it did not stop raining till 8am and now my garden is drenched for my open day.  Tea in the lounge and kitchen it is.  Thank goodness I have two back doors - visitors can come in via the kitchen or conservatory so no bottleneck and queueing in the rain!  I am hoping it will stay dry all day in which case a safari will be possible and the duck pond outside the kitchen door will be gone down the soakaway.  The water table is very high now so it forms almost as soon as the rain begins.  Over the years I have always been blessed with good weather so must not grumble but rise to the challenge.  I know i can talk for ten minutes at least on the plants in the conservatory and another ten on what you can see from the conservatory!  Some good pictures here from one of my recent visitors from Pittsburgh in PA. USA.

Discussions started by happymarion

My Bristol Garden in 2015

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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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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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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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Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

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

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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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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Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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picture difficulties

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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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