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Just watched Monty Tonight

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 22:02

Soil is the earth beneath your feet.  Compost is made from the worms and fungi decomposing dead plants but looks like good soil when ready.  Soil can be sandy, gritty, clay,loamy(the best), acid neutral or alkaline depending where you live.  I have visited Holt Farm twice and it is even better than the pictures on TV when you actually go there.  Monty collecting his produce was just like me today but my blackcurrants are ripe too so had to pick them.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 16:27

Another ice cream box filled with strawberries and put to freeze plus two tupperware boxes of blackcurrants.  Have to do 2nd picking of strawberries when i go up to the potager for beans for supper.  We had a very few spots of rain so nothing forecast till perhaps on Sunday and then a bit of a heatwave!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 12:56

I did enjoy buying things I thought I could never afford but dearly wanted!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 12:36

I had a £50 voucher from British Gas for Amazon for changing my tariff to a cheaper one and used it for climbers so next year it will be heads up inmy garden to see what is clambering through my huge trees. I already have lots of climbing roses.  I bought Clematis armandii, Lonicera "Copper Beauty" and Lonicera "Fragrant Cloud" and Trachelospermum., all delivered free from July 2nd.    Sorry they have to be delivered using fossil fuel but never look a gift horse in the mouth and they will contribute a lot in beauty and cleaning the atmosphere of pollutants.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 10:39

Just spent an hour showing one of my neighbours round the garden.  he says I have a mini botanic garden and kept saying I did not know that - I told him to treat his wife to a perennial sweet pea as she was having trouble growing them!  Took pics of what he saw.


Posted: 25/06/2015 at 22:10

I will be watching next week as one of my FB friends is on with her lovely shed - Dana Wilde.  I do hope they show her garden too as it is full of lovely ideas.

Alan's new series

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 15:49

Seeing Monty in the flesh on July 19th when I go to his lecture so will report.  That garden was crammed much too full for those tiny children who need space to grow - themselves as well as strawberries.  I expect if they could tell us they would say they liked the old garden better.  Tricycles come before wheelbarrows at that age.  It is an advertising feature all the way through.  I feel so guilty always watching the grief of the participants when you cannot help but this time I felt particularly bad as gardening was a great healer for me after my husband died and the team left nothing for the poor girl to do.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 15:28

Yes, Fruitcake, a few pounds buys a lot there but i am much too busy to go shopping.  Family coming tonight and 12 of them next week.  Also just spent an hour picking a huge bowl of strawberries and another of blackcurrants.  There is a little space left in the green wheeliebin so I am off to fill it now with flowering rosebay willowherb and nettles to get emptied tomorrow.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 08:52

Hello Pat,  yes the James Grieve apple is still a favourite in back gardens and can be bought in fruit and veg. shops.  It should be on Google somewhere.My father was a professional footballer and played County cricket but in Scotland so cannot say i am familiar with a Ken Grieves.

The lecture last night was fantastic.  If anyone can lay claim to the description of walking in Darwin's footsteps Professor Barrett most certainly can.  I will probably be posting about the sexotica as he called it of plants for months now, but as a taster let me tell you about the picture he showed us of a beautiful bird, a Malachite sunbird, which uses the Rat;s Tail or perch coming from an iris Babiana ringens which has evolved flowers that are sessile.  The bird does not like to sully its beautiful tail which is used in courtship by standing on the ground to milk the flowers so this perch has evolved to promote efficient cross pollination and high seed set!  I thought about how lovely that malachite bird would look among your rosellas!  Strangely enough the females are quite happy to stand on the ground,not having a long tail!  Reminded me of when we were going out as a family to some dressed up "do".  I, with seven children to supervise could get ready in five minutes while my late husband needed at least an hour!


Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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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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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

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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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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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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clematis in need of identification

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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