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Posted: 22/10/2014 at 08:33

A warmer, calm dry morning today in Bristol which I was happy to see as I am giving my first talk on my Golden Jubilee Garden this afternoon.  I have gathered the things together I am taking as freebies - lots of big apples, garlic bulbs from Mr. Fothergills trials, hand outs with names of the plants, photos printed out of the marvellous cake my FB friends brought me,and of course my memory stick with my slides on.  I am so looking forward to it and glad the storm has subsided so it is safer for the ladies to come out.


Posted: 21/10/2014 at 09:07

I can hear the wind today indoors and it feels colder but the forecast warning is for stormy weather about 10 am in Bristol so will put on my old raincoat and have a quick safari round the garden to check all is safe while the sun is out.

Overgrown Garden

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 20:45

I had three pond which I filled in with hardcore from when the foundations were built for my conservatory and saved the price of a skip.  Topsoil on top and ferns for birthday and Xmas presents plus foxgloves and mulleins and bulbs have turned the pond site into a lovely fernery.  You coluld have a stumpery with ferns and your tree stumps.  Looks like a heavenly garden already for small boys.  My four had a three storey tree house, lots of dens, one of which had "fossils" in .  That dog skeleton would have been labelled with a pseudo Latin name of some long lost dinosaur by my boys.  You can have great fun making a garden for all the family.  Put the plants you love into pots and group them like Christopher LLoyd used to do and you can still see at Great Dixter.  Your garden will be a great source of happiness I am sure.  Oh, and do help your family's health by growing lots of veg - in raised beds if need be.


Posted: 20/10/2014 at 20:27

I .have just watched Monty's new series on Big Dreams -Small Spaces.  The participants seemed to have quite big gardens. big budgets and lots of friends to help but it was a bit different from the other gardening programs  And seeing the horrible clay in one garden reminded me of the bugbear my garden used to be because of it.  My two youngest girls used to make dolls pottery out of it and bake them in the greenhouse.


Posted: 20/10/2014 at 17:03

I had to dodge the showers today which were very heavy when they came but intermittent so I managed to pot up another of the freebie lavender bushes, pot up the five pelargoniums that came out of said pot , deadhead the Jubilee Border (Generous Gardener Rose is still covered in flowers) and pick a huge basket of apples to take to the church ladies when I give my talk on Wednesday.  Clocks go back next Sunday so soon the days will be so short.  Perhaps getting up earlier is the answer to that one.


Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:29

I have been pricking out aquilegias from their seed tray and giggling at the goatee beards my trailing pansies are sporting now.



Posted: 20/10/2014 at 08:45

You can sow sweet pea seeds now, flumpy 1 if you want them early but I found last year , though some survived they were no earlier than sowing early March.and I picked them all summer long up till last week.  Sow heritage variety if you want scent.

IT is another mild day  with blue  skies and sunny at the moment but I think I will take note of the forecast for stormy weather tonight and batten down the hatches today.  The runner beans have finished cropping so can tidy that raised bed and store the bamboo canes away in the garage.

My spindle bush was a present from the many birds that visit my garden and until it flowered for the first time I was unaware of what it was.  It is a real beauty.


Posted: 19/10/2014 at 11:33

Pictures from the garden today.  The spindle bush is beautiful, my saladings belie the fact I have been picking all week  They were sown on Sept.25th and have been outside all the time.  My winter pansies are ready to be planted out to make room for more pricking out in the conservatory.



Posted: 19/10/2014 at 10:37

Oh my gosh the fairies visited my garden last night.  After clearing a metre or so of border for some hemerocallis I went up the potager to check on my newly planted Pea Meteor plants and found in one of my raised beds six huge lavender bushes had been laid out along one side, presumably by one of my neighbours who works in demolition and often puts lovely big pots tetc over the fence for me out of the skips.  This is the first time it has been plants and loads of very good soil on the roots!  The smallest is about two feet across so I will plant that one in a big pot which will be denuded of its pelargoniums and the other five will become a lavender hedge somewhere.  I have lifted them out of the raised bed and put them in the bog garden site to be sure to keep damp till I can replant them.  Which is why I am sitting typing filling the study with lavender scent.  My clothes are impregnated with it.  Never a dull moment it seems in my Golden Jubilee Year.  I wonder which stately home is digging out its lavender hedges?


Posted: 19/10/2014 at 08:21

Seems too good to be true but another dry warm day on the cards for Bristol so I shall abandon my pricking out to get out there.  Soon be time to plant tulips of which I have hundreds and I have not scratched the surface of my bags and bags of daffs yet.

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