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2014

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 09:09

  It is really dark and poring with rain and a duckpond has formed outside the kitchen door again.  One of these days a mallard may discover it! Only my conservatory can bring a smile to my face this morning.  Everything in there is still blooming and seedlings are growing well.  I do not put the greenhouse heater in it till frost is forecast.  The temperature on my old thermometer was 45 F this morning so no frost as yet.Forecast for today is rain till about 4pm so I may have to resort to office work today.  I need to bring all my notes on Mr. Fothergills trials up to date.  The Meteor peas up in the potager have flowers on but I doubt they will be pollinated at this time of year.

2014

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 22:26

There was a piece about it in Amateur Gardening Magazine. fidgetbones, which gave you the email address to apply to.  I believe other seed companies do similar things. It certainly made me very aware of the fact that seed companies are having to watch for effects of climate change in case they have to change the scripts on their seed packets.  I used to volunteer as a guinea pig for new medical products at the university and doing these trials is something similar.

2014

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 14:38

They are fidgetbones - trials for mr Fothergills Nation of Gardeners project.  I am so happy I applied for this as i have had some super things to try.  These have given me great delight.  cannot wait to see how the plants  trail in the winter and spring and I believe they get covered in pansies.  The rain stopped and I thought I might get some good shots of the great show of red berries in the garden but it was so cold on my fingers i changed my mind.  I think Sunday will be better day for that.I thought the red holly berries last year were good but this year they are superb, as are the various types of cotoneaster.  

Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 11:51

The jasmine is completely hardy.  Mine is over 50 years old in my north facing front garden and never disappoints.

Plants for now and over christmas

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 09:09

I am busy putting polyanthus like "Firecracker" underneath my Xmas box plants and evergreen ferns.  They are in full flower and make lovely splashes of colour and are quite hardy.  I have primroses galore flowering now including some pink ones so they may be planted into containers too.  Campanulas will give you blue flowers.But what is giving most yellow in my garden at present is Jasminum nudiflorum which should flower from now till way into January when the snowdrops will be starting to make their presence felt.

2014

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 09:01

Getting colder in Bristol from 9am according to the detailed forecast.  Temp. going down from then on from 11 degrees.  My garden is very wet indeed so we must have had heavy rain in the night.  It is quite breezy already too.  Any gardening will be done in the conservatory methinks.  I have decided it cannot take the biggest pots of pelargoniums this year so will clean the window in the back of the garage and clear the floor of my gardening tools and sweep it and put them in there below the window for light but frost free.  If I keep them fairly dry they should be all right.  I may do that in my boots and old gardening raincoat f I can pluck up the courage.  Taking part in Bristol's Green Capital of Europe's year means not losing any plants over the winter, especially such large specimens.

2014

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 20:52

Such a lovely day.  I discovered I had won 2x £25 from my Premium bonds so I splurged £38 on a year's subscription to the GW mag. and got two free RHS books as a gift too.  My eldest son emailed me with news of his promotion.  It did not rain till I had filled up the green wheeliebin with prunings for the emptying tomorrow.  The buns I made turned out scrumptious and warmed the kitchen up while they were baking.  And I correctly guessed the winner in the Design Challenge programme tonight!  Oh and one of my fb friends won Best Front Garden Award in the Bury In Bloom Competition.  

Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 16:11

My favourite plant at this time of year is the winter jasmine - Jasminum nudiflorum.  Always looks good in summer too but saves its lovely yellow flowers for November onwards.

 

2014

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 08:35

Rain forecast for Bristol in the afternoon so must get up the garden to pick up the spent fireworks in the morning .  It seems a little warmer this morning and no sign of blackening on the dahlia leaves so we have not had frost yet. I will prick out some more aubrieta plants this afternoon to put in the space vacated in the conservatory by the trailing winter pansies.  Will also see if I can find more room in my raised beds for some more broad beans as I do appreciate having fresh beans early in the spring .  The late sown salad crops I sowed for Mr. Fothergills trials are doing splendidly even though i am raiding the cut and come again leaves every day and the radishes are being thinned and the thinnings eaten.  The rocket is still growing well.  i think I will pot on a few of the lettucs to get nice big lettuces for Xmas.

2014

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 20:15

Loads of bangs going off all round the bungalow so should get quite a haul of spent rocket sticks for plant supports up the garden tomorrow.  Pays dividends to live in the middle of a council estate on Nov. 5th.

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