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Posted: 12/01/2014 at 12:24

Been working in my butterfly garden this morning and found large clumps of Elwesii snowdrops in bloom and Iris unguilaris.  May take the camera up after making Sunday lunch.


Posted: 12/01/2014 at 10:36

I am on Chapter 7 of my social history novel which is proving to be longer than I intended when i staryted it New Year's Day last Year!  My "Editors" are enjoying it chapter by chapter and think the wider public should be allowed to enjoy it too.  Who knows .  Perhaps you will be able to read it some day.


Posted: 12/01/2014 at 09:11

Busy-Lizzie.  I do not have any help with the gardening,but I retired ,ast year from my day a week stint at the Bristol Univ. Botanic garden so now spread the work over seven days a week instead of six.  The work I do for Mr. Fothergills is all in my own garden or conservatory or kitchen.  But I save as much as I can to pay for hard landscaping.  My potager of eight raised beds with limestone chippings pathways and my long winding path of the same material through the butterfly garden and spinney were built for me by two lads from the estate so I can garden quite comfortably from my paths when others have just mud or, as this morning, white frost.  I make great use of the conservatory and kitchen and, bad days in the spring will see me prickng out and potting on sat down in the kitchen!  I am sure my healthy. outdoor lifestyle is contributing to my good health in my eighties and keeping me sound in mind too.  I write a lot when it is too dark or windy to garden, not always about gardening!  Live and enjoy each day as it comes, Busy-Lizzie and plant your garden as if you are going to live forever.  I often look at my ginkco biloba and Indian Bean tree and imagine them in 100 years time!

What's your day been like?

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 17:31

Spent the whole day gardening.  the brambles in the spinney grew so well last year they hit the soil and rooted so I have to get them out now so I can see my snowdrops, a few of which are showing white buds.  My face was feeling it had caught the sun it was sunny all day with a brilliant blue wall to wall sky.  No wind either and hands did not feel cold even working.  What a respite from a month of stormy weather!


Posted: 11/01/2014 at 17:03

What a great beginning gardenwise - first full day out there today in brilliant sunshine and set fair for the next few days.  I can see more photos will be posted this week.  I feel my face is a little sunburned today.  After a month of stormy weather this is bliss.


Posted: 10/01/2014 at 20:17

Awww, I am so pleased you are all looking forward to my celebrations.  Lots of my fb friends have sent me gifts from packets of seeds for golden veg and plants to the plants themselves and I am a participant in Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners Trials for the Growing Map  of Mainland Britain so am having a big box of seeds, bulbs, plants as well as gifts for the garden from them every month for a year.  It really is going to be an exciting year.  A summer like the one we had last year that goes on and on would be ideal!


Posted: 10/01/2014 at 15:28

Yes, KEF - I am indeed the yucca lady who has to make sure they are not sticking out over the paths whenever I have an open day.  We had gorgeous Xmas candles this year!  They flower June and December every year but oh those spikes!


Posted: 10/01/2014 at 14:19

little-ann, I thought i felt my ears tingling!  Happy New Year to you all.


Posted: 10/01/2014 at 13:34

Two golden pics from the front garden.  The Golden ilex was in the garden when I came and I brought the Jasmine nudiflorum as a cutting from my former garden.  They are both on my Roll of Honour for fifty years excellent service.



Posted: 10/01/2014 at 13:30

It is fifty years this year since i first looked after my half acre and now I am celebrating its Golden Jubilee.  Golden flowers and foliage and veg and fruit will be complemented with lots of blue and purple and I will show you corners and panoramas of the garden each month.  January to follow.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:12

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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Last Post: 06/09/2014 at 18:57

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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 18:21

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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Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

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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Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Last Post: 16/06/2013 at 17:10

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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Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:49

Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Last Post: 31/05/2013 at 23:16

Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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