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Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:54

Awww, thank you, chicky.  Good to hear from you.  I hope you are well and enjoying your gardening as I am.  On Monty fondness for wildlife and rambling  Don's programme about the planet last night they were worried about the ills being caused like erosion by people's love of rambling and exploring wild places for enjoyment and exercise. and wondering what to do about it.  I think the solution is to have mre wildlife gardening.  The creatures come to you then and you can forage in your own garden.  I do think a law is needed to ensure all new affordable housing is planted with a fruit tree before the first tenant arrives.


Posted: 22/09/2014 at 16:12

My goodness I did a lot of gardening for an 86 year old if I say it myself.  All my alliums planted in pots, tender subjects repotted and placed in clean area of the conservatory, beans, tomatoes and lots of bunches of flowers picked, more of the conservatory windows cleaned and shelves polished ready for more plants,hoping to get it done by next weekend and floor washed and table brought back in.  I emptied 8 tomato plants that had finished fruiting from their big pots si, when i have grown on Mr. fothergill's plug plants for sept. which are trailing winter pansies they can occupy the pots which are now cleaned and waiting for occupants.  Days like this are so satisfying.  My harvest was amazing as i fed 6 households with beans and tomatoes last week and did not expect to crowd the kitchen table again today.  and the forecast is for more of the same weather for most of this week!  Lots of apples to harvest tomorrow.  Now to have a cup of tea and enjoy doing flower arrangements before I decide what to make for supper.  I do have some very large potatoes which i also dug up today which would make great chips with their skins on as they have no blemishes at all.


Posted: 22/09/2014 at 08:47

Cooler again today but will be a great day for gardening.  I have a lot to do but it will be a day of discovery no doubt like yesterday when I found lots of red polyanthus in full flower and even a yellow azalea.  Signs of spring even before winter starts!  Tomorrow my computer guru comes so pics soon after no doubt.  I looked at my pics from Hill Close Gadns and Upton Manor on my camera yesterday and they are stupendous.


Posted: 21/09/2014 at 15:26

My conservatory is like new again and the roofers did a splendid job on the roof.  Scaffolding went up Tuesday, roofers came Wednesday, Scaffolding down by 11.30 Thursday morning!  I cannot praise the contractor for the job appointed by the insurance co. enough.  Thank you for your concern, Flumpy1.  your fence sounds like a good job too.  Your tomatoes should all ripen this year, either on the vine or in a drawer with a banana to give off ethylene to ripen them.  Take the top out of the plant when you have five trusses.  Too late for flowers to be pollinated by the insects soon.


Posted: 21/09/2014 at 08:54

What a lovely gardening day is ahead of us in Bristol.  I should be able to get my September sowings of six saladings in the potager for cut and come again salads for the rest of the autumn for Mr. Fothergills Nation of gardeners trials and the rest of my RHS collection of alliums I had from my friend for my birthday planted, plus hundreds of daffodils and hyacinths.  It is so energising to see the sun shining early once more.  Dull days do not inspire the same.  Cooler in the conservatory this morning when I went to pick the ripe tomatoes so I think we may have had a cooler night than of late when it has sometimes made for uncomfortable sleeping.  I am really glad to be back online, BizzieB.


Posted: 20/09/2014 at 19:45

Hello, everyone.  I am back on my new laptop with Windows 80 which is taking some getting used to.  The fan on my old one died and could not be mended.  I have hundreds of emails to answer and lots of fb friends to reassure I am still around.  The computer man is coming on Tuesday to set all my apps up so i have lots of pics to send then.  Mr Fothergills want to carry on the Nation of Gardeners project after October they have been so impressed with our work!


Posted: 04/09/2014 at 08:32

The ability we now have to decipher the DNA of plants means some plants are being found to be wrongly classified so they are being regrouped and sometimes renamed.  Some plants that were in separate families have been found to be related to others and consequently some families are being dropped.  When you walk roung the Phyllogeny (which means family tree) garden in the University of Bristol Botanical Garden you see plants growing together which look quite different but belong to the same family - just like human cousins sometimes do.


Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:48

Those gladioli used to be called acidanthera but now gladiolus murielae, Bizzie B.  I have three big pots just coming into flower now.  My laptop is being picked up for repairs tomorrow morning so may be offline for a bit.  The roof was mended today and it was a very good job .  The scaffolding should be dismantled tomorrow.   I am gradually getting my tender plants into the conservatory again.


Posted: 03/09/2014 at 08:18

You will soon be having kale every day for dinner, flumpy 1.  I may be offline from today as the computer man is coming to take away my laptop.  it has been switching itself off as the fan has died.  Roofers coming today and scaffolding goes Thursday or Friday.  Dull today but warm and dry.  We have our Bee weekend Saturday and Sunday at Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden so looking forward to that.


Posted: 02/09/2014 at 12:29

Scaffolding up and i think it must be the prettiest scaffolding ever.


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

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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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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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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