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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.


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.


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 12:32

Five pelargoniums, rescued from the frost, and replaced by nine of my Cool Wave winter flowering trailing pansies,


from the zinc baby bath which I used to bathe my two eldest girls in when we lived in a cottage in Gloucestershire which had no bathroom.  They are now 57 and 56!  I am hoping the pansies will trail over the sides in the spring and look very pretty.  I will plant some bulbs in between to follow on.


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 09:48

My South African daisies




Posted: 05/11/2014 at 09:29

Cold again today in Bristol but dry and bright after a wet night again by the looks of the garden plants and furniture.  I do have room in the green wheeliebin so shall try to fill it up with prunings.  My osteospermums in the conservatory are beginning to flower so add a lovely splash of lighter colours to the dark reds of my pelargoniums now.  Those and my aoniums are all ideas pinched from the Warm temperate greenhouse at the Bot. garden which always delights visitors in the depths of winter when they come in from the cold of the garden.  Which reminds me i must bring in more of my cactus and succulents which line one side of Warm Temperate.  I learned so much in my six year stint at the Bot, garden.  I bet their acers are a picture now so need a good day to go taking pictures there.


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 12:50

Oh I got so cold planting tulips I had to warm up in the conservatory.  My pansies cheered me just by noticing I have very few twins and no triplets .  Here are some of the new faces I had smiling at me this morning.  I brought in another three lots of pelargoniums with lobelia still in full flower at their feet and spent an hour taking the wet leaves off my alpines where I


noticed the white heather is breaking its buds.

Perennial planting time?

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 09:57

We found as Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners all over the country last year that planting autumn delivered perennials in pots and keeping overwinter in a cold frame or greenhouse was better than planting outside.  It was a warm wet winter last year and the ones in the ground often fell prey to slugs.


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 08:51

Rained again last night in Bristol so very damp garden and only 8degrrees forecast too.  But still lots more tulips to plant and pruning to get on with so that should keep me warm.  Then I can come in for coffee and music on my laptop.  Going to a play about the landgirls in World war 2 in December - brings back memories.  No foreign temporary labour then for potato harvest time in Scotland so we secondary school pupils had a week off school to help the landgirls get it in.  No machinery to help either.  Makes growing potatoes in a planter seem cissy somehow.


Posted: 03/11/2014 at 14:26

Despite my red nose and very cold feet and hands, no one could have been happier than I was gardening in the sunshine today.  First I planted a huge bagful of Tulips called Fur Elise given me by my friend which prompted me to put the piano version of Beethoven's piece on my laptop which has superb sound.  Then I found  spots for four of my newly hardened off trailing winter pansies and planted out six of my Heuchera Key Lime Pie plants I grew from cuttings.  Then i warmed up in the conservatory pricking out 18 more Oriental poppies for Mr. Fothergills trials.  Bliss.



Posted: 03/11/2014 at 09:02

Oh such a chilly Monday morning.  I definitely need to look out some thick jumpers and socks for my boots as there are some puddles left in the garden from last night's rain and I really must bring in a lot of tender plants since the forecast for tonight is just 6 degrees which might damage some.  I have a feeling i will be putting on the central heating for a few hours tonight too.  Last week was delightful and I am so glad now I took advantage of the warmth,especially as my brown face makes me look as if I have just come back from a holiday abroad!  But as Shakespeare put it in one of his sonnets "Marion's nose looks red and  raw" will be more like it this week.

Discussions started by happymarion

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