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Posted: 27/06/2014 at 10:22

Late flower seeds sown and just in time I think as it has suddenly gone cold and dark.  I will play safe and work in the conservatory.  Lots of the pelargoniums are showing the colour of their flowers now and need to go outside to be hardened off and repotted into a slightly bigger pot.  I should be able to start filling the big containers soon.


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 08:35

We had enough rain lastnight for me to safely sow the hapf hardy and hardy flower seeds from Mr. Fothergills to try for late summer, autumn and winter flowers so that is a job to be done before the rain promised for 11 o'clock arrives.  The garden is much fresher and I am breathing more freely as my cold has almost gone now.  It should be possible to get some more planting done in the Jubilee border now and fill the vacated pots with fresh compost and bedding plants,  The diascias are flowering so now know their colour.  My snackbite peppers are growing bigger now so will have to find out when I can start eating them.  The first Sungold ripe tomato was eaten while watching the tennis last night and tasted delicious.


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 20:11

It has rained at last, not much but it should save me some watering tomorrow and perhaps fill up some waterbutts.  The weathermen think we may have some more heavier rain in Bristol tomorrow.  That should plump up the potato crop and help the runner beans along.  


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 11:47

Lots of work waiting for you in your garden , flumpy 1 when you do get home no doubt.  Pity about the garden you wanted to see.  Thank you fan no 1, alias Verdun!  Rejoice with me this morning in my garden - tomatoes ripe from Mr. Fothergills ready plants which were planted outdoors on 14th April. lots of golden flowers and Mr. F.'s Purple Splash antirrhinum looking good among my white astrantia and a self seeded Sweet William (five plants of it) which is almost black in the meadow!  I was purring like a well fed pussycat, believe me as I picked another bowl of lovely strawberries.



Posted: 24/06/2014 at 08:46

Fruitcake - what rain?  It missed us!  Bizzie B, I do love my colours but the garden has lots of evergreen ferns and trees so there is always lots of green too.  Here is the onion crop.



Posted: 23/06/2014 at 15:27

My package from Mr. Fothergill arrived in the post, six pkts of hardy and half hardy annuals to sow in the last week of June to see if we can get late flowers for the autumn.  I will sow the godetia indoors and pot them up for colour in the winter in the conservatory and putt the others in a seed bed in the potager when I have harvested my red onions which are ready to be dug up and dried off.  I thought it might be seeds but biennials were in my mind.  always interesting this project!


Posted: 23/06/2014 at 12:05

Another beautiful day to go snapping up my garden.



Posted: 23/06/2014 at 08:57

The Botanic Garden was beautiful with dragonflies everywhere.  I smelled the lotus blossom and had a frightening coughing fit as it seems some pollen got into my congested airways, me having a nasty summer cold.  Rescued by the first aid hug of my friend's husband!  We had left the tropical house to the last as the flowers open at lunchtime so went straight home.  I had an exhausted hour's nap in the afternoon and was able to enjoy the football.  .My friends took hundreds of pictures for articles to be written and we all caught the sun as it shone steadily the whole two hours  I do enjoy showing people round the garden but will not encourage smelling the lotus flower close up in future.having learnt the hard way!


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 16:00

Yes, that's the one.Fruitcake.


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 08:50

Have a lovely time flumpy 1.  what glorious weather for it.  Fruitcake, it has been much too hot to do heavy work in the garden this week.  I get my flower plant fix from our local flower shop.  She really gets some bargains an well grown plants and of course they get well watered.  Flumpy1, I saw the advert from Mr. Fothergills in the gardening news page of Amateur Gardening Weekly and answered it.  I was accepted immediately and from then on it was one exciting thing after another.  Off to the Botanic Gardens this morning .  I expect there will be lots of visitors on such a fine day as this.  I will not take my camera as I am giving a tour to my FB friends but no doubt they will be getting lovely shots to write about.

Discussions started by happymarion

My Bristol Garden in 2015

about how I am trying my best to be ecologically friendly in Bristol's year as Green Capital of Europe. 
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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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an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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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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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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