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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 19:59

Oh Ty flumpy - such beautiful pictures. They make me want to get my paintbox out.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 19:12

I put the first 2litre ice cream carton full of strawberries in the freezer today and picked another bowlful tonight so full glut on  I also had to water lots of pots and the water butts are depleted again.  But the weather is just right for pruning and weeding so must not grumble at the extra work.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 08:40

Did you see anything of the Garden in the Sky in NY, BL?  The rooftops evudently grow lots of plants there.  Monty Don's lecture at the Botanic Garden on July 19th is sold out for the morning and evening session.  One of the "stars"of modern plant evolution,  Prof. Barrett of Toronto Univ. is coming to the garden to give us a lecture on modern plant exploration and novel diversity floral plants!  That is on June 24th and I have booked my place.  Looking forward to that immensely

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 14:24

That shrub with the red end leaves is a pieris, flumpy.  If the leaves on your rhododendron are yellow just now they are the ones that are due to drop off.  A general fertiliser feed should not harm it but if it is in good soil just make sure it does not dry out and water when necessary.  They are plants of  the Himalayas and used to woodland conditions so a mulch of leaf mould after watering would do it the world of good.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 12:58

TY Lyn.  I remember Keith Wiley telling me how much rain you have in Devon, lots more than Bristol!  Been up harvesting strawberries and took some pics, enticed by my Wm Shakespeare, Iceberg and Graham Stewart Thomas roses.




My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 11:11

Good weather there too flumpy.  I have come in for refreshment after a couple of hours hard work.  Some pictures i want to take so, if it is not too bright I will do that to give my back a rest before I start again.  My friend is visiting on Friday so I want the garden all spruce for then as he gave me a great many of the plants in it!  The week after I said i would like a fernery he went to a nursery and came back with eight lovely ferns for me!  He is bringing cosmos on Friday surplus to his requirements so must clear a space for them.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 09:03

My friend visited Stogumber in Devon yesterday which had an open day of 16 gardens and found when he got home in the evening his own neighbourhood (last two pics) was just as lovely.  The Clifton suburb of Bristol looks so lovely in the summer.  The barn is very beautiful in Stogumber.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 08:32

Busy- Lizzie, I hope you had a great time in New York and it was not too hot for you.  When I was there waiting for the Queen Elizabeth to leave in the evening I found it so hot even in the park I went into a huge cinema even although I had seen the film but they had a fashion show on a catwalk during the interval which was from Paris and quite mind blowing.The air conditioning was superb.  I expect you have a lot to catch up with in your garden.  My nettle stings responded to aloe vera well, Thank you.  Another lovely day in Bristol so harvesting some strawberries and picking blackcurrants today.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 10:53

I have two exochorda looking lovely right now but would get too wet snapping them.  Many Happy Returns to your father, flumpy.  I have picked in a big bowl of srawberries and wowed at my broad beans which loved the rain and took some pics although everything is very wet.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 09:09

Brilliant sunshine again this morning and warmer though we seem to have had some rain through the night as the garden is dripping everywhere, certainly a big change from dank yesterday.  Full of beans after a lazy day yesterday so will try not to run out of energy like the English Women's football team did yesterday at the end of their game!  i thought they were going to throw the points away in extra time when their stamina collapsed.  But saved by the whistle and they won.  They certainly played better than in the first match against France when the weather was foul.

Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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new series

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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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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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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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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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