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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 12:45

I Googled Gooseberry cordons and found loads od advice including from the RHS and BBC and lots of lovely pictures so get Googling, ladies  I have never done it and have no gooseberry bushes since i had an invasion of gooseberry sawfly so cannot give any advice from experience.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 12:40

The pansies and primulas were looking a bit bedraggled so I did a bit of deadheading, but the arum leaves in the slate scree are beautiful and the heuchera leaf colouring and the winter jasmine is still flowering.

 And still my gazanias are flowering.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 12:22

Lots of flowers on Jan 18th too, cyclamen, snowdrops, irises, hebe, and more to follow.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 12:05

I shall do some research on gooseberries later, but i could not resist the sunshine so all bundled up I took my camera on safari round the garden and could not believe how exciting it was - so much beauty but the onl


y regret it was so silent.  It was too cold for the birds. BUT I still have blue fungi, my evergreen ferns are superb in all shades of green too, my apple mint is growing well, and my prunus, now budding, looked like fairyland glinting in the sunshine now the frost has melted.  Lots more to follow.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 09:33

Oh it is icy today, still only 1degree outside.  If it stays sunny and dry I may venture out i the afternoon but it is definitely too cold to work in or take photographs.  Forecast is for tomorrow to be even colder too.  I imagine it will be a real shock to the system after three weeks in Madeira for my son and his partner!  Brrrr.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 17:09

We used to take our seven children to Devon or Cornwall in the summer as they loved swimming in the sea and my husband loved sailing.  The shopkeepers used to tell me that they could get isolated in the winter by heavy snow!  I was so glad I worked so hard in the garden this morning as it did rain in tthe afternoon and there was a good film on BBC!.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:45

I had a wonderful morning up in my butterfly garden, fighting monster brambles and dead bindweed that were stopping me admiring my hundreds or may be thousands of snowdrops now and the lovely cyclamen coum.  The sun was shining and the sky bright blue but it was cold cutting up the brambles for the green wheeliebin which was emptied this morning.  I always have the urge to fill it right after it has been emptied.  So glad I did as it rained in the afternoon but I did enjoy the film on BBC! - The Wind and the Lion. - made you feel warm just looking at Morocco.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 12:32

I have been able to do some gardening this morning, frumpy1.  Beautiful blue skies and sunshine though it is a bit cold but it was lovely among the snowdrops and cyclamen.  and then the post brought me £40 for the "Star" Letter in Jan. 24th edition of Amateur Gardening Mag. (out on Tuesday) so today has started out very well indeed.  February Issue of Gardeners World Mag. was in the post as well.  And we are having free Zinnia seeds with the March issue!    Meadowland 2 - how unfortunate you are not having the Bristol weather when you are so near!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 08:53

Very wet and cold in Bristol this morning.  I am so glad I got a lot done yesterday in the sunshine.  Forecast is for cold days and nights for some time.  You may get your lovely frost pictures yet Fruitcake.  I tend to take mine from the bungalow through the windows as I need to wear gloves outside when it is frosty.  

Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 19:11

Having been one of the participants in Mr. Fothergill Seeds Nation of Gardeners Trials for 16 months now I can vouch for the quality of their seeds, bulbs and plants and seed potatoes.  And their packaging is first class.  The plants especially never look as if they have even been in the post.  The new varieties they are advertising have had trials by us up and down the country so what works best in where you happen to live can be put in the script.

Discussions started by happymarion

new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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My Bristol Garden in 2015

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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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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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My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

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clematis in need of identification

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Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Painting what you've grown

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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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