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Posted: 05/10/2014 at 22:10

Yes, Fruitcake.  Open 10.30 to 4.30 every day.  So many Bristolians do not know what they are missing.  If you get caught in the rain head for the greenhouses.  The sub tropical and tropical houses are very warm.  Here is a picture of a banana flower and a new bunch of bananas I took last Thursday. Of course my lens was all steamed upin the heat.



Posted: 05/10/2014 at 09:06

Rudbeckias and heleniums at the Univ. of Bristol Bot. Garden last Thursday.



Posted: 05/10/2014 at 08:46

I am making a proper start on tidying the butterfly garden where I have thousands of snowdrops in several different species which at the moment I will not be able to see properly when they flower.  Lots of pruning, weeding and path clearing needed.  It will take me the rest of October to do   There are lots of fallen apples as there is a huge Bramley apple tree there so I will be picking them up so apple crumble may be on the menu.  I usually make three and freeze two.  I am going to a dayschool on Garden Writing at the Botanic Garden one day this month sothat will be a day off to reinvigorate me.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 21:50

Those cannas toned so well with the ginger plants in flower in the Univ. of Bristol Bot. Gdn.




Posted: 04/10/2014 at 20:37

I usually cut kale. flumpy1 and yes I wrote the poem.  Poems wake me up in the middle of the night so I have learned to keep pen and paper in the top drawer of my bedside cabinet.  I do not sit down deliberately to write a poem on a certain subject.  Prose on the other hand i write deliberately.  Bedsocks are coming out tonight - brrrr.

Has any one made a gardening cake before

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:27

Well done.  An all round success I would say.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:26

Now you know the difference in taste from a shop bought tomato and one you grew yourself, flumpy1!  Congrats. Colder in Bristol now too though the sun is out and it has stopped raining.  The wind is getting up too so real October weather now.  Must not grumble after such a marvellous September.

Has any one made a gardening cake before

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 12:26

It was cut and half eaten at the Bristol Group of the Alpine Garden Soc. Annual Conference.  Another big chunk was taken to my former colleagues at the Univ. of Bristol Bot. garden and given to friends and neighbours.  It would comfortably cater for 100 people it was so big.  It was a wrench to cut it but it inspired a poem.  


We Ate a Work of Art.


The grass was made of coconut

The paths of marzipan.

The flowers and veg. of sugar,

Made by creative Ann.


The pond of sparkling jelly;

The beehive with its bees;

Blue butterflies in the borders;

All put us at our ease,


Till I had to wield the knife

To cut the golden cake.

Too lovely to eat was the cry,

Even for donations sake.


That cry subsided when we smelt

The cherry brandy fumes.

Then we saw the cherries,

Lush as the decorating blooms.


They queued for slices and decorations;

They ooh-ed and aah-ed somewhat;

The coffers swelled for our new projector;

Which eased my pain a lot.


It has gone, my golden cake;

Fond memories remain;

Of the facebook friends who gave it 

And the gardening friends who ate it.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 12:13

Midday and it is dry and the sun is shining again!


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 08:31

The change in the weather has arrived as promised.  It is a very dreich day at the moment in Bristol, dark as night, pouring with rain and a very bedraggled lot of flowers out in the garden.  On the bright side the plants needed the rain and the waterbutts should be getting replenished.  It does not seem colder in the house but maybe outside will be.  Forecast is for a sunny dry afternoon so I should get some gardening done then.  In the meantime I shall try to get my powerpoint presentation on the way.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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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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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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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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