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Posted: 12/02/2014 at 09:36

So excited. The next box from Mr. Fothergills for the Nation of Gardeners Trials is being despatched this week.  We evidently will need our greenhouses (in my case the conservatory) for this assignment but the rest is a secret till all have been delivered, not to spoil the surprise.  It is a bit like having a monthly birthday.


Posted: 11/02/2014 at 08:55

Back into two jumpers again.  it is bucketing down in Bristol and very dark so this is it for some hours no doubt!  Duck pond on the patio again.  I think I will be gardening off the paths for some time to come.  The raised beds will be easy to plant up and the edges of the borders but i would not risk destroying my good soil structure in the beds and borders by walking on them till we have had weeks of drying weather, so the bungalow windowsills are now going to be stripped of ornaments to make way for flower and vegetable plants as they get pricked out from their seed trays.  The cold frame is full up and the conservatory is getting there.  Two long cloches have been ordered to help warm up the soil and should be on their way..

Too early to chit?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 14:00

Concentrate on chitting your earlies as maincrop do not need it.  chit with blunt end upwards.  they can support one another in a seed tray.  Cool unheated spare room with plenty of light but not in direct sun.  I have chitted Charlotte for Mr. Fothergill's Nation of Gardeners Trial and aim at planting five in a potato planter on St. Valentines day.


Posted: 10/02/2014 at 12:09

Went out in the garden too early and got soaked and frozen in a sudden hailstorm, so came in to dry off and warm up and sowed nine lots of seed - four repeats of Mr.Fothergills saladings as i shall finish eating the Dec, sowings this week, four annuals, marigolds, "Sunspot gold" and "Apricot Daisy" and Ridolphia segetum and cosmos "Polidor mixed" and Cape Gooseberries"Golden Berry".  Weather has improved now so should be able to work outside after lunch.


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 14:46

At last the conservatory is looking like spring is here and the sun is shining in between the showers.  Every time i venture up the garden to gather an armful of blown down twigs and eucalyptus bark the heavens open, but i can dry off in the conservatory where the daffs are scenting the air and hyacinths soon will.



Posted: 09/02/2014 at 09:22

The centre of the primula is even more golden today and the red edge does make it look fiery!


Posted: 08/02/2014 at 16:06

They got pout in wrong way up.  The auricula is the second one of course.


Posted: 08/02/2014 at 14:34

Here is my new auricula which shows great promise and the primula "Firecracker" which I


choose to complement my daffs in the golden spring display in the front garden.


Posted: 08/02/2014 at 12:02

My Golden Jubilee Year in my garden is going to be memorable at least for the stormy weather.  Once more it is raining and the winds are fierce so I have to stay indoors, but that means I spend more time in the conservatory where my newly sown peppers are up and my antirrhinums and second winter sowing of basil, the first having got damping off disease.  Some of my primulas and auriculas have their first flowers.  The large flowered auriculas are lovely and the primula called "Firecracker".  More daffs have opened their buds and my cymbidium orchids look promising.  They usually flower end of February which is when the weather forecasters think we may have some calmer weather.


Posted: 07/02/2014 at 22:52

My applemint is outside in a big pot and still producing loads of growth.  It has been so mild that the cutting I took in the autumn for a friend is now a big plant.  I am so glad you are enjoying what my friend calls my "gardening journalism" KEF.  I do enjoy sharing my gardening escapades.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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Last Post: 06/09/2014 at 18:57

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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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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