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Posted: 07/12/2014 at 16:08

Pink clouds in a blue sky in the Bristol sunset tonight got me out in the cold to snap them.



Posted: 07/12/2014 at 13:59

Dec.7th and my Sunday lunch was mostly provided by Me. Fothergill's trials.  Even the smallest of the tomatoes ripened this year so no green tomato chutney and the salad leaves are delicious.  OK I did have to buy the seeded bread and the cream cheese.



Posted: 07/12/2014 at 09:08

Wet this morning but much warmer and the forecast is for a dry sunny day strangely enough set to get colder from 10am onwards.  0 degrees forecast for tonight so will wake up to freezing conditions tomorrow morning.  Time for a warning note on the bun tin methinks.  I would hate to lose anything now.  New flowers beginning to open on my tibouchina and a lot to open on my Duranta repens as well as my red jasmine and the red, pink and white pelargoniums.  My new amaryllis is looking great too, now its buds are opening every day.  Scotland is about to have quite a lot of snow though.  For such a small country we do have an amazing variety in the weather.


Posted: 06/12/2014 at 21:12

The tall flowers are amaryllis, flumpy1, which grow from a large bulb that sits half in compost and half out.  They are often given at Xmas for presents complete with pot and compost so all you have to do is plant and keep watered as soon as a green shoot appears.  I have a Xmas meal to go to on Wednesday as the guest of a group I have given garden lectures to, so hope the weather is not too fierce that day.


Your favourite tomato varieties

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 16:59

For cherry tomatoes to eat straight off the plant as well as "Sungold" and "Gardeners Delight" I love "Black Opal" and Pink Charmer".  "Orange Slice" is a lovely big one for pretty sandwiches and "Ferline" is blight resistant.

Favourite Christmas Song and Carol?

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 16:52

I saw the play "Lilies on the Land " on Wednesday night about the Women's Land Army and there was a Xmas episode when the landgirls who fraternised with the Italian and German prisoners of war who were put to work helping them in the fields where they all sang "Silent Night" first in English, then in German.  It was quite beautiful and very moving.  Not for the only time during the play the tears were rolling down my cheeks.


Posted: 06/12/2014 at 14:03

On such a cold frosty day I feel so grateful to Mr. Fothergills Seeds for making me a participant in ther Nation of Gardeners Project.  Without that i would not have Cut and Come Again salad leaves outside,winter lettuce and more leaves coming on in the cold frame, perennials sown late and growing on ready to go out in the garden in June, now in the conservatory.  It would not have entered my head to try.  A big Thank You to Mr. Fothergill


s Seeds for making me feel like I am at the cutting edge of horticulture in my Golden Junilee Year in my garden.


Posted: 06/12/2014 at 09:03

White frost on roofs and grass this morning but sun forecast for all day so should be warm enough to venture out by eleven.  Everything is fine in the conservatory and Mr. Fothergills trials of late sown perennials still seem to be growing though slower.  I should have lots in flower at Easter for the opening weekend of the Univ. of Bristol Bot. Garden when we Friends sell lots of plants for the funds.  Aubrieta in bulk in various colours should catch the eye.   The late sown salad leaves are looking OK outside too.  I am enjoying taking risks under the Mr Fothergills umbrella.  Perhaps I am a bit of gambler after all.


Posted: 05/12/2014 at 09:39

Cold again this morning with some white on next door'd grass but I soon warmed up when i opened my email to find the last two rosebuds of "Lady Emma" from my friend's garden and two pics of his "Red Garden " amaryllis.  I sent him in return two pics of the pink amaryllis he gave me to cheer me up after the 'flu.



Posted: 04/12/2014 at 11:08

Very cold again today but need to go to PO as last posting day for Australian Xmas cards so will wrap up well and post them and my American and Canadian cards as well.  Gardening can wait now till the weekend which is forecast to be sunny and warmer but I can do a bit in the conservatory where everything is thriving and very colourful.

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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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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Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

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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Last Post: 18/11/2014 at 08:20

Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 09:47

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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