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Posted: 24/08/2014 at 22:12

It was a lovely program Bizzie B.  The best blackberries are usually out of reach.  Glad your tomatoes are doing well, Flumpy1.  I have almost finished weeding the new border so here is a pic of part of it.



Posted: 24/08/2014 at 12:34

I find the best gardening gloves are my old black leather "dressed up" gloves that get a new role when i receive a new pair for Xmas.  Sometimes I get a freebie with my shoes when i need a new pair as well.


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 09:59

Yes, I just caught the August newsletter in time to cancel my Open Day.  They can come next year and see the new Jubilee Border in all its glory.  With all the hundred or so pots my sons had carried out of the conservatory for me cluttering the pathways , even without the scaffolding which may be up by then I felt it wisest.  I am so glad you are enjoying my plants Bizzie B.   Next year will be all about economy in the garden as I will be recycling for Bristol's  Green Capital of Europe Year.  Gardening should not be something you can only enjoy if you are well-heeled although good boots do help.


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 08:16

We have a yellow alert for heavy rain for Bristol all day tomorrow so it seems prudent to try and finish the weeding in my Jubilee border today. when the forecast is dry till late afternoon.  I collected 33 broad bean seeds from my Mr. fothergills trials which were so successful in giving me a fine early crop of beans, so will collect the rest today before they get too wet.  I should have enough to make an October and February sowing as I did this year.  I am leaving the roots in to make use of the nitrogen from their nodules.  A very economical crop is the broad bean one.  The Autumn cropping one with the French name has flowers on too.  I do hope your migraine has subsided, Flumpy1.  Keep up the good work of feeding the bees.  I did enjoy being a judge.  I found a great deal to admire in all the hard work that had gone into the entries.


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 11:39

Conservatory as good as new now.  Marvelous job done and no mess at all.  They even removed the wonky piece of concrete I was worried might fall.  Here are some of the things that stopped me in my tracks on my safari round the garden .

 Good crop of Cream Sausage tomatoes and my Snackbite peppers are turning overnight from green to black.  i ate one and they are quite delicious so now have an alternative to snacking on cherry tomatoes and plums and my Golden delicious apples.  You certainly do not have to worry about getting your five a day when you have a garden like mine.


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 09:44

Glaziers arrived at nine.  All systems go now.


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 08:15

Fine but chilly morning but the glaziers have booked in to arrive between 8 and 12 so i shall have to put off the weeding till the afternoon.  Then I should finish the Jubilee garden ready to plant hundreds of bulbs in September.  They are all saved from the pots last spring as next year Bristol will be the Green Capital of Europe and I am going to do my bit towards it by recycling, propagating from the plants I already have, and buying absolutely nothing new.  This should save me enough money to get some hard landscaping done, nothing drastic just better paths and perhaps some more shelter from the storms.


Posted: 22/08/2014 at 17:08

Barks that peel are my favourite too.  My huge eucalyptus tree peels beautifully to reveal pink trunk underneath, lovely in the evening sunshine.  It was chilly weeding today nut I did three hours.  Another such session is needed in the Jubilee border as it is so long and wide.  I like to get my plum trees pruned before September to avoid leave curl fungus.  Only next week to get that job done.


Posted: 22/08/2014 at 08:42

Very wet garden greeted me again this morning and it does feel chilly but the forecast is for mostly bright spells so i shall don my old raincoat and get busy.  Perhaps some photography as well.  As the forecast is for the temperature to drop to 10 tonight and even lower tomorrow night I will close the roof light in the conservatory this evening.  There are still quite a few tomatoes and cucamelons growing in there.  I hope it is dry enough today to pick some blackberries to make more squash.


Posted: 21/08/2014 at 13:57

Oh it is so not a gardening day today - cold and very wet.  So dealing with the harvest it is.  A big pot of minestrone soup has been made with some of my onions, garlic, beans, tomatoes, potatoes and basil.  I reserved some some for supper tonight and froze the rest.  I picked a great bowlful of ripe plums yesterday so they will get frozen this afternoon.  If it is still cold after that I will make a great batch of fruit scones and freeze some too.  Forecast is for better day tomorrow and I will have the stuffed green wheeliebin emptied tomorrow morning so will be eager to fill it up again.  The solidago is showing bright yellow up the garden and I always think of that as an autumn flower.  

Discussions started by happymarion

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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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