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2014

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 08:55

November is here and it is a lovely sunny dry day in Bristol.  Some poet somewhere should celebrate that. Very few poems about November that do not bemoan the dreariness of it.  I shall be too busy planting the sixty or so tulips I have just bagged up from my store, planting white training winter pansies by my Black Grass (orthopogon) and collecting bags of leaves for leaf mould.  I wonder what Mr. Fothergills have in store for the Nation of Gardeners this November.

How warm is it with you today?

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 19:14

21.1 here today in Bristol .  It was like a summer's day and T-shirt weather.r.

2014

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 14:48

Whacked so went snapping the summery flowers up the garden.

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2014

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 12:17

Sixty more tulips planted labelled and protected from the squirrels.  It is a T-shirt gardening day today.  The last of my red onions have now been planted .  There are five flowers on Pea Meteor and the garden had lots of butterflies in it.  One followed me into the kitchen.  I shall have a Hunter-gatherer lunch again today but will take a cushion to put on one of my wrought iron chairs and sit down civilised today as i am putting so many hours in.  Lots of flowers surprising me including the blue flowers of my brown leaved ajuga which does think it is spring.  Roses are beautiful and the fuchsias.

2014

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 08:55

Oh my such a weather forecast for today in Bristol.  It could be the middle of summer except the length of the daylight hours.  No excuse not to have a wonderful start to the garden in spring next year.  Everything done now will save time then.  I started planting my tulips yesterday.  At 50 per day they should all be planted this year!  Late sowing of salads, annuals, perennials as instructed by Mr. Fothergills for their trials means the garden too looks like it is midsummer and some of the roses like "Generous Gardener" and "Iceberg"are still covered with buds.  I normally rely on my very old Queen Mother roses for a bunch at Xmas but it looks like I may have a mixed bunch this year.

2014

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 16:23

Getting dark now so gave in as I did not come in for lunch but ate it in the garden from the garden.  I did feel like a hunter - gatherer with my two corn cobs, bunch of grapes,CharlesRoss apple and two large red strawberries, but quite replete and able to do much more work.  Before the light went I took some pictures .  I found three pea flowers on my new Pea meteor plants i am trialling for Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners.  The winter jasmine is going to be covered in its yellow flowers this November.  The roses are still delightful and what a year it is for red berries!  Oh and I have blue mushrooms.

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2014

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 12:45

I emptied the potato planter of its "Xmas" potatoes as all the haulms were spent and got 1 kilo of admittedly gorgeous new potatoes but will not be repeating this experiment.  Such a tiny crop cannot have depleted the compost much so I will use it in big pots of tulips for the spring.

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2014

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 11:25

Normal service resumed in garden today as it is dry.

2014

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 09:00

It has been rather wet overnight in Bristol but dry and cloudy now with forecast for rain most of the day so may give the garden a miss outside today and concentrate on the conservatory.  I really must make room for more tender subjects that need to come in soon and there is a lot of pricking out of perennials to do.  I have started putting pots of gazanias into the cold frame to see whether they will survive till next year there but will bring one basketful into the conservatory to be safe,  They are still flowering .  When i went out to an AGS Committee meeting last night I left the lights on in the conservatory to make it look like someone was home and it did look beautiful so must try and get a nighttime picture of it.  As my friend said when she saw it "That makes all the hard work worthwhile".

2014

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 08:48

What more could a gardener want !  Blue skies as far as the eye can see, sunshine, temperature to go up to 18 and no rainfall forecast till through the night.  Does not seem possible that November is round the corner on Saturday.  No doubt there will be more spring flowers duped into flowering this week in my garden and the late sown annuals will just carry on as if it is the height of summer still.  Yesterday in the garden the illusion was carried on by the birds.  They were very vocal indeed.  Some of it was them chiding me for disturbing them with my pruning.  The blackbirds are relishing the bounteous berries in the ivy thickets; the starlings are getting drunk on fallen apples which are fermenting .I join in by munching at a sweetcorn or gobbling grapes.  

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