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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 15:00

Onions planted and other sights up my garden this afternoon.

 This is "Big Ben" a very large berried blackcurrant the Nation of Gardeners participants had to trial.  Very good cropper.

Unusual cowslips

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 14:51

The orange cowslip is featured in the Hot Garden in Bristol University Bot. Garden and I have divided them there and have bought one and now have eight plants in the alpine trough I planted it in.  It has its proper latinised botanical name on the label but I have lost mine.  I am visiting next week to pick up my tickets for the Monty Don Lecture so will have a look.  It must be common enough in some parts of the country or Europe to have earned its name.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 14:36

Yes but for a church ladies' club.mdw84!  They have been coming for years and really enjoy it, cream tea and all.  I have planted out the onion plants and sown 34 sunflower seeds and 10 no-name yet sweet peas for Mr Fothergills Seeds trials, just the cosmos to sow now.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 11:17

I must be a prophet.  Parcel post has just arrived with a parcel of seeds and plants from Mr. Fothergill.  10 each of onion plants, Tasco and Tough Ball. two pkts of cosmos Xanthos and Hummingbird pink, one pkt of sweet pea still to be named, one pkt of sunflower "Titan".  Ah well I am adaptable!  Making room in the conservatory for three more pkts of seeds and deciding where best to put those lovely onion plants, now.

Monty and his Kniphofia

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 11:11

The BBC has people to help with pronunciation on the staff.  I have heard loads of people struggle as they strive to pronounce or spell kniphofia but Red Hot Poker readily comes to mind to save them.  I saw them grown beautifully in Keith Wiley's Garden , "Wildside".  They looked quite at home dotted in quite big clumps throught his huge wide borders.  They were mostly all yellow so needed to be called Yellow Hot Pokers really.  Having tricky names does not deter from their undoubted class however as a jewel  of a perennial.l

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:58

Oh we have had enough rain to make weed pulling out easier so green wheeliebin nearly full again.  Time for a coffee break now.  I have bought my tickets for me and two friends to hear Monty's lecture called "Why Garden?", ordered a month's food shopping online which is coming tomorrow and all set for a month of great gardening to get ready for my open day.  Oh I know by my time of life that the "Best laid schemes of mice and Marion gang oft awry" to paraphrase Rabbie Burns but " Hope springs eternal in the human breast " too.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 08:09

Hooray, the rain dance worked.  We had a shower or two in Bristol during the night.  The garden is damp but it is dry and warm once more and no rain forecast till this evening. so should get my six hours in today.  I will prick out my Heinz tomato seeds and another red tomato I had as a freebie which had lots of seeds in the packet so I can pick out the best plants.  There are primulas needing to be divided too, especially the auriculas.  More beans to plant and the usual daily list.  Most of last year's dead leaves have been gathered from the pathways now and the twenty bags of horse manure to be put into the potager beds are dwindling too so that list will soon get shorter giving me more time to potter, experiment and plan ahead for when I next can buy new plants.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 22:14

Hello,mdw84,Fruitcake lives in Henbury and we have a contributor who has an allotment behind Horfield prison while I live in Brentry(Bristol North West).  Where abouts are you and is your garden completely new as I see you landscaped it yourself!  I have gardened in my half acre for 51 years but it was looked after by a professional gardener from the thirties till 1964 as the major who lived here was in a wheelchair.  As you can imagine I have wrought many changes and still am as I do like to try new things.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 11:51

You are very welcome Busy-Lizzie.  My freebies that came in my parcels from Mr. Fothergills trials for the Nation of Gardeners project are performing well in their second year - lots of strawberries on my "Sweetheart " plants and good broad bean plants from my saved seeds and luscious brown leaves to colour up my spring salads from the Pak choi F1


we had to try for cut and come again salad leaves.


Posted: 24/04/2015 at 11:35

Very dry in Bristol and no rain of consequence forecast till next Tuesday.  One of my five waterbutts sprang a leak and is empty, another has been used to water new plantings so going easy with the other three.

Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

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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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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: 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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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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an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Painting what you've grown

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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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