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Posted: 21/08/2014 at 08:41

That is a lovely picture, Bizzie B.  It feels quite autumnal this morning and my Michaelmas daisies have buds on but my garden is still very colourful with the summer flowers.  There are already hordes of red berries on the cotoneaster, pyracantha and hips on the wild roses so it looks like another year of plentiful food for the birds.  My hands are still tingling from a mammoth session of pruning blackberries and weeding yesterday.  Nettles get everywhere in the spinney and gloves are no defence against brambles.  The glaziers are coming to fix the conservatory on Saturday morning so scaffolding should arrive next week and the roof be fixed before the really autumnal weather arrives.


Posted: 19/08/2014 at 19:13

I think I got caught four times in a heavy shower today trying to get the butterfly garden weeded.  I probably did a personal best for teh over 80's one hundred yards   The green wheelie bin is nearly full up despite this.  It made a change from pruning and harvesting.  no workmen till the glaziers come Saturday morning so I will persevere tomorrow even if this showery weather continues.  I did pick a half pound of runner beans for supper and they were delicious.


Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:49

Got caught in a heavy shower while having a heavy weeding session this morning but the scent from the buds which are many and now opening on my "Golden Celebration" rose was delightful.



Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:06

The pelargoniums, begonias and gaz


anias are all still flowering but the hydrangia leaves say autumn is coming.


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 18:56

Fell in love with growing things when my infant teacher showed us how to grow cress on a windowsill in the classroom when I was five, Orchid Lady. I read a lot of gardening books, go to lectures a lot as I belong to Friends of Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden and the Alpine Garden Society so the dark nights are catered for.  I also go on many coach trips to National Trust and other famous gardens and buy plants and soak up information from the gardeners and volunteers.  For six years i was a volunteer gardener one day a week at our Botanic Garden and learned something new every time i went.  I am a participant in Mr. Fothergills' Seeds "Nation of Gardeners" so get lots of new cultivars to try out and lots f information from the firm every month.  It is more than a hobby now I am 86, rather my life.  Every thing I do seems to have a horticultural interest.  But then it is all to do with nourishment for the body and soul so why would it not?


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 13:55

Awww, Ty Orchard Lady.  I am amazed how many people have been following my garden through its Golden Jubilee Year.  When we het into 2015 the exciting fact is that Bristol where i live and garden is the Green Capital of Europe so the emphasis will shift to ecology then - a bit of a hobbyhorse of mine.  Kate Bradbury will be egging me on from GW no doubt as I report on the environmentally friendly efforts being made in Bristol.  Still will be lots of lovely pics too.


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 12:37

As I did not have time to pick in my ripe tomatoes yesterday there were two days haul to pick this morning - 103 in all!

 If there was a prize for the most value for money plant I think I would give it to Lotus hirsutus which has flowered with its lovely little pea like white flowers for ten weeks at my front gate, fed the bees and butterflies, now is covered in its lovely berries and is good-looking all winter long as it is an evergrey.  Here it is this morning.



Posted: 17/08/2014 at 17:37

I thoroughly enjoyed my first stab at judging.  The show was held in a very nice hall and the organisers put up a very good  lunch for the judges.  The gladiolus class had no entries as they are over early this year and some classes i did not think the standard was good enough for three prizes but the flower arrangements were outstanding, especially one of the ones made from materials from the local hedge rows.  It had ten different species in it beautifully arranged in a piece of bark.  I gave it the accolade of best entry in the floral classes.  The vegetable entries were very well represented and the judge for that gave the accolade to 5 perfect large tomatoes.  I saw the biggest cherries I had ever seen decorating four cupcakes.


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 08:49

Today is my first day of judging at a horticultural show and the sun is shining.  There are eleven categories to judge and only an hour ro do it in so will have to be quick so i have written them into a book and made columns for the marks and entry number to speed things up.  The entry with the highest marks will be first if up to standard I require.  There are lots of cups and trophies for those with the highest numbers of points, three points for first, two for second and one for third.


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 21:07

I do not eat much jam now but used to make lots for the children.  I do make the blackberries into squash though.  The red flower is a patio rose I bought at RHS Wisley in 2012 for the red circular bed in my Olympic Rings garden.  The label did say just that "Red Patio rose" but it is growing into quite a big rose bush now.

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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Last Post: 23/11/2014 at 10:33

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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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:12

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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 18:21

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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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 15:36


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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Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

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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Last Post: 09/12/2013 at 17:31

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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Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

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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Last Post: 29/04/2013 at 22:05

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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