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Posted: 03/05/2014 at 10:18

Sunny again today.Still feels too chilly to work without a sweater outside.  I plan on potting up my "Purple Twist" antirhinums and sweet peppers for the Mr. Fothergills trials today so , as I have used all my labels, will have to clean up some old ones first.


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 22:14

Colder day today but was fine gardening in a thick sweater again.  I dug up some early potatoes for the weekend and planted King Edwards in a raised bed.  My new mixed border now has two hydrangeas in with some of my spring bulbs which have finished flowering in pots planted round them "in the green".  I will plant my Sorbus  bristoliensis (which grows only in the Avon Gorge in Bristol in the wild) tomorrow and surround it with spent daffs as well.  the pots are having tomatoes planted in them immediately they are empty.  There is a good set of plum blossom and lots of strawberry flowers.  The apple blossom is again amazing so good year for fruit so far.


Posted: 01/05/2014 at 19:35

I thought it would never stop raining today but i did get out with my camera at 4pm.  The ajuga flowers had added to the blue of the bluebells and lots of holly blue butterflies were feasting as well as bumblebees who had found the Daijin tree peony.  The wind had broken three stems of my Royal Yellow irises so i brought the flowerheads in for the kitchen table.  While it rained I finished spring cleaning the conservatory which now has clean windows and floor.  The pieris looks lovely again this year.

 My red onions and garlic are racing away.



Posted: 01/05/2014 at 09:14

Well, it must have rained a great deal in Bristol last night.  The garden is dripping everywhere.  But the threat of frost seems to be receding and Monday is forecast tobe very warm so I am expecting loads of May flowers from getting all the April showers in one go at the end of the month.  Beginning to wonder what the parcel from Mr. Forthergill will contain in May.  The first of each month starts the excitement.  I may have good light to take pictures today.  i do hope so.  May Day is a lush day in my garden and even more so in my Golden jubilee year.


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 14:32

Oh and the smell from the Daijin tree peony flowers is just heavenly.  i will post a pic when more flowers open.  at the moment only one is quite open - a white one, while a red bud is about to.  I wonder if there will be a pink one as well this year among the five buds it has,


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 14:29

I pricked out 15 cucamelon plants from the packet of seeds we were sent by Mr. Fothergills for the Nation of Gardeners Trials.  I bet they will need put into bigger pots very soon.  They look like very fast growers.  I have just put three more tomato plants into their final pots, staked and labelled them and started the daily round of pinching out side shoots.  Got some early potatoes from raking about in the bed so have a treat for supper tonight.  I thought some of the broad beans would be ready to accompany them but not quite big enough yet though i do like to eat them, skins and all when they are small.



Posted: 29/04/2014 at 15:11

I took an hour off my gardening efforts to attend a charity coffee morning in a neighbour's garden and won this!  A supply of fresh fruit enough


to do me till my first strawberries are ready.


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 09:09

It looks like a dull, wet start to a dull, wet and eventually colder week.  But it will not stop the garden growing lusher and lusher every day now and my goodness there is lots of potting on needing done - peppers and cocamelons have been added to the list to join the tomatoes which have their first flower trusses and the maincrop potatoes needing planted.  My early 2Charlotte" outside are showing above ground and the Dutch Iris "Royal Yellow" from a farm in Cornwall are showing their glorious gold colour in time for May Day.  Perhaps I might not have been such a duffer at Chelsea after all!  Whitsun display will be even more gold as my Coreopsis "Early Sunrise" are beginning to flower and yellow pansies too. Some very late daffs I planted in January are flowering too.


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 09:55

In Bristol when we have wet and warm summers the potatoes and tomatoes outside get decimated by blight.  I do not like the taste of the blight resistant potatoes so concentrate on earlies and moving the crop about but the bungalow tends to shelter tomato plants lined along the drive from the fungus which comes in the rain and it never affects any under glass.  We do have outdoor ones in the trial as well as three types to grow under glass.  I have a beautiful hebe in my woodland garden which is very shaded that brightens it up with its plentiful white flowers.White tinged variagated ivy works as well.  Wet again today but loads to do in the conservatory and planning my Mayday display for next week.


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 11:49

The big job for Mr, Fothergills "Nation of gardeners" trial has been started - planting the tomato varieties into their final pots.  The first three i have done have to be grown under cover and are not on the market yet.  After a shaky start they have made very good plants and three have been potted.  I reckon if I make way in the conservatory floor for three big pots each day I will be ready to plant out the outdoor ones in the raised beds and big pots in the driveway away from threat of blightby the middle of May.  I have never had blight from my indoor tomatoes.  I have potted up my cape gooseberries this morning early and am now congratulating myself as it is tipping it down with rain and very windy now.


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