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Posted: 23/10/2014 at 12:38

Time to think about grape harvest.  The pink seedless are unbelievably sweet this year.  The campanula at the feet of the vines are flowering again.

 Having fun with Windows 8


Posted: 23/10/2014 at 11:22

Another good gardening day.  Will plant some more banana shallots and red onions as I know I use so many in my cooking.  I have brought nto the conservatory another six pelargoniums still in flower.  It is getting a bit crowded in there.  I may take the begonias into the garage later to make more room as there are still a lot of plants need bringing indoors.  The garage is brickbuilt and tiled so usually frost free.  As my plan is not to buy any new plants next year to keep in the spirit of Bristol being the Green Capital of Europe I must save all my tender plants.


Posted: 22/10/2014 at 22:06

Yes, it was a relief to see the young lads tonight only spent £200 and did a great job and became alpine gardeners in the process!


Posted: 22/10/2014 at 16:35

Home from giving my talk.  all went well and was well received and I brought back an empty basket.  I heard loads of tales of woe of bad fruit crops which surprised me.  The cake was delicious home-made fruit cake and nice tea in new mugs.  I was invited to their Xmas Dinner on Dec. 10th! so that has been put  on calender.


Posted: 22/10/2014 at 09:13

Thank you. Beaus Mum.  It is a lovely warm church hall and they always provide lovely tea and cake!


Posted: 22/10/2014 at 08:33

A warmer, calm dry morning today in Bristol which I was happy to see as I am giving my first talk on my Golden Jubilee Garden this afternoon.  I have gathered the things together I am taking as freebies - lots of big apples, garlic bulbs from Mr. Fothergills trials, hand outs with names of the plants, photos printed out of the marvellous cake my FB friends brought me,and of course my memory stick with my slides on.  I am so looking forward to it and glad the storm has subsided so it is safer for the ladies to come out.


Posted: 21/10/2014 at 09:07

I can hear the wind today indoors and it feels colder but the forecast warning is for stormy weather about 10 am in Bristol so will put on my old raincoat and have a quick safari round the garden to check all is safe while the sun is out.

Overgrown Garden

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 20:45

I had three pond which I filled in with hardcore from when the foundations were built for my conservatory and saved the price of a skip.  Topsoil on top and ferns for birthday and Xmas presents plus foxgloves and mulleins and bulbs have turned the pond site into a lovely fernery.  You coluld have a stumpery with ferns and your tree stumps.  Looks like a heavenly garden already for small boys.  My four had a three storey tree house, lots of dens, one of which had "fossils" in .  That dog skeleton would have been labelled with a pseudo Latin name of some long lost dinosaur by my boys.  You can have great fun making a garden for all the family.  Put the plants you love into pots and group them like Christopher LLoyd used to do and you can still see at Great Dixter.  Your garden will be a great source of happiness I am sure.  Oh, and do help your family's health by growing lots of veg - in raised beds if need be.


Posted: 20/10/2014 at 20:27

I .have just watched Monty's new series on Big Dreams -Small Spaces.  The participants seemed to have quite big gardens. big budgets and lots of friends to help but it was a bit different from the other gardening programs  And seeing the horrible clay in one garden reminded me of the bugbear my garden used to be because of it.  My two youngest girls used to make dolls pottery out of it and bake them in the greenhouse.


Posted: 20/10/2014 at 17:03

I had to dodge the showers today which were very heavy when they came but intermittent so I managed to pot up another of the freebie lavender bushes, pot up the five pelargoniums that came out of said pot , deadhead the Jubilee Border (Generous Gardener Rose is still covered in flowers) and pick a huge basket of apples to take to the church ladies when I give my talk on Wednesday.  Clocks go back next Sunday so soon the days will be so short.  Perhaps getting up earlier is the answer to that one.

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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Last Post: Yesterday at 22:46

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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Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:49
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