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Posted: 11/03/2014 at 09:47

Much colder today which is just as well as I overdid the heavy work in the garden yesterday so a lovely warm spell in the conservatory trying to move seedlings around to get veg seeds sown and seeing to my new dahlias will suit me fine.  They all look beauties on the internet so I have a great show to look forward to.  There are sedums and osteospermums in pots ready to go out in the middle garden so may put on my coat and do that in the afternoon when the temperature is forecast to reach 10 degrees, not 16 like yesterday.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:01

So soul satisfying, BusyLizzie!  My Bellis perennis (from a freebie pkt of seeds ) are really putting on a good show with such big flowers.too.  Lots of the spring flowers have loved the rain and warmth we had in Bristol this winter.


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 12:48

O  what a start to the week!  I have kindly had delivered by the Entry Secy of the Bristol and District Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society four very well grown tubers of golden dahlias, all named so I can look them up- a gift from Philip Orley, last year's Silver Medal Winner.  They met up at the AGM last weekend and Phillip arranged it.  I am so very, very glad I spent all my savings when I was eighty on becoming IT literate and equipped!  Otherwise such lovely things would never have happened to me.  I hope I can do those lovely tubers justice.  What a wonderful golden show they will make at the end of the summer.


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 11:20

I am already, Lisa,thank you, and decided I needed a coffee break today as I started at 7am.  i will snap the scree garden at the end of the week.  I live in Bristol, sheltered by the Mendips and am so glad you are enjoying my account of my Golden Jubilee year.  Some day you will be handing out Roll of Honour places to your plants!



Posted: 10/03/2014 at 10:15

Oh wow, I have only tidied the back door patio and am already drooling over my bulbs!  They go so well with the dwarf rhododendrons.



Posted: 10/03/2014 at 08:31

Another Monday but such cheerful predictions from the weathermen that my hopes are very high for the jobs needing done in my Jubilee Garden this week.  I started a huge assault on the brambles threatening to overwhelm the slate scree at the weekend so will finish that first.  It is full of primulas spreading vegatively and by seedlings and there are hordes of cyclamen.  They were all hidden under arches of brambles entangled with couch grass which also needs an assault.  But the white Arabis montana is flowering well and the Arum italicum leaves are so pretty.  In between I shall tidy up the patios and get rid of last winters wet leaves now they are drying up and easier to collect for leaf mould.


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 15:10

Thank you. Verdun and Mrs Garden.  My garden has never looked so beautiful.  When I think how it was fifty years ago, being cared for by the 93 year old major's professional garden, it is a complete transformation apart from the nine parallel paths in the middle garden which were full of strawberry plants and roses in 1964!  The paths are still there but now a myriad of flowers and shrubs spill over them and they are barely notiseable or at least their regimentation is.  We are promised a week of good gardening weather and I shall take advantage of it.


Posted: 08/03/2014 at 15:06

14 degrees and sunny outside.  Worked on the heavy work till i could do no more then took my camera out.  the butterflies were loving the bergenia flowers, more and more interesting daffodils were showing their wares and I found a very pretty seedling polyanthus in salmon pink.  The smell from the hyacinths was lovely.  The first picture is called "Good Companions".



Posted: 07/03/2014 at 11:22

First it was very wet indeed and then the sun came out.  The central heating has been switched off and the garden is looking very lush already.  I got my auriculas I want to plant in the slate scree out from the conservatory to harden off and went up the garden taking more panoramic pictures now, including the ivy shelter I am working on in the Butterfly garden to run in to out of the showers in April , though the buds are showing on the Bramley apple and it is a good retreat.  Muscari and Anemone blanda giving a good show now and lots of hyacinths.  In the spinny the ground cover is doing well including the Vinca major from the Bot. garden the Welsh daffs.  The kerria is blossoming everywhere, including through the prunus.  The forsythia and flowering currant as well are blooming.



Posted: 06/03/2014 at 14:07

As soon as I donned my gardening boots and coat this morning it started to rain but I bided my time and it went away so I got a couple of hours done before lunch and sowed Marigold "Moon" and Cerinthe major purpurescens while I could not get out.  Another couple of hours this afternoon will do me.  The cut and come again Red Lettuce leaves are behaving better on their second sowing.  These were one of four saladings we Nation of Gardeners participants had to sow for Mr. Fothergills trials and mine damped off before i had any red leaves but now I see them colouring up so prettier salads soon.  I can recommend their Spicy Salad leaves mixture for taste.  They are lovely in sandwiches and in salads and I always sprinkle some on my pizza,  They are a great buddy for anything cheesy.  Here are the Red lettuce leaves.


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