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Posted: 12/10/2014 at 18:07

Pick all your tomatoes now.  It is a good crop and all will probably ripen for you eventually, frumpy1.  Probably not blight but just the cold weather got to them.  But just in case do not compost the vines but burn them if you can.


Posted: 12/10/2014 at 15:20

I have been up the garden snapping all things red.



Posted: 12/10/2014 at 14:11

Flumpy 1 that is only a quarter of my conservatory and I have the other three quarters to fill up in the next two weeks.  A lot of plants are for Mr. Fothergills Nation of gardeners Trials eg the pots of trailing pansies are to go out in the gardenat the end of the month; the perennials just pricked out are to be planted out in the garden in June.  I keep the conservatory looking good all through the winter with flowers as it is built on to the back of my long lounge and turns that side of the house into a winter garden.  I grow winter salads in it too.  If no visitors come for tea this afternoon I will go out in the garden taking photographs.


Posted: 12/10/2014 at 11:43

The ripe banana gives off ethylene which ripens the tomatoes - can't help it as I was a research chemist!  I have been to the shops and gasped at how red the Virginia creeper and rhus trees are in the neighbours gardens and my small acer in the front garden is a brilliant red.What with the abundant rose hips, cotoneaster and pyracantha berries. not to mention the holly, the theme this autumn seems to be red.  I have loads of red phygelius and Red Ribbon and Firecracker polyanthus in flower too.  Must get the camera out soon.


Posted: 12/10/2014 at 09:41

Chilly again this morning but dry so, after going to the shops for some milk and bread I will get out in the garden again among the hemerocallis plants.  I am just planting the outsides and composting the middle parts as these are quite old plants.  They have so much soil with them I think my friend may have to import some topsoil or compost for his garden.  My neighbour hopes to get his top layer of blocks laid on his wall today and he has left "windows" for trellis.  He plans to render and paint it.but the frost may interfere with that job.  It will make a lovely backdrop to my Golden Jubilee Border eventually and they will be able to see my new plantings through the trelliswork.  I must do some more weeding in November and plant lots of tulips in it.


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 21:18

I try to be environmentally friendly and do not use any power  except woman power in the garden.  I always remember how much energy is used to make machines such as vacuums.  And I try to be as quiet as I can as I know how the sound of machines in neighbours 'gardens can be so disturbing.  I rather like gathering up the leaves by hand for leaf mould.  It is the actual "doing" of the gardening tasks that i enjoy most so I do not look for shortcuts.  Actually if all the tasks do not get done i find nature finds a way to help like breaking down the leaves for me.  Tending a garden is not a chore but a choice for me.



Posted: 11/10/2014 at 16:49

My conservatory is getting very full.



Posted: 11/10/2014 at 09:43

As the Garden Writing Course was cancelled due to lack of support I now have an extra day to get on with the very urgent jobs, like pricking out more perennials, planting some more of the hemerocallis my friend brought me from his garden, clearing weeds away from the snowdrops in the butterfly garden and sweeping fallen leaves from some of my miles of paths as well as bringing more tender plants in to the conservatory.  Everything should be easier to do now the garden has had a good soaking but It will have to be tackled in my old raincoat as I would get very damp in anything else.  Conservatory jobs are warm ones howerver so that is where I will retreat to to dry off.


Posted: 10/10/2014 at 09:01

A beautiful morning again in Bristol though a touch chilly but no rain forecast till late afternoon and the green wheelie bin gets emptied this morning.  The conservatory is so lovely now even though only half the occupants are back from their summer hols in the garden.  These two plant combinations caught my eye this morning.  The purple angelonia  is great value for money.  It is on its second flowering after four months constant flowering outside and after cutting back again it will flower again indoors after Xmas for three months or so.  The white salvia was the only white one in a pkt of "Seascapes" salvias I sowed last spring.



Posted: 09/10/2014 at 15:57

oh dear, not enough takers for the Garden Writing Course so it has been postponed till the spring!  Looks like it will be taking more plants in out of the cold day on Saturday then.

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