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Posted: 26/11/2014 at 08:32

Such a foggy wet day in Bristol but no frost so plants outside OK by the looks of things.  I doubt whether I will venture out into the murk as it seems very cold.  Time to catch up on "office work" I think.  Lots of magpies eating the leftover cat food left out next door  so our new hedgehog will miss it but may be hibernating now we have had two hard frosts.The magpies are not at all afraid of the two cats whose breakfast they are stealing.


Posted: 25/11/2014 at 20:37

Yes, I did see it.  How lovely Biddulph in Bloom was.  The volunteers all had smart uniforms too so seeing it being created was a lovely sight too.  I know all old mining towns in Scotland had lots of good gardeners because it was a favourite pastime of the miners who loved to be out in the fresh air as it was in short supply down the mines!


Posted: 25/11/2014 at 13:33

I have just watched the episode of "Glorious Gardens from Above" from the Scottish Borders which I missed because of the 'flu and I swear I have never been so enthralled in all my long life.  This is a program not to be missed - not by gardeners, poets, artists, ecologists, historians, lovers of all things romantic and scientific, in short everyone.


Posted: 25/11/2014 at 11:59

It is raining heavily in Bristol now and the rain is so cold it feels like sleet.  Before it started I took this picture of the cobnut tree outside the conservatory where the youg squirrels amuse me with their play .  It is so bright this year it is almost eclipsing the colours of my conservatory plants.



Posted: 25/11/2014 at 08:43

Even whiter and colder this morning but fog does not seem to have bothered this part of Bristol at least.  I took the duvet off the saladings and they seem untouched by the frost.  I will open up the cold frame later as no doubt the lid is frosted fast shut.  This is forecast to be the trough of coldness for this week and warmer from tomorrow onwards till Friday is quite mild.  I picked some beautiful big red apples yesterday and there are lots more but they can wait a bit as I do not want to jeopardise my recovery from the flu.  I see our flowershop still has lovely chrysanths in pots Flumpy1 so may treat myself to one for the kitchen since I saved a few pounds on food when I could not eat!  A pot plant lasts so much longer than cut flowers from the shop.


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 13:05

I had my first safari up the garden in a week in the brilliant sunshine and I bet i could be heard purring at the end of our road.  it was so beautiful and so golden due to the many cobnut trees i have.  so appropriate for a Golden Jubilee garden.  My new hebe I thought was white is blue; my new black elder has lovely autumn colour; my Mr. Fothergills trials are fine.  all is right with the garden world at least.  come on safari with me and enjoy what November has to offer.



Posted: 24/11/2014 at 09:46

White roofs and white grass in Bristol this morning.  -2 degrees last night.  Colder even forecast for tomorrow but milder by Friday!  I nearly crawled back into bed when i saw it but had to check the greenhouse heater in the conservatory was working.  It switches itself on at four degrees.  Luckily it had.  I have an old duvet ready in the kitchen to throw over salads etc which i want to go on growing. and some bubble wrap that gets thrown over the cold frame glass lid.  I think the east of the country is better off today but we are promised a dry sunny day later.


Posted: 23/11/2014 at 12:32

Oh you angel, Edd.  Spot on.  My plant is about three feet and very vigorous.  I wonder if i will get the berries.  That would be a treat to have the yellow berries and the purple flowers at the same time.  I am so glad I keep plants that come as selfseeds in pots from nurseries to see what they are.  i have several waiting to be identified as soon as they flower.  Looking forward to being able to smell it soon as it is fragrant but not to people with flu symptoms!


Posted: 23/11/2014 at 10:42

There are five petals on my mystery plant so looks like a verbena.  Anyone know?  I will post photos of ot as the flowers open up.  Looks a beauty and same purple as my tibouchina.



Posted: 23/11/2014 at 10:29

My conservatory this morning, full of colour and what i think is


a verbena starting to flower with panicles of purple white edged flowers.

Discussions started by happymarion

My Bristol Garden in 2015

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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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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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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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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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Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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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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