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Posted: 11/01/2015 at 09:34

I agree with Gemma.  I contribute every day and am a very active 86 year old trying to keep mind and body in tiptop condition.  It took much longer to write a diary by hand so IT has made us all a lot more productive.  Most of the Forum contributors probably only spend a few minutes on line as gardening takes up hours of their time most days.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 08:50

I gasp every morning when I see it, Wintersong!  This morning promises to be good for gardening - bright, dry and calm and neither too cold nor too mild, so should get the green wheeliebin full up for emptying tomorrow morning.  I may take my camera out shortly too.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 23:56

After a splendid night of  Henry 8th history on BBC I forgot about the nasty weather and now everything seems very calm.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 11:25

All sorted now and black box retrieved from the drive.  I took a quick shifty up the garden just to check all was safe which it was.  Lots of primroses in flower.  They think 12 degrees through the night must be spring!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 09:37

It must have been a very gusty wind in Bristol last night as it rolled my huge garden umbrella which has a very heavy wrought iron base, out of its corner and wedged it by the back door where it is now stuck.  I will leave it there till the wind eases a bit.  Certainly no day for gardening today. Much too dangerous.  It is 12degrees right now but set for the temperature to drop as the day wears on to 6 in the afternoon.  A topsy turvy day if ever there was one.  And a very strange winter as I can see the white flowers od Arabis montana shining at me in the slate garden from my conservatory window.  Never have they been this early before.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 20:13

Ah, filming can be so deceptive!  I remember meeting a then famous film star on the Queen Elizabeth, Alan Ladd, when coming home from studying in America.  I was astonished how small he was and was told by a steward that he did all his scenes with the female stars standing on a box!  Very windy in Bristol tonight, it not?

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 14:22

Managed to get a bit of ivy pruning done before it got too breezy.  Thousands of bulbs emerging now.  The autumn planted onions and shallots are doing well.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 10:19

Yes. I planted Thalia many years ago and they are well established now, Busy-Lizzie.  Lyn I consult the BBC weather site for the forecast for Henbury every morning.  There is a weather station at Filton and I am just a few hundred yards from Filton Airfield so get accurate measurements very quickly.  I expect the GW site comes from there too being the BBC.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 09:03

Very mild indeed in Bristol today.  No heating needed and it still looks calm this morning so should be able to get some more work done before the wind and rain comes in the afternoon.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 08:50

Two weeks today since I had my Xmas orchid and still I gasp at its beauty when I see it in the kitchen each morning.


Discussions started by happymarion

new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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Last Post: 09/07/2015 at 16:01

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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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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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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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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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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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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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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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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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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picture difficulties

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