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Posted: 28/11/2014 at 11:21

A mixture actually, Edd.  We do try out some that are not in the catalogue yet and we try out well tested and already favourite products for new ways of growing them, especially extending the growing season.  Hence I have hardy annuals in full flower still in the garden sown end of July.  We also compare the yields and growth times  from different ways of growing eg potatoes in potato planters and in the ground.  It is important too that we are many miles apart in different areas of the country so differences show up which means the information given on seed packets can be amended for different areas.  Bunny Guinness commented on our work on winter vegetables in the "Telegraph" this week.  Look up the gardening pages for her latest article.


Posted: 28/11/2014 at 09:37

How good it is to see the sun first thing.  I have been out checking in the garden and it is very mild and so far calm,no sign of the forecast breeze yet.  My saladings newly sown for Mr. fothergills trials are all up - seven of them and some may have been up for some days as they are a few mms high already.  Of course with the 'flu followed by the foggy weather I have not been able to check on them.  Quite amazing for this time of year outside but then it has been a very warm autumn. Good forecast for the next four days at least with no rain so , since the green wheeliebin has just been emptied , lots of pruning is on the cards.


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 17:02

Here you are, Susan.



Posted: 27/11/2014 at 16:58

I am almost fully recovered TY Susan and getting my appetite back.  The bush i think you mean has orange berries inside pink bracts and is the Spindle bush or tree, Euonymus europaeus which is our native bush brought to me by the birds.  It has been, like all flowering plants this year absolutely covered in blossom and as my garden was teeming with pollinators all summer is now covered in berries.  I will scroll through my photos to see if I can find a good close -up for you .  if not tomorrow is going to be a good day for gardening and photography - 13 degrees forecast for Bristol, almost summer again.


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 16:39

Here it is - my newest plant.



Posted: 27/11/2014 at 16:38

It is almost worth having the 'flu when your friend arrives with a beautiful amaryllis complete with five flower stems already and more to come.  It is a lovely shade of pink and is towering over the pelargoniums in the conservatory.  With the light on in the dark it shines out and I can feast my eyes on it from my sofa.  Bliss!


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 08:44

No frost this morning and red skies so a better day hopefully.  Forecast for tomorrow and Saturday is much better gardening weather.  I should get my dahlias into the back of the garage and the rest of the plants of dicey tenderness like the agapanthus. Lots more leaves needing bagged too.  A friend is calling this afternoon as I am no longer infectious and next Wednesday is the "Lilies on the Land" play about landgirls so treats to look forward to.  Xmas meals on the 10th and 19th of December as well as Xmas day so I am glad to have my appetite back.  I must find time to send off Xmas cards for abroad at the weekend to avoid queues at the PO.


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.

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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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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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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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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