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Posted: 23/06/2014 at 15:27

My package from Mr. Fothergill arrived in the post, six pkts of hardy and half hardy annuals to sow in the last week of June to see if we can get late flowers for the autumn.  I will sow the godetia indoors and pot them up for colour in the winter in the conservatory and putt the others in a seed bed in the potager when I have harvested my red onions which are ready to be dug up and dried off.  I thought it might be seeds but biennials were in my mind.  always interesting this project!


Posted: 23/06/2014 at 12:05

Another beautiful day to go snapping up my garden.



Posted: 23/06/2014 at 08:57

The Botanic Garden was beautiful with dragonflies everywhere.  I smelled the lotus blossom and had a frightening coughing fit as it seems some pollen got into my congested airways, me having a nasty summer cold.  Rescued by the first aid hug of my friend's husband!  We had left the tropical house to the last as the flowers open at lunchtime so went straight home.  I had an exhausted hour's nap in the afternoon and was able to enjoy the football.  .My friends took hundreds of pictures for articles to be written and we all caught the sun as it shone steadily the whole two hours  I do enjoy showing people round the garden but will not encourage smelling the lotus flower close up in future.having learnt the hard way!


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 16:00

Yes, that's the one.Fruitcake.


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 08:50

Have a lovely time flumpy 1.  what glorious weather for it.  Fruitcake, it has been much too hot to do heavy work in the garden this week.  I get my flower plant fix from our local flower shop.  She really gets some bargains an well grown plants and of course they get well watered.  Flumpy1, I saw the advert from Mr. Fothergills in the gardening news page of Amateur Gardening Weekly and answered it.  I was accepted immediately and from then on it was one exciting thing after another.  Off to the Botanic Gardens this morning .  I expect there will be lots of visitors on such a fine day as this.  I will not take my camera as I am giving a tour to my FB friends but no doubt they will be getting lovely shots to write about.


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 15:33

So colourful, Allium2.  I especially like the last picture.



Posted: 21/06/2014 at 10:58

You too, Bizzie B.  


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 10:02

The morning watering took an hour this morning and there will be another hour required this evening.  Have just heard from Mr. F that the next box of goodies is on its way and may arrive today or Monday.  I wonder what we are asked to do this time.  It is sure to be something exciting.  I have a glut of strawberries and broad beans so creative ways of using them is needed.  Day off tomorrow as a FB friend and husband are arriving for second visit to Bot. Garden.  I do hope they can see and smell the lotus flowers.  The weather forecast is good at least till Wednesday so lots of gardening weather to look forward to.


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 10:22

Bizzie B it is another glorious day of sunshine in Bristol.  That white rose is a climber Iceberg.  It can be kept as a shrub.  Peace is a beautiful old rose but not white.  Google it.  I have roses that take over just as my Clematis montana atropurpurea over the garage roof goes out of flower too.  My pink roof then becomes a white roof.  I did this decades before green roofs became fashionable!  The RHS was so taken with the idea they showed it in "The Garden".  I have started giving the front garden an hour's attention now each morning for the Bristol in Bloom display at the end of July.  Lots to do.


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 11:32

All the watering done so took my camera up the garden.


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