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Posted: 08/11/2015 at 12:00

Whoopee - Forever Amber.  i am a very long time established wildlife gardener - well before it became fashionable I was winning prizes for mine - a half acre urban garden.  On my study wall are certificates for Best Wildlife garden in Bristol from early 1990's.  My garden has been organic for the 51 years I have tended it so aim for that - no artificial fertilisers or herbicides or pesticides.  Right now sedums and asters should be in flower and there should be loads of berries so put rose bushes on your Xmas list and plant cotoneaster and pyracantha.  The birds will come soon.  I have had redwings and fieldfares come for the berries the native birds leave behind in cold winters.  Grow ivy over your old stumps - the variegated ones are so lovely.  Learn to take close-ups and you will be really keen to get out in your garden with your camera whatever the weather.  I know from experience what a lot of lovely wildlife adventures you are going to have.  Like my heron one.  I was tidying under an apple tree one May morning on all fours when I heard what i thought was a helicopter above my head I looked up straight into the eyes of a heron.  He had seen the movement through the apple blossom and thought it might be a frog.  The sound was his wings hovering.  Not many people get to be inches from a heron's eyes!  Enjoy your great adventure.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 11:26

The mechanical digger is going full pelt up in my neighbour'e garden so i just took out my hearing aids and got to work.  Too wet to step on the soil but could stretch far enough to place the plants where I want to plant them.  Planted over a hundred bolbs in pots - daffs, anemones, erythroniums and crocuses.  My William Shakespeare rose still has two nice blooms on and the asters are still giving a good show.  They go well with the gazanias which are still blooming.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 08:51

Not quite so wet this morning and little wind so might get some work done outside.  It is still very dark so will wait a bit as I do not want to get caught out again in the rain two days running.Conservatory temperature did not drop below ten degrees last night so still mild.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 15:57

Nice to see a bit of blue sky even for a short while.  I have answered your message Fruitcake and hope to see you Tuesday now.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 12:48

I braved the weather and got soaked but not my camera which was safely under my raincoat.  My neighbour has hired a mechanical digger to dig out the foundations for his new garage and the mud and puddles on our Bristol clay is stupendous.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 11:54

The sky brightened and the rain stopped.  I bundled myself into my raincoat and grabbed my camera to lighten the November gloom with some pics from my garden.  two minutes later i was back indoors with one picture and my camera under my raincoat to protect it from the downpour.  Bright again now and rain stopped but duckpond has reappeared.  Here is my one picture of the beautiful autumn tints.  I may try again later.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 09:54

Yes I must sweep up the leaves on the drive too if the wind does not blow them all into the road as wet leaves on a slope can be an invitation for a fall.  I find my first priority at falling leaves time is getting them off my alpines as they do not appreciate a wet covering so every dry interval will see me scooping lime leaves off heathers and beech leaves off gentians.The "To Do" list is getting longer and longer!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 09:03

Yes strong winds in Bristol forecast for next couple of hours , flowers.  We seem to have had heavy rain in the night as I have a duckpond outside the kitchen.  The soakaway is not soaking away too so the water table is very high.  But deadheading in the conservatory this morning it was very mild indeed so new heater is not needed yet.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 16:01

This week's order from the Secret Gardening Club has arrived as well .  Three lovely large Helleborus niger which I think i will grow on in the conservatory as they will be flowering soon and four fine lots of bulbs.  I certainly am doing my bit for biodiversity with all my new plants.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 14:57

My plants from the Secret Gardening Club have just arrived and though late are all in good condition.  Their bulbs are all of good size so should flower next year.  I think I will plant Crocus "Romance" which is an early cream one in a shallow terra cotta bowl on the kitchen patio table where it will be sheltered from the worst of the weather.  Tulipa "Princess Irene" will be planted in a bed of my new forget me nots in the Perfume garden.  The white pinks are superb plants which can be planted straight out as well as the bare root pink double asters and the Helenium "Pipsqueak"  All the perennials come in threes so need quite a large piece of border and they will all have to be planted with me firmly on the path as the soil is now so wet but that is OK as I will want to see them nearby next year anyway.  Oh do stop raining.

Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
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new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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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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