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Fascinated by Fasciation

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 08:57

Oh my goodness, quite scary!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 08:55

Cloudy and a bit breezy this morning - such a huge change from yesterday when brilliant sunshine was enticing everyone outside.  Ahh well, I can at least be thankful I made good use of the great weather yesterday and am not creaking anywhere this morning.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 18:15

Looking for things in the freezer to defrost i came upon the last of my glut of strawberries


from  last year.  I thought I had finished them all at Xmas.  There will be another glut this year starting in a week or two

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 16:03

I have done much more than my six hours today, but sweet peas all planted up and pelargoniums out in the garden.  I just keep gasping with the beauty of it all so had to take some more pics.




My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 13:46

One table top scrubbed - will do the four chairs when I finish my lunch.  The purple rhododendron is lovely beside the pink tamarisk surrounded by self seeded pale pink aquilegias.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 11:42

After a mammoth session repotting aquilegias for Mr. Fothergill I collapsed into my basket chair which is by the back gate and my new fox came through the gateway and trotted past me, inches away.  He was not bothered and I had a good look as he trotted up the garden path - very dark brown, young and very healthy with no sign of mange, quite a handsome chappie.  I do not know whether he is resident here or in a neighbour's garden but he does have a regular outing from next door through my hedge , up my drive, then up my garden.  But the rate he trots I will not be able to follow him quick enough to see where he goes.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 10:47

This is where we came in as we used to say at the all day cinema in the states!  TY twice Bizzie B  Yes you cannot beat hardy geraniums.  I have great soreads of Johnson's Blue and the pink oxonianum.  I got up early too.  The lure of my garden is irresistible at the moment and only thirst or hunger gets me into the house.  I will take pics when the sun is not so bright.  The garden umbrella is going up today to shade the picnic table where i shall be having most of my meals from now on.  I must scrub it first as It has been well used recently for potting on. My 22 sunflowers are busting their pots.  what shall I do with them.  they are a trial for Mr. fothergill's Nation of gardeners called "Titan" and get huge.  I could clear the Olympic Ring sites of the weeds that have taken over and put them in there with bamboo stakes.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 08:43

Brilliant sunshine and warm already.  Forecast is for sun all day and 18 degrees perhaps 20 in Bristol so definitely a sunhat day in the garden.  I hope all my friends on the forum are having the same.  Those crowds in Chelsea will be sweltering but may get a lovely bargain plant for their effort.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 17:02

The weather was not as good as I had hoped - had to come in for a few showers but the wheelbarrow has done its carrying of all that is too heavy for me and I am finished for the day, quite tired but satisfied.  I ordered my groceries online to save time going to the shops.  Lots of flowers are opening just in time for my open day next Wednesday and the rhododendrons are looking lovely.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 08:57

Rained through the night so no need for watering today except the tomatoes and seedlings in the conservatory.  Cloudy now but dry. I will use my new wheelbarrow to get my two new huge terracotta pots up to the potager where I will fill them with compost in situ, erect wigwams of my bamboo in them and plant out my sweet peas to climb up the wigwams.  If I have enough energy left after that I will take , again in the wheelbarrow my terracotta minipond up to the bog garden and place it in the middle of the few bog plants now established there.  My efforts to help wildlife are paying off.  It is miserable to leave the nettles till the caterpillars have done with them but when I have beautiful brimstone yellow butterflies minglling with my hordes of Meadow Browns I forget all that.  The bog garden is attracting the frogs as I thought it would. 

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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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:12

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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 18:21

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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Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

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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Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

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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