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Posted: 12/08/2014 at 10:12

Aww. remonds me of when we lived in Gloucestershire.  A buzzard came down and pinched my toddlers chocolate biscuit from her hand and our spaniel pounced on it.  There were feathers everywhere and s screaming toddler every time anything remotely like them appeared.  Here is my bouquet of birthday flowers from the lad next door.



Posted: 12/08/2014 at 08:43

Still raining in Bristol and forecast to continue all day.  I am pleased to have the rainwater butts full up and am sure the plants are loving it but longing to get out there and weed and prune.  Next Sunday I am judging eleven categories in the Flower Section in a local flower show so I will spend today checking up on what to give points for and when to deduct in between getting ready for the AGS committee meeting in my lounge this evening, printing the minutes and agenda and going for fresh milk and biscuits for the refreshments.  It will be my last one as secy as I have passed it on after nine years,  Last evening the boy next door brought me a lovely bunch of hothouse flowers and his parents have ordered me a delivery of my favourite compost from our local flower shop, knowing how I keep running out!  Birthdays just get better and better as you get older!


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 22:07

Flumpy 1 TY for the cake and song and your picture was the right way up!!!  Ty too Linda.  I have had a lovely day despite the rain.


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:29

Glaziers came and removed five big hunks of concrete from the glass, decided because the bottom layer of glass was not broken I did not need boarding up and measured up for new unit which they say will take seven to ten days to be ready.  Quick work and their ladder was an amazing telescopic one - so neat, they did not even have to go on next door's drive.  


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 09:33

What a beautiful picture. TY for your kind thoughts Bizie B.  I have a duck pond outside the kitchen door and the glaziers coming this afternoon.  The forecast is dire for all day but not as windy as yesterday so perhaps they will be able to get the boarding up and the debris removed.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 11:55

We have had a few rumbles of thunder in Bristol and loads of rain but now the sun is shining.  My friend brought me a beautiful book for my birthday the RHS "Heritage Fruits and Vegetables" .  He knows me so well.  His birthday card has a mother otter calling to her young and two distinct answering calls from the infants.  I shall be playing it incessantly.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 07:38

A very very wet garden this morning and steady rain now at 7.30.  The forecast for the next five days is for lots of heavy rain too and as it is still warm there will be loads of growth on the runner beans, potatoes for Xmas and sweetcorn as well as the late sown annuals.  Such an interesting summer of growth in the garden in my Golden year.


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:48

I think I predicted Aug 4th for your first tomato - not far off !  Exciting isn't it?


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 14:16

No, Linda, the balloons did not come our way though they have in the past.  On my 64th birthday 64 of them flew over our local park where I was giving my little grandson a swing.  I counted them for him and could not believe there were exactly 64!  We have had a few showers today but I have tons of plums needing picked before the bad weather arrives tonight so will go out and rescue them in my old raincoat just in case.


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 10:52

Conway looks lovely.  A carrier brought me the David Austin Rose called "Golden Celebration" this morning.  Seven big fat buds on it ready to open for my birthday on Monday.  It was from my daughter and her family in Ballymena.  Here it is.


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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Last Post: 23/11/2014 at 10:33

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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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 15:36


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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Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

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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Last Post: 09/12/2013 at 17:31

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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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 09:47

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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