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Summer has arrived

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 09:17

Oh, Andy, how exciting and what great joy is ahead of you.  All that grass could go and then you would not have to worry about any old lawnmower.  The view is superb.  You have room for prairie planting, a wildlife pond and bog plants, tough trees like holly and ivy to help the holly blue butterfly.  You could be self sufficient in fruit and veg. very soon.  And just think of the lovely loam those stacks of turf would make as you stack them up.  This threat is getting more and more exciting.  I do am thrilled the picture glitch has been sorted.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 20:42

And pinching ideas - at least that's what I do.  I cannot believe the increase in tempo now the temperature has gone up.  Photos and stories galore.  just shows what a bit of fresh air can do!  The aerial photograph is great.  There is a good video of my front garden on Google Earth!  They just happened to be passing with the camera rhe year I won a Silver in Bristol in bloom for my front garden1

Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 14:39

My Scottish heritage gets great delight from heucheras.  They give you colour in the garden all the year round and lovely flowers in the summer plus they are so easy to increase.  my lime green one became four fine plants in less than a year.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 13:15

A whole week of warm weather ahead.  My garden is already bursting with the late spring plants and now the summer ones!

 Did you spot the Key Lime Pie heuchera in the pot, Artjak?

Summer has arrived

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 13:08

My friend has just emailed mr pics of his ivory flowers.  The foxgloves are flowering Bristol and this is a lovely camassia.


Summer has arrived

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 12:03

Thank you, Bev.  I am saving my garden vouchers i win for my gardening journalism ventures to buy lots of "Golden daffodils",  Did you see my letter and picture in June's "GW"mag. that earned me £25?  Those vouchers buy me lots of lovely compost as well.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 11:42

Some of you may know that on June 1st next year i will have been looking after my present garden for 50 years and plan a Golden Jubilee Garden.  I have been tryingout plantings for it this year and here is a close-up of rhododendron "Klondyke AK" and late golden dwarf tulips and Welsh poppies which i hopw will spread into my prairie planting.  I may help by scattering some seed in September.


My laburnums are gloriously golden


and give a good show every year.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 10:45

Really lovely, Lavender Lady.  Your gargoyle looks friendly.

Used and old compost - is it good for anything?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:46

I am taking my tulips out now all green has gone and drying off till November.  The remining compost will then be sown with bee friendly annuals for the summer and autumn. After they have died down the whole potful will go on the compost and new compost used for the new tulips.  The old tulips will go in the borders or the prairie planting in the spinney.  Yes, gardening can be expensive buying compost, seeds, bulbs and plants but the returns are hundred fold.  Reuse everything possible and try the William Morris principle in the garden - have nothing in it which you do not know to be useful or consider beautiful.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:34

Add Christopher Lloyd to those , Salino, and I'll be him!  Ha ha. Chicky.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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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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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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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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