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Posted: 12/04/2014 at 13:18

£1 tomatoes in three varieties all pricked out and separately labeled usung old labels I had to clean up with an eraser.  As i have eight kinds of tomatoes to nurture labeling is important. some are destined for outside, some indoors, some from seed. some from ready plants.  if they weather stays fine after I have finished lunch i will work on till it is dark.  No April showers this year yet.


Posted: 12/04/2014 at 11:18

Bright but a bit hazy.  Feels colder out today, but pricking out tomatoes for Mr. F. trials.


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 21:46

I will. Lisa.  Flumpy 1, it was lovely today.  I had a friend for supper so spent some time cooking and then went off to do my slideshow and talk which was very well received.  I had them in hoots of laughter telling them about dashing in my nightie to the unheated conservatory to see if my trial tomato plants from Mr. Fothergill were all right!  One lady identified a plant for me I had a picture of but no name  Tomorrow I can sow my sweet peas and cucamelon seeds for Mr. Fothergill and plant spent daffs out of their pots into the spinney to do their thing there and reuse the pots with fresh compost for summer bulbs.  Then to build my Easter display in the front garden.  More good days forecast.


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 11:23

I think you may be right about the viridiflora tulips. Fairy girl. Got them from Bloms. Tulipa clusiana is one of my favourites too and is making itself at home in the Botanic Garden and in my garden.  Very easy.  I am enjoying every minute of my anniversary year and will have more time for the garden after tonight when i resign after nine years from my honorary post of secy to the Bristol Group of the Alpine Garden society.  Still a committee member for a year but as the big 90 comes nearer I indulge myself more.  This year I am giving some of my sedums the Chelsea chop to get nectar spread over a long period.


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:48

Oh no! Grass frost this morning and forecast again for tonight in Bristol.  The price we pay for all this lovely sunshine through the day.  As soon as I saw it on next door's grass I rushed to my unheated conservatory to look at the tomato plants that arrived from Mr. Fothergill yesterday(in my nightie) and heaved one big sigh of relief when i saw the leaves did not have a blue green appearance which they would have had if it was too cold for them.  They are to be compared for amount of crop to the ones we grew from seed ourselves last month.  They do seem to have travelled well as no leaves were broken or bent and the plants raised their heads very shortly after being potted.  Visitor for supper tonight so will have to go to the shops before I start in the garden proper.  Sunny days do get the house chores done very quickly!


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 22:44

If you are willing to water almost any, but why not treat yourself and the butterflies to some lovely Sedum spectabile plants?  There are lots of good varieties out there and you will have hordes of butterflies feeding on their nectar late summer.  The foliage is beautiful.


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 17:06

I just had to pop out to the front garden to see what the passers by were stopping to look at.  It was this cream tulip with the lovely green markings on its sepals.  Still lots of dancing daffodils out there too and just look at the unusual shaped flowers on this perennial daisy.



Posted: 10/04/2014 at 12:54

Parcel from Mr Fothergill arrived and have not taken a breath since!  Had to find nine 9cm pots pronto!  Another repeat to compare spring sowing with autumn sowing and a new crop for me to try.  I will do the new sowings on Saturday.  I do love opening the parcel to see what there is to do each month. This month we are having two parcels as there is more to come later in the month. One lady has had to drop out because of ill health. so sad.


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 11:36

Thank you, flumpy 1.  I have just finished a marathon "office" session with the computer and printer so that I can devote the rest of the day to gardening.  Talk for Friday coming, done and dusted, Secy Report for Bristol Group of AGS written and printed, ditto minutes and agenda.  Now to plant a couple of dozen primulas out and another shrub in my new shrubbery with the spent daffodils out of their pots so I can reuse the pots once more.  The forecast for the next five days is glorious gardening weather so bodes well for my Easter display in the front garden.  A few more pics from what is, after my own garden, my most favourite place to be - the Univ. of Bristol Botanic Garden.  The April delivery from Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners Trials is due from today onwards.  I am feeling excited about that .



Posted: 09/04/2014 at 19:45

It is almost a half acre with the bungalow and seems much larger as i have it split up into many rooms.  My husband and i bought it 50 years ago as we had four children and another on the way and wanted room for them to play as well as a garden for me to grow fruit and veg for the family.  We had seven children and then seven grandchildren so the garden has been a godsend.

Discussions started by happymarion

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Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

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