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Monty Don

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:41

It was the writers who wrote the program and the director and producer who are responsible for what goes out.  Monty is the presenter.  Common sense would dictate not to take a chance with tender plants.  Who will they give the kudos to when the onslaught of slugs and snails about to hit us sends people looking to buy replacement plants!


Posted: 12/04/2013 at 11:07

Despite the horrific thunderstoem and haistones we had in Brustol last night my "Stress" tulips are fine and my "Ancilla" which flower later are coming on.  The heavy rain created a duckpond and the hailstones were bouncing out of it.  i have hundreds more tulips to flower yet, just budding at the moment, as I like to have them flowering over a long period.


WEATHER this week

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 18:21


We have just had an almighty storm in Bristol.  Thunder and lightning and hailstones and all the time the sun was shining.  Here is the picture I took of my garden from the back door.


Spring sweethearts

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 15:16

And who would not want to go to the shops if this is what greets you from your front door when you return home?  My friend's tiny front garden is a real treat at every season of the year .


Spring sweethearts

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 13:54

Who could fail to be enticed out to do some gardening when this eye candy is what you


see from the kitchen door?

Libertias....who knows em?

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 18:03

Yes, know them well as we have lots in the New Zealand Garden at the Bristo Botanic Garden.  They can be invasive but the seeds are harvested at the Garden for the Friends Seed Distribution.  I did sow some so somewhere in my crowded cold frame I have their strappy leaves!


Spring sweethearts

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 17:01

Complementary colours in my butterfly garden this afternoon.  I have not seen any butterflies yet but perhaps this weekend if the forecast is correct.



Posted: 10/04/2013 at 15:00

The clusiana tulips are great at multiplying.  I have "Cynthia" and the Bristol Botanic Garden have a great spread of them on the Mediterranean Bank.  they are up the Mountain Path where they bake in the sun in the summer but mine multiply very well in the flat bed they are in albeit right in the sunniest part of the garden.  

iris unguicularis

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 10:17

I did just that yesterday - took off the scruffiest leaves that had no green on.  i always think with this iris it needs the leaves to feed it because it can flower for ten out of the twelve months of the year.  this clump in my garden hs been flowering since before Xmas and still has buds to open.



Posted: 10/04/2013 at 09:44

The best tulips for multiplying in the ground are the species,either single or multiflowered.  There were yellow tulips in my garden when i moved in nearly fifty years ago and i still have them, some in the original place and others scatttered round the garden where they have seeded themselves.   There are fields and fields of tulips(kaufmanniana) growing wild inTurkey which never get dug up and just look glorious when they flower.  I have pots of all the same kind flowering now so will phtograph them for you.  Tulipa turkestanica and Tulipa tarda are dwarfs that spread beautifully year after year.  The ones all the same flowering now by my path are called "Stress".  They have green and red striped leaves.


Discussions started by happymarion

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Spring sweethearts

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