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Posted: 13/12/2014 at 21:13

Oh dear Fruitcake, must have been an off day for the sprouts.  Actually ours were as I like them a bit on the hard side but they were too hard for some of the ladies but they were the new sweet variety.  Our Yorkshire pud, well at least mine, was perfect and the roast potatoes were crispy on the outside and floury inside.  Glad you liked the crumble tart.  i have added that recipe to my repertoire.  Yes it was cold in Bristol all day today.  Milder tomorrow  AG Mag. readers voted Christine Walkden as Gardener of the Year this year. Monty Don was second. 


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 17:37

His descriptions of the countryside are so true I feel I am there, seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and even tasting occasionally.


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 09:14

Still in negative degrees in Bristol this morning so white roofs and grass again but the sun is out and a crisp dry day to look forward to  I still have not recovered from the euphoria of such a lovely day yesterday so will be looking at everything through rose- tinted glasses today no doubt.  


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 21:39

Off to bed now with my book - my favourite book of the twentieth century which I am rereading all six volumes of now the weather keeps me indoors more - Marcel Proust's "In Search of Lost Time".


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 21:04

Coming to the end of a perfect day.  The Choir of the year 2014 program on BBC4 tonight was just absolutely splendid.


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 14:34

I thought today could not get any better after my parcel from Mr. Fothergill arrived but changed my mind when the post came.  In it was a Xmas card from the youngest member of the Nation of Gardeners and a lovely plaque for my garden.  See pic.


He also paid me a great compliment as he said he saw it when he was out shopping and thought of me!  And Marion is such a common name.


Posted: 12/12/2014 at 09:58

Oh my goodness, a large parcel arrived from Mr. Fothergill's Seeds and I eagerly opened it thinking it was the gilet we have been asked to trial as participants in the Nation of Gardeners Project but it was a Xmas present.  i am going to have such a beautiful garden next year.  Here they all are.



Posted: 12/12/2014 at 09:06

Very wet out in the garden but no wind and dry now so hope to get out up the garden to check for any damage from the heavy rain and strong winds last night later.  I did hear some wheeliebins flying around last night out on our road and was glad I resisted the temptation to put mine out.  There could be a lot of rubbish strewn round the streets.  Frost is forecast for tonight for all of the mainland so my dahlias might be black tomorrow morning.  It is time I took them in out of the rain anyway.


Posted: 11/12/2014 at 12:12



The sun is shining brightly, all deadheading and watering done in the conservatory.  As promised some pics from my "Winter Garden"


Posted: 11/12/2014 at 09:49

Wild wet and windy outside and forecast to get worse as the day goes on so shall limit my gardening to the winter garden today.  May get the camera into the conservatory later.

Discussions started by happymarion

new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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Last Post: 09/07/2015 at 16:01

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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Last Post: Today at 16:18

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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