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Posted: 06/05/2014 at 21:40

My goodness the soil was warm today as I planted my pink "Desiree" potatoes in one of my raised beds in the potager.  What April showers we had have certainly brought lots of May flowers.  Here are some in my garden today when the sun shone for most of the day in Bristol.



Posted: 05/05/2014 at 18:54

More pics taken today


Holiday Monday in my garden.  The bluebells were vying with the tree peonies as tp which had the stronger scent.  The mushrooms under the ferns in the last picture were huge.


Posted: 05/05/2014 at 15:12

Oh my goodness it is uncanny in my garden.  It seems to know this is its Golden jubilee Year.  For the first time ever I have golden mushrooms in May in my front garden and under my ferns.  I went to cjeck if I had any little daisies on my Erigeron kalviniankus and found them nestling under my golden pansies.  The weigela which did not flower till July last year is in full flower.



Posted: 05/05/2014 at 10:40

Another lovely gardening day in Bristol.  Warm and sunny and 32 rudbeckia plants pricked out already.  Lobelia next and then more tomatoes will be put out into their permanent positions.  I will get out the camera when it gets cloudier as forecast.  More daffs and tulips will have to come out of their pots to make way for tomato plants.  We should soon be hearing about our May parcel from Mr. Fothergills.  I wonder what treats they have in the post for us this month.


Posted: 04/05/2014 at 20:17

The cucamelons are growing apace, Linda.  I shall grow three vines in the conservatory and try the rest out of doors at the mercy of the weather.  It has such a pretty leaf so should look good anyway in the potager up bamboo canes.  Like you i am keen to try them.  It has been a lovely Sunday with lots of visitors, both to the Botanic Garden and my garden.  Lots of warm sunshine.


Posted: 04/05/2014 at 08:40

No, when your peppers have reached 20cm or so you pinch out the tops so it bushes out.  The more sideshoots the more peppers.  More like growing dahlias for lots of flowers really.Hope that helps Lisa.


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 11:12

Yes,yarrow2, P. sieboldii can get quite big.  Lovely plant.  I have managed to repot the antirrhinums and now for a cup of tea before I repot my peppers.  The antirrhinums are now sat in brilliant sunshine in front of my trial potato planter with its "Charlotte" potatoes which I will be eating soon.  I am still enjoying my salad leaves from the 4 kinds we were given to try growing throughout the winter.  My trial strawberries and blackcurrants have berries on,


so Mr. Fothergills are helping to feed me this year! 


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 10:18

Sunny again today.Still feels too chilly to work without a sweater outside.  I plan on potting up my "Purple Twist" antirhinums and sweet peppers for the Mr. Fothergills trials today so , as I have used all my labels, will have to clean up some old ones first.


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 22:14

Colder day today but was fine gardening in a thick sweater again.  I dug up some early potatoes for the weekend and planted King Edwards in a raised bed.  My new mixed border now has two hydrangeas in with some of my spring bulbs which have finished flowering in pots planted round them "in the green".  I will plant my Sorbus  bristoliensis (which grows only in the Avon Gorge in Bristol in the wild) tomorrow and surround it with spent daffs as well.  the pots are having tomatoes planted in them immediately they are empty.  There is a good set of plum blossom and lots of strawberry flowers.  The apple blossom is again amazing so good year for fruit so far.


Posted: 01/05/2014 at 19:35

I thought it would never stop raining today but i did get out with my camera at 4pm.  The ajuga flowers had added to the blue of the bluebells and lots of holly blue butterflies were feasting as well as bumblebees who had found the Daijin tree peony.  The wind had broken three stems of my Royal Yellow irises so i brought the flowerheads in for the kitchen table.  While it rained I finished spring cleaning the conservatory which now has clean windows and floor.  The pieris looks lovely again this year.

 My red onions and garlic are racing away.


Discussions started by happymarion

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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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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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