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Posted: 12/11/2014 at 12:17

Like a summer's day in the garden.  I got lots of work done, then took out my camera as the first Iris unguicularis is flowering and the antirrhinum "Purple Splash"is into its sixth month of flowering.



Posted: 12/11/2014 at 09:44

Garden very soggy as it seems to have rained a lot during the night but dry and fairly bright now and still mild so will just have to keep an eye out for black clouds coming when I am up the top of the garden getting the weeds off my snowdrops.  There is still a lot of tidying to do .  I am so glad I have gravel paths I can work from and raised beds I can weed without stepping on the soil.

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 21:55

I am sure they will repeat it (perhaps on BBC4) very soon in the evening!

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 21:11

The second episode kept up the very high standard of the first.  Looking forward to tomorrow's offering with anticipation.


Posted: 11/11/2014 at 16:37

I do not think I moved any part of my body throughout the whole program of "Glorious Gardens from Above" which has just finished.  More history, geography, heritage, interesting jobs,beautiful gardens and plants, and childhood memories.  and the formula seems to be to end with a present!  This time it was in Essex where I have never been but now feel i know well.  Looking forward to tomorrow already.


Posted: 11/11/2014 at 12:00

Eight Xmas presents bought and six handmade Xmas cards. all for £15!  It is not how big your pension is but what you buy with it that counts.  The Fair was in aid of our local school and the Bristol Newspaper for the Blind.  The bad weather had brought out lots of neighbours and our MP and other local dignitaries so it was overcrowded and too hot for me to stay to lunch which I had planned but may go back to see if I have won anything in the hamper raffle or big raffle or the door prize from my invitation ticket.  It is so lovely to see the work being done by these mostly elderly ladies.  Here are my purchases.



Posted: 11/11/2014 at 08:57

Such a dreich day so I am happy to have a Xmas Fair to go to later.  I will try to get home in time for "Glorious Gardens from Above".  I do not think any gardening will be done outside today but I have tidied the conservatory.  More flowers opening on the tibouchina and the temperature slightly higher this morning so mild despite the rain we had through the night.  

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 17:02

A program that is packed with sensational delights, including Christine absailing!  It had just about everything - history, geography, drama, music, interesting people with interesting stories to tell, fabulous gardens and plants.  I hope the BBC get international acclaim for this one.  Well done all the production team.  This can be repeated as often as you like as far as I am concerned.


Posted: 10/11/2014 at 16:43

I have just watched "Glorious Gardens from Above"and was completely blown away by it.  Every part of this production is splendid.  It is full of history, geography, drama, music, interesting people with interesting stories to tell, spectacular gardens and gardening and feats accomplished by Christine Walkden in her eagerness to help the gardeners that bring your heart to your mouth.  I do hope the production team get international acclaim for this and this is one program they can repeat time and time again as far as I am concerned.


Posted: 10/11/2014 at 08:43

Another dry day forecast for Bristol and warmer than of late.  I should get a lot of work done outside today.  A new to my garden fox has been running away each time I go up the garden so may find out if he is a new resident or just a visitor.  There are certainly loads of tasty apples on the paths for him.My neighbour who is building his new wall very slowly has put the edging on the brickwork ready for the rendering, so more progress there.  I must not build up my hopes that it will be done by Xmas as i did last year.  

Discussions started by happymarion

new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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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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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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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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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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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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