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Posted: 28/05/2014 at 08:47

Oh my goodness, it did not stop raining till 8am and now my garden is drenched for my open day.  Tea in the lounge and kitchen it is.  Thank goodness I have two back doors - visitors can come in via the kitchen or conservatory so no bottleneck and queueing in the rain!  I am hoping it will stay dry all day in which case a safari will be possible and the duck pond outside the kitchen door will be gone down the soakaway.  The water table is very high now so it forms almost as soon as the rain begins.  Over the years I have always been blessed with good weather so must not grumble but rise to the challenge.  I know i can talk for ten minutes at least on the plants in the conservatory and another ten on what you can see from the conservatory!  Some good pictures here from one of my recent visitors from Pittsburgh in PA. USA.


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 16:12

Rain has stopped play in my garden for today.  Forecast for tomorrow says will feel like 11 degrees because of the wind so, although it will be dry and we will be able to go on safari up the garden I plan on serving tea in my big lounge as 11 is too cold for elderly ladies to sit outside in, in my opinion.  Always best to have plan B on such occasions.


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 12:05

My new pelargonium.



Posted: 27/05/2014 at 11:46

Another lovely day for gardening in Bristol.  I went shopping and could not resist a pelargonium in the flower shop called Graziosa Royal White which is in full bloom and will take pride of place on the picnic table tomorrow.  Will make four sponge cakes tonight and 30 scones tomorrow morning early.  The garden had a good drink of rain last night so no need to water today which gives time for other things .

Mr Fothergills Seeds

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 09:00

I am one of 20 participants up and down the country doing trials for Mr. Fothergills seeds. Germination problems do not seem to be with the seed   We have not trialled parsnips but have had excellent or good germination with tomatoes, peppers,cucamelons, coriander, basil, salad leaves,sweet peas, antirrhinums,broad beans,so far. We have also trialled strawberry plants and garlic cloves with good results and early seed potatoes.and bare root perennials and fruit bushes.are giving good accounts of themselves. 


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 12:44

Spent the whole morning filling up the eighth and last of my potager raised beds (built in 2012).  I used the spent compost from my many large pots of spring bulbs and well rotted horse manure.  It will have runner bean wigwams at the centre and I have already planted kidney beans round the edges.  The weather stayed fine and not too warm.  Clouding over now but that was forecast and I need a sit-down.


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 09:20

Another lovely morning but must get busy as the forecast for the afternoon is heavy rain .  The rosebuds are opening. more colour from the hardy geraniums and everything in the veg garden is very lush.  Weatherwise the garden has been very lucky.  Deadheading is the order of the day now and the Chelsea chop after the visitors on Wednesday.  Always looking ahead as I have visitors booked for June, July and August and Gardening for Bristol end of July, beginning of August.  My new border is looking promising with buds on the newly planted trollius, peonies, hydrangeas, ajuga, and some of the taller perennials .  All my little trees and shrubs are growing.  I am especially pleased with the Sorbus bristoliensis and my amelanchier.  


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 22:37

Yes I was and pleased it did not rain and I got a lot of things accomplished.  That is a pretty marigold.  I grew them from seed to go with verbena rigida I overwintered.  I relaxed with the TV tonight - The Duchess of Malfi on BBC$ was from the Globe Theatre was excellent entertainment for one who loves poetry.


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 15:15

The FB friend who sent me my yellow "Honka" dahlia in the above pictures has just told me this one is the parent of all the other Honka dahlias - there are now white and red ones and bicolours.  How exciting is that for my Golden Jubilee Year!


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 12:46

Some pics of the flowers ans veg. encouraged by yesterday's rain in my garden.  Lots of pink and blue hardy geraniums opening their buds fir my open day on wednesday and of course the roses are all budding well.


Discussions started by happymarion

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: Yesterday at 22:29

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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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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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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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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Talkback: Gardening in Russia

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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