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Posted: 10/06/2014 at 10:54

I went up to collect the ripe strawberries which I have to do twice a day now and it was so lovely going through the quaking grass in the bright sunshine i just had to get my camera out.



Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:09

Lovely sunny morning and fresher as the weatherman promised.  I have a rose "The generous gardener" to plant in my new border which will give me another big pot for sweet peas and a wigwam.  The weather for the rest of the week looks like it will be superb which is good as a FB friend is coming on Thursday to "do" the Botanic Garden with me and visit my garden.  I am so looking forward to that having seen so many pictures of her lovely garden on facebook.  


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 22:16

You cracked it flumpy 1.  Well done!  Lots of colourful flowers.  Two days running I have had strawberries from the garden with ice-cream.  It was really humid today but fresher tomorrow.  I planted out my little Picea glauca which one of my sons brought me at Xmas smothered in artificial snow.  i never thought it would survive but it has and has new growth on it.  I had to go shopping past the flower shop and there on the plant table outside were pink platycodons so I just had to buy one.  I told the florist I had the blue and she said she was getting the white ones in a few weeks so I shall have to look out for them.


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 09:32

Wet again this morning in Bristol but forecast to clear up by noon so will tackle the tomato plants for the Mr. Fothergill trials in the conservatory.  They have big trusses of fruit on and should be safe from blight in there.  I am keen to see the new one, Orange Slice which is not on the market yet when ripe.  Pink Charmer and Black Opal sound interesting too.  


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 15:27

Chased in by a shower of rain and rumble of thunder at 3o'clock but getting weary anyway so will read my new book from Mottisfont second hand bookshop.


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 13:44



gave in and took the camera.  another 14 tomatoes seen to before lunch and more of the sweet peas.


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 11:17

First session over and in for coffee.  I picked a bowl of strawberries, repotted four pepper plants, planted 15 sweet peas up their wigwam, side shooted (shot?) tied up to their bamboo poles, fed and watered 14 of Mr. Fothergill 's 56 tomato plants, planted two more shrubs and a nice Helenium in my new Jubilee border, weeded another couple of yards of the limestone path,   If I do as much in each of the following three sessions today I will be very pleased.  The Lysimachias (nummularia and punctata and one I had given me at the BOT Garden which has lost its label are all in flower and the Lychnis coronaria, chalcydonica are nearly there.  Eupatorium and Lithrum doing well too.  My spring planted Sweetheart strawberries from Mr. Fothergill have beaten their Berryquick plants to ripe strawberry.  I did feel for all you Scottish gardeners yesterday,yarrow2.  We were very lucky in Bristol.  flumpy 1 I do not feel like taking photographs right now after the 2 and a half hour session being a model for the professional photographer on Thursday!  We'll see how much energy is left.  I am taking a FB friend from Cheltenham round the Bot. garden next Thursday so you may have some stunning pics from there.


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 07:50

Oh what a glorious morning and the forecast is sunny and warm all day.  I will try to at least visit each part of my garden to see what is going on, make a list of things to do for the rest of the month and check on all Mr. Fothergills trials.  My pepper plants must get repotted today.  The perfumes from the roses, peonies, carnations and pinks and the pink lilac and orange blossom will keep me intoxicated .


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 16:52

I saw large spreads of it on the John Lewis estate last week in Longstock water gardens and felt quite chuffed I had patches just as big in my garden!  They were planted in the islands near the edges of the gravel ponds so must not mind being in boggy conditions so I will put a patch in my new bog garden.


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 15:00

Too risky to work out in the garden for one who feels vulnerable in a thunderstorm among trees so I potted up 15 diascias and then went shopping and managed to get there and back in the dry.

Discussions started by happymarion

My Bristol Garden in 2015

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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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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

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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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Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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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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