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Posted: 15/11/2014 at 13:44

My November parcel from Mr. Fothergills seed trials for the Nation of Gardeners trials has just arrived.  Seven pkts of winter saladings to sow which got a cheer from me as i had such success last year, all very delicious.  We also all had a present from Bob flowerdew of woodland strawberry plants to grow on .  these seem to be like the ones i have growing profusely all over my garden but i have never thought to grow in pots before so here goes.  We certainly have fun.  No idea what we will be asked to do next.


Posted: 15/11/2014 at 10:25

Count your seeds and if you think you have enough you could take a gamble on having am erly crop by sowing half now.  i find it helpful to soak the seeds in lukewarm water for a couple of hours before sowing.  I swed some on November last year and out them in the cold frame but the winter was so warm they were lanky and leggy and outgrew the cold frame before the frost had gone, but chances are very slim it will be that warm again this winter.


Posted: 15/11/2014 at 09:24

Yes, flumpy1, many of my fb friends had to put bricks in the bottom of there plastic greenhouses last winter and had the polythene ripped by the wind.  I thought my double glazed toughened glass  aluminium conservatory  was immune to the weather till the lightening struck!  Still I have great hopes of structural marerials to be invented that beat all this climate change can bring to us from the data being collected from the comet.  Comets withstand so much way out there, there must be many lessons we can learn.


Posted: 15/11/2014 at 08:56

A little misty in bristol this morning but sun breaking through and a dry sunny day forecast.  It seems a little cooler at least indoors too.  I have a feeling I may need to put on some heating today, perhaps the gas fire in my study.  No sign of frost but i shall continue to bring in tender plants.  Yesterday I brought in my white pelargoniums still with buds to open on them which will look good in the winter.  White flowers always look good with all the green and red of Xmas decorating.

Blooms in November

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 16:58

In Bristol I can usually pick a nice bunch of roses from my garden on Xmas day.  The best usually are the old Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother rose.  I have eight very old bushes of those.  Still blooming now are antirrhinums,cornflowers, marigolds,Californian poppies,roses,lots of shrubs,hardy geraniums,phygelius, sedums,polyanthus, and just coming into bloom Iris unguicularis,winter flowering pansies, early snowdrops, primroses.


Posted: 14/11/2014 at 16:48

I am sure you will love a spindle tree as much as I do, Beau's Mum.  By the time I went in the hot air balloon over Sussex gardens with Christine Walkden It was dark but it is going to be a good day weatherwise again tomorrow here so may get the camera out.  Splendid program again - all about how gardens change and the how the people who work in them change too today.  A strong streak of philosophy through this series.  Love it.


Posted: 14/11/2014 at 11:23

The spindle bush can grow into a tree but takes a long time to do it, Beau's Mum.   I just clip the top of mine to the height i want it and pruning it means I get more flowers and berries.  The green wheeliebin was emptied this morning but you would not know it now I have been out working.  My gazanias are loving the sun.  May take the camera out later.  sun too bright now, but lovely colours on the Ceratostigma plumboides (blue flowers and pink leaves).


Posted: 14/11/2014 at 09:53

A dry day forecast and sunny later so expecting to get a lot of work done in the garden.  I still have buds on my gazanias that may open in the afternoof it is still sunny then.  I am going to try to keep some through the winter and split them in the spring to get more.  It is the first time I have grown them and, despite the fact they close up in dull weather find the cheerful variety of their flowers very appealing.  I am not buying any heated greenhouse plugs next year that have to use the post as it is Bristol's Green capital of Europe year and i am going to be environmentally friendly.  I feel pretty sure there are some nurseries using solar or wind power but no couriers using hydrogen cars.


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 16:56

Another wonderful episode from Glorious Gardens from Above and two gardens I had only vaguely heard of despite living in Yorkshire for two years.  I look forward each day now to seeing what the present at the end is.  Finding good weather for the balloon flights must have been a worry.


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 14:36

Just counted again and the one you are enquiring about is my spindle bush - Euonymus europaeus, a native plant brought to me by the birds.  Its orange seeds with pink bracts are glorious at this time of 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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