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Posted: 14/02/2014 at 22:06

Love the "girl"bit, Verdun.


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 19:57

Just love pushkinias.   Well done.


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 14:14

The rain has not stopped all day so i could not go on safari up the garden to see how the St. Valentine flower (the crocus) was faring this year.  I thought of writing it a Valentine poem but veg. won out.  Here it is, my Valentine poem for my garden.


Tatty Love.


My heart goes a-flutter

As I dash for the butter

When I see new potatoes before me.

I moisten my lips.

 Getting to grips

.With the sumptuous treat laid before me.


No love can compare

With such scrumptious fare

On any St. Valentine’s Day.

No kisses as sweet,

No cuddles can beat,

That taste that sends longing away.


New potatoes I love you;

A halo hangs over you;

Black pepper and butter help too.

I would brave battering storms

Forage in far flung farms,

For a St. Valentine’s meal with you.


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:51

St, Valentine's Day and pouring again in Bristol with risks of more floods.  Reminds me of my childhood in Alloa when my grandmother would tell me of 1906 when she put my father as a toddler into her upturned kitchen table to be "safe" from the flooded Forth while she got her older children safely up onto the churchyard behind the tenement.  That year the table floated out the door and my father was rescued as it hurtled towards the harbour by fishermen in their boat, alerted by her screams.  The River Forth would flood regularly while I was at primary school but only once do I remember it getting as far as the school playground.  


Posted: 13/02/2014 at 09:47

Your crocus have found a good seedbed, Gardening granny, and are happy. My garden would fall into naturalistic category too.  Very cold up there this morning but had to check my trees after the horrific wind last night.  Picked up armfuls of debris but no significant damage.  I am not looking forward to the heavy rain promised by the weathermen for St. Valentine's day and Saturday.  There are puddles in my garden I have never seen before in fifty years here.  Water table is very high indeed.


Posted: 12/02/2014 at 10:43

Good job I looked at my sowings I did in my new propagator on the !0th Feb.  They are up, well five of them, on the 12th - my cosmos and all four saladings.  I will resow on the 10th of each month till I have finished the packets.  I do love salad leaves in my lunchtime sandwich. They set off cheese, eggs, meat, salmon, perfectly.  And I love the Spicy mixed salad leaves on a tomato or green salad with my supper.


Posted: 12/02/2014 at 09:36

So excited. The next box from Mr. Fothergills for the Nation of Gardeners Trials is being despatched this week.  We evidently will need our greenhouses (in my case the conservatory) for this assignment but the rest is a secret till all have been delivered, not to spoil the surprise.  It is a bit like having a monthly birthday.


Posted: 11/02/2014 at 08:55

Back into two jumpers again.  it is bucketing down in Bristol and very dark so this is it for some hours no doubt!  Duck pond on the patio again.  I think I will be gardening off the paths for some time to come.  The raised beds will be easy to plant up and the edges of the borders but i would not risk destroying my good soil structure in the beds and borders by walking on them till we have had weeks of drying weather, so the bungalow windowsills are now going to be stripped of ornaments to make way for flower and vegetable plants as they get pricked out from their seed trays.  The cold frame is full up and the conservatory is getting there.  Two long cloches have been ordered to help warm up the soil and should be on their way..

Too early to chit?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 14:00

Concentrate on chitting your earlies as maincrop do not need it.  chit with blunt end upwards.  they can support one another in a seed tray.  Cool unheated spare room with plenty of light but not in direct sun.  I have chitted Charlotte for Mr. Fothergill's Nation of Gardeners Trial and aim at planting five in a potato planter on St. Valentines day.


Posted: 10/02/2014 at 12:09

Went out in the garden too early and got soaked and frozen in a sudden hailstorm, so came in to dry off and warm up and sowed nine lots of seed - four repeats of Mr.Fothergills saladings as i shall finish eating the Dec, sowings this week, four annuals, marigolds, "Sunspot gold" and "Apricot Daisy" and Ridolphia segetum and cosmos "Polidor mixed" and Cape Gooseberries"Golden Berry".  Weather has improved now so should be able to work outside after lunch.

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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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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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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