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Posted: 25/04/2014 at 10:25

Quite chilly up the garden today but dry so took my camera up as i wandered round drinking in the smell of the bluebells.  The Clematis montana atropurpurea will give way to bourbon roses in six weeks time . The garden is very blue with bluebells, forget me nots and Viola corsica.



Posted: 24/04/2014 at 20:22

I doubt I will be painting much this Mayday or this year really as the garden is having so many visitors.  I think next year I will do a collage of individual paintings of the plants on the roll of honour when they are looking their best.  Small vignettes will not take so much time and I can have fun setting up the collage.  Green wheelie bin gets emptied tomorrow and will soon be filled up again!


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 11:49

After a hard two hours work this morning cutting out brambles from a hedge I took a stro;; round my garden to see what is going to delight on May Day.  My goodness what a lot of blossom to come - lilac starting, laburnum getting there, apple and pear will be in full flower soon, mock orange just covered in buds, weigela starting as is Potentilla fruticosa,  aquilegia aplenty. buds opening on the peonies, Dutch iris sure to be open at last as the buds have swollen,late tulips , bluebells and forget me nots and double daisies, campanulas, poached egg plants .  No doubt there will be lots more as I have never seen the borders so lush.  I hope it will be good weather for photographs.  Here is the painting I did on Mayday 1991 up my garden.



Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:19

Hi, Bizzie B, your second way to treat tulips works for me.  T. praestans will multiply for you if you plant it deeply in a border.  Happy St. Georges Day everybody from my front gard


en whose red and white display was sabotaged by a pink pelargonium and late daffs .  Well they are golden!


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:03

It is one of those awkward gardening days today.  As soon as it looks dry enough to get started I get about ten minutes in and it goes cold and then rains on me.  I have given it up and just watered everything that needs it in the conservatory.  It does not seem that my Dutch Iris "Royal Yellow" will open for St. Georges day tomorrow so I will have to be content with a red and white display.  Allium neapolitanum is flowering and the white and green viridiflora tulips are still intact.  We do not have any frost likely this week so the pelargoniums I put out for Easter are quite safe.


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:04

My goodness it was warm working outside this morning but new plants planted and now room for my lunch on the picnic table out on the kitchen patio.  I am trying to make way in the conservatory for the indoor tomatoes for Mr. Fothergills trials as they are big enough now to go into their big pots.  It is one big production line now as the big pots are full of spent bulbs!.


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 10:24

Much brighter day in Bristol today and no watering needed as it rained a great deal yesterday.  It has definitely been a bluebell Easter this year and the smell as i wandered round my gar


from them and the wallflower and phlox was delightful.


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 21:48

And still held on to your sense of humour, BizzieB!  Well done.



Posted: 20/04/2014 at 10:19

Bizzie B, if I can do it anyone can do it!  My youngest grand-daughter astonishes the family at how quickly she uses her device to communicate.  She has very little speech as she is a Downs Syndrome child but she beats everyone on IT skills!


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 09:04

Happy Easter, one and all.  Dull in Bristol but not in my garden.  As I looked out the kitchen door the first thing I saw was a chocolate Easter Bunny sitting in the middle of a heart made of eleven small Easter eggs and two Easter cards.  My neighbour got up before me!  They have been rescued from the threat of rain and are gracing the kitchen table now.  Must get into my raincoat and up the garden for fresh produce to repay the compliment.  I know my next door neighbour loves rhubarb crumble and the rhubarb does need harvesting.  We may have a dry morning but it is rather cold so may do most of my gardening indoors today.  I hope visitors get here in the dry as Sunday buses are so few and far between.

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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