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Oh what abeautiful gardening day in Bristol. !9th January and blue skies everywhere, bright sunshine and mild enough to garden just in a sweater and warm trousers. I have five big wire baskets stuffed with weeds and brambles to get into the wheeliebin from the butterfly garden but the recent wet weather has soaked them and, after struggling right down my very long garden with just one need a reviving cup of coffee. may do another later. And if this weather goes on for a few days will soon fill them up. Must take the camera out soon. i am sure I get the best pictures when i am feeling good about the weather!
Have done another basket of weeds and been out with my camera. My face feels sunburnt! Lovely smells from the Xmas box plants.
As always marion your photos are lovely. Thought you might like to see my Helleborus, just what we need to see on a dull January day to brighten things up.
Those hellebores are so lovely - pristine. I noticed my picotee ones are budding so i may be able to float a few in a bowl of water so we can see there markings next week when I am doing a lot of entertaining.
The parcel post arrived before I was up so the postman left the huge box on the picnic table at the back door as i had instructed and there it was - the bargain of the year which I had ordered fro Suttons January Sale as a present for my Jubilee Garden. Four willow planters with compost and bulbs to fill them to the brim at £20 the four. They are normally £20 each. It has taken me all morning but they are all planted up and watered and put in the dark under the spare room bed and the kitchen cleaned after I had recycled all the packing. Looking ahead I had ordered 70 plug plants of mixed Pelargniums which will come in February and be grown on to replace the bulbs when they come out to go in the spinney in May. They were beautiful healthy big bulbs, all sprouting of course and raring to go. Some had more than the allotted number of each kind in the packs so I was squealing "Another freebie" as I unpacked. What an exciting start to the gardening week!.
Would love to have ??ou as a neighbour Marion. Would pinch ideas all the time from you.
Got a bargain today, bought Red Baron Onion sets (300grams) from Home Bargains for just 99p, they had other varieties to choose from. My last lot of onions came from Home Bargains and I had a really good crop.
It is so lovely to hear about your gardening adventures Marion (Ahh we have finally got rid of the Christmas hats)
A lovely sunny day but a week of rain forecast so, in case I do not get a dry dayfor the rest of the month here is what I snapped on my walk up the garden this morning, Jan 23rd.
The last two i was peeping into the conservatory window.
Wonderful It is so lovely to see Pelagoniums in January; mine are in bud in the greenhouse.
Nice Marion. Thanks.
Marion you live up to your forum name. Lovely pictures, keeping us cheery.
I cannot remember in fifty years of gardening here ever having been able to do so much gardening in January before. Yet again today the sky is blue, the air is mild , it is dry so are the picnic tables. It is the lull before the storm forecast for tomorrow but so delightful. I made a mental note of jobs piling up. like splitting lots of big clumps of snowdrops and daffodils.pruning to be done on the various summer flowering spireas. I may cut down and unravel the Clematis montana that has taken over the garage roof. i remember Carol Klein doing hers that was engulfing a tree in February. The birds think it is spring. They have been chirping non stop all morning. A cheeky squirrel is gorging himself from his larder in the spinney. It is a day for singing "Oh, what a beautiful morning".
Hey up Happymarion Greetings & Prosperity in your anniversary year.I like you am gerrin on in years.74 next October still keep me allottment up to scratch.Love it havent bought a vegetable for years.Very impressed with your garden pictures looks smashing lass and its a credit to you.Best wishes Brian.
Marion pleased that you are having good weather and sounding shall I say ' happy'.
Weather here in S.Yorks is poor, no way near as bad as some have had, and are still having.
Best I've managed today is cutting some sprouting broccoli and digging some leeks for tomorrow's meal. Did have the GH's open for 1/2 hour for some ventilation but now all closed and plants snuggled up.
Hope you have another good day tomorrow.
Enjoying your thread
Thank you, Brian and KEF. I saw a picture of a 94 year old lady gardener in GW Feb. issue wheeling home a bargain compost bin in her wheelchair! So I may still have another ten years of active gardening left in me. I do hope so as I enjoy it so much. Yes, Brian, the best food is the food you have grown yourself. I have been driven indoors by a fierce wind that has descended on Bristol though it is still sunny and blue sky mostly. Storm is on the way methinks.
It went dark as night and the heavens opened and peppered Bristol with hailstones so now have grey skies, wet picnic tables, duckpond on the patio and everything that can hold water overflowing again. What a comedown after such a glorious morning. Still, I did get a lot of work done and feel very invigorated.
Marion, think I was a Jonah. We now have hailstones.
At last it has stopped raining in Bristol , still windy but that is drying up the puddles so I should soon be able to don my boots and waterproof coat and open up the cold frame.I like to ventilate it at least for a few hours each day as i have two kinds of sweet peas and five perennials overwintering in there for Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners project. The forecast is for much colder weather to hit us here by Thursday so I want to get fleece and bubble wrap out of the garage too to keep handy in the kitchen. In my raised beds in the potager there are broad beans three feet high, strawberry plants showing flowerbuds and garlic 8inches high, all needing some protection from the cold. This mild weather up till now with plentiful rain has meant everything thinks it is April or March at least!
It did stop raining for half an hour and I donned my wellies to get through the temporary duckpond on the patio at the same time as the mother squirrel decided this was a good time for Sunday lunch and squeezed under the side gate which I had not opened yet. Not that it matters to her. Being a squirrel of little brain she flattens her tummy anyway even when the gate is wide open. She would have bounded away in front of me up the garden but did not have wellies so carefully edged round the water through the cyclamen plants and took longer than I did. I think that was a Squirrel glare iigot as she shot past. Squirrels at this time of year are amusing. The ones at the Botanic garden who used to use the fleece from round the tender plants to line their nests would pass me in the garden with turbans of it wound round their heads. i still giggle when I think of those big-headed squirrels. Head gardener was very annoyed at expensive fleece being stolen, of course.