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14/12/2014 at 18:30

Awwww yes, I am indeed blessed with such wonderful people in my life.  Glad you like the pics.  I kept exclaiming oh that is beautiful and the birds joined in.  It sounded like there were hundreds chirping merrily away out there today.  The autumn floering Cyclamen hederifolium have  just finished flowering and left behind their lovely marked ivy like leaves and the winter flowering Cyclamen coum have just started to flower.  How is that fir synchronisation?

15/12/2014 at 08:58

Another dry mild day forecast for here and the temperature at the end of the week is forecast for 12 degrees night and day!  There will definitely be snowdrops flowering for Xmas!  I have to stay near the house as my Ballymena part of the family have sent a parcel so better spend my time outside tidying the kitchen patio.  I may even scrub the picnic table.and put a nice flowering pot of gazanias on it.  I cannot believe they are still flowering outside.  I ordered 15 plugs in the spring and 45 arrived and they all thrived.  I have squashed as many as I can into the cold frame and conservatory and kitchen to try and save them for next year when I will not be buying anything from a hothouse or mail order to be "Green"

15/12/2014 at 15:30

Oh gosh the good things keep happening this Xmas.  I have won 2nd prize in the Name the Cocktail Competition on the Justingredients fb site - £25 to spend on their wonderful ingredients!  What fun I will have choosing!

15/12/2014 at 16:40

Well done Marion 

15/12/2014 at 20:31

Congratulations Marion well done! . I've still got the odd crysanthamum Flowers popping out and one yellow Gazania, ho I noticed my tulip bulbs have started growing, only the heads are popping out, is this normal? 

15/12/2014 at 20:37

Oh that does sound early for tulips  Lots of people are reporting hyacinths heads showing but not tulips.  I will look at my dwarf species varieties which have naturalised in my garden and see if there are any flowerbuds showing tomorrow.  Certainly not normal, usually end of March is considered early.At least outside.  Are yours indoors or out?

16/12/2014 at 11:11

Good morning Marion 

Congratulations on your prize  You didn't say what you named it!  

16/12/2014 at 11:15

Just been catching up on your posts.  Your winter flowers are beautiful and what smashing and well deserved presents 


16/12/2014 at 11:48

I named the cocktail," Justingredients Joyful Juice," Beaus Mum.  I have just put a Xmas cake in the oven so lovely smells are wafting through into the study.  Lovely sunshine outside so will take a walk to our post box with Xmas cards and come back and fill up the green wheeliebin as i want to go and visit the Botanic Gdns tomorrow   The AGS has its Xmas social on this Friday evening so am hoping the weather stays good till then.  At the weekend I shall deck out all the plants in the conservatory and switch on the lights in the evenings.  Our lane is looking beautiful with all the decorations.

16/12/2014 at 22:08

Oh my goodness I did enjoy "The Choir" on BBC tonight.  Looking forward to the Xmas schedule on the BBC.  I did see "Kiss me Kate" over sixty years ago at the theatre and really enjoyed it then, having been a Shakespeare buff from the age of ten.

17/12/2014 at 09:04

Brilliant cocktail name Marion  Though doubt I would remember it after drinking a couple 

Hope you have a lovely day today on your garden visit and look forward to pics of your conservatory when all decked out 

Im going to see white Christmas today in London, hope it is as wonderful as the film 

17/12/2014 at 12:21

Such a mild day and I found 18 plants flowering in the  Botanic garden outside and of course lovely orchids flowering in Subtropical..  The ones giving a good show outside were  Hellebores,French marigolds, Rocket, Tulbaghia violacea, Fuchsia magellanica, Iris unguicularis, Osteospermum jucundum "Nanum",Primula veris, English marigolds,Coronilla citrina, Mahonia lomartifoliia, Impatiens tinctoria, Vinca major, Gentiana acaulis,Salvia guarantica, Begonia chitonensis, Parahebe hookeriana.  So if anyone wants a garden full of flower for Xmas these are the plants to grow.

17/12/2014 at 20:23

They are out door tulips Marion, I got a bag of twenty from the garden centre in October and followed the instructions 

17/12/2014 at 22:07

I have not checked on my tulips, flumpy 1 and I have many species but will do tomorrow.  But I must say it would not surprise me that bulbs are flowering early as this has been a very warm year.  It is almost like summer tonight in Bristol, still as warm now as it has been all day  The plants must be quite bamboozled.

Yesterday at 11:07

I am so glad I visited the Bot. Gdn yesterday and not today which is very windy and wet though still very mild.  There are so many trees there it is not open to visitors in windy weather just in case a branch should break.  I shall concentrate on Xmas tasks today indoors and a visit to the post box will probably be all the fresh air I get!

Yesterday at 14:15

I did pop up the grden for a half hour but it was much too windy to work.  Still I did see new flowers coming on my primocane Blackberry Reuben from Mr, Fothergills trials which is amazing at this time of year so will go and snap it tomorrow,  These flowers are white and rather large as are the blackberries and the leaves are rather handsome sign of tulips yet frumpy1 but have got the Bristol onion which is a red flowered allium, well up about 18inches.

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