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Posted: Today at 17:02

Here you are, Susan.



Posted: Today at 16:58

I am almost fully recovered TY Susan and getting my appetite back.  The bush i think you mean has orange berries inside pink bracts and is the Spindle bush or tree, Euonymus europaeus which is our native bush brought to me by the birds.  It has been, like all flowering plants this year absolutely covered in blossom and as my garden was teeming with pollinators all summer is now covered in berries.  I will scroll through my photos to see if I can find a good close -up for you .  if not tomorrow is going to be a good day for gardening and photography - 13 degrees forecast for Bristol, almost summer again.


Posted: Today at 16:39

Here it is - my newest plant.



Posted: Today at 16:38

It is almost worth having the 'flu when your friend arrives with a beautiful amaryllis complete with five flower stems already and more to come.  It is a lovely shade of pink and is towering over the pelargoniums in the conservatory.  With the light on in the dark it shines out and I can feast my eyes on it from my sofa.  Bliss!


Posted: Today at 08:44

No frost this morning and red skies so a better day hopefully.  Forecast for tomorrow and Saturday is much better gardening weather.  I should get my dahlias into the back of the garage and the rest of the plants of dicey tenderness like the agapanthus. Lots more leaves needing bagged too.  A friend is calling this afternoon as I am no longer infectious and next Wednesday is the "Lilies on the Land" play about landgirls so treats to look forward to.  Xmas meals on the 10th and 19th of December as well as Xmas day so I am glad to have my appetite back.  I must find time to send off Xmas cards for abroad at the weekend to avoid queues at the PO.


Posted: Yesterday at 08:32

Such a foggy wet day in Bristol but no frost so plants outside OK by the looks of things.  I doubt whether I will venture out into the murk as it seems very cold.  Time to catch up on "office work" I think.  Lots of magpies eating the leftover cat food left out next door  so our new hedgehog will miss it but may be hibernating now we have had two hard frosts.The magpies are not at all afraid of the two cats whose breakfast they are stealing.


Posted: 25/11/2014 at 20:37

Yes, I did see it.  How lovely Biddulph in Bloom was.  The volunteers all had smart uniforms too so seeing it being created was a lovely sight too.  I know all old mining towns in Scotland had lots of good gardeners because it was a favourite pastime of the miners who loved to be out in the fresh air as it was in short supply down the mines!


Posted: 25/11/2014 at 13:33

I have just watched the episode of "Glorious Gardens from Above" from the Scottish Borders which I missed because of the 'flu and I swear I have never been so enthralled in all my long life.  This is a program not to be missed - not by gardeners, poets, artists, ecologists, historians, lovers of all things romantic and scientific, in short everyone.


Posted: 25/11/2014 at 11:59

It is raining heavily in Bristol now and the rain is so cold it feels like sleet.  Before it started I took this picture of the cobnut tree outside the conservatory where the youg squirrels amuse me with their play .  It is so bright this year it is almost eclipsing the colours of my conservatory plants.



Posted: 25/11/2014 at 08:43

Even whiter and colder this morning but fog does not seem to have bothered this part of Bristol at least.  I took the duvet off the saladings and they seem untouched by the frost.  I will open up the cold frame later as no doubt the lid is frosted fast shut.  This is forecast to be the trough of coldness for this week and warmer from tomorrow onwards till Friday is quite mild.  I picked some beautiful big red apples yesterday and there are lots more but they can wait a bit as I do not want to jeopardise my recovery from the flu.  I see our flowershop still has lovely chrysanths in pots Flumpy1 so may treat myself to one for the kitchen since I saved a few pounds on food when I could not eat!  A pot plant lasts so much longer than cut flowers from the shop.

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