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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 22:08

Oh thank you,Liriodendron.  I think I have Primula capitata among my three new primulas i bought this year for my bog garden.  You were doing a lovely service for your blind friend and i am sure she appreciated it.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 12:33

I went online to the council and submitted complaint and had reply that job had been committed to be done today so later I should have an empty wheeliebin to fill up.  It is still bitterly cold in the wind outside which is coming from the north now.  So I am enjoying my "Woodland Plants" book I had for Xmas in front of a warm fire.  It says the primrose has a fragrance fresher and more virginal than any other flower.  Now I am wondering what a virginal fragrance is.  This was written by a woman so I presume she meant pure.  Now I will be sniffing my many primulas to see if they are other than pure in scent!  I just knew that concentrating on perfume in my garden this year was going to lead me up many intriguing alleyways.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 08:37

A brighter morning but feeling cold out in the garden.  I think I shall have to wait a bit.  Once again the green wheeliebin was not emptied on the scheduled day.  So my pile of prunings is still waiting for a new home.  There are four out waiting on my side of the lane.  Next scheduled pick up is Saturday.  I hope we do not have to wait that long.  Temperature today is forecast to maximise at 6 about noon but it feels much colder than that.  It is definitely time for thermal socks and multiple jumpers.  My summer bulb catalogue arrived yesterday so have been drooling over that.  Freesias are on the list already.  i love their perfume.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 10:27

You too GWRS.  We have a bit of blue sky in Bristol at the moment so hope to get out in the garden soon.  The cold is bringing in the birds to feed,  There will be lots of inebriated starlings no doubt.  This blackbird will bring its mate soon and they will start building their nest in the clematis montana thicket on my garage roof.


My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 09:18

Another wet and dark Monday morning but a bit colder - only 4degrees when I got up this morning.  My friend cheered me with pics of his booty from clearing up his town garden in the pouring rain and getting soaked through in the process which is not very clever as he is almost eighty.  But he would say it is only water!  His amaryllis are doing well too in his bay window and he illuminates them at night for the neighbours.


My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 20:26

Nice cyclamen and heather flumpy.  My cyclamen are in between - hederifolium finished flowering and coum not started yet!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 18:03

Oh that is dire,fruitcake.  It is supposed to be drier but colder from Tuesday onwards.I am so glad of the chippings paths the Brailsford Bros. made for me.  I can get to most parts of my garden with dry feet on them.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 16:54

Awww that happens to me Fruitcake when I go on too long.  The site obviously has a word limit for a post but it does not warn you - just loses all your typing!  How are the allotments faring in this very wet weather?

Winter flowers

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 16:29

Try Iris unguicularis for a really stunning winter flower.  Snowdrops aplenty and eranthis with them.  Erica carnea and darleyensis come in white or pink.Mahonia. "Caress" too.  Hebes will flower all winter.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 13:13

No sooner said than done.  I found 19 pots, two babies on my Partridge aloe, and six cactus cuttings I had taken needing potting on.  There are some more in sheltered places outdoors but it has gone very dark again.


Discussions started by happymarion

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

About my efforts to entice pollinators with scent to my Garden in Bristol. 
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an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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