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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 21:29

NewBoy2, love the sound of that Eco house!  Fumpy1 the Great British garden Revival tonight was on Daffodils and spring blossom and made me long for spring too.  We are very lucky in Bristol as the Mendip hills shelter us from a lot of the storms coming in from the Atlantic.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 12:07

Wind getting up has sent me scurrying indoors with bright red cheeks as it is a bit colder this morning than yesterday.  It does make you look very healthy though!   I expect I am really.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 09:07

Dry today till late in the afternoon but then we have three days of rain forecast so I must get as much done outside as possible today.  Especially as wind is coming.  With so many huge trees in my garden it is not safe to garden in the wind although i do keep an eye out for any dead branches all through the winter.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 22:11

I think there is stormy weather on the way for later in the week for Bristol.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 12:11

Such a lovely morning up the garden .  Blue skies and bright sunshine, birds singing, Vinca major in flower where I was hacking back the brambles and the ivy thicket has new flowers budding as well as lots of berries from last year's flowers.  It and the flowering quince seem always to be biting their own tails.  I have started to fill up the green wheeliebin again minutes after it was emptied.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 08:54

You can share my orchid, Lyn, as it is in my kitchen(darker than the conservatory so nearer to the jungle understorey it comes from) and will be photographed ad nauseum!   I srarted off with cymbidiums from one I had given as a present a few years ago and now have five pots of them.  They usually flower from February onwards for me.  Happy New Year, Sunflower Lady.  I do hope you enjoy my efforts to be ecologically friendly in my garden this year.  Bristol being Green Capital of Europe is a great honour and keeps the mind focussed.  I am hoping the candidates for Parliament will do all their canvassing on bicycles this year and our traffic pollution will be decimated!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 15:58

Green wheeliebin full up and put out for the garden waste truck tomorrow morning.  I compost a great deal of my green stuff but there is always plenty of the rough stuff for the recycle plant to turn into compost.  No doubt they have a shredder.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 14:04

It was so mild today I was able to switch off all my heating while i was out in the garden which reminded me of how much I save in my fuel costs having a garden that needs my attention most days of the year.  If I lived in a flat without a garden no doubt I would be in it more and  need more heat.  As it is I come in so warm from my exertions I do not need to switch on the gas fire for half an hour or so after I come in.   No doubt I would have to fill some of my gardening hours elsewhere for amusement which would cost as well.  There is more to a garden than good fresh food and lovely flowers, especially if it is a wildlife garden.  Nature can always be relied on to provide entertainment without repeats.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 11:20

Splendid gardening weather out there.  A beautiful cat , mostly white with a bit of black came and joined me .  Not knowing which neighbour it came from or its name I said "I bet your name is Snowy" and it came over and rubbed itself against my trousers.  Good guess I think.  I have a beautiful grey one up that end of the garden but my neighbour who owns it said its name was Smoky so I now have Snowy and Smoky to keep me company.  Lots of the brambles had taken root in the limestone path where the tips had touched ground so I pulled out marvellous root balls .  They come out easily thank goodness.  The birds were singing as if it were spring.  There is still a great deal of food for them especially black ivy berries which the blackbirds love.  It is more environmentally friendly and cheaper to grow food for the birds rather than buy it with all the transport that entails.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 08:51

Very dull this morning but mild so gardening outside is on the cards.  Green wheeliebin gets emptied tomorrow so will cut down brambles and fill it with them.  I can wear my new tough leather gardening gloves which being thermal lined have already been useful for filling up the freezer part of my fridge freezer.  Looking out in the garden I see loads of hazelnut catkins already and the old leaves have not all fallen off yet.  The squirrels will be happy again.

Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

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new series

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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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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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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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