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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:24

Duckpond forming on the kitchen patio already and it is dark as night and raining but it is already 7 degrees and forecast to reach 12  the afternoon and get brighter and drier so not too bad for my visitor.  Cake and pie for lunch all made yesterday and looking good.  I am looking forward to having another of my friends in the "Wise Old Owls Club" which is what I call my octogenarian friends.  I shall have to find a suitable name for the nonagenarians in a couple of years.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 09:11

Here are the flowers just out from my friend's two amaryllis bulbs.  They sit in his bay window lit up at night for the pleasure of his neighbours.




My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 08:36

No frost this morning and three degrees already with forecast of getting up to 7.  I have my friend coming for a birthday lunch tomorrow so will have a warm kitchen today making his birthday cake.  Still too cold to go out in garden.  I have the light on it is so dark and the cars bringing the children to school have too so looks like rain on the way.  Lots to keep me busy indoors however.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 11:12

The conservatory is the warmest part of the house so I am working in there.  Cheered when I saw red buds bursting on my red camellia which was supposed to flower for Xmas but did not and my new primulas from very cheap plugs are showing their colours now, cream and red so far.








My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 10:50

The last two spikes of my Xmas hyacinths are still perfuming the kitchen in the brilliant winter sunshine which is so weak in warmth it is having no affect on the hard white frost we still have.



My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 08:30

Brrrr - it is so cold.  Minus five degrees still so last night was definitely the coldest Bristol has had in a very long time.  By the looks of the forecast we will be sweltering on Friday.  There must be some very mixed up plants out there in my white garden.  I must get some food out to the birds.  I can see lots of them perched on the treetops watching my kitchen door for signs of life.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 08:39

Coldest day yet this winter - with minus 2 when I got up and cold day forecast with max of 3 and -3 tonight. Thank goodness I bought the new greenhouse heater for the conservatory.  It was warmer than the rest of the house this morning.  Seems like all the country is very cold too except the far west tip of Cornwall and Devon.  Just been reading that Tresco had nearly 300 plants in flower just after New Year..

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 22:12

Great new series just started on the evolution of islands on BBC4 - Hawai tonight and Madagascar next Monday.  Fascinating stuff and flowers to die for.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 12:41

Me too Liriodendron.  The collar doves had a fight.  Two of them thought one was being too greedy and ganged up on him.  He flew away but bided his time and came back after they had gone. Luckily the big birds do not favour my front garden so do not spook the little wrens and bluetits out there.  The blackbird and robin look on my kitchen step as their feeding station and are not fazed by the big birds. 

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 11:38

I put out the end of my wholemeal loaf on the kitchen step and in from the garden came three wood pigeons, tho magpies, three collar doves, one blackbird and a robin.  The wood pigeons stayed till the last crumb had gone and let me photograph them.








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