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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 09:01

A touch cooler today as 14 degrees is forecast as tops but warmer again tomorrow and still dry and no wind so more weeding and planting in my perfume garden planned.  There are ten violas showing their colour now and some are definitely yellow so I have been sent a mixture.  I have sent for three types of primula, two of them candelabra type on offer from the Secret Gardening Club this week and a blue and white salvia.  Primulas do very well indeed in my garden so these should look good edging the new bog garden.

Getting rid of Bindweed

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 14:03

I am clearing almost solid bindweed, nettles and brambles to make a perfume garden.  The patch I did about a month ago(forking as i cannot dig and pulling out all roots i could) is now covered in new weed plants again so I have had to once more extricate every little root before i plant up.  so far wallflowers and agastaches have been put into "clean "soil but I will be watching for fresh weeds all through the winter and spring.  I find after a long lifetime of gardening the physical way is the best and getting your hands in the soil is very satisfying.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 08:46

Another lovely day has dawned in Bristol so more planting today.  Two more violas are flowering in the conservatory, both the same colourway as the first one.  Quite exciting when you buy sale plants of the nursery choice as you watch to find out what they have sent you!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 19:12

Yes, those dahlias are still going strong on the kitchen table.  a fb friend who grows lots of dahlias for show told me the florist flowers are sprayed with a strong potash solution which seals the stems and makes them last longer in the vase as the flowers keep on growing even if the leaves have withered so that is why they had two heads!  I planted out new (electric blue) pentstemons today and tomorrow a new tree and agastaches will be planted.  Everything is growing still and the soil is very warm.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 14:50

So glad for you flowerlover2!  Yes they are lovely plants and very environmentally friendly people too.  I have worked myself to a standstill this afternoon and took some pics including some in the conservatory where i noticed one of my hundreds of spring bedding plants, a viola, has a flower open!











My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 11:49

Asters are now called Symphyotrichum!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 08:41

GG, I think you meant my asters, not dahlias.  Which brings me to the new name for asters which is so difficult to remember - very long , begins with an s - that is as far asI can remember.  I think they will always be asters and Michaelmas daisies to me. 

Another lovely day in Bristol today and forecast to last till Tuesday or Wednesday.  I beam with delight every time I go up the garden and see how far advanced my plans for next spring and summer are as well at marvelling at the polyanthus, kerria etc who think it already id next spring and the way the summer flowers are just carrying on the display. Pat the story of your water supply reminds me of my sister when she lived in Edmonton in Canada where they pumped their water from the lake bordering her acres of land.  Difficult to get enough for washing! 

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 08:29

That is a lovely spread of violets,especially when you click on it and it is the right way up.  I'll never understand how those things work.  Good luck with your results Pat.  We have another lovely day in Bristol - dry warm and very sunny.  I hope to plant 20 to 30 red wallflowers today as a start and plant some more bog plants into my bog garden.  Somehow having to use a lot of my saved rainwater seems appropriate on a warm day.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 19:05

Lots of flowers still in the garden today to gladden the heart.







My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 12:44

I have just changed the water in my dahlias I won in a raffle ten days ago and they are growing another head from the top of the flowers!!!  Really weird and something I have never seen before.  The leaves are all dead so i removed those but those flowers are still growing - definitely.  Here they are before and after.






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