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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 10:26

Summer has returned in Bristol too.  Not quite as warm as before , 18degrees but just right for gardening.  No rain forecast in the next few days either, so people at work all week will have a nice weekend.  Traffic on the M5 to the seaside will be nonstop as the school children are on holiday.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 09:01

That's often happening Flumpy - they right themselves when you enlarge.  Nice close-ups and your sweet peas have covered the fence!  Well done. My Sunchoc tomatoes I am trialling for Mr. Fothergill are indeed chocolate brown.  The yellow ones are Sunlem and the red ones The Red Bodyguard (full of antioxidants so very good for you) - all new this year.  They are all cherry tomatoes so good as sweets  I have plum tomatoes and Heinz tomatoes (Freebie seeds from Heinz) which are large tomatoes and starting to ripen now.  Twenty years ago My first tomatoes would not be ripe till August 4th but climate change has made a difference.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 13:52

My friend sent me a picture of his sunflower called "Italian White" and his Lilium henrii.  And I found some good companions in my garden.







My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 08:44

I expect you and your visitors will have lots of news to catch up with to keep you awake,Pat.It is another brilliant day in Bristol, calm, dry and sunny , temperature17 which is just right for gardening in.  I should finish weeding my Jubiee border today and get started on the butterfly garden.  I did look up podolepsis and find it is endemic to all of Australia which means we may have some species in our yet tobe created Western Australian garden at the Botanic Garden - probably Podolepsis canescens which is rare - the copper wire daisy.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 16:46

Sorry Gertie Grass - picture 8 has another yellow flower of course - hemerocallis usually known as day lilies!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 16:44

Pat just enjoy your visitors!  Gertie Grass the yellow flowers are Inula hookeri which is a terrific plant for a wildlife garden like mine.  The bumblebees and butterflies love  it.  I saw it once a few years ago in the Bristol Botanic Garden absolutely covered in Painted Lady butterflies so jumped at the chance to have if for my butterfly garden when the head gardener was offering a big pot with one in.  It is related to our wild elecampane which i have in my spinney.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 10:23

Lovely pictures that warm the cockles of my heart BizzieB.  TY so much.I have been snapping in my garden this morning.  The yet to be named Sweet pea is smelling delightful. the three different coloured berries on my hypericum bushes look very autumnal, the garden is a blaze of colour and the bumble bees are loving the Inula hookeri.

















My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 08:36

Flumpy those are nasturtiums, not geraniums.  The point my sister was making that they could only grow what are normally known as children's plants successfully because of their climate.  My sister has lived in Canada about 40years.  She went over to take up a job as aerial photographer in a TV station and stayed to open her own business in Edmonton from which she retired several years ago to move 3000 for better weather but the winters are just as long and fierce in New Brunswick. Pat your visitors would be happy to pitch in with their living arrangements I am sure.  I know my family do . They come to see you, not your house. So the important thing is that you are full of beans and can show them how happy you are to see them.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 21:25

Big pot.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 21:22

My younger sister who lives in New Brunswick Canada where the summer is very short struggles to garden.  She says the surefire flowers are nasturtiums, marigolds and osteospermum.  She planted two lots of nasturtiums in pots of different sizes and found the ones in the big pot had few flowers while the one in the small pot had many.




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