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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 08:26

Another brilliant day forecast so must get the watering done first before it gets too hot.  The thought of Wimbledon in the afternoon on the TV will be encouraging me to get on with the pruning.  My shallots are all yellowed now so need lifting and storing.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 13:22

Worked till I nearly dropped in the garden then as a reward took some photos and now to watch some tennis.



















My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 09:05

Warmer day today and sun shining from the off.  I did get a basket of broad beans picked yesterday and taken to a neighbour but the budget and Wimbledon got in the way of a full day  although the geraniums did get the chop and I started on the contorted hazel which I hope to finish today.No rain forecast here till Monday so should catch up on the jobs.  I do need to keep watering my yooung trees and shrubs in my new Golden jubilee border which i planted last year as I would hate to lose any of them.

new series

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 08:55

Cornwall. Lost gardens of Heligan?

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 21:24

I have just watched the first in a new series of gardening programs called "The Autistic Gardener" on Channel 4 weds. at 8pm.  It is quite different from other gardening programs.  i believe it has broken the mould and replaced it with something better.  this to me is an ideal way to teach gardening and a lot more besides.  The young couple for £3000 were presented with a living work of art and even better the viewers were treated to the very warming sight of the team of young autistic gardeners getting great satisfaction out of their work.

The Autistic Gardener

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 21:18

Just watched it and loved it.

new series

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 21:16

I have just watched "The Autistic Gardener" on Channel4 and smiled the whole way through.  This is how to teach gardening and a whole lot more.  For a budget of £3000 a young couple got a living work of art in their back garden and viewers had the treat of seeing how a team of autistic young people got satisfaction from their work.  I forgot the red hair and immaculate red nail varnish and gasped with admiration at the vision and patience that produced such an enjoyable program.

Gardening & what else?

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 11:29

With gardening comes cooking, then painting the flowers i grow, then entertaining in the garden I made, interest in wildlife and botany and photography and politics and music but above all family and friends without whom none of it would exist.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 10:17

I read that tip in a book by Mrs Stanley Searle written in !912, Pat!  Raining a little in Bristol but I did get a bowl of strawberries picked in before it started.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 08:40

Cooler today but no rain so should get the rest of the hardy geraniums cut back and start to tackle the contorted hazel which needs the uncontorted shoots pruned to show up its weirdness.  It is big enough to give me a few contorted branches to dry as well for flower arrangements in the winter.  I wonder whether the chancellor has anything to say about pollution control in the budget today.  It is well past time to encourage environmentally good practice with cash incentives like tax reductions for firms who make pollution free cars, vans and buses.

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