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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 08:09

Hooray, the rain dance worked.  We had a shower or two in Bristol during the night.  The garden is damp but it is dry and warm once more and no rain forecast till this evening. so should get my six hours in today.  I will prick out my Heinz tomato seeds and another red tomato I had as a freebie which had lots of seeds in the packet so I can pick out the best plants.  There are primulas needing to be divided too, especially the auriculas.  More beans to plant and the usual daily list.  Most of last year's dead leaves have been gathered from the pathways now and the twenty bags of horse manure to be put into the potager beds are dwindling too so that list will soon get shorter giving me more time to potter, experiment and plan ahead for when I next can buy new plants.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 22:14

Hello,mdw84,Fruitcake lives in Henbury and we have a contributor who has an allotment behind Horfield prison while I live in Brentry(Bristol North West).  Where abouts are you and is your garden completely new as I see you landscaped it yourself!  I have gardened in my half acre for 51 years but it was looked after by a professional gardener from the thirties till 1964 as the major who lived here was in a wheelchair.  As you can imagine I have wrought many changes and still am as I do like to try new things.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 11:51

You are very welcome Busy-Lizzie.  My freebies that came in my parcels from Mr. Fothergills trials for the Nation of Gardeners project are performing well in their second year - lots of strawberries on my "Sweetheart " plants and good broad bean plants from my saved seeds and luscious brown leaves to colour up my spring salads from the Pak choi F1


we had to try for cut and come again salad leaves.


Posted: 24/04/2015 at 11:35

Very dry in Bristol and no rain of consequence forecast till next Tuesday.  One of my five waterbutts sprang a leak and is empty, another has been used to water new plantings so going easy with the other three.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:33

I have just seen the forecast for the next five days in Bristol and no rain of any worth till  next Tuesday is forecast.  I found one of my waterbutts yesterday had sprung a leak and I have emptied one already so only three more to go before I find myself using metered water. Ahhhhhh-grrrrrrr.  Pricking out Mr. Fothergills tomato trials today as well as the long list I now have that needs doing every day.  Cloudy at the moment but still warm and dry. Green wheeliebin gets emptied this morning. and will soon be full again.  Lots of bittercress and cleavers around this year.  Celandines are beginning to disappear now though I did reduce their numbers somewhat this year, beautiful as they are, they cannot be allowed to take over.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 16:35

I got lots of work done today in such brilliant weather.  Masses of buds on my philadelphus bushes/trees. so lots of perfume to look forward to.  I had to water the broad beans which i cannot remember having to do last year.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 11:53

And some more.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 11:45

My garden is looking so glorious I had to get out my camera.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 08:12

Your flowering cherry looks lovely, flumpy.  Blossom is very good indeed this year.  My apple trees are just beautiful.  Sun has just come out in Bristol and another warm dry day is forecast but rain is badly needed in the garden and it is forecast for the weekend.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 11:57

A very competent young man has explained what needs doing to bring my bungalow into the 21st century heating-wise.  My one way system has to become two way and the new combi boiler can go in the cupboard where the copper tank is removed from as it can be vented through the gas fire chimney vent up through the roof! No need to be on an outside wall!  New radiator by my computer chair in the study and three old radiators replaced by new ones.  He thinks the job will take two men three days and they can arrange to avoid my open days.  .Now after Parcel post comes as i am expecting live plants from Mr. Fothergill I can tackle my list for today.  Brilliant sunshine today and all day so should manage to catch up.

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