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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 14:57

Perfume garden all dug up and clean.  Rhododendron planted and I think I will have room for my Rhododendron "Klondyke AK" which is a beautiful yellow flowered one with lovely scent.  Now I am aiming to get it all planted up by the end of November and the chippings path round two sides of it weeded - it has loads of brown leaved ajuga and poached egg plants seeded or run into it.  But that is a job that can be done in a raincoat and rain hat quite happily if it is raining and not too windy.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 11:36

Oh my what a difference in the digging today.  The soil was just like butter so I persevered till I could do no more and have only a square metre or so to finish my cleared patch for my perfume garden.  This afternoon I plan on planting a white flowered dwarf rhododendron which has a delightful scent and my white deutzia will be transplanted to go on the other side of my myrtle tree.  I think my pink deutzia could be transplanted next to the pink "Maid Marion" rose bush which I noticed this morning has two more buds on.  I am getting so much pleasure from my perfume garden already and it is only one quarter planted!  In the spring I will be able to tuck some violets from the woodland walk under the shrubs too.  My fragrant violas I will plant near the path edge as they are so pretty for the winter months. As soon as November comes I will plant the tulips my friend gave me when he emptied his bulbs from his huge pots to put in cosmos and salvias.  They are mostly red and should look good among the "Cloth of Gold" wallflowers.  And the odd yellow one will not have me spluttering with anger as he did on finding a "Red" collection of tulips actually had yellow ones in it!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 08:34

So glad you are enjoying my pictures, Runnybeak and Snow.  We have another lovely day for gardening in Bristol today and should be easier to get the bramble roots out now we have had some heavy rain.  A pair of robins were happily worm searching in my new perfume garden yesterday afternoon when I went up to check on my new plantings and I caught them in the act - tossing out my carefully placed labels!  Ah well better them than the fox.

SEVERELY overgrown garden

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 08:26

Whatever you manage to do now will save you roughly three times the effort in the spring.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 14:29

My conservatory is coming into its own now.  The winter flowering violas have some lovely colourways and the aoniums and pelargoniums are loving each others company.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 13:47

My twelve new plants arrived from the Secret Gardening Club just as the rain stopped and the sun returned so they are now all potted up .  One helianthus had a flower on which got here intact!


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 08:35

Such a difference in the weather from yesterday.  It must have been raining quite a while through the night as the duckpond is forming on the kitchen patio which means the water table is high already so the soakaway is not soaking away.  Still raining steadily and very dark - all the houses have their lights on.  I think it is time to freeze the huge pile of Bramleys I have in the kitchen today.  Certainly no need to water anything in the garden and the depleted waterbutts will be filling up again.  It is still mild too and calm, no sign of wind yet to bring down the leaves.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 19:36

As I was digging in my new perfume garden there was quite a buzz from the neighbours lawn mowers all trying to beat the rain forecast to hit us tonight.  All the new plants will be glad of it GWRS.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 11:20

Of course I could not just take one picture.  The weigela is still flowering; and the fuchsias; and a sempervivum is making full use of its allotted space.  The liriodendron (tulip tree) is on the left of the Bramley.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 10:55

Came in for coffee and a breather as I have been working at top speed.  Surveying my work after I could do no more I decided the perfume garden is half way done.  Then I looked up to see my bumper crop of Bramleys glowing with their red cheeks in the sun and realised the tulip tree next to the bramley is not showing signs og yellow in its leaves yet - autumn is indeed very late this   I think i will go get a picture..

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