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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 22:11

Those yellow blossoms are forsythia - a shrub which flowers in spring, flowers before leaves.  If you bring the bare twigs indoors and put them in a vase of water they will come out ten days to a fortnight later, beating the ones outside which are still bare twigs.  Glad you are having the rat problem seen to, flumpyi.  Do try picking a bunch of your forsythia bush and bringing it into the warmth of the house.  If you leave the twigs to get leaves after the flowers drop they will start putting out roots in the water and you can plant new forsythia bushes in the garden.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:36

I don't think it used electricity,Linda, - just very fine nozzles for the water to be released from.  The children were enjoying it.  It was just one of the perks we are having this year.  Brightened up a drab winter's day.  Our lovely MP, Charlotte Leslie, announced her engagement to a presenter too.  Our local news program is very good indeed.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 16:32

Patience, Daryl2, it won't be long now.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 14:43

Really wet out in the garden so banished cabin fever by taking my camera round snapping my indoor plants.  My  Xmas moth orchid is still beautiful after gracing the kitchen for more than two months.  My red jasmine in the conservatory is tree sized now and the black aonium is losing the green from its leaves, always a sign the winter is coming to an end!  Lots of lovely shades and markings on my pelargoniums and the forsythia is so cheerful.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 08:48

So comfortable getting up to +7degrees this morning.  We may get up to 10 by the afternoon but it is very wet out in the garden and forecast is for heavy rain and even perhaps thunder and lightning so gardening outside is doubtful.  Pity since  the green wheeliebin has just been emptied.  A daffodil is just opening its bud in next door's garden so mine cannot be far behind, especially as mine are in the back garden which faces south and this early flowerer is facing north.It is sheltered by a large hydrangea bush which gives me an idea.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 16:34

Looking forward to that, Fruitcake and the weather is getting warmer.  I got the green wheeliebin stuffed ready for the bin men to empty tomorrow morning so ready for a cup of coffee now.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 13:49

It is no. 90. Fruitcake and the side gate by the garage is always open during the day so if you get no answer from tapping on the kitchen door just come up the garden path to find me. Be warned it is quite a walk as I am working in the Butterfly garden at the moment which is the last "room".  And veer left and under the Bramley rather than right through the spinney as I have cleared the brambles from the path in the former but not the latter yet. I may have daffs in flower before the ones at the ford.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 11:07

Very similar day to yesterday weatherwise though  it seems a little brighter.  I should be able to get some tidying up done outside, especially where I want to plant more of my snowdrops, a part of the garden mostly occupied by nettles at the moment.  That is a job which will need my new gauntlet leather gloves that came at Xmas.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 09:37

Plus 4 degrees already in Bristol this morning though cloudy but should get some gardening done outside.  I have opened up the cold frame to let the salad stuff in there have some air.  The gazanias I sheltered in there are fine but some outside were dispatched by the frost.  Still some have grown so big i will be able to divide them later.  At the end of February I plan to sow some of my broad bean seeds saved from last year in the conservatory, divide a few hundred snowdrops and plant in the green and sow some annual flower seeds - sticking to my pledge of not using any fossil fuel to garden this year.  That will be two months in a row.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 10:01

A little bit warmer today in Bristol so hope to get some gardening done.  My twigs of forsythia were much admired by my supper guests last night.  It is such a cheap and cheerful way to get some colour into the house in February.


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