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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 09:44

My goodness what a wonderful response full of good wishes to my new thread.  Thank you all so much.  Maureen I too have lots of Limanthes douglasii - the poached egg plant.  I used it as green manure many years ago and Bob Flowerdew answered my question of when best to dig it in at a talk he gave, saying dig in half and leave half for the butterflies so now it delights me in paths far from the original veg. patch!  Lovely annual and last year I had three flowerings, same as the forget-me-nots and the weigela shrubs.I read in one of the newspapers yesterday that the journalist thought we had lost a season last year.  I think we had an extra one.  Pat your gladioli are spectacular,  I do wish engineers could come up with a way to send some flood water to the countries with drought problems.

My garden is very damp this morning but it was 10 degrees at eight o'clock so feels milder indoors at least.  My family visitors did not leave till almost midnight so I got up late.  The smell from the Xmas hyacinths is super in the kitchen and I now have six spikes from three bulbs.  These will certainly go out in the garden after they have finished flowering with the hope of new baby bulbs forming.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 12:27

Just the right time for sowing your sweet peas, flumpy.  Any earlier this year and they would be very lanky plants as it has been so mild.  Turkey and roast potatoes in oven, just sprouts and broccoli to do now and gravy to make. as I have already done mashed carrots and potatoes to go in microwave.  Table to set before my six visitors arrive and get into my glad rags.  Wine in fridge and dessert all ready.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 08:46

HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to my new thread.  Having been saddened by the plight of our pollinating insects and being fond of growing my own fruit and vegetables I have resolved to do my utmost to encourage as many as possible into my garden.  As I get great pleasure from my sense of smell and touch still, despite, at 87, fading eyesight, hearing and taste, I shall concentrate on scent and touch in my planting this year. 

The year has started with a change in the weather.  Only 3degrees this morning at 7o'clock so my greenhouse heater had switched itself on.  Forecast is for rain later and only 8 degrees which is quite a contrast from the 14 we have been having.

I was greeted by the lovely perfume from my Xmas hyacinths sitting in the kitchen by the bowl of bought fruit I indulge in from the shops only once a year.  The Charles Ross apples up my garden are not as pretty as these "Pink Lady" but taste better!  

Two of these very large hyacinth bulbs are showing their second spike.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 08:59

Good morning for the last time on this thread and a HAPPY NEW YEAR  when it comes.  We had heavy rain in Bristol last night so the drive and garden are soaked but here is the view from my drive this morning.  Look out for my new thread in 2016.




Posted: 30/12/2015 at 13:47

Storm Frank closed the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol for only the second time in its history and the old pier has been damaged in Weston super Mare..

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 12:26

So glad you got the story.  It is true about second childhood you know!  A duckpond is forming outside my kitchen as we are having extremely heavy rain now.  I think it is a day for reading Xmas books.


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 10:47

Blowing a hoolie in Bristol but the rain is still light.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 10:41

Rain arrived as predicted but not very heavy yet.  I had fun with my camera after tidying the conservatory.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 09:38

No Flowers I haven't but do find my hellebores in the garden seed themselves around and have not pulled any out yet that I don't like!  I am sure detailed instructions are on the internet and you could give it a go.  The yellow ones usually sell for high prices!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 08:37

Happy New Year to you too GWRS.  It is very windy this morning in Bristol but already 13 degrees so very mild still.  dry at the moment but rain forecast for about 10 o'clock so doubt if I will be going out in the garden today.  I shall deadhead and water in the conservatory though.  It is quite lovely in there with hundreds of violas in bloom and pelargoniums flowering their socks off.  The new greenhouse heater actually switched on last night so the temperature must have dropped to 5 degrees.

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