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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 10:47

This is where we came in as we used to say at the all day cinema in the states!  TY twice Bizzie B  Yes you cannot beat hardy geraniums.  I have great soreads of Johnson's Blue and the pink oxonianum.  I got up early too.  The lure of my garden is irresistible at the moment and only thirst or hunger gets me into the house.  I will take pics when the sun is not so bright.  The garden umbrella is going up today to shade the picnic table where i shall be having most of my meals from now on.  I must scrub it first as It has been well used recently for potting on. My 22 sunflowers are busting their pots.  what shall I do with them.  they are a trial for Mr. fothergill's Nation of gardeners called "Titan" and get huge.  I could clear the Olympic Ring sites of the weeds that have taken over and put them in there with bamboo stakes.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 08:43

Brilliant sunshine and warm already.  Forecast is for sun all day and 18 degrees perhaps 20 in Bristol so definitely a sunhat day in the garden.  I hope all my friends on the forum are having the same.  Those crowds in Chelsea will be sweltering but may get a lovely bargain plant for their effort.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 17:02

The weather was not as good as I had hoped - had to come in for a few showers but the wheelbarrow has done its carrying of all that is too heavy for me and I am finished for the day, quite tired but satisfied.  I ordered my groceries online to save time going to the shops.  Lots of flowers are opening just in time for my open day next Wednesday and the rhododendrons are looking lovely.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 08:57

Rained through the night so no need for watering today except the tomatoes and seedlings in the conservatory.  Cloudy now but dry. I will use my new wheelbarrow to get my two new huge terracotta pots up to the potager where I will fill them with compost in situ, erect wigwams of my bamboo in them and plant out my sweet peas to climb up the wigwams.  If I have enough energy left after that I will take , again in the wheelbarrow my terracotta minipond up to the bog garden and place it in the middle of the few bog plants now established there.  My efforts to help wildlife are paying off.  It is miserable to leave the nettles till the caterpillars have done with them but when I have beautiful brimstone yellow butterflies minglling with my hordes of Meadow Browns I forget all that.  The bog garden is attracting the frogs as I thought it would. 

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 14:12

Oh this sunshine has brought out lots of summer flowers including the alliums and roses.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 11:08

The die is cast.  Everything that is in flower plus my aoniums and tibouchina are coming outside today.  The weather forecast had better be right or I will be strewing net curtains everywhere.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 09:09

Aah we all grow up eventually Dovefromabove though now it behoves us to have recycled water used without using any fossil fuel.  Even soar panelled water features take a lot of climatec changing energy to make nowadays.  A friend of mine has a natural stream bordering two sides of her garden which males for a beautiful garden but the threat of flooding and loosing all her plants is always there.

It is another beautiful gardening day, a bit warmer, no wind or rain forecast and bright sunshine.  T be able to garden anywhere on such a day is priceless.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 19:14

I have just been watching "Points West" and 50 schoolchildren gardening in the front garden of the BBC Whiteladies Road studios  - The first contingent of 700 who are going to transform the lawns into a wildlife garden which will act as a classroom for the Wildlife Trust.  Valerie Singleton was there and looking every bit as lovely as when I was on a show with her nearly 50 years ago.  I can thoroughly recommend aiming at being the Green Capital of Europe.  It transforms your city.  Watching the TV coverage of Chelsea I am getting such satisfaction every time some presenter mentions how many hundreds of pounds the Show gardens cost since it was naturalistic planting that won best in show and my garden is full of it, simply because, being a botanist, i love wild flowers but of course it is beautiful, very similar to the Chatsworth Garden but much bigger so I now look at it and think that would cost a million to have designed and built.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 14:25

Yes, Bizzie B I love London Pride.  The Potentilla fructicosa i bought 26 years ago when I had gone to Canada to visit my sister and saw how it colonised newly opened  spaces caused by electrical storms in the Canadian Rockies.  It was August and covered in bright yellow flowers that really brightened up the dark green of the conifers and the burnt out tree trunks.  It will flower for months from now onwards.I took a cutting and put it in the front garden too.  That weigela disguises the three compost bins there nicely.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:53

A splendid day  for gardening promised and, as it is one week till my open day it will be full steam ahead.  On the tour of inspection this morning I met the dark brown fox again  a cursory glance who just gave me as he passed making for my back gate so he will know m next time we meet.  I was pleased to see the colour showing on my purple rhododendron which has loads of buds.  The yellow one has already opened and the white one.  I came back with an armful of weeds which came out easily after the rain we had yesterday.  To work now.

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