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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 16:46

Sorry Gertie Grass - picture 8 has another yellow flower of course - hemerocallis usually known as day lilies!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 16:44

Pat just enjoy your visitors!  Gertie Grass the yellow flowers are Inula hookeri which is a terrific plant for a wildlife garden like mine.  The bumblebees and butterflies love  it.  I saw it once a few years ago in the Bristol Botanic Garden absolutely covered in Painted Lady butterflies so jumped at the chance to have if for my butterfly garden when the head gardener was offering a big pot with one in.  It is related to our wild elecampane which i have in my spinney.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 10:23

Lovely pictures that warm the cockles of my heart BizzieB.  TY so much.I have been snapping in my garden this morning.  The yet to be named Sweet pea is smelling delightful. the three different coloured berries on my hypericum bushes look very autumnal, the garden is a blaze of colour and the bumble bees are loving the Inula hookeri.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 08:36

Flumpy those are nasturtiums, not geraniums.  The point my sister was making that they could only grow what are normally known as children's plants successfully because of their climate.  My sister has lived in Canada about 40years.  She went over to take up a job as aerial photographer in a TV station and stayed to open her own business in Edmonton from which she retired several years ago to move 3000 for better weather but the winters are just as long and fierce in New Brunswick. Pat your visitors would be happy to pitch in with their living arrangements I am sure.  I know my family do . They come to see you, not your house. So the important thing is that you are full of beans and can show them how happy you are to see them.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 21:25

Big pot.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 21:22

My younger sister who lives in New Brunswick Canada where the summer is very short struggles to garden.  She says the surefire flowers are nasturtiums, marigolds and osteospermum.  She planted two lots of nasturtiums in pots of different sizes and found the ones in the big pot had few flowers while the one in the small pot had many.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 17:15

Yes that is my comfort drink too with the addition of a spoonful of blackcurrant jam for extra vitamin C when I have a cold.  I like mint and lemon balm tea made from fresh leaves from the garden before I go to bed.  I have been doing some research on the stock plants used for family trees which my dual plum is but have not solved the puzzle yet.  It was dry enough today for the sweet peas to give off their scent and oh my the new one from Mr. Fothergills has a very classy perfume.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 13:22

You are certainly getting a good reputation.  Soon you will be taking cuttings from plants you fancy growing in the gardens you sit for!!!  That is what I would do , leaving the plant looking much better for being pruned of course - I must not lead anyone astray!  I have come in for lunch whacked but happy at filling up the green wheeliebin.  The rest of my weeding this week can go into my own compost bins.  The rain has made the job of weeding much easier.  I must tell you about my dual plum tree.  It is quite big now with multiple trunks and this morning I counted three different kinds of fruit.  Last year I had delicious round dark purple ones and the most luscious fruit I have ever tasted - yellow plums quite big ones.   Those two are on the tree in some numbers this year again and I can distinguish them already.  PLUS there are some quite big (like a huge cherry) bright red spherical fruits which must be the fruit of the original stock the two plums were grafted on to.  I picked one and ate it - quite edible, not a crab apple, more like a huge cherry.  There are quite a few more, some so high up I will just have to harvest them when they drop.  My neighbour has just brought me a huge coffee doughnut for my dessert so I took her to see the new fruit and she was very impressed and like me puzzled as to what it is.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 08:31

I hope your parents were pleased with your garden sitting while they were on holiday, flumpy.  My goodness it was cold in the garden this morning dead heading.  On my garden thermometer it said 13 degrees so i came in for a thicker cardigan to stop the shivers.  I have two of my Sunchoc tomatoes turned brown so wi;; stop eating the Sunlems every time i pass so I can see the two together - yellow and brown like the Brownies.I used to be a Brown Owl in the Guide movement.  I eat the little ripe tomatoes like sweets.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 12:27

That is the oak-leaved hydrangea,flumpy - Hydrangea quercifolia.  Those flowers start off green then change to white!

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