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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 12:00

I have reduced my daffodil deadheading to 50 at a time now - getting there.  A few bluebells are opening and the hundreds of grape hyacinths are in bloom so the blue period is beginning.  I found one more dwarf tulip opening its flower today and two lots of leaves without a flower so the tally the fairies have brought me is now 5!  Fritillaries are making a good show and the dwarf "Shamrock" rhodo is opening its buds.  I cleared some caterpiller  food nettles away from the paths in the butterfly garden with gloves on but my hands are tingling as I type.  Aloe vera here I come.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 08:38

Another splendid day for gardening but perhaps I should do a little less today as I am going out to the theatre tonight - South Pacific.  Tomorrow is also forecast to be very warm and a chance of air pollution which always makes me take things easier.  Not averse to just sitting in my basket chair and looking at the spring display though!  I could make out my wishlist for the visit to the garden centre to spend vouchers on Saturday afternoon.  I have some good old terracotta half pans vacant so would like to get some sempervivum varieties to fill them.  Houseleeks are such a satisfying plant.  Which will necessitate buying some fresh horticultural grit.  There the list has started.

Clearing and fencing done NOW WHAT?!

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 17:07

Ah now you have to do the brainy part and also decide how much you can afford to devote to your hobby.  Faced with this task I, who loves to look out of my kitchen, lounge or bedroom and see something in flower, would take a monthly visit to a garden centre or nursery and buy a big pot of something in flower each month.  April I would buy a big pot of primulas or polyanthus, take it home and divide it up - probably get 15 or 17 little plants .  Clear a few small patches somewhere you can see them from your kitchen and plant in groups of five or seven.   Next year you will have a lovely show to cheer you early spring, something like this.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 15:22

Here is where I sit to have my tea with the hyacinths in front and the Narcissus canaliculatus in the Belfast sink behind me vying to outperfume each other.  The size of the flowers this year on some of the primulas and polyanthus is astounding.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 12:09

A FB Friend has identified the mystery tulip as Orange Emperor and my friend who gives me his spent bulbs did grow this so no doubt I will find one of his large paper bags he stores them in with the name on.  He usually puts a label in with them but sometimes runs out.  I could not resist snapping them beside my black auniums which i have brought out into the sushine for a wash.  and while i was watering the big pots of bulbs I found anotherdwarf tulip in one of them.  That makes four 4inch high tulips brought to me by the fairies. This one has a yellow splash inside.its red petals



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 09:28

Forgot those pics.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 09:23

I counted 20 buds on my tulip without a name this morning.  The garden is ablaze with colour.

 A  fb friend brought me a small plant of Aquilegia clematifolia last year and I was able to show her it is thriving and being monitored for the dreaded scourge that has wiped out the national collection of aquilegias.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 08:44

Forecast even warmer for Bristol today so must get the toughest jobs done early in the day.  There are lots of plants needing potting on which I can do in the shade in the afternoon.  Still lots of daffodils to deadhead in the slate scree too which is shaded in the afternoon.  Lots of leucojum (snowflakes) are flowering in their place.  My cut and come again salad leaves are loving this weather so I had a thick layer of Oriental Spicy leaves on my Cheddar sandwich yesterday lunchtime which was delicious .  There is some pak choi which Is getting big too which could go out of the cold frame into a raised bed now.  I can always put a cloche over it if the weather turns chilly.  Then I have some nice fresh greens to pick as well.  The red onions and banana shallots are loving the warm weather too which I planted in the autumn last year.  My apricot tulips have 20 buds opening this morning and look tremendous.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 21:27

Awww, flumpy, a little bit of nostalgia for you then!  The lad next door took some good pics of the honeybees on my p


ussy willow tree and emailed them to me this evening.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 16:58

Just to add to my troubles finding names for things I have a beautiful pot of tulips just coming into flower which does seem to have lost its label .  anyone know the name of this apricot tulip with green markings on the outside petals?  I do have the label for my Bithynian Squill, thank goodness.


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