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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 17:30

When I went back to work after lunch my neighbour was working on his wall which is now looking like a work of art in progress.  He is filling in the "windows" with a pattern, each one different made from copper piping which he says looks super when it goes green.  I will take my verdigris bistro set up there and my bronze leaved heucheras and coppery leaved plants and copper coloured flowers and have a corner of the garden designed to the theme of the wall.

Plum Tree is giving two different fruit

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 17:25

The stock plant will grow much stronger than the grafted plum so will be huge in a few years but will also give you beautiful blossom in the spring.  I let my dual plum just grow and it now has purple, yellow and red plums on it , all delicious but it has grown into a forest sized multi-stemmed tree which is breathtakingly beautiful for many weeks in the spring.  Only if you have a very large garden like I have should you let it have its head.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 14:49

Whacked digging up potatoes but very pleased with the crop = huge potatoes from ordinary "white" potatoes that were sprouting in the supermarket plastic bags so got half price.  Picked up ten to twelve big potatoes from each one I planted.  I must say recycling, reducing and reusing for Bristol Green Capital of Europe year does save you money when I think i paid £20 plus postage for my collection of seed potatoes last year and had nothing like this harvest.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 10:56

Now for some pics from my garden where the neighbour on the other side is making great strides with his new wall between us.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 10:50

Busy as usual then , Lizzie but so exciting to have the family nearer you.  I took my camera next door to get cheery pictures on a dull Monday.  Bristol is certainly in Bloom this August.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 08:56

At last I can post pictures from the weekend when I visited the Mall in Clifton for their "Music in the Park" afternoon and got my new pig to mark the spot where there was a pigsty and which is so  fertile it seems the pigs are still manuring it.  My companion is dear Cathy, partner of son no4, who chauffered me there then over to visit my sick friend who showed her his lovely house and garden despite feeling a bit grotty after his op.  He recovered somewhat yesterday.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 08:44
It is so good to know you can grow your own lettuce right through the year as we do here as long as you have some glass or a polytunnel.Pat. Cooler today in Bristol and cloudier but 20 degrees is fine to garden in. the farmers are starting to harvest rape for rape seed oil so we nee dry weather for a good harvest. I shall harvest some of my potatoes today and weed the ground and sow some annuals for autumn flowers.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 22:05
We will find out tomorrow what she died of - 72 is no age for women nowadays. I think the average is 82 or so. She gave a great deal of enjoyment to millions of people.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 09:58
Going to be 24 degrees in Bristol today and sunny. Better do the gardening in little packets I think. I am enjoying my "Flower Hunters" book so my rattan armchair and it will be carried out to its spot under the garden umbrella. I see the posting clitch is still here so no pictures possible.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 19:07
Back home from two lovely visits. The music in the Mall garden was provided by a very good drummer, guitarist and singer from Senegal. I got a wooden pig for the garden and a little china jug for my Welsh dresser in exchange for the toddlers wellies and toys I took from the loft (and of course some space. My friend looked very well after his operation and his garden back and front was just beautiful.

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