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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 11:11

I went looking for a tray to chit some more of my early potatoes and discovered three pots of this lovely dwarf iris.  They are not reticulata but a dwarf bearded iris.  I must have bought them at the AGS Conference last year but cannot find the label now.


My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 08:38

Yes Snow camellia flowers can get ruined by the frost so facing east is not good.  Perhaps she could move the pot to face west and save her flower buds.  Sounds like it is a bit light starved too if it is a bit leggy.  Replacing the top inch or two of soil in the pot with fresh ericaceous compost would help and a feed of ericaceous food after flowering too.  Minus 1 again this morning so white grass but the sun is shining brilliantly already so high hopes of getting some gardening done as rain forecast for tomorrow.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 18:07

Leg of lamb with mint sauce was delicious.  Son No2 cleared my gutters for me and promised to do some heavy pruning for me in his Easter holidays as well as an outing to see a film.  It was a fine day and a forecast of the same for tomorrow.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 08:40

2 degrees this morning but no frost and the sun is out.  Looks like  a good day for gardening but I have family for lunch.  Forecast looks good for next week however with milder conditions.  I should be able to get some sowing and planting done then.  My early potatoes are chitting in the kitchen.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 18:55

At Xmas I gave my friend a red camellia which was advertised to flower on Xmas Day.  It was covered in buds but they have just opened so at last he can see the Xmassy colour.


My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 16:13

Oh gosh do they not have so much space?  Huge gardens, big swimming pools and large rooms.  Those bougainvilleas had me drooling..

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 10:57

I have come in for a hot drink but have done some more work.  Pleased with the paths beginning to look cared for again.  I know my species tulips always flower before the varieties but what are they doing flowering in February?


My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 08:34

Three degrees here so a bit milder this morning.  Cold east wind forecast but not here yet.  Luckily I have gardening gloves that can fit inside one another so two pairs keep my hands warm.  A big bowl of porridge with cinnamon sprinkled on top takes care of the inside in the winter too.  Actually I find sitting at the computer indoors is much colder than being outside gardening.  I hope you are pleased with the result after the hairdressers flumpy.  I am toying with the idea of pruning my long hair for convenience in the garden in the spring or at least tying it back but I always do it myself - saves time and money.  

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 09:23

Great news to share with all my friends.  Nick Wray, the Curator of my beloved Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden has been awarded one of the highest honours of the RHS - the Rhs Associate of Honour Award for his distinguished service to horticulture.  His contribution to education was praised and I can second that as I remember with what pleasure I would go in the evenings for the fifteen lectures in the Garden to become a guide.  Well done, Nick and very much deserved.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 08:39

A tad warmer in Bristol today at 2 degrees this morning but no sunshine.  The green wheeliebin gets emptied this morning so that will encourage me too get up among the brambles and hum along with the roofers who have started laying the tiles on my neighbour;s new garage..  That corner is now out of the wind and feels warmer.  It is quite exciting researching plants that prefer warm sheltered spots.

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