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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 09:30

Ten degrees promised for today and dry and sunny so, as I am not dizzy anymore on my second day off medication and feeling much stronger I plan on dividing huge clumps of snowdrops and replanting, something I have been itching to do since I saw John Craven doing it on Countryfile.  Lots of mine are really congested.  I will aim at about 400.  When my new seed compost comes tomorrow I will start off 4 kinds of tomatoes and there are flowers in pots like osteospermums which I should be able to plant out in their permanent quarters now.  That and fifty or so Aquadulce broad bean seeds from my store from last year's crop put into pots and started in the conservatory will do till Saturday when I can relax at the Friends of Bristol Botanic Gardens 40th anniversary Concert.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 13:23

Oh I had such a lovely walk in the sunshine to the shops and then round my back garden with my camera where the anemone blanda are now flowering, joining the throng of spring flowers and blossom.  My Xmas orchid is now reaching the end of its flowering for now so last picture of it as well,  But now I have my beautiful calla lily I had as a Mothering Sunday present to chart the progress of.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 09:41

Great - promised double figures in temp. from the weathermen today and mostly dry so I wil try to get along to the florists and order some fresh compost for when I am well enough to start outside again.  The paracetamol has taken care of my bad backache and the man from the council came to say my Combiboiler grant is going ahead.  I may get up to see my flowers today especially my early "Cynthia" tulips.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 11:46

A drizzly day to go to the surgery but I had another half hour session with my lovely young lady doctor who was very perky after herholiday.  she took me off the anticoagulant medication to try to reduce the side effects and said we could try a different one later in the year but wants me to keep on with the Digoxen for another two weeks as she is so pleased my heartrate has gone down from 151 to 91 so i shall keep on battling with the diarrhoea.  She confirmed what my nurse daughter had said that it was OK to have paracetamol for the dreadful back pain so i popped into the pharmacy and bought some more.  All my blood test results wre good including cholestorol and sugar but I have to pop along in the afternoon with another urine sample though she felt sure i had washed out the infection with all my water drinking.  I see her again in two time - nearly April then.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 22:08

Yes, flumpy1 my appetite returned as soon as I smelled the lovely food.  Three of my sons were there and the eldest came to visit this evening as he finished work at 7pm.  It has been very cold in Bristol today and cloudy but it stayed dry.  Here is a  pic of the lovely presents I had for Mothering Sunday including a Basil growing kit for the kitchen windowsill complete with seeds and compost.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 11:04

A dry and fairly mild Mother's Day in Bristol.  I mustered up enough energy to wash my hair for going out to lunch,  My eldest son emailed he was working till 7pm and would call round after work.  Yesterday the postman brought me a snazzy tin with compost and seeds to grow basil in which will look very smart on my kitchen windowsill from my eldest daughter in Ballymena.  My garden is looking so beautiful from the windows and I know loads of daffodils (Welsh) will be opening their buds up in the spinney.  Happy Mother's day everybody.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 14:00

There are some lovely magnolias in Charleton Lane Fruitcake when you come round to the school.  i will check on my favourite on Monday morning when I go to the surgery.  It is a very old one as I have been admiring it every spring for 51 years now.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 10:46

Cold again in Bristol today but dry.  Lots more tulips and hyacinths coming out in the garden and the first of the grape hyacinths which make a lovely spread of blue in my garden when all in flower.  Any gardening today will be in the conservatory - a bit of deadheading and tidying up as I want to be in good shape for going out to lunch with three of my sons tomorrow, Mother's Day.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 17:22

The rain stopped at last so i went out for some fresh air and took my camera to stop myself being tempted to weed.  I did nor forget the front garden this time.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 11:52

The view from my kitchen door is not at all enticing but the birds are still calling for titbits.


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