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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 21:01

Glad to be of help on dull days, Bloodrose.  I find dull days are better light for good pictures but sunny days do my soul the world of good.  Your yard sounds lovely.  it is amazing what a little imagination can do with a wall and some plants.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 11:28

The birds will not be short of berries this autumn.  The rowan and hypericums are covered as is the pyracantha whose berries have not coloured up yet.  I had to change my clothes after taking these pics and harvesting some potatoes as I was rain soaked.  I did nor realise the garden was so damp as the sun was shining.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 08:35

Dark damp and dreary this morning but warm.  No puddles so water table still low and I did not manage to collect any rainwater in the bowls I put out.  But i am expecting three new plants I ordered on Friday to arrive today - all perennials, Heuchera "Chocolate Ruffles", Incarvillea delaveya "Snowtop" and Diascia rigescens.  Three beauties for me to care for.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 10:23

Yes GWRS we have rain forecast for Wednesday and Thursday and perhaps showers later today. Two pictures this morning of two combinations I am particularly pleased with - a salmon pelargonium with the curry plant in flower and my new rose "Gertrude Jekyll"with  the hardy geranium  "Cambridge"

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 08:38

And they are scented Joyce!  Gloomy this morning and forecast of rain for later in the morning and this afternoon but the garden needs it.  My first nasturtium from the packet I sowed directly into my pots has a yellow flower open so I am expecting more daily now.  It was a freebie packet with a magazine but every seed seems to have germinated and made a fine plant.  

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:22

Pics of my friend's myrtle tree, now in flower.  I have one too which he gave me for my birthday last year but it is no where near this stage yet.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 14:04

It is a lovely immaculate rectangular lawn with borders and lots of yuccas in them.  I have a love-hate relationship with yukkas as my husband when he knew his cancer was terminal begged ten cuttings from the owner and planted them throughout our half acre garden "to protect me"!   They are very spiky indeed and grow at an enormous rate so for the last 27 years i have had a battle  which often has left me blooded to keep them away from the paths.  They flower twice a year - now and at Xmas and are quite spectacular in flower.  But they are not a plant for the faint-hearted!

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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 10:18

Lots of hanging baskets which I do not do as watering them would be a problem,GWRS.  Some lovely long gardens in the lane, one full of yucca gloriosa in full flower.  The lane is very long and dissected by a main road so have not been up there to look.  No way of knowing if anyone has entered the competition though.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 08:42

Looks like old age to me Flumpy and I should know.  To make the clump look healthier cut the bad leaves off and make sure they have enough water anf food for big plants need a lot of both.  We have another fine day ahead but a little fresher and cooler so good gardening weather.  As I was dead heading this morning the street cleaners came round and now our lane is looking immaculate.  This usually happens before the judges come round!  It was lovely and quiet too as school is now on holiday so no cars on the pavements.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 15:36

The RHS runs Britain in Bloom all over the country, Flumpy.  I am sure your parents' city or county council have something that connects with it.  The local website or paper would have details.  The only rules in Bristol are that you do all the work yourself and the garden is clearly visible from the road. There are categories for different sizes of garden, age group, home or business like shop front or pub forecourt etc.

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