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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 08:48

Ags meeting tonight so have to go shopping as I have a friend to supper before we go.  Tonight is a talk entitled Alpines in the Wild and Cultivation.  Weather is dry at the moment so should venture out soon.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 13:49

It just kept on raining so I have perused the GW Mag for March from cover to cover.  It is huge with the pruning supplement in it and free Zinnia seeds.  Lots of ideas for containers which seems to be the theme this year.  Fine by me as, although I have a huge garden i use lots of containers too.  I liked Christopher LLoyd's idea of displaying flowers in containers at Great Dixter and copied it.  I believe it is still a feature there.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 09:52

A little research and I find the Black Pine lives along side the Scots pine which I have in my garden so looks hopeful.  It is raining today but very mild.  8degrees already when I got up.  I shall tidy up and do some watering in the conservatory and make a space for my pine cone which needs drying a little before I knock out the seeds.  All very exciting.  The Petits Fours were Baileys and White Chocolate Fudge, Cherry and Chocolate truffle and a Mint Infused marshmallow - all very delicious.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 12:35

Post brought me a lovely surprise but i have to tell you the prequel first.  Two years ago on a visit to Oxford Univ. Botanic garden my friend took a picture of me with the group under the famous very old Black Pine which predated the Bot, Garden itself which is the oldest in the country.  The guide told us Tolkien and TS Eliot had sat under the tree writing and I remember thinking how I would like to sit under it and write a poem.  I am the one in the green jacket with hood.

 My friend recently attended a do at his old college and sent me a pic of it now.  Some musicians had been playing under it and heard an ominous crack which resulted in two large boughs falling, so it had to be felled.  He tells me there are plans to keep the stump and put an explanatory plaque on it.

 Today in the post I received a cone from it and his Petits Fours in their pretty pink butterfly box.  See pic.

 I feel sure I can get some seeds from the cone and leave a Black Pine for future occupants of my garden.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 10:05

Another sunny day and warmer today so garden here I come.  No doubt to the clatter coming from the site where the pub once stood as the building of the new house has started.  If I can tear myself away from the garden I may take a walk round to see what is happening.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 20:31

Oh it is, Daryl2.  It was glorious up in the garden today and I worked very hard and then snapped some of the lovely flowers now blooming in my Butterfly garden where I was working, trying to restrict the nettles I grow to provide food for the caterpillars.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 13:06

My goodness I needed two pairs of socks on this morning.  My garden was looking so so very pretty and the brilliant blue sky was wall to wall so I did not feel the cold till I started taking pictures.  Here they are.  The prunus that is just opening its white buds is breathtakingly beautiful when in full flower, the catkins are growing very long and the forsythia bushes are at last opening their buds outside.  The crocuses were revelling in the sunshine and my snowdrops are dead gorgeous.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 08:39

When all these clumps join forces Bizzie B then you will smell them on dry days!  I must have a look at my hellebores today when the frost goes.  But the sky is blue and lots of sunshine so should be able to get outside soon.  Your new border is looking good.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 20:29

Sadly my husband passed away 26 years ago but flowers can still remind me of him.  On our first date he took me on a tour of Bristol to the harbour and the Suspension Bridge and popped into a florists in the Centre to buy me a corsage of a gardenia.  That scent is unforgettable.  I have apple mint and variegated mint as well as peppermint.  I did get a half hour's gardening done today in the afternoon and tomorrow and Wednesday are supposed to be good here according to the weathermen.  My sister in New Brunswick is enduring terrible snow and temperatures of -25 with the wind chill.  I do not think I could function in such conditions.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 09:18

Take your pick, 1Runnymede1 - their variety, everyone different like people themselves,their appealing form and colour in the midst of drab winter, their dependabilty once established, their promiscuity, the lack of competition in the winter. The ease with which you can propagate them too.  Probably as many reasons as there are people who grow them.  My love affair with them started 61 years ago.on my honeymoon.  I was married on Feb.27th and a snow storm started on our journey down to East Lambrook where we were to honeymoon.  On the many stops going I spotted snowdrops in the hedgerows and my new husband valiantly cleared paths so I could see the snowdrops pushing their heads through the snow as he had to carry me being devoid of stout boots.  I expect many of them are still there.

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