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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 11:08

The die is cast.  Everything that is in flower plus my aoniums and tibouchina are coming outside today.  The weather forecast had better be right or I will be strewing net curtains everywhere.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 09:09

Aah we all grow up eventually Dovefromabove though now it behoves us to have recycled water used without using any fossil fuel.  Even soar panelled water features take a lot of climatec changing energy to make nowadays.  A friend of mine has a natural stream bordering two sides of her garden which males for a beautiful garden but the threat of flooding and loosing all her plants is always there.

It is another beautiful gardening day, a bit warmer, no wind or rain forecast and bright sunshine.  T be able to garden anywhere on such a day is priceless.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 19:14

I have just been watching "Points West" and 50 schoolchildren gardening in the front garden of the BBC Whiteladies Road studios  - The first contingent of 700 who are going to transform the lawns into a wildlife garden which will act as a classroom for the Wildlife Trust.  Valerie Singleton was there and looking every bit as lovely as when I was on a show with her nearly 50 years ago.  I can thoroughly recommend aiming at being the Green Capital of Europe.  It transforms your city.  Watching the TV coverage of Chelsea I am getting such satisfaction every time some presenter mentions how many hundreds of pounds the Show gardens cost since it was naturalistic planting that won best in show and my garden is full of it, simply because, being a botanist, i love wild flowers but of course it is beautiful, very similar to the Chatsworth Garden but much bigger so I now look at it and think that would cost a million to have designed and built.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 14:25

Yes, Bizzie B I love London Pride.  The Potentilla fructicosa i bought 26 years ago when I had gone to Canada to visit my sister and saw how it colonised newly opened  spaces caused by electrical storms in the Canadian Rockies.  It was August and covered in bright yellow flowers that really brightened up the dark green of the conifers and the burnt out tree trunks.  It will flower for months from now onwards.I took a cutting and put it in the front garden too.  That weigela disguises the three compost bins there nicely.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:53

A splendid day  for gardening promised and, as it is one week till my open day it will be full steam ahead.  On the tour of inspection this morning I met the dark brown fox again  a cursory glance who just gave me as he passed making for my back gate so he will know m next time we meet.  I was pleased to see the colour showing on my purple rhododendron which has loads of buds.  The yellow one has already opened and the white one.  I came back with an armful of weeds which came out easily after the rain we had yesterday.  To work now.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 17:14

Just before it bucketed down with rain I managed to get some pics of my garden in Chelsea Week.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 15:55

Works of art there, BizzieB.  TY so much .  I especially like the third one down.  Yes the weigela has been phenominal this year.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 08:47

Not a good weather forecast for today, although it is sunny at the moment.  It is blustery however by the look of the trees bending away in the garden.  I still have a lot to do in the conservatory and the 16 tomatoes already potted up need watering now.  Lovely to hear from you, Bizzie B.  I hope you got lots of interesting pictures.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 14:20

Very blowy here although the rain has stopped.  I have watched the first five show gardens on the Red Button.  I do hope it is nicer weather in Chelsea for her Majesty's visit.  Perhaps she will wear her snazzy hairnet if it is very blowy, much more sensible than those big hats.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 09:14

The garden is soaking wet and rain forecast till lunchtime and heavy again this evening and for the next two days so the waterbutts will be filling up again.  My soakaway is overflowing again so water table is high in my garden.  Luckily with a garden all planted up so lushly and most of my paths permeable there is no danger of flooding.  Interesting that the RHS are devoting Chelsea to the subject of flooding caused by concreted front gardens.  I shall have a look at the first five show gardens today.  Tidying in the conservatory is all i will be able to do in this weather.

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