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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.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 08:34

Seven degrees colder today than yesterday and very wet as well.  Duck pond has appeared already outside the kitchen,  Lucky I took my pictures yesterday in the warmth and sunshine although I did not get as far as the front garden where the"Stresa" tulips are looking super peeping through the fronds of the ornamental grasses I have not tidied yet.  Narcissus cyclamineus also coming into flower there among the winter pansies.  Cold nights ahead but all the flowers out are hardy.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 12:39

It is a freebie prunus - the base plant used for my "Dual plum".  The blossom is much earlier than the blossom for either te purple or yellow plum "branches" that were grafted on to it and I call it my Best Ever Buy as the plums too sre gorgeous - a deep purple round one and a round greeny yellow very sweet greengage.  Amazing what you get when you let your plants have their way!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 12:27

Three new tomato seeds to try for mr. Fothergills Seeds have just arrived - so exciting, two relatives of my favourite Sungold - Sunchocola is coloured chocolate and Sunlemon is lemon.  Imagine those two in a bowl together.  And the third "Red Bodyguard" celebrates the 90th birthday of the writer of a book called the Red Bodyguard, Ron Levin, who extolled the health promoting properties of the tomato. I can honestly say I never cease to be surprised at the aesthetic and cultural aspects of being a gardener. 

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 10:54

More pics on this sunny warm March Day.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 10:46

Dry and very mild so I took my camera on safari and there were bumblebees buzzing everywhere.  First spring with my hearing aids in so it was just magic!



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 11:16

My nausea was causing me to shy away from fluids as the rooten bile in my mouth was disgusting as I was sick with nothing to bring up from my stomach, but appetite back now and drinking plenty. TY, nurse.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 09:12

A male doctor rang me from the surgery this morning while I was still in bed to warn me to drink plenty and ring the surgery if I needed help as an infection had shown up in my urine so I had better stay near the tap and toilet today.  Dry and 7degrees already too which is a bit frustrating.  He is going to ring again when the result comes back from the hospital which should be tomorrow.  Patience is a virtue!

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My Bristol Garden in 2015

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