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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 19/09/2015 at 18:16

A splendid day at the Bristol Group of the AGS annual conference.  Here is a pic pf my booty.  I won the bouquet and book in the raffle and bought Diascia personata, Hylomecon japonicum and Potentilla eriocarpa  as well as three rare iris bulbs and 10 of the saffron crocus - Crocus sativus  The four talks were all splendid and the lunch delicious and the sun shone all day.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 16:17

My gazanias still going strong.  I


hope they cheer you, Pat.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 15:04

Awww get well soon Pat.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 11:16

You too, GWRS.  It is ideal gardening weather here today.  Rain not forecast till this evening.  Enjoy your concert.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 08:36

My mother used to say to encourage me in my learning "The more you do, the more you can do", GWRS, and i think gardening is the same - doing it encourages you to do more and builds up your physical strength too.  But I am a gtreat believer in learning the best way to tackle jobs.  For instance many of the plants I am buying cheaply in the sales are new to me "At least cultivation of them is) so I am potting them up for a season to be able to study their likes and dislikes before they are given a permanent place in the garden.  

Bristol is damp this morning so we had some rain through the night but bathed in glorious sunshine now and warmer than yesterday.  50 plug plants beckon to be potted up and I must continue my rescuing of tender plants and try to bring in another 25 before I run out of steam.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 14:54

Oh my gosh the parcel postman has just brought me six trays of spring bedding plugs.  I have already had 80 plants from the first box of that order so now have 380 from my order of 270 - in four varieties,  Who is going to have a spectacular spring show next year then?  I potted up 50 straight away but eariness took over so will try to do 50 each day from now on.  He also brought 50 leek plants but they can wait to go out in the potager as they have more soil round their roots.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 12:15

Yes, GWRS, do cut off any old leaves as they can harbour disease in the winter and affect the plant in the spring.  Cutting them off will also let more light and rain  into the new leaves which will soon appear.  I am glad you like my pics.  I do enjoy photography.  i find it is like having a third eye - you notice things better when you are snapping them.  I have just put the fiftieth tender plant into the conservatory.  Loads more to do but I am whacked now as some were very heavy.  Here is windowsill no.4 now full up.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 11:23

One of my two woodland strawberry  plants I was trialling for Bob Flowerdew via MR. Fothergills trials for Nation of Gardeners is showing lovely autumn colour so I will put it in my spinney to fight it out with the vinca.  If it likes it there it can spread to its heart's content.  They both have hundreds of runners on.  The garden is a bit damp but full of lovely flowers and berries.  My pink hibiscus has opened its buds and there are loads of rosehips.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 10:05

Third windowsill took 11 plants in out of the cold into the conservatory.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 09:13

Lovely sunny morning in Bristol and we only had a sprinkling of rain yesterday after having a Yellow warning for heavy rain from the Met. Office.  It was noticeably colder when I got up this morning though so will step up my efforts to get in the more tender plants. just in case frost threatens.  I find even moving some a few metres nearer the warmth of the house walls helps.  Anyway I will try to get another 25 into the conservatory today to join the 25 already happily accommodated.

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