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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 12:32

GWRS The title of my lecture is "Taxonomy " or "How to stop loathing Latin and learn to love it."  Sounds sleep producing but as I was put on the stage at 12 by my mother as a stand-up comic it is full of smiles really.    I have come to a standstill now as I went hammer and tongs at my tasks in the garden this morning.  It was glorious in the sunshine.  The squirrels are working just as hard as I am, dashing past me with half eaten apples in their mouths and the birds were pretending it was spring, singing very loudly.  I have rescued another twenty plants from death by frost and one more mountain is toppling.  Green wheeliebin packed so lining up containers of chopped up prunings again.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 09:31

Such a beautiful dry sunny calm Sunday morning.  I am trying not to worry too much about the lack of water as not much evaporation can be going on in such cool October weather.  But I must fill up the bird baths.  I should get in a good day's gardening barring visitors!  Next week sees me lecturing so must not do too much physical work else I will be stuttering.  One of the advantages of being a great age is the wealth of past experience which arms you with pitfalls to avoid!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 15:07

Awww that is lovely.  Congrats to your parents.  I hope you all have a lovely meal.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 10:45

I think it would be a good idea to take the flowerbuds off GWRS.  Normally if you have to take a cutting with a flowerbud on it you do this so all the plant's energy goes into making good roots over the winter.  It is definitely colder today my anilal friends have been telling me.  They forget about squabbling for food when they are hungry.  within minutes of crumbling the crust of my loaf for them i had three woodpigeons, six sparrows. one robin and a juvenile squirrel all on the patio.  The squirrel decided not to join the crowd but took his share to eat on the back of my chair.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 09:11

Me too Joyce.  I will just water the ones that show signs of wilting but they will get a good soak as therei is no sign of rain in the immediate future.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 08:47

Another dark dull morning but forecast is more sun than yesterday for Bristol.  Still it is good weather for heavy work .  i got the green wheeliebin filled up again yesterday and am beginning to see daylight in the mountains of prunings.  Just have to keep on keeping on.  The garden is crying out for rain and neighbours lawns are looking yellow.  I have no lawns so do not have that worry.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 08:49

Dull and very dark in Bristol this morning but not in my conservatory where the Pelargonium "Fire Queen" and Begonia "Safari" are putting on a great show.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 11:57

I really must buy myself some black rustproof paint for the wrought ironwork I have uncovered on the terrace.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 09:44

I wonder if we will have a colourful autumn like we had in 2011.  Picture taken in Bristol Botanic Garden.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 08:47

I keep my echevarias and cactus and other succulent plants in the house Joyce and put them out in the garden in the summer.  That way I enjoy them all the year round, but then I have a large bungalow with lots of deep windowsills to put them on so they have the benefit of lots of light and warmth of the house too.  It is cloudier today in Bristol but forecast to be dry again so i am hoping to get as much gardening done as I did yesterday and of course  it is Thursday so the green wheeliebin will be emptied tomorrow and I can have another tidy up.  I am uncovering a little bit of the terrace every day and have piles of ivy to dispose of now.  Also every day I bring three tender plants into the conservatory or to the lee of the house if they are too big for me to lift up the step.  One windowsill of plants gets watered every day as well.  I have so much work to do I can only cope by giving myself daily jobs.  Luckily there are lots of them so variety is the spice of life that keeps me going.  When November comes I will be planting hundreds of tulips.  So far I have bags of Beauty of Spring,Golden Artist, Queen of Night,Dreamland, Cape Cod,Spring Green, Greenland, and Carnival de Nice waiting to be planted in pots.  I also have last years' bulbs which I dried off to plant out in the garden.

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