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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 12:59

27 new plants from secret gardening Co all labelled at last.  Now to tackle the 270 spring bedding plugs which desperately need potting on.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 09:22

HAha, Pat.  You and I are exact opposites at the moment - you pushing things out into the garden while I am pulling them into the conservatory.  Great way to enjoy gardening all year round.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 08:53

Another lovely day but rain forecast for tonight.  I must get the rest of my new plants potted up and search for used labels I can re-use.  I have a guest for supper so need to go to the shops which I will do first.  The garden will be glad of the rainwater.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 21:19

Yes, ladies , amazing weather, still on for tomorrow and then a change to cooler and wetter.  But in the meantime I have been working as hard as I am able.  27 lovely plants arrived today by courier from the Secret Gardening Co.  Such good plants and such sensible environmentally friendly packing.  I am so glad to have found this company in Bristol's Green Capital of Europe Year..  Three each of nine varieties.  Even their plug plants are huge.  Also 80 of my 270 plugs of spring bedding plants arrived from Suttons.  Perfect plugs all ready to be potted on which I did. Took pictures of the Secret Gardening Co. plants after I unpacked them.  Will photograph them again after I have them all labelled tomorrow.

 My new Phlomis plants on the left waiting for me to label them.

Will my white hydrangea stay white?

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 14:19

I have a white hydrangea which gets pale pink flowers later in the season but it is very pretty so do not mind that.  Most of the summer the flowers are white though.

Plants ID please

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 09:39

Primroses and primulas flower practically all year round.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 08:46

Another splendid day weatherwise for Bristol, warmer than yesterday.  My big order of plants from the Secret Gardening Co is arriving today so as two of the species are trays of plug plants I will be busy potting them up.  The conservatory  is nearly all cleaned now so ready for new incumbents almost.  I should do before and after pics of it as by the end of October it will be jam packed once more and I will be gardening more and more indoors because of the weather outside.

Remove leaves from grapevine to allow sunlight on the fruit?

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 16:34

Aah, yes When I first started i had a book which had illustrations and when i was a volunteer at the Bristol Botanic Gardens as a gardener i was given the task of doing their vines every autumn as I knew how to do it.

Remove leaves from grapevine to allow sunlight on the fruit?

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 13:54

I have been growing grapes with great success for many years.  Yes now is the time to cut back all the excess greenery to let as much light as possible into the fruit.  I usually pick in Bristol at end of October when my dessert grapes are at their sweetest.  The wine grapes , both black and green sometimes get picked earlier.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 11:22

I pay my gas and electricity bills by direct debit from the bank every month but they tend to overestimate which means a rebate usually at the end of each quarter.  People used to complain a lot about this when the interest rates were high but they are zero now and have been for some  years.

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