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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 20:10

I got all my garden tasks done GWRS plus some extra and I made a huge pot of soup to freeze with a lot of my produce.  Only disappointment was I missed the Royal Mailman with my plants and he took them back to the depot so will not get redelivery till Monday.  I do hope they survive.  It is grasses and hostas.  I will not try to do a great deal tomorrow as I am going to a big 70th birthday bash one of my friends is having tomorrow night which goes on till late.  A nap after lunch might be a good idea.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 09:16

Another good day for gardening - a bit warmer than yesterday too.  My new compost arrived yesterday so now to add potting up a big pot of bulbs each day to my clean two windows in the conservatory a day.  not as easy as it sounds as I have to take plants out of the big pots and find a place in the garden for them or in the conservatory if they are tender first. for the bulb planting and lift out the spent tomatoes from the conservatory for that job.  Ah well Rome was not built in a day. I am expecting plants today from the Secret Gardening Co too which will go into new compost to grow on for next year, which entails making room in the cold frame for the winter or in a sheltered place outdoors.  This week's offer from them included some plants I have wanted for years so have sent off for a great many.  Some are plug plants so I will have to find room for them in the conservatory.  All very exciting as well as exhausting thinking about so the sooner i get started the better.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 22:11

The big purple cauliflower like plant is Eupatorum purpureum or Joe Pye Weed, a native of North America, flumpy.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 13:02

More pics.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 12:54

Pics from the garden today and the rhus typhina from


across the lane looking very fiery already.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 08:43

Yes feels chilly in Bristol too.  Definitely two pairs of gardening gloves needed today.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 22:05

Lovely plants flumpy.  Those cyclamen are special.  You are going to be busy.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 14:12

Cheerful isn't it, GWRS?  £1 seems to be spreading from the Pound shops which are everywhere.  I paid £1 for a month's trial as a Premium consumer of the Secret Gardening co for September.  They have Anne Swithenbank and Christine Walkden answering questions this month and an hour's talk from each of them, rare plants for sale every week and another 10% off their usual prices which are over 50% off the normal price anyway plus free Pand P too.  All for a pound and the best cared for plants I have ever bought.  Certainly great bargains available for gardeners this year.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 12:32

Glorious weather for gardening and I am having fun taking cuttings for the conservatory where I have cleaned another two windows. Just six more and the door and patio doors to do.  Twelve years ago when I had it built I used to do it all in a day but now I take it easy over a week as there are so many heavy pots to move.  Took some pictures where i am working.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 10:22

When I was studying in Pittsburgh USA I was amazed to see spring burst forth in the city with forsythia in bloom in almost every front garden.  It was still a very drab sooty city then because of the steel mills and the clean yellow of their flowers was such a treat..

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