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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 11:51

I have just watched the Best British Gardens episode 2 on ITVplayer and the no.1 garden at the end of the program had everything you could imagine and more.  They cooked their brisket using their compost heap as a hay box it was so hot inside.  I do believe these three programs are the best gardening programs ever .  They have enthralled me entirely so far.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 08:39

We have a light covering of snow in Bristol this morning but it is melting already and I should be able to get to the dentists and home before the high winds forecast for later in the afternoon arrive.  The house was freezing when I woke at seven so I put the heating and the gas fire on.  My new orchid is fine as the kitchen is well insulated keeping the temperature there at 60degrees F throughout the night.  The conservatory still has unmelted snow on the roof and is just above freezing but nothing looks frosted.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 22:12

Yes, flumpy1, we have weather warnings in Bristol for ice an snow tomorrow morrning so I may have to cancel my dental checkup as my drive is so steep and the pavements and our road do not get gritted as they are not main roads.  No good having broken bones if it can be avoided!.  

Winter flowering jasmine- can it be trusted?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 13:55

I endorse two previous posters.  I love my winter jasmine which I brought as a cutting from my previous house 51 years ago.  I let it spil over the side of my front driveway and it looks good summer and winter as it is evergreen and never fails to get covered in its brilliant yellow flowers in the winter.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 09:10

Feeling more wintry now so I switched on the heating. I do not think much gardening will be done outdoors today but I could check on the watering in the conservatory and get seeds ready for sowing at the end of the month. when fresh seed compost should be arriving in the shops.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 15:47

Oh my goodness, the gardens on BBC1's "Escape to the Country" show just get better and better.  Today they were in Denbighshire in North Wales and I was drooling.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 14:42

The rain is pelting down in Bristol so i took my camera into the conservatory to snap some of the pinks in my pelargoniums.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 08:43

With lots of trees and shrubs in my garden I have created many micro-climates in my garden, Lyn.  Shelter from the worst of the elements does help but Bristol itself is sheltered by the Mendips.  I can hear the wind howling this morning down the chimney though.  It is still mild as I have not had to turn on the heating yet.We had some rain last night and the garden looks very damp.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:06

You can plant them from now till the end of March - in th green ie while or just after flowering.  There are several good suppliers.  I have always had good service from Eurobulbs who do not charge exorbitant postage.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 13:24

Flumpy 1 if you look back on my 2014 thread you will see photos of snowdrops for Jan. 12th on it.  It was a very mild wet Mediterranean type winter last year and flowers came early.  This year I find is similar.  

Lind Taylor2 Snowdrops do best if planted in the green.  You buy them now and they will come with flowers and leaves still on.  The smell when you open the box is out of this world.  Buy in bulk and they are very cheap. Never buy less than 50 of each variety and plant up three  or four bulbs together.  they like company.  mine have lots of Cyclamen and daffodils as company.  The naturalised ones are smaller but do very well all over the country - Galanthus nivalis which just means the snowdrop of the snow!

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