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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 09:41

Born and bred in Alloa. Snow - six miles from Stirling.  Arrived in Bristol the weekend of the Queen's Coronation (1953) via St. Andrews and Pittsburgh Universities, Hull for first job and then to Bristol for next one.  I still have a broad Scots accent though especially on the telephone people tell me.  Glad you enjoyed your trips to Scotland.  I used to love Edinburgh - shopping as a teenager with the money from my school holiday jobs!  I always went to see the Floral Clock in Princes Street.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 08:39

Your hills in the distance remind me of the Ochils I looked out on from my childhood home, Pat, in Scotland.  My Clematis montana still has a few flowers on from its second flush of flowers.  It i so mild today in Bristol it feels like summer too.  Forecast is for a very mild weekend and drier too.  Right now the garden looks very wet and it is a bit breezy.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 21:14

Garden was too wet by the time the dry weather came in the afternoon to go on the soil so did some Xmas shopping online instead.  With seven children, seven grandchildren and lots of friends Xmas is a busy time for me so it is wise to spread it out. I did manage to put out the green wheeliebin to be emptied tomorrow morning as it was full.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 12:02

Not yet but neither has parcel post.  Still hoping.  They are from Secret Gardening Society which has a phone number to ring if worried.  They promise delivery within five days but one of my order was an aster that does not get lifted till November (bare root) so perhaps that is what is holding them up.  It has been such mild weather lots of plants are still flowering.  I have been doing some retail therapy to counteract garden withdrawal symptoms and oredered four Xmas presents and a footstool for me with flowers on top - used ebay for the first time!  Rain can be so expensive!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 10:11

Flowers in the rain, my landlady in Hull showed me how to make the best short crust pastry almost seventy years ago - secret is the fat she used, half lard, half butter!  Melts in the mouth!  Still raining in Bristol so I have a duckpond forming now on the kitchen patio.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 09:21

Only to pulp them with cinnamon and freeze.  A little cinnamon goes a long way as it gets stronger in the freezer, though I cannot for the life of me figure out why.  but all spices seem to do that - i have to use less pepper in my soups I mean to freeze too.I have found some mincemeat left over from last year so may add some Bramleys to that and make some crumbles to freeze too.  It is good to have some puddings made up ready to microwave too.  I enjoy a meal of soup and pudding made months before - my way of using convenience foods!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 08:34

Very wet out in the garden and still drizzling but it is very mild and fairly bright so the forecast of a good day from noon or so seems to be accurate enough.  Perhaps my plants I was expecting yesterday will arrive this morning.  I brought in a pile of Bramleys yesterday so this morning will be busy processing them.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 16:25

Sun going down now.  Here are some pics from my garden today.

 

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Plant identification please

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 11:49

Is it one of the Pyrus salicifolia varieties?  We have one very similar in the Botanic Garden in Bristol.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 10:42

You are very much like me - when it rains too hard I harvest a load of veg quickly and come into the kitchen and make a huge pot of soup for freezing for when i am too whacked to cook!  Never a minute wasted during the daylight hours.  I am expecting the parcel post with some new plants so have just come in for a quick coffee after filling the green wheeliebin and starting to put well rotted farmyard manure on the potager beds I have harvested from.  It is very mild and the sun is shining, mostly blue sky with a few balls of cottonwool clouds.  It is definitely a singing day out in my garden.  Will take the camera out later.

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