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Planting Ideas please

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 11:41

Alpines come to mind as they love morning sun, slopes and poor soil.  The ones that spread will anchor the soil and stop any weeds.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 09:18

A tad warmer today in Bristol,all frost melted and 5 degrees forecast for the afternoon.  I may be able to go on safari round the garden and will look out for the new vixen who has taken up residence.  I hope you are warmer up there Flumpy.  Scotland seems to have had the best of the weather for once.  I was running out of food even frozen so an online shop has been done for groceries.  It was so foggy in our lane yesterday some cars were just giving up and sitting still for a bit hoping it would lift.  I wrote a lot of Xmas cards and will get out to the post box this afternoon.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 17:42

Very well thank you GWRS.  It is really cold , freezing, in Bristol and thick freezing fog too.  A bit dicey putting out the wheeliebins for tomorrow.  I had hundreds of emails needing attention but eventually reached the SGC offers for this week and could not believe my luck, They are offering six alpines just right for my new tapestry.  So I have ordered Antennaria "Trend Alur Druggart", Androsace septentrionalis "Stardust",Azorella trifurcata, Geranium endressii, Alchemilla erythropoda "Alma", and Alyssum montana "Bergold".  I should be able to take cuttings from them in the spring and increase my stock.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 15:11

The idea for the new Alpine Tapestry Garden came about when I went to a talk on Grassless Lawns which is an attempt to help pollinators by getting rid of grass, replacing with flowering perennials which provide biodiversity and nectar and pollen for the flying insects .  However these lawns still need mowing and fertilising twice a year so I thought it would be more environmentally friendly to have an alpine tapestry which , if tough plants are used can be walked on, needs no mowing only a light shearing now and again by hand and certainly would never need fertiliser.  I consulted my library of gardening books and found an illustration of Vita Sackville- Wests Thyme Lawn underplanted with small bulbs at Sissinghurst and a reference to an Alpine Lawn.  Strictly speaking a lawn is mown and contains grass so mine will be an Alpine Tapestry Garden.

 Here are some pics I saved when the laptop was in hospital.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 14:35

Hello everyone.  Three cheers or rather three hundred as I have had such withdrawal symptoms from missing my laptop.  It has just been delivered looking and acting like new.  Bristol is in its third day of freezing fog and hard frost so could not even get out in the garden and there is only so much deadheading you can do in a conservatory even one as stuffed with plants as mine!!!  I will get my camera out soon and transfer the pictures I have saved there.  I hope you are all well and keeping warm.  My thanks to my fb friend, Country Garden Flower Lady , for letting you all know the score!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 08:32

Very wet garden this morning and still raining.  It was sorely needed however.  But damp leaves everywhere and it feels so cold even in the house with the gas fire on.  Forecast is for brighter in the afternoon so may get out in the garden then for a few short hours.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 13:55

You too GWRS.  Must be cold in Tenby.  I think some rain is on the way, certainly winds.  That will blow the leaves about somewhat!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 11:33

How blessed am I!  The neighbours' son came over complete with his own green wheeliebin and stuffed it with my prunings.  I had to discourage him from putting any of the bamboo on his bonfire as it spits but he took the other wood and i told him the hawthorn was the hottest wood you could burn having learned that myself off the TV yesterday!  What a difference he has made - I can see lots of my paths and the shady patio and feel very motivated now.  And the sun is shining!!!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 09:06

Brrrr. the grass is white in Bristol this morning.  I will wait a bit before I go out cutting up prunings and wear woollen fingerless gloves under my gardening gloves.  If i cannot use the secateurs thus garbed I will use my loppers.  Two handed I should be able to manage!  My thermal socks I was given last Xmas have never been out of their packing but they are on standby now.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 11:07

I have a golden driveway courtesy of next door's lime tree.  The Euonymue europaeus is showing its bright orange berries in its pink fruits, the sun is brilliant and causing the colours to shine.  What a day!

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