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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 08:50

Two weeks today since I had my Xmas orchid and still I gasp at its beauty when I see it in the kitchen each morning.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 14:18

What enjoyment I had out in the garden.  I pulled out a bramble that measured over twenty metres long.  it had wound itself around my tulip tree, several big box bushes which I intend to practise topiary on one of these years, a huge Cornus sibericus alba and I could not believe it was responding to my energetic tugging and unravelng intact.  So satisfying when that happens.  While I was doing it the birds kept chiding me as they flew out but I expect they have gone back to their feasting again now  I came in with a handful of microleaves to garnish my soup tonight.  So lovely to have fresh salads all the year round.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 11:06

Unbelievable. blue sky, bright sunshine, duckpond disappeared, very mild indeed.  I shall just finish making the chicken/lentil soup for the freezer and get out there.  So sorry I doubted the forecast.  I must say the short term forecast seems always to be accurate nowadays no matter how weird it seems.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 09:33

Gosh we have had some rain.  Still raining now and a duckpond outside the kitchen door. and it is dark as night.  Must content myself with the conservatory today although the forecast says fine and sunny in the afternoon.  We shall see.  It does not look very promising.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 21:29

NewBoy2, love the sound of that Eco house!  Fumpy1 the Great British garden Revival tonight was on Daffodils and spring blossom and made me long for spring too.  We are very lucky in Bristol as the Mendip hills shelter us from a lot of the storms coming in from the Atlantic.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 12:07

Wind getting up has sent me scurrying indoors with bright red cheeks as it is a bit colder this morning than yesterday.  It does make you look very healthy though!   I expect I am really.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 09:07

Dry today till late in the afternoon but then we have three days of rain forecast so I must get as much done outside as possible today.  Especially as wind is coming.  With so many huge trees in my garden it is not safe to garden in the wind although i do keep an eye out for any dead branches all through the winter.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 22:11

I think there is stormy weather on the way for later in the week for Bristol.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 12:11

Such a lovely morning up the garden .  Blue skies and bright sunshine, birds singing, Vinca major in flower where I was hacking back the brambles and the ivy thicket has new flowers budding as well as lots of berries from last year's flowers.  It and the flowering quince seem always to be biting their own tails.  I have started to fill up the green wheeliebin again minutes after it was emptied.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 08:54

You can share my orchid, Lyn, as it is in my kitchen(darker than the conservatory so nearer to the jungle understorey it comes from) and will be photographed ad nauseum!   I srarted off with cymbidiums from one I had given as a present a few years ago and now have five pots of them.  They usually flower from February onwards for me.  Happy New Year, Sunflower Lady.  I do hope you enjoy my efforts to be ecologically friendly in my garden this year.  Bristol being Green Capital of Europe is a great honour and keeps the mind focussed.  I am hoping the candidates for Parliament will do all their canvassing on bicycles this year and our traffic pollution will be decimated!

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My Bristol Garden in 2015

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