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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 12:01

Wowee daffodils for St. Valentine's day!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 11:05

Marginally less cold today so have finished the house chores and ready to go out in the garden.  I noticed the orange and brown crocuses yesterday so it looks like the other will be out in time for St. Valentine's day.  I have big spreads of purple and blue ones and a few white.  The orange ones always show first.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 13:51

The forsythia twigs I brought into the house on 20th Jan. have just opened their flowers this morning , just over a fortnight later.  Last year they opened in ten days but it was warmer.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:16

Another very cold day so will put off gardening outside till the afternoon.  Very bright sunshine is enticing but the cold blast on my face when I opened the kitchen door sent me scurrying back indoors.  The builders who are building the new house or houses must be perished.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 16:33

The Okebourne pub was right behind the end of my garden till it was knocked down so housing it is.  Probably a pair of semis would fit in the space as long as they do not mind a  minute garden.  TY Fruitcake.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 14:47

I did manage nearly an hour of pruning work and a bit of weeding today with a backgound noisy accompaniment which i tracked down to a mechanical digger digging out foundations on the site of our pub which was knocked down last year.  Now i will be on tenterhooks till ! find out what is being built.  Surely if it was a tower block of flats overlooking my garden the council would have warned me or do you have to find out for yourself?  It is on the corner of a quite busy road with no parking space so doubt it cannot be that.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 13:43

Oh gosh is it the Rent a Protest Group again!  I hope none of them perish in this icy weather.  No amount of money would get me to sleep up a tree in this weather!  Going out in the garden for half an hour after having a nice hot lunch.  I think I will be OK if I keep moving.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 11:06

Bristol seems to be one of the few places to have escaped the snow.  It is very bright , dry and sunny.  Bitterly cold though so will wait till after lunch to venture out.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 08:43

Fruitcake did you see the allotments threatened with closure at Stapleton on Points West?  It is a huge site.  I fail to see why all that extra land is needed for a bus lane.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 16:39

Hello, Flowering rose, I hope you know the Botanic Gardens at the back of the Downs!  Now there is a green garden!  Both Blaise Castle and the Downs have more wild flower meadows nowadays too.  Wait till you see all the extra veg and flowers for pollinators that are planned for the hanging baskets, verges, roundabouts for the summer!  I have a half acre garden and awards from the nineties for Best Wildlife Garden in Bristol.  We can all help no matter how little outside space we have, even if there is none at all.  Growing your own salad leaves and herbs in the kitchen or on a windowsill means less food miles for salads to be transported from the nursery.

Discussions started by happymarion

My Bristol Garden in 2015

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Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short thr... 
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