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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 16:31

I had to come in to do some work on my talk I am giving tomorrow but took some pictures in the front garden where I was working.

 I don't expect there are many front gardens with black grapes and Japanese quinces in such quantity.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 12:24

Up my garden in the sunshine today.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 08:48

Oh, my goodness, Hostafan, ten cats!  That must be an awful expense, what with food and vets fees.  The cats from the neighbours who visit me do not bother the birds as they are all well fed and very lazy. One ginger one lay on the path watching me work while a robin was flitting from the top of my fork down to my feet whenever i unearthed a worm without batting an eyelid.  Occasionally one will jump through the garage window to sniff around for mice clues so I keep it shut when the blackbirds are nesting just up above it in the clematis montana thicket.  My garden is so full of berries and seeds for the birds I do not have to buy any food for them but do keep the birdbaths clean and full and they are well used without any cat threatening them.  I do not think cats like water much.  Our last family cat drowned in our fishponds when he tried to reach baby bluetits who were stranded on a lily pad and the mother made so much noise about it she attracted the cats attention.  The bluetits all survived but I was too late to save the cat.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 15:50

Well done Lesley.  I have been really pleased with all my purchases.  I cannot grow nepeta as I have six neighbours cats who would be constantly under the influence if I did!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 14:36

The message update inline said there had been meetings with the administrators all through the weekend which are continuing today, GG.  Thank you for your concern.  There are 2,500 people in Bristol who thought they were going to have warm houses this winter now not quite sure and !,300 of them left with unfinished work.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 12:46

You too Snow.  I have whacked myself this morning in the sunshine so ready for some lunch.  GG I am eagerly waiting to see what transpires from the city council.  There is to be a statement on line sometime today.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 08:50

Bright, sunny and dry weather forecast for Bristol for today although a little cool.  My friends "frolic" as he calls it of "Indian chief" nasturtiums


  are enough to male you feel warmer.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 08:38

I too like grevilleas since I saw them in the Botanic Garden,Pat.  Floweritr that flower is Haemanthus albiflos, commonly known as the Shaving Brush plant.  Not hardy  as it is from South Africa but easy to grow if you remember to take it under cover in the winter.   There is a red flowered one as well.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 13:16

Nearly the middle of October and still the summer flowers are vying with the autumn ones for attention.  brilliant colours today.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 08:52

Another dry day in Bristol so more gardening this morning.  Forecast is for colder from tomorrow so may put the greenhouse heater into the conservatory at the end of the week if below four degrees is forecast.  It has a thermostat which switches the heat on when it falls that low, then off again when it reaches about 6 so no energy is wasted.  

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