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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 11:51

You are very welcome Busy-Lizzie.  My freebies that came in my parcels from Mr. Fothergills trials for the Nation of Gardeners project are performing well in their second year - lots of strawberries on my "Sweetheart " plants and good broad bean plants from my saved seeds and luscious brown leaves to colour up my spring salads from the Pak choi F1


we had to try for cut and come again salad leaves.


Posted: 24/04/2015 at 11:35

Very dry in Bristol and no rain of consequence forecast till next Tuesday.  One of my five waterbutts sprang a leak and is empty, another has been used to water new plantings so going easy with the other three.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:33

I have just seen the forecast for the next five days in Bristol and no rain of any worth till  next Tuesday is forecast.  I found one of my waterbutts yesterday had sprung a leak and I have emptied one already so only three more to go before I find myself using metered water. Ahhhhhh-grrrrrrr.  Pricking out Mr. Fothergills tomato trials today as well as the long list I now have that needs doing every day.  Cloudy at the moment but still warm and dry. Green wheeliebin gets emptied this morning. and will soon be full again.  Lots of bittercress and cleavers around this year.  Celandines are beginning to disappear now though I did reduce their numbers somewhat this year, beautiful as they are, they cannot be allowed to take over.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 16:35

I got lots of work done today in such brilliant weather.  Masses of buds on my philadelphus bushes/trees. so lots of perfume to look forward to.  I had to water the broad beans which i cannot remember having to do last year.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 11:53

And some more.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 11:45

My garden is looking so glorious I had to get out my camera.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 08:12

Your flowering cherry looks lovely, flumpy.  Blossom is very good indeed this year.  My apple trees are just beautiful.  Sun has just come out in Bristol and another warm dry day is forecast but rain is badly needed in the garden and it is forecast for the weekend.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 11:57

A very competent young man has explained what needs doing to bring my bungalow into the 21st century heating-wise.  My one way system has to become two way and the new combi boiler can go in the cupboard where the copper tank is removed from as it can be vented through the gas fire chimney vent up through the roof! No need to be on an outside wall!  New radiator by my computer chair in the study and three old radiators replaced by new ones.  He thinks the job will take two men three days and they can arrange to avoid my open days.  .Now after Parcel post comes as i am expecting live plants from Mr. Fothergill I can tackle my list for today.  Brilliant sunshine today and all day so should manage to catch up.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 08:04

Another brilliant day to wake up to.  Heating engineer is coming at 9 so shall have to steal myself away from the garden for a bit.  Ah well, needs must.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 22:10

If your soil is still cold and wet wait a week or so but I should think it should be fine to do it now.  Remember to harden them off outside for a few days first to get them used to being outside - outdoors in the day and brought in for the night for three days or so.  The tall ones will need to be tied to their support till the tendrils start to catch on or you could pinch their tops again to get bushier plants.

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