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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 09:02

i grow ipheion uniflorum in the garden and the clumps are getting bigger each year.  I must look up that epacris flower which looks very pretty.  Your big skies remind me of Canada but not the colour of your terrain.  Eucalyptus is a much bluer green than fir trees and kangaroos much lighter in colour than moose!  Neither have the freshness of the English countryside but then neither do they have the density of population so do not suffer as much pollution.  It is low today so will be comfortable for  me to get on with more pruning.  My neighbour's gardener has just trimmed their side of the long lonicera hedge which borders my drive on their side of the small wall, for the first time in many years so I am grateful for that though he did use a noisy electric trimmer and I will do my side by hand.  He scalps the grass much too short for the wild flowers too which makes me grateful I cannot afford a gardener even if I was willing to delegate some of the joy I get from gardening to someone else.  A splendid big peacock butterfly came into the conservatory last evening and has spent the night there.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 21:07

Forecast is for rain tonight and tomorrow morning for Bristol but brighter in the afternoon so should get some gardening done.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 17:33

What a lovely backdrop to your parents' garden, flumpy.  Too dark to make out your Mum though the washing stands out nicely!   Will finish the sticky job tomorrow.  we may have some rain tonight which would help.  my strawberries are nearly over - at least the main big ones.  "Buddy" is a smaller strawberry but keeps on producing till October.  Soon be picking Worcester Pearmain apples.  What a huge crop this year!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 16:41

I did give in and watch the Ladies Singles final at Wimbledon after working hard in the garden.  I have started to tackle the bottom growth on the lime tree that encroaches from next door onto my front drive.  It is a horrible sticky, dirty job as the leaves are all covered in sticky aphids, but has to be done else they will all fall down onto the drive in the autumn and also sully any vehicle which comes up the drive.  There was a gentle breeze which helped to keep me cool physically but I cannot say the same of my mental state.  Horrid job.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 08:58

I have been out in the cool of the morning and nearly filled the green wheeliebin with prunings.  Best time to work for me to work really as pollution from traffic on the M5 is less.  The rain came to very little last night and a fine warm day forecast.  Like Monty I have potatoes needing harvested.  My mouth is watering at the very thought.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 21:41

Gardeners World has just finished; gentle rain has just started to water my work in the garden though I do  always water whatever I plant; the British interest has gone from Wimbledon except for Jamie Murray in the doubles so perhaps the hours will multiply in the garden from now on.  Just as long as it does not get too hot.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 12:27

Cool in my woodland walk today and the ivy and white hebes are lovely.  My Xmas phalaenopsis is still wowing me in the kitchen.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 08:26

Another brilliant day forecast so must get the watering done first before it gets too hot.  The thought of Wimbledon in the afternoon on the TV will be encouraging me to get on with the pruning.  My shallots are all yellowed now so need lifting and storing.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 13:22

Worked till I nearly dropped in the garden then as a reward took some photos and now to watch some tennis.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 09:05

Warmer day today and sun shining from the off.  I did get a basket of broad beans picked yesterday and taken to a neighbour but the budget and Wimbledon got in the way of a full day  although the geraniums did get the chop and I started on the contorted hazel which I hope to finish today.No rain forecast here till Monday so should catch up on the jobs.  I do need to keep watering my yooung trees and shrubs in my new Golden jubilee border which i planted last year as I would hate to lose any of them.

Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

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new series

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My Bristol Garden in 2015

about how I am trying my best to be ecologically friendly in Bristol's year as Green Capital of Europe. 
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Talkback: Using nettles in the kitchen

I too am a nettle lover, Kate. Nettle tea is delicious. You can buy the dried variety if you do not have your own source. 
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Talkback: Trees for wildlife

Well done, Kate. Last winter was so mild and wet lots of sickly trees suddenly showed what they are made of. Trees and shrubs that had nev... 
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The "Charlotte" potatoes I an trialling for Mr. Fothergill are harvested from the potato planter bag and being eaten. very delicious and a ... 
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Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Growing tomatoes indoors and out is a trial the Nation of Gardeners Project is doing for Mr. Fothergill Seeds. Ferline F1 is included in th... 
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Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

I have three gems of tomatoes to sow as a participant in Mr. fothergills Trials in the nation of Gardeners project, called "Black Opal". "Pi... 
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My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

My acer seedlings from the Botanic Garden which I weeded are all different colouring - salmon pink, rich toffee, crimson. pale pink and a ve... 
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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

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Painting what you've grown

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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