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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 14:14

Awww,my neighbour finished his new wall between us at the weekend.  It is quite beautiful.  I have had gazanias flowering outside since Jan.!st and still they come.  And one of my miniature gardens featuring a sempervivum.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 08:38

That vest reminds me of when I used to unravel the best bits of two of the children's old jumpers to make a "new" Fairisle jumper for one of the others.  Someone always had to have a makeover garment when the money ran out at Xmas when I tried to make sure they each had a new toy. book, garment and selection box of chocolate!  Your stew sounds delicious Pat.  I do the same thing with pork chops as lamb is very dear here.  And make it go further with dumplings put in for the last half hour of cooking.  My friend sent me some lovely pics of his garden at the weekend.  His morning glory is trying to reach the roof.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 13:10

OK just for you - Bungalow pie decorated with Sunlemon, Sunchocolat and Red Bodyguard not on the market yet tomatoes from Mr. Fothergills.  As I  suspected Subchocolat are good for cooking .as they have robust skins.




My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 10:51

Bungalow Pie flumpy.  My upmarket version of cottage pie made with minced steak, fresh tomatoes, elephant garlic and fresh herbs in the base and the freshly dug potato topping with mature cheddar cheese and butter and herbs crust.  Called Bungalow Pie as I live in a huge bungalow.  I grow elephant garlic beneath my many rose trees and never have any diseases.  Today I used some left from last year's harvest but this year's is ready.  Much milder than ordinary garlic but much easier to peel and much, much, bigger.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 09:12

Son coming today flumpy - just going to start cooking as he won't be the only visitor.  He knows me very well so I expect gifts I will be delighted with.  We have philosophy which he studied at Glasgow university and I at Bristol University, in common.  He was only 15 when my husband died so I had to be father and mother to him.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 08:42

New name for acidanthera is Gladiolus murielae, Pat.  Nice painting.  Yes the site is playing up sometimes.  Some of your pictures right themselves when you click to enlarge, others like your painting do not!  Another fine day in Bristol and no rain forecast till Thursday so lots of gardening this week,  My Bramleys are ready and some falling so I have alerted the neighbours to come and help themselves and to blackberries to go with them as I do not have the time to pick and deliver.  One is already helping herself tp plums and has installed a second freezer in her garage.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 20:22

Oh I bet that rivals your sweet peas for scent!  By the way Amateur Gardening mag. is giving away a packet of Sweet Pea seeds on Tuesday with this week's mag.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 17:27

A couple of repeats but lovely pictures.  What is the last one - the purple flowers?

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 16:54

That yellow dahlia was sent to me by my fb friend who got the silver medal last year for the most points in the dahlia competitions in the whole country!  The pink cosmos was grown from seed by my friend and brought to me as large plants.  What with presents, exchanges and my own sowings and cuttings it is no wonder my half acre is packed with plants - a mini botanic garden some people call it

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 15:31

Oh thank you Pat.  I have been caring for my garden for over 51 years now and have acquired quite a variety.

Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

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My Bristol Garden in 2015

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