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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 14:59

I have lots of species of snowdrops from ones which flower early December to ones that flower in late March ( a plicata one) so you may have a late flowering one.  The tiny native one - Galanthus nivalis_ is just opening its buds with me.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 14:44

Lots of blackbirds up in the garden when i went up for pics so looks like they re going to build nests in the ivy thicket again.  It is covered in luscious black berries for them at the moment.  The weather is fiercely cold but the snowdrops in several varieties are scenting the air and the woodland floor is covered with bright blue periwinkles.














My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 10:08

Still 1 degree here flumpy.  Nothing thawing yet.  But it is good to see the sun and it is dry.  Flowers, I am sure the birds are glad of any type of bird seed.  The holly berries have not been devoured in my garden yet but all the cotoneaster bushes are being stripped and the fallen apples.  I replanted a tulip bulb something had dug up yesterday but this morning it was gone and a six inch hole left empty.  A squirrel no doubt with good sense of smell and digging skills.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 08:43

It is bitterly cold in Bristol this morning with white grass and roofs.  Only 1 degree at present but the sky is blue and the sun is out.  Wheeliebin men have been but I will probably have to wait till the frost thaws at lunchtime to get the empty bins up the drive.  Thank goodness I have stout boots with good gripping soles.  The birds will be very hungry today so extra food will be called for and some warm water to de-ice their baths.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 13:05

I could not resist an hour in the garden, pulling out cleavers mostly.  No sign of the winter knocking back the weeds this year, except the bindweed which the birds are already raiding the dried stems for their nests.  A chaffinch sat and watched me from a branch of the big pear tree.  My pack has arrived in the post for the Great Birdwatch weekend on Jan, 30th and 31st.  Such lovely pictures and postcards they send with it so I have been having fun decorating my kitchen walls and the fridge door.  The snowdrops are doing well this year up the garden so I may be splitting up again in a few weeks as some of the clumps are huge.  The smell from them in the sunshine today was delightful.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 08:38

Only i degrees this morning but no frost as yet though it feels very cold.  Very pretty pink and blue sky in the sunshine though.  I suspect I will have my head buried in books and magazines today indoors well wrapped up.  If the cold threatens to get to me I will get out my vacuum and duster.  Housework is a great substitute for gardening as a body warmer.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 20:38

I did, Marygold.  My fingers were frozen even in gloves but it was lovely to feel the sun on my face for a bit.  I saw on the local news that the binmen in Bath are on strike and the council are asking the public to take their recycling to the depot themselves!  I hope it does not spread to Bristol.


My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 13:34

My 12 new to me perennials which i ordered on Tuesday have just arrived from Secret Gardening Club and they are superb big plants as usual with excellent root systems.  I will don my warmest clothes and boots and go out in the brilliant sunshine we now have, about three, to pot them up.  they are having a drink at present.  I had 3 of each of Hollyhock "the Bride", Papaver"Garden Gnome" mixed, Primula denticulata "Alba" and "Doronicum magnificum".

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 11:37

I insulated my coldframe last time I did it with an old duvet from one of the children;s beds!  It is in the garage somewhere so will look it out when we get maximum temperature today.  Bubble wrap anchored should be fine, flowers.

 The green wheeliebin is still out on the pavement full up so it will stay there till Saturday when they are due to pick up both bins and recycling boxes.  I have been wallowing in last year's copies of "Which Gardening" mags which my friend saved for me.  Love their trials of new plants - they tell it as it is.  

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 08:47

Yes. GWRS I think I will have to forego my AGS meeting on Friday evening as it will be too cold.  My night vision is very poor so icy pavements would be a hazard.  It was only 2 degrees outside again this morning but 5 in the conservatory thanks to the greenhouse heater switching itself on.  Maximum forecast today is for a three hour spell of 5 in the afternoon.  I think I will pick out my summer flowering bulbs today to make me feel warmer.

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