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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 17:04

Hi, flumpy.  I got most of my planned jobs done despite my granddaughter arriving unexpectedly at lunchtime.  But it was lovely catching up with her news.  She is off to Peru in the summer, plans on working as a personal trainer after uni and aiming to be an MP.  She enjoys talking to people on their doorsteps and we discussed the referendum in June and the new Labour leader. She brought me a nice tin mug with Queen of the Garden on it and a lila cloth bag lined so it can carry plants in.  Here is my mug beside the plants i am gathering together for the plant sale at the Botanic garden.  Those six-plant carriers you get from the garden centre do come in handy.

 


 

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 10:46

You too GWRS.  I have put four pkts of sweet pea seeds to soak for a couple of hours and will put five seeds to a 9cm pot this afternoon and get them started in the propagator. have also split my two garlic bulbs into cloves so they will go in one of my raised beds in the potager this afternoon.  I found four pkts of cosmos seeds so, as it is the year of the cosmos i will sow them this afternoon too.  Determined to sow or plant out some flowers every day this week as well as something to eat each day,culminating with my chitted early potatoes on Good Friday.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 08:46

Yes, Liriodendron, I am so pleased C. pseudo-graecum grows outside for me as it is in a pot in the cold temperate greenhouse at the Botanic Garden.  It was a gamble I took about six years ago and they are thriving.  Warmer this morning at 5 degrees but still a bit grey.  still good gardening weather.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 15:05

Have a happy Easter holiday flumpy and a Happy birthday when it comes.  Nice primula.  I have some of those for sale at the Botanic Garden next weekend.  Lots of beauties out now in the garden.  I have collected 40 pots for sale so far.I will snap them all when the table is full.  Grey day today was just right for nice pics.

 


 Spring flowers go well with winter flowering heathers.


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 Sweet William

 


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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 12:15

Awww Liriodendron I am so glad you and your Dad have the alpine connection.  Something so taking about the diminutive and even more fascinating is the way they have evolved to flower in such harsh conditions above the treeline or on northern coasts.  And ideal for small gardens and troughs.  I have 24 plants for the Botanic Gardens stall out on the picnic table to be kept pristine till Wednesday.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 09:00

5 degrees and feeling a bit warmer this morning.  My friend brought me six- pot carriers for some of my plants to go in for the botanic garden plant sale so started loading them up this morning as they are being collected on Wednesday afternoon.  The hardy ones are OK out on the picnic table but I will keep the succulents like the black aoniums inside the kitchen door.  With two people to carry them all we should make it to the van down my long drive in four or five trips.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 22:04

You too. GWRS.  I have just been to the Ags lecture on the Landscapes of Madeira at the AGS which was interesting too. I won an alpine primula in the raffle too.  Hope to get more work done in the garden tomorrow as not so much cooking to do.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 08:45

Such a wonderful evening at the Friends of Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden meeting last night.  The president, Jekka McVicar cheerfully and efficiently despatched the business of the AGM in a record 20 minutes and we had an enthralling lecture from Dr. Chris Thorogood on Wildflowers of Western Europe for an hour and a half.  You could have heard a pin drop in the packed theatre.  Imagine if you will beautiful slides on a huge screen and splendid videos on subjects like the Dodder preying underground on its host plant, bees trying to mate  with bee orchids, all accompanied by a superbly lucid explanation from Chris.  Bliss!  It really is a very long time since I sat without fidgeting for that length of time.  We even had a mention of Madeira and tonight at the AGS meeting Dr. George Hargreaves is giving us a talk on the Landscapes of Madeira!  Perhaps the winter is not so bad after all when it brings such joys.

RIP Cliff Michelmore & Paul Daniels

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 11:49

I can see Cliff Michelmore right now reporting on the telly the Aberfan Disaster with the tears rolling down his cheeks.  I and millions of others were sobbing with him at the news of how many children were believed dead. He covered some dreadful news items.  RIP. 

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 08:35

Have a nice day in Lincoln GWRS.  I lived in Hull for two years but found that part of the country very cold.  We have another very fine day forecast.  I have a Friends of the Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden AGM tonight and talk on Wild Flowers of Western Europe and have to go shopping for food for tomorrow when I have a dinner guest so not so much will be done in the garden today, though my onion sets arrived yesterday so want to get them planted.Lovely sunshine now and it is getting stronger as UV has gone up  Soon need my sun hat!

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