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Posted: 20/12/2014 at 09:13

The hellebores are flowering already in The Univ. of Bristol Bot. Garden.  I visited last Wednesday and they were among the 18 species of flower I found in bloom.


Posted: 20/12/2014 at 09:03

Xmas cards from the neighbours coming thick and fast through the letter box now so must get out later when my expected visitor this morning has gone and deliver mine as the forecast is for bright and dry all day.  It looks like we are in for a spell of mild weather now so no need to shut up the coldframe at night  - one less thing to remember.  I have a long Xmas poem to rehearse for after the Xmas meal so that will keep my mind occupied too.  I am sitting here very fragrant as I won a large box of Dove toiletries last night in the raffle.  My goodies I ordered with my Cocktail naming prize are arriving Monday which is very swift indeed.  I must find containers for my spices and arrowroot and red lentils.  The dates and nuts will be eaten over the festive period.


Posted: 19/12/2014 at 21:50

Just back from the AGS Xmas Social where among the four raffle prizes I won there was a bottle of lovely wine and this beautiful flower arrangement just right for Xmas day.



Posted: 18/12/2014 at 14:15

I did pop up the grden for a half hour but it was much too windy to work.  Still I did see new flowers coming on my primocane Blackberry Reuben from Mr, Fothergills trials which is amazing at this time of year so will go and snap it tomorrow,  These flowers are white and rather large as are the blackberries and the leaves are rather handsome sign of tulips yet frumpy1 but have got the Bristol onion which is a red flowered allium, well up about 18inches.


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 11:07

I am so glad I visited the Bot. Gdn yesterday and not today which is very windy and wet though still very mild.  There are so many trees there it is not open to visitors in windy weather just in case a branch should break.  I shall concentrate on Xmas tasks today indoors and a visit to the post box will probably be all the fresh air I get!


Posted: 17/12/2014 at 22:07

I have not checked on my tulips, flumpy 1 and I have many species but will do tomorrow.  But I must say it would not surprise me that bulbs are flowering early as this has been a very warm year.  It is almost like summer tonight in Bristol, still as warm now as it has been all day  The plants must be quite bamboozled.


Posted: 17/12/2014 at 12:21

Such a mild day and I found 18 plants flowering in the  Botanic garden outside and of course lovely orchids flowering in Subtropical..  The ones giving a good show outside were  Hellebores,French marigolds, Rocket, Tulbaghia violacea, Fuchsia magellanica, Iris unguicularis, Osteospermum jucundum "Nanum",Primula veris, English marigolds,Coronilla citrina, Mahonia lomartifoliia, Impatiens tinctoria, Vinca major, Gentiana acaulis,Salvia guarantica, Begonia chitonensis, Parahebe hookeriana.  So if anyone wants a garden full of flower for Xmas these are the plants to grow.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 22:08

Oh my goodness I did enjoy "The Choir" on BBC tonight.  Looking forward to the Xmas schedule on the BBC.  I did see "Kiss me Kate" over sixty years ago at the theatre and really enjoyed it then, having been a Shakespeare buff from the age of ten.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 11:48

I named the cocktail," Justingredients Joyful Juice," Beaus Mum.  I have just put a Xmas cake in the oven so lovely smells are wafting through into the study.  Lovely sunshine outside so will take a walk to our post box with Xmas cards and come back and fill up the green wheeliebin as i want to go and visit the Botanic Gdns tomorrow   The AGS has its Xmas social on this Friday evening so am hoping the weather stays good till then.  At the weekend I shall deck out all the plants in the conservatory and switch on the lights in the evenings.  Our lane is looking beautiful with all the decorations.


Posted: 15/12/2014 at 20:37

Oh that does sound early for tulips  Lots of people are reporting hyacinths heads showing but not tulips.  I will look at my dwarf species varieties which have naturalised in my garden and see if there are any flowerbuds showing tomorrow.  Certainly not normal, usually end of March is considered early.At least outside.  Are yours indoors or out?

Discussions started by happymarion

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Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short thr... 
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