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2014

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 14:40

One of my friends from the Botanic Garden visited me yesterday. i took her up to see my snowdrops and she sent me a picture of hers in the communal garden she helps care for.  Now i am planning on giving mine Cyclamen coum neighbours.  They already have the daffs.

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2014

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:46

February the first and the garden could not be wetter.  It is still pouring with rain and very windy in Bristol.  There are puddles in places that have never had puddles in the fifty years I have been here.  Forecast is for more of the same on Monday and Wednesday next week and i am so glad I brought ten pots of bulbs in to the conservaory from outdoors.  Lots of the daffs have buds on and hyacinths too.

2014

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 09:10

Busy Lizzie, as they are very long lived - the bergenias, i mean, they probably take some time to reach flowering size (like peonies).  There is a huge spread in the Univ. of Bristol Botanic garden whose original garden was built in 1879.  They are on the edge of the carpark and get little attention but flower prolifically.  I just take off any brown leaves at this time of year and pick bunches of flowers all through the year.  They do not need feeding but I occasionally pinch pieces off the original clump for elsewhere in the garden and this seems to give them a boost.  They do well under trees and by the sides of buildings so perhap full sun and threat of drought is not for them.

2014

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 20:11

Bergenia, Busy-Lizzie.  It was in the front garden when I came here fifty years ago and has flowered almost non-stop ever since.  I can rely on picking lots at Xmas and the "Elephant ears" leaves have been used by countless if my flower arranging friends repeatedly over the years.

2014

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 15:44

The incessant rain was getting me down; the wind was howling like a banshee down the chimney.  I decided if I could not do any gardening ( so frustrating with an empty wheeliebin) i could at least don my waterproofs and get some flowers for the weekend from my January garden.  Here they are and what i did with them.  The smell from the snowdrops and the apple mint is delightful.

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Snowdrops

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:28

Tear open the plastic bags and put them out on a patio or hard path where the rain will get at them.  I have done several times with hundreds of bulbs.  Some that came early January were not planted till late February and were fine.  as long as they have the rain the food is all in the bulb.

2014

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:17

Last day of January and steady rain since 11am.  No chance of taking photos in the garden today outside but things are happening in the conservatory and the spare room has Charlotte potatoes sprouting.  I treated the garden to a new electric propagator and it has peppers, antirfhinums and basil sown in it now.

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2014

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 13:31

It did stop raining for half an hour and I donned my wellies to get through the temporary duckpond on the patio at the same time as the mother squirrel decided this was a good time for Sunday lunch and squeezed under the side gate which I had not opened yet.  Not that it matters to her.  Being a squirrel of little brain she flattens her tummy anyway even when the gate is wide open.  She would have bounded away in front of me up the garden but did not have wellies so carefully edged round the water through the cyclamen plants and took longer than I did.  I think that was a Squirrel glare iigot as she shot past.  Squirrels at this time of year are amusing.  The ones at the Botanic garden who used to use the fleece from round the tender plants to line their nests would pass me in the garden with turbans of it wound round their heads.  i still giggle when I think of those big-headed squirrels.  Head gardener was very annoyed at expensive fleece being stolen, of course.

2014

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 12:17

At last it has stopped raining in Bristol , still windy but that is drying up the puddles so I should soon be able to don my boots and waterproof coat and open up the cold frame.I like to ventilate it at least for a few hours each day as i have two kinds of sweet peas and five perennials overwintering in there for Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners project.  The forecast is for much colder weather to hit us here by Thursday so I want to get fleece and bubble wrap out of the garage too to keep handy in the kitchen.  In my raised beds in the potager there are broad beans three feet high, strawberry plants showing flowerbuds and garlic 8inches high, all needing some protection from the cold.  This mild weather up till now with plentiful rain has meant everything thinks it is April or March at least!

2014

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 15:49

It went dark as night and the heavens opened and peppered Bristol with hailstones so now have grey skies, wet picnic tables, duckpond on the patio and everything that can hold water overflowing again.  What a comedown after such a glorious morning.  Still,  I did get a lot of work done and feel very invigorated.

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