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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 09:10

Pat my late husband used to say that about the houses in Perth WA - that they were so dark with the curtains all drawn but then he was a registered blind person and bright light helped him to see shadows.

No secret, flowers, apart from always having to work hard.  I had a two mile walk to school from 5 till 15 when I had a bike for my birthday  I have never had a car or much money for bus fares or taxis so walking has been my means of getting around and taking my children about Bristol.  I am careful about easing myself into heavy work I start back gradually with perhaps an hour instead of a big doing warmup exercises first and, if I have to take a break because of the weather or visitors I start back gradually with just an hour.  No aches or pains after yesterday's Herculean session.

Oh dear it seemed quite bright this morning but it is pouring with rain now though I can see some blue sky still.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 14:56

Beautiful weather here in Bristol for gardening,flumpy, so sunny I could smell the scent of my huge snowdrops called "Colossus" which are just opening their flowerbuds.  I have worked so hard today without the encumbrance of my raincoat.  I staked an osteospermum up which is laden with flowers I would no twant to see lying on the ground as well as nearly finished the buddlea pruning, pruned some of the roses, and cut some huge brambles down to the ground ready to be dug out as soon as I can get near them.  Thousands of daffs up and a few buds.  Potato plants growing from ones that got left behind in the harvest so may put a cloche over them tomorrow and hope to get early potatoes.  I have worked nonstop for a good few hours so ready for a break now and "Escape to the Country" where I now say to the participants - don't buy that one as it has a stream in the garden whereas I used to say - buy that one with the pretty stream.  These floods this winter and last will be making us all wary of water.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 09:27

Aah perhaps you had decided to go green very early in life,flowers!  It is a bit brighter this morning and dry at the moment.  Rain is not forecast in any amount till 9 tonight so may be able to get out in the garden for longer today.  It is quite calm and still mild for time of year so should be pleasant outside.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 14:52

I do actually like dusting - it brings back happy memories when you get to my age and the house is full of knick-knacks given as birthday and Xmas presents or because a friend knows I would appreciate some antique or quirky ornament they had acquired or saw on an outing.  My kitchen dresser is laden with such things and i can spend a happy hour just washing little pieces of pottery and polishing the shelves.  The sun has come out briefly and I did an hour's pruning and marvelled at how many flowers are blooming.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 09:48

Good morning,flowers in the rain.  When I got up the chance of getting out in the garden looked good but things have gone downhill and now the garden is soaking wet and puddles are everywhere.  The green wheeliebin gets emptied today and I wanted to finish the buddlea pruning and perhaps start on the vines.  Ah well to paraphrase Rabbie Burns - the best laid schemes o' mice and Marion gang aft agley.  Perhaps we will have a bright spell sometime today.  I will gather up the Xmas cards and dust.

I had great enjoyment before Xmas trawling through my laptop pics of the garden last year for a Xmas social slideshow I was asked to give.  I had as much enjoyment as my audience I think at seeing my lovely plants on the big screen!  And yes it makes you look forward to the spring and summer.




My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 20:35

Awww my sister in New Brunswick has just sent me a pic of what her neighbour is doing with his snow this year.


My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 20:19

h that was sensible of you flumpy.  I am sure you will not be disappointed.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 17:27

You are very welcome Topbird.  Lots of my FB friends have joined and share news of their purchases with me and we swop notes and pictures.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 16:19

Oh I do love my Secret Gardening Club.  Today for £13.56 PP free I bought nine glorious perennials - 3 each of Euphorbia polychroma. Phlox "Red Riding Hood" and Polymonium yezoense "Purple Rain" which is a very pretty Jacob's Ladder.  I can just imagine the scent in late summer from that phlox.  All the plants will not be dispatched till March which is fine as I have a lot of planting to do in the next two months.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 12:09

How about this for instant gardening?  I potted up my giant Xmas present Amaryllis yesterday afternoon and have just looked and it has grown half an inch!  It is in my warm kitchen on one of the windowsills.  

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