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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 11:16

Raining now so have come in to water in the conservatory.  Noticed foxgloves have joined the lilac blossom and that my very ,long garage roof is nearly all pink now.  That clematis montana thinks it is up the Himalayas.


My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 08:44

Cloudy this morning and forecast is for rain throughout the day but it is dry at the moment so should take my umbrella when I go out in the garden as it is too warm for a coat. 17 degrees already and set to get to 20.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 20:12

Not in Bristol they don't!  Some of mine flower all through the year!  There are over 500 types of primrose and polyanthus.  This is my favourite one this week - a double primrose auricula called Marie Crousse.  It is a very old one from France originally.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 17:05

Done a lot in the garden.  Put 4 tubers of maincrop potatoes in a bag.  Ten pelargoniums now out of the conservatory.  The late tulips are still beautiful but will soon be over.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 10:32

You too flumpy.  we have had some more rain but brighter and dry again.  Some tlc seems to be needed by your rhododendron to persuade it to flower.  Most of them prefer acid soil so an ericaceous feed might do the trick.  If you make leaf mould in a plastic bag in the autumn that would be the best mulch.  They are shrubs so need to be a little older than non woody plants before they flower so perhaps it isn't old enough yet.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 08:34

Garden is very damp as we had some rain early on but the sun is trying to break through the clouds now.  I did get five pots of pelargoniums out of the conservatory yesterday and put them in the cold frame for the night so will get them out again and do another five today,  No frost forecast for next week.  My seedlings i pricked out yesterday are all looking perky this morning.  Sweet peas need to go in their final place now too so must gather big pots and bamboo canes to make tepees for them.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 16:56

Had a duckpond form on the patio but has gone down now.  Here is the wet scene from my kitchen doorway.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 16:47

We have just had a downpour in Bristol and it is as dark as night.  But I did a lot of pricking out and tidied up the kitchen patio a bit, now it is well washed by the rain!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 10:25

I was wrong to ignore the yellow warning of rain.  It is gentle but enough to stop me taking my first batch of pelargoniums out of the conservatory to be hardened off.  Ah well lots of pricking out to do.  

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 08:46

12 degrees already and set to get to 21 but we do have a yellow warning for thundery showers till midnight.  However my local forecast has it dry till about 5 pm so will work on that and just take my umbrella up to the end of the garden where I will be working.  The Malvern show looks like it has some beautiful displays this year according to pics posted by my facebook friends who went yesterday.  The short coverage of it on GW last night could not do it justice.  Time to extend it I feel and reduce the Chelsea coverage to get the wherewithal.  Repeats of repeats are not very edifying in any walk of life.  

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