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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 19:27

My friend has concentrated on salvias this summer in his tiny back garden.  i bet the bees are loving them.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 14:29

That was an oil painting, Pat.  Watercolour is my chosen medium usually but i was studying art at the West of England Academy and had to try the lot.  Acrylics are good for flowers as the bright colours are easy to mix.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 12:58

In 1989 I grew some gladioli which i Liked so much I painted.  The painting has been on my bedroom wall ever since and I never tire of looking at it.  i must try gladioli again next year.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 12:29

I picked another bowl of huge strawberries but will have to offer the broad beans to the neighbours to eat there are so many.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 12:22

Up my garden after the rain -  bliss.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 08:40

Rained in Bristol UK through the night too so my crazy paving had a good wash and the pots and raised beds will not need watering.  It is still raining lightly and the sky is grey so we may get a bit more.It is good when nature cooperates.I must look out some annual flower seeds to sow for flowers in the autumn .  I love to be able to bring fresh flowers in to the kitchen in December.  After that I rely on the conservatory to provide me with colour..

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 11:13

The rain has started in Bristol but I did get a good many geraniums cut down and the sloe bush pruned.  I did a "Christopher Lloyd" with the pots lining the path (put them in a bunch) and swept the dead stuff from the path so the rain can clean it.  I like to give nature the chance to do its bit in the garden.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 08:37

Going to rain later on so out in the garden pronto to cut the Johnson Blue geraniums down to the ground.  that will fill up the green wheeliebin but no worries as one of my kind neighbours has just put a huge compost bin, dark green plastic like my others complete with lid over our dividing wall.  It must have been getting ditched on one of his demolition job and he rescued it for me as he could see the growing queue of full up weed boxes along my path waiting for somewhere to go to be recycled!  I can lift my alliums now today as well and dry the seedheads and dry the bulbs for next year and free up the big pots they are in to grow on my new climbers.Rain forecast for all day from 10 onwards and for most of the week ahead.  The sculptures of Shaun the sheep (all 70 of them all different) are out in Bristol so want to get down to the Botanic Garden to see and photograph their one some time this week.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 21:37

Oh that is nice - made from bunches of straw?

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 21:08

Oh the BBC knows how to relax me and get my energy back!  The summer concert from Vienna on BBC4 tonight could have been written for me.  "Peer Gynt" which I saved my pocket money for months to go and see in Glasgow with Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson in and Sibelius "Finlandia" and the Viennese waltz to dance all round my huge lounge at the end to!  What more could one ask?  I will tackle the garden with great enthusiasm tomorrow - in my raincoat if needs be.

Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

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Well done, Kate. Last winter was so mild and wet lots of sickly trees suddenly showed what they are made of. Trees and shrubs that had nev... 
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Painting what you've grown

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Summer has arrived

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