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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 08:46

HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to my new thread.  Having been saddened by the plight of our pollinating insects and being fond of growing my own fruit and vegetables I have resolved to do my utmost to encourage as many as possible into my garden.  As I get great pleasure from my sense of smell and touch still, despite, at 87, fading eyesight, hearing and taste, I shall concentrate on scent and touch in my planting this year. 

The year has started with a change in the weather.  Only 3degrees this morning at 7o'clock so my greenhouse heater had switched itself on.  Forecast is for rain later and only 8 degrees which is quite a contrast from the 14 we have been having.

I was greeted by the lovely perfume from my Xmas hyacinths sitting in the kitchen by the bowl of bought fruit I indulge in from the shops only once a year.  The Charles Ross apples up my garden are not as pretty as these "Pink Lady" but taste better!  

Two of these very large hyacinth bulbs are showing their second spike.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 08:59

Good morning for the last time on this thread and a HAPPY NEW YEAR  when it comes.  We had heavy rain in Bristol last night so the drive and garden are soaked but here is the view from my drive this morning.  Look out for my new thread in 2016.






Posted: 30/12/2015 at 13:47

Storm Frank closed the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol for only the second time in its history and the old pier has been damaged in Weston super Mare..

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 12:26

So glad you got the story.  It is true about second childhood you know!  A duckpond is forming outside my kitchen as we are having extremely heavy rain now.  I think it is a day for reading Xmas books.


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 10:47

Blowing a hoolie in Bristol but the rain is still light.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 10:41

Rain arrived as predicted but not very heavy yet.  I had fun with my camera after tidying the conservatory.










My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 09:38

No Flowers I haven't but do find my hellebores in the garden seed themselves around and have not pulled any out yet that I don't like!  I am sure detailed instructions are on the internet and you could give it a go.  The yellow ones usually sell for high prices!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 08:37

Happy New Year to you too GWRS.  It is very windy this morning in Bristol but already 13 degrees so very mild still.  dry at the moment but rain forecast for about 10 o'clock so doubt if I will be going out in the garden today.  I shall deadhead and water in the conservatory though.  It is quite lovely in there with hundreds of violas in bloom and pelargoniums flowering their socks off.  The new greenhouse heater actually switched on last night so the temperature must have dropped to 5 degrees.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 11:21

Just come in for a coffee and a piece of Xmas cake (with lots of apricots and cinnamon in it is particularly delicious this year).  It is such a beautiful day for gardening - bright winter sun ad no wind at all.  I have broken the back of the buddleia pruning and should get the tall roses pruned before the high winds hit us tomorrow.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 09:09

Oh that is so flamboyant Pat.  What variety does it say it is on the packet?  Bristol is bright and dry and mild this morning but it is the lull before the storm as the next one is on the way from the Atlantic due to hit us this evening..  I will go out and batten down the hatches.

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