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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 10:59

My friend took half the cake home and my supper guest had some andI still have some for the visitors on Sunday.  Mt youngest son is 42 on the 26th so I have another one to bake on Monday.  I cannot believe how warm it is working up the garden. I have finished my coffee so have come in to fill my flask with water as I remember the curator telling me in the Botanic Garden on a very warm day that to make sure of not being dehydrated you should have some water on the hour every hour!  Seems to work.  I saw some white blossom on the path and was astounded to see my plum tree in the potager in full bloom _the one that gives three types of fruit,namely red, yellow and purple plums.  No pollinators out at the moment so looks like there will be few red plums this year.  Luckily the yellpow and purple branches blossom later.  Good job the neighbours cannot hear me up the garden as this morning it was "Oh you are so beautiful" to the snowdrops  time and time again.  Lots of different species flowering now.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 08:57

Yes, Happy Birthday to your mother, flumpy.  I hope you all have a lovely day.  I certainly enjoyed my friend's birthday yesterday very much.  Today is one of those days when all seems right with my world.  Already  degrees and forecast of 12 or so before the rain arrives in the evening.  And there is an empty green wheeliebin waiting for me to fill it.  My camellia's red buds are swelling and promising great beauty.  I do not have to worry about cooking any meals as the leftovers from having visitors yesterday and the microwave will see to that.  Will have a big bowl of porridge sprinkled with cinnamon to get me through till lunchtime and take my hot drink up the garden in my vacuum flask.  It is so exciting to be able to do a whole safari round the garden once more.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 16:04

Lots more snowdrops out today and a picture of the birthday cake.  We had a delightful lunch.  Another friend is coming to supper so I need to tidy








up now but just had to get out in the garden as the sun was out and it felt like spring.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 10:28

M sister in New Brunswick recently had five ft of snow and what the East coast of America gets she usually has with knobs on.  they have such long winters there with snow in September and permafrost till May.  Brrrr.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 09:01

Good to hear that Verdun.  I know I rely a great deal on my friends for inspiration  I have always subscribed to the belief that knowledge is not private property!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:24

Duckpond forming on the kitchen patio already and it is dark as night and raining but it is already 7 degrees and forecast to reach 12  the afternoon and get brighter and drier so not too bad for my visitor.  Cake and pie for lunch all made yesterday and looking good.  I am looking forward to having another of my friends in the "Wise Old Owls Club" which is what I call my octogenarian friends.  I shall have to find a suitable name for the nonagenarians in a couple of years.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 09:11

Here are the flowers just out from my friend's two amaryllis bulbs.  They sit in his bay window lit up at night for the pleasure of his neighbours.




My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 08:36

No frost this morning and three degrees already with forecast of getting up to 7.  I have my friend coming for a birthday lunch tomorrow so will have a warm kitchen today making his birthday cake.  Still too cold to go out in garden.  I have the light on it is so dark and the cars bringing the children to school have too so looks like rain on the way.  Lots to keep me busy indoors however.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 11:12

The conservatory is the warmest part of the house so I am working in there.  Cheered when I saw red buds bursting on my red camellia which was supposed to flower for Xmas but did not and my new primulas from very cheap plugs are showing their colours now, cream and red so far.








My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 10:50

The last two spikes of my Xmas hyacinths are still perfuming the kitchen in the brilliant winter sunshine which is so weak in warmth it is having no affect on the hard white frost we still have.



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