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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 08:38

Another lovely day forecast for us here in Bristol and most of the UK but warnings aplenty about the heatwave due tomorrow.  I plan on doing as much as I cam outside today.  Your wattle looks like it will soon be a good splash of yellow.  Those pine nuts you are growing are used in making pesto here with basil and olive oil for pasta as the Mediterranean diet is recommended for fighting against killers like heart disease.  Those cats look quite at home and loving the warmth of the wood burner.  Wimbledon starts today  and I shall watch the English girl Heather Watson play her first match this evening on the TV after a long day's work in the garden. I must plant up the lovely cleomes and cosmos plants my friend brought me last week first.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 16:45

Hope you had a good potato harvest, Fruitcake.  mine are still in the ground and this week sometime I hope to plant some more to get new potatoes later.  i did get a good two hours of weeding done in between the showers so had very wet trouser bottoms.  But all the plants look refreshed so did not water anything.  Great big bowl of strawberries waiting for me to do something with them again and loads of broad beans.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 10:46

Pat. they are lovely.  I am sure they sell well.  Are you in a tourist district?  I took some pics from my back doors of the damp but not damp enough garden.  But there are little green tomatoes on the plants in the conservatory which was just reward for my tapping the flower trusses patiently every morning as there seemed to be few pollinators venturing into the conservatory.  I bet your lavender field smells delightful.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 08:43

Hello, flumpy from Bristol UK!  Pat lives in new South Wales in Australia (South East).  That cream flower is the first new flower on my Xmas present of a Phaelopsis orchid which I had as a Xmas present last year.  It has just finished flowering and started again.  

Hooray it is raining in Bristol, not very hard but it is wet.  When i got up this morning and found despite the dark gloomy day it was the garden was still bone dry I despaired before the drought forecast for Tuesday of getting any rainwater stored in my butts, but i can hear the steady patter of rain on the lining of the back boiler in the chimney so my heart is singing with hope once more.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 22:21

I thought I might be able to stay  up till the football match but it starts at half past midnight and may take two hours or more if it goes on to extra time and penalties so it is bed for  me.  Did quite a lot of work in the garden with a break for a very good final of the Ladies Tennis at Eastbourne in the heat of the afternoon.  Wimbledon should take my mind off the heatwave restricting my time outside next week!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 10:28

Awww the first flower has opened on one of the hemerocallis my friend of the tiny garden dug out for me as his garden is too small for them.  I have three new buds opening on my hardy gerberas and here are pictures of my new flower on my orchid.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 08:57

We have a few Wollemi pines in the Univ. of Bristol Botanic Garden,Fidgetbones.  BizzieB that is such a pretty picture of many flowers all complementing each other colourwise.  Well done.  So sad about your daughter, Pat.  And her sister must be sad she cannot share her 50th celebrations with her sibling.

I had a very pretty orchid for Xmas which has just dropped the last of its ten flowers that were in bud when it came.  It has three seedpods and this morning a new flower has opened.  It seems to me that there must be pollinators in the jungle where it originated all the year round as it is so determined to flower all the year round.  I will take its picture next time the camera is out.  Or perhaps breeders od phaelanopsis have bred repeat flowering in to keep sales going.  Either way I am enjoying it.

Just watched Monty Tonight

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 22:02

Soil is the earth beneath your feet.  Compost is made from the worms and fungi decomposing dead plants but looks like good soil when ready.  Soil can be sandy, gritty, clay,loamy(the best), acid neutral or alkaline depending where you live.  I have visited Holt Farm twice and it is even better than the pictures on TV when you actually go there.  Monty collecting his produce was just like me today but my blackcurrants are ripe too so had to pick them.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 16:27

Another ice cream box filled with strawberries and put to freeze plus two tupperware boxes of blackcurrants.  Have to do 2nd picking of strawberries when i go up to the potager for beans for supper.  We had a very few spots of rain so nothing forecast till perhaps on Sunday and then a bit of a heatwave!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 12:56

I did enjoy buying things I thought I could never afford but dearly wanted!

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