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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 16:51

What a glorious day of gardening I have had.  Firstly, while I was busy in the butterfly garden my neighbours, husband and wife today,were painting the new wall cream and my flowers are looking so good with the cream background.  Then in the middle of my hard work I realised the soil I was cleaning of bindweed and blackberry roots was a beautiful black loam whereas , before I supplied it with loads of horse manure, it had been  a very hard clay.  No patch of black loam has ever been welcomed as much as this was.  The forecast is for a week of such brilliant weather which means my birthday on Tuesday will be celebrated in the garden.  Two parcels and a card arrived this morning, three days early!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 10:14

Good idea flumpy.  I have watered all my tomatoes and made a start on the pots but it is warmer up rapidly so I think my rattan armchair and book will be calling soon.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 08:55

Gosh Pat - a snake scarer!!!People with lawns in the Uk sometimes use mole scarers and some people would like to use cat scarers but snake scarers in the garden puts that into perspective.  Your Honeywort(Cerinthe major) looks healthy.  Give each plant plenty of room.  They can grow huge in one season.  Your jonquils look well away.

Beautiful dry sunny warm day for Bristol today.  Some of my pots will need watering as well as the tomatoes.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 16:52

Pat if you are sowing Cerinthe major which is an annual it seeds itself all over the garden in Bristol UK!  Lovely big black seeds too. It has lovely blue flowers and loads of nectar while the perennial yellow Cerinthe minor has yellow flowers and only stayed a few years with me till a cold winter took itt.  Today I had a delivery from the Secret Gardening Club whih blew me away .  it was such a bargain.  Thre potted plants of winter savory. three potted plants of Origano "Golden French" and three large bareroot plants of Ligularia "Midnight Lady".  The herbs all have their labels in and p&p was free.  all nine plants for £7.97.  I repotted them and took their picture.  They will all go into the garden next summer.



do like the strong colours of the late summer flowers - so cheerful.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 08:32

After I have visitors I usually look around and say to myself well. if they had not been coming this and that would not have been done, Pat!  It does seem to keep me up to scratch as well as in touch.  We have a fine spell of weather ahead in Bristol by the look of the forecast - no rain on the cards till next Monday, so lots of gardening for me.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 22:07

Beautiful sunset in bristol tonight but I just caught the tail end of it.  This was 9pm.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 16:57

Thank goodness, flumpy I was feeling so guilty hogging all the good weather.  I got quite a bit of weeding done today and have put the green wheeliebin out for the binmen tomorrow morning.  My daughter in Northern Ireland thinks the summer is coming to an end there!  My friend is buying me a myrtle bush (tree?) for my birthday next week.  He knew i wanted one when I admired his so much.  Looking forward to that and now scouring the whole garden deciding where I want to plant it.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 11:23

I have come in for a cup of coffee and to get my breath back from heavy digging at bramble roots.  The ripe blackberries are being scoffed as I go and Worcester pearmain apples being eaten straight off the tree.  The garden is a picture with lots of all the native kinds of brown butterflies and tortoiseshell ones too.  I have not seen any commas yet but do have them.  Brimstone yellows and red admirals and peacocks are about too.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 10:33

Oh we have mare's tail planted deliberately in the Botanic Garden in Evolutionary Dell!  It has spread rapidly.  That will be a dreadful job for volunteers in the future.  It is not endemic to Bristol as far as i know.  My worst weed is Allium vineale which spread from topsoil brought in from Birmingham to level Filton Airfield which is just a mile away from me.  It seeds and makes dozens of baby bulbs and can come up through tarmac, plastic weed covering,anywhere.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 09:07

We have had a shower of rain but bright and sunny now and no rain forecast for the next 5 days so no xcuse for not catching up with the weeds - brambles, bindweed, nettles, dandelions and docks galore, in the butterfly garden and spinney.  I have thousands of bulbs to plant up there starting in September so the heat is on.

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