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Posted: 29/10/2014 at 09:00

It has been rather wet overnight in Bristol but dry and cloudy now with forecast for rain most of the day so may give the garden a miss outside today and concentrate on the conservatory.  I really must make room for more tender subjects that need to come in soon and there is a lot of pricking out of perennials to do.  I have started putting pots of gazanias into the cold frame to see whether they will survive till next year there but will bring one basketful into the conservatory to be safe,  They are still flowering .  When i went out to an AGS Committee meeting last night I left the lights on in the conservatory to make it look like someone was home and it did look beautiful so must try and get a nighttime picture of it.  As my friend said when she saw it "That makes all the hard work worthwhile".


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 08:48

What more could a gardener want !  Blue skies as far as the eye can see, sunshine, temperature to go up to 18 and no rainfall forecast till through the night.  Does not seem possible that November is round the corner on Saturday.  No doubt there will be more spring flowers duped into flowering this week in my garden and the late sown annuals will just carry on as if it is the height of summer still.  Yesterday in the garden the illusion was carried on by the birds.  They were very vocal indeed.  Some of it was them chiding me for disturbing them with my pruning.  The blackbirds are relishing the bounteous berries in the ivy thickets; the starlings are getting drunk on fallen apples which are fermenting .I join in by munching at a sweetcorn or gobbling grapes.  

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 14:43

When I visited Upton House Gardens this year with the Friends of Univ. of Bristol Bot. Gadn I was impressed by the way they paired up their plants and how they complemented their lovely walls by the clever use of plants of the right colour.  Here are some examples worth copying.



Posted: 27/10/2014 at 14:33

They do not like it too hot but where you put your geraniums should be fine.  They like a light position to open their buds.  I have 13 buds on mine now  and they all look as if they will be open by the end of the week.  The leaves are beautiful too when they turn red after flowering is over.  Nice to hear from you, Gardening Granny.


Posted: 27/10/2014 at 14:10

Three buds open on my tibouchina today.  I can see why its common name is the Princess Plant.  It is definitely the royal purple.

 And in close up.



Posted: 27/10/2014 at 08:57

Another lovely day for gardening and more to follow according to the forecast for Bristol.  My visitor of yesterday brought lots of food presents so no need to go shopping.  It is lovely to be saved time for gardening.  

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 13:13

I have visited many beautiful gardens in this my Golden Jubilee Year in my garden but the most unusual I think is the 16 Heritage Gardens at the entrance to Warwick Race Course.  These have only been restored since 2006 though they date from 1830.  They were rented or bought from a farmer by business people who needed their back yard for the horse and cart so had no outside space.  Monty Don restored the first in 1995 but this one is not open to the public though you can peep in.  Each has a brick and tile with a chimney and Victorian fireplace in their Grade2 listed summer houses.  The head gardener and volunteers have done a great job.  The restaurant is superb and the plants you can buy.  all in Bread and Meat Lane and called Hill Close Gardens.  Pictures I took.

 They grow 68 heritage varieties of apples.  You are invited to taste their fruit as you wander round straight off the tree!!!


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 12:47

Every time I pass the conservatory door I wonder if there is still room for me.

 My pure white pansy has opened its first bud.

 My tibouchina has two buds open of its twelve.



Posted: 26/10/2014 at 12:08

Awww, Linda, that is lovely, so there is a Marion carrot as well as a Marion Swede!  They look yummy, enjoy.  So glad to hear you are recovering flumpy1 but do no heavy work until you are eating normally and keeping it all down!  I have done two hours gardening this morning in warm dry and very calm Bristol and the forecast for the next few days here is even warmer.  Harvesting, planting, pruning and weeding as well as leaf mould making here I come.


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 08:40

Another mild dry day ahead so should be able to get more of  my plants in and more weeding and pruning done.  Forecast is for even warmer Monday and Tuesday!  The fallen apple harvest needs seeing to, either giving away or freezing as pulp.  I will harvest the rest of the sweetcorn too and that will give me a raised bed to plant garlic cloves from the ones I grew this year.  

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