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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!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 12:36

I had a £50 voucher from British Gas for Amazon for changing my tariff to a cheaper one and used it for climbers so next year it will be heads up inmy garden to see what is clambering through my huge trees. I already have lots of climbing roses.  I bought Clematis armandii, Lonicera "Copper Beauty" and Lonicera "Fragrant Cloud" and Trachelospermum., all delivered free from July 2nd.    Sorry they have to be delivered using fossil fuel but never look a gift horse in the mouth and they will contribute a lot in beauty and cleaning the atmosphere of pollutants.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 10:39

Just spent an hour showing one of my neighbours round the garden.  he says I have a mini botanic garden and kept saying I did not know that - I told him to treat his wife to a perennial sweet pea as she was having trouble growing them!  Took pics of what he saw.


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