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2014

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 13:14

So wet in Bristol today i think the kitchen door will be as far as I go with my camera.  i do hope I

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get some dry daylight hours before Si. David's Day tomorrow so I can put out a lovely display of daffodils on the front doorstep.

2014

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 10:24

When I

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went into the conservatory to water my seedlings I  was delighted to see the first buds opening on my peach tree. Last year was its first with me and i hand pollinated it with my sable paintbrush.  Of the resultant 22 peaches 21 dropped off when the size of gooseberries but the one left was a peach of a peach - see picture.  This year i will be sure to check on the watering and hope for more peaches.  I still remember how delicious it was. 

2014

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 11:16

Who could ask for anything more - wall to wall blue skies, the prunus in bloom, daffodils taking over from the white of the snowdrops to turn my garden golden.

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2014

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 11:39

Oh my goodness, there I was, taking a breather after my exertions, watching with great pleasure a couple of sparrows chirping to one another on the pear tree above my head, when I suddenly felt a cold wind on my glowing cheek, the sky went dark, and I knew I had to stop congratulating myself on at last seeing the end  of the ivy tunnel and make a dash for it.  A hundred yard sprint got me to the back door just before the old penny size raindrops and by the time my gardening boots were replaced by my slippers the heavens had opened.  And I had promised myself fun taking pictures of my two beautiful large prunus trees to post!  Thank goodness I had not taken my camera up with me.  Hundreds of daffs are in flower and the snowdrops and crocuses and primulas are a treat still but the prunus blossom has captured my heart.

2014

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 18:30

We did not feel the tremors here at all.  Bergenias like poor soil, shady situation but some sun when available and Irishman's cuttings taken from the edge of the clump tp propagate.  Next door's are in rich soil and poor specimens compared to mine.  In fifty years they have never been fed but just had the old brown leaves cut off once a year and the occasional soaking if we have a drought.

2014

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 12:40

More spring pictures in the sunshine on Feb. 23rd.

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2014

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 12:25

What a difference this last mild week has made.  Lots of spring flowers in bloom including the bigger daffs and the anemone blanda and celandines.  My bargain basement bulbs have started to flower too - only planted in January.  a lot of bulbs which will go in the spinney after flowering and four wicker planters for scented begonias - quite a bargain for £20 all in.  The daffs have joined the snowdrops and crocuses in the butterfly garden.  Bumble bees everywhere up there.  Blossom on the prunus is quite breathtaking.

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2014

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 10:39

Eight packets of seeds sown and placed in heated propagator - six types of tomato, including the three for Mr. Fothergills Trials and three for my golden display, Sungold, Sunrise and Sausage.  Also sown Zinnias and Heliopsis.  Much windier today but must get some tidying done outside before Sunday visitors arrive.  Garden very lovely with lots of spring flowers so probably go snapping later.

2014

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:20

A host of golden daffodils - Pueblo up top and Hoopoe on the floor.  you will just have to imagine the perfume.

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2014

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 09:31

Hoopoe is a wonderful scented narcissus and a good doer,  No blind bulbs and lots of florets.  So lovely to see the bird,Pottie Pam.  I am glad my choice has inspired so many of you.  Some of you may know i looked after the Orobanche garden at the Univ. of Bristol Botanic garden for some years.  Well orobanches have dozens of florets on each leafless stem usually but one, O. uniflora has just one, though several stems come up together.  It's host plant is a heuchera and it grows in Canada.  Last night at a talk at our meeting of the Bristol group of the Alpine Garden Society i saw its picture as the lecturer who was talking on the flora of British Columbia and Alberta had come across it.  It made my year.  I shall be boring all my friends at the Botanic garden.  Incidentally I have two orobanches in flower in my front garden a good two months early.  They have loved the mild wet winter.

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