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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 14:21

This gazania I grew from a plug last year flowered for eight months last year, survived the winter out of doors, had seven flowers cut down about a month ago and now has three more in full bloom and one just finished flowering.  The plugs worked out at about 10p each so th price of each flower must be miniscule indeed.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 10:20

The last few.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 09:56

Oh dear , Busy-Lizzie you must have to do so much watering.  Here are the highlights up my garden this morning after the rain and before the next lot forecast for tonight and tomorrow,



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 08:35

Oh I bet that was GWRS.  Yes rained all day in Bristol and again through the night,  I have collected quite a stash and onspected up the garden.  Everything is well watered The rowan tree's berries have coloured up so autumn appearing early.  I must get up there with my camera to take a shot of the new mr. Fothergills sweet peas - so new they have no name.  The colour is showing on the flowers to be red with white edging.  You should have heard my squeals of excitement when I saw that.  Busy-Lizzie there is bad weather on the way for northern France,  I do not know what El Nino is going to bring in the winter but it is causing a lot of hurricanes in the states.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 20:26

It did rain practically all day, but forecast for tomorrow is dry and warmer though breezy.  The garden looks very wet indeed from the house but I should have a good stash of rainwater now and more is forecast for Sunday and Monday.  If green wheeliebins can think mine is probably wondering why it is stood there empty.  Hardly ever happens as I am usually waiting for it to be emptied.  I ate my first ripe tomato - a Sunlem at supper and it was delicious.

Gardeners world magazine

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 11:31

Mine has just come and it is still pouring so that solves the itchy fingers syndrome as no gardening possible outside today.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 11:21

Still bucketing down so looks like no gardening outside today.  Might sow some salad leaves.  I am awaiting my replacement terra cotta pot from the Love your Garden team today or tomorrow. Today I plan on reading the life of David Douglas of Douglas fir fame, a fellow Scot.  i have seen the original tree he brought back from his travels.Nothing like a good read to stop you getting itchy fingers on days like this with all my weed baskets empty thanks to my son tamping down the green wheeliebin yesterday and it having been emptied this morning ready for me to fill it up again.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 08:28

My pots go into the conservatory for the winter Pat so I have colour all the year round and can carry on gardening when it is too cold to venture out.  Things like pelargoniums and tibouchina would not survive here outside the whole year but i empty the conservatory of flowers in the summer months and grow my tomatoes n it .  They are safe from tomato blight there.

We have some rain in Bristol today and it feels cool at 14 degrees.  Set to rain all day so should be able to save some.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 16:45

Yes, GWRS, honeysuckle covers some of the ground in my spinney very nicely.  After a full morning's work in the garden and lunch I was sitting on my patio reading about the life of Marianne North - she of paintings of flowers exhibition fame at Kew_ when I caught sight of my Great Dixter type collection of pots and felt really thankful that I just had to go get my camera to record them and not go through all the trials and tribulations that Marianne North did .


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 10:21

Fine weather so have done all the watering of pots, now need to bake a cake as my eldest son has started his annual leave and has emailed he is visiting.  I will get him to carry the weed baskets o the green wheeliebin as i overstuffed them yesterday.Sometimes my enthusiasm is bigger than my strength.  Bin Day tomorrow.  I have flowers coming on the new honeysuckles i bought which is lovely as i thought I would have to wait till next year.  I will post their picture when in full flower.

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