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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 22:01

Splendid talk about the flora of Venezuela with lots of lovely plants I had never seen before and beautiful scenery.  I won a lovely cyclamen in flower - Cyclamen persicum "Wild" which has white flowers, and a bag of mini Easter Eggs and some English Breakfast Teabags in the raffle.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 10:20

My goodness it did get cold during the eclipse - just warming up now with a cup of coffee.  Tonight is an AGS monthly meeting with a talk from Dr. John Hughes on the flora of Venezuela so have to go to the shops for ingredients for dinner for my friend who comes to take me straight from work.  Green wheeliebin has been emptied so may get the rest of the hardy fuchsias pruned.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:08

I stuck my head out the back door when the sun came out but the smell of traffic fumes was terrible so decided it was wiser to stay indoors.  Long range forecast is for a warm wet April so there is going to be plenty of good gardening weather soon.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 16:49

We have sun now in Bristol but the air stinks of traffic fumes so I have just taken out the green wheeliebin and come in again.  Long range forecast if for very warm April as well as showers so plenty time for gardening this spring.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 14:22

I started to prune back my hardy fuchsias but only got two done when I noticed my eyes were itching with the pollution so came in.  The sun has come out now so perhaps I will do another half hour and take the green wheeliebin down to the gate.  My garden is only a mile or so from the M5 traffic and our local prk has the highest pollution in Bristol.  Not good for asthma and heart troubles.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 10:25

Goodness knows what happened to the last picture.  It is a monster.  Today seems a bit colder outside and pollution from the M5 is drifting over the garden so it might be safer to do seeds sowing inside today, especially as I have just got rid of the breathlessness caused by medication.  Hopefully it will be brighter in the afternoon.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:26

That is a flowering quince, Lyn.  My compost was delivered early so i have had a lovely day out in the sunshine and feel so much better for it.  More and more flowers showing now including the blue chionodoxa and the little white Allium paradoxum.  The crocuses and tulips were opening up to the sun and it all looked so beautiful i had to restrain myself from joining in the birdsong becuase of the builders up the top of the garden building three new bungalows.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 09:30

Ten degrees promised for today and dry and sunny so, as I am not dizzy anymore on my second day off medication and feeling much stronger I plan on dividing huge clumps of snowdrops and replanting, something I have been itching to do since I saw John Craven doing it on Countryfile.  Lots of mine are really congested.  I will aim at about 400.  When my new seed compost comes tomorrow I will start off 4 kinds of tomatoes and there are flowers in pots like osteospermums which I should be able to plant out in their permanent quarters now.  That and fifty or so Aquadulce broad bean seeds from my store from last year's crop put into pots and started in the conservatory will do till Saturday when I can relax at the Friends of Bristol Botanic Gardens 40th anniversary Concert.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 13:23

Oh I had such a lovely walk in the sunshine to the shops and then round my back garden with my camera where the anemone blanda are now flowering, joining the throng of spring flowers and blossom.  My Xmas orchid is now reaching the end of its flowering for now so last picture of it as well,  But now I have my beautiful calla lily I had as a Mothering Sunday present to chart the progress of.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 09:41

Great - promised double figures in temp. from the weathermen today and mostly dry so I wil try to get along to the florists and order some fresh compost for when I am well enough to start outside again.  The paracetamol has taken care of my bad backache and the man from the council came to say my Combiboiler grant is going ahead.  I may get up to see my flowers today especially my early "Cynthia" tulips.

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