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Posted: 17/12/2014 at 12:21

Such a mild day and I found 18 plants flowering in the  Botanic garden outside and of course lovely orchids flowering in Subtropical..  The ones giving a good show outside were  Hellebores,French marigolds, Rocket, Tulbaghia violacea, Fuchsia magellanica, Iris unguicularis, Osteospermum jucundum "Nanum",Primula veris, English marigolds,Coronilla citrina, Mahonia lomartifoliia, Impatiens tinctoria, Vinca major, Gentiana acaulis,Salvia guarantica, Begonia chitonensis, Parahebe hookeriana.  So if anyone wants a garden full of flower for Xmas these are the plants to grow.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 22:08

Oh my goodness I did enjoy "The Choir" on BBC tonight.  Looking forward to the Xmas schedule on the BBC.  I did see "Kiss me Kate" over sixty years ago at the theatre and really enjoyed it then, having been a Shakespeare buff from the age of ten.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 11:48

I named the cocktail," Justingredients Joyful Juice," Beaus Mum.  I have just put a Xmas cake in the oven so lovely smells are wafting through into the study.  Lovely sunshine outside so will take a walk to our post box with Xmas cards and come back and fill up the green wheeliebin as i want to go and visit the Botanic Gdns tomorrow   The AGS has its Xmas social on this Friday evening so am hoping the weather stays good till then.  At the weekend I shall deck out all the plants in the conservatory and switch on the lights in the evenings.  Our lane is looking beautiful with all the decorations.


Posted: 15/12/2014 at 20:37

Oh that does sound early for tulips  Lots of people are reporting hyacinths heads showing but not tulips.  I will look at my dwarf species varieties which have naturalised in my garden and see if there are any flowerbuds showing tomorrow.  Certainly not normal, usually end of March is considered early.At least outside.  Are yours indoors or out?


Posted: 15/12/2014 at 15:30

Oh gosh the good things keep happening this Xmas.  I have won 2nd prize in the Name the Cocktail Competition on the Justingredients fb site - £25 to spend on their wonderful ingredients!  What fun I will have choosing!


Posted: 15/12/2014 at 08:58

Another dry mild day forecast for here and the temperature at the end of the week is forecast for 12 degrees night and day!  There will definitely be snowdrops flowering for Xmas!  I have to stay near the house as my Ballymena part of the family have sent a parcel so better spend my time outside tidying the kitchen patio.  I may even scrub the picnic table.and put a nice flowering pot of gazanias on it.  I cannot believe they are still flowering outside.  I ordered 15 plugs in the spring and 45 arrived and they all thrived.  I have squashed as many as I can into the cold frame and conservatory and kitchen to try and save them for next year when I will not be buying anything from a hothouse or mail order to be "Green"


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 18:30

Awwww yes, I am indeed blessed with such wonderful people in my life.  Glad you like the pics.  I kept exclaiming oh that is beautiful and the birds joined in.  It sounded like there were hundreds chirping merrily away out there today.  The autumn floering Cyclamen hederifolium have  just finished flowering and left behind their lovely marked ivy like leaves and the winter flowering Cyclamen coum have just started to flower.  How is that fir synchronisation?


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 13:42

Oh I have had such a lovely stroll without needing even gloves on round my woodland garden and fernery and peeped into the conservatory.  Do join me to see how beautiful leaves and twigs can be in December.




Posted: 14/12/2014 at 09:07

Warmer this morning and no rain forecast for Bristol till 3o/clock so hopefully should get out in the garden today.  In the morning preferably in case visitors arrive for tea.  But many people will be busy with Xmas preparations so may have all the daylight hours to play.


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 21:13

Oh dear Fruitcake, must have been an off day for the sprouts.  Actually ours were as I like them a bit on the hard side but they were too hard for some of the ladies but they were the new sweet variety.  Our Yorkshire pud, well at least mine, was perfect and the roast potatoes were crispy on the outside and floury inside.  Glad you liked the crumble tart.  i have added that recipe to my repertoire.  Yes it was cold in Bristol all day today.  Milder tomorrow  AG Mag. readers voted Christine Walkden as Gardener of the Year this year. Monty Don was second. 

Discussions started by happymarion

My Bristol Garden in 2015

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My acer seedlings from the Botanic Garden which I weeded are all different colouring - salmon pink, rich toffee, crimson. pale pink and a ve... 
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Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short thr... 
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