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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 09:01

Red sky this morning but it was 10 degrees, now going down gradually and getting brighter so looks like I can get some gardening done today.  My show of flowers yesterday certainly has boosted my enthusiasm which is high anyway,  The birds are singing away too. 

Flumpy1 those Easter eggs usually appear after Xmas in our shops but some do have them all the year round.  I did taste one about forty years ago and it was much too sweet for my taste then, so no doubt would not appeal to me now, but I do like some very dark Belgian chocolates at Xmas.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 14:09

Lots of pics of my different species of snowdrops and other flowers in the garden this dull but mild day in Bristol.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 11:00

Showing off my snowdrops to my friend.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 08:49

Already 5degrees and climbing out there.  Bristol City are on the telly this afternoon playing in the fourth round of the FA Cup so there should not be any visitors then but my friend is coming this morning sso might get him to take a picture of me among my snowdrops, scrutinising the new progeny.just in case I ever find an unusual one!  I know I like so much to know the provenance of varieties.  My friend from the AGS whose grandfather bred the Bishop of Llandaff dahlia is so proud of his achievement.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 20:16

Allotment challenge I have not found appealing at all.  So many loose ends - what happens to the plots of the people sent home?  Hate to think crops might be wasted.  I think tomorrow i will pick my usual bunch of forsythia bare twigs, bring them into the warmth of my study and watch as the flowerbuds open before the leaves.  Never ceases to satisfy.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 15:24

Yes I did but then I do a bit every day even if it only in the conservatory or kitchen.  But today in the bright sunshine in Bristol I was up my butterfly garden smelling my hundreds of snowdrops which are in full flower now, removing brambles and some of the nettles, singing with the birds.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 14:46

The leader of the Green Party was canvassing in Bristol yesterday with the Bristol candidate.  They were both on bikes!  I hope all the other prties will follow suit.  I had a lovely walk to the pharmacy - cold but sunny and dry.I saw one very beautiful orange crocus out in a garden too.  It will not be long till St. Valentine's Day when the crocusses are usually in flower.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 12:34

Oh I bet your dad and I would get on well talking about history.  I do hope he is watching Wolf Hall on the beeb.  It is fantastic.  I have been up in the garden working in the brilliant sunshine we have.  Must take some photos soon but came in for lunch and found I have to go the pharmacy for my medication this afternoon.  Tree surgeon at door offering to cut down my Scots pine for £380!    

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 09:06

Already 4 degrees so should be able to get some work done in the butterfly garden .  With renewed enthusiasm after listening to Radio 4;s Open Country this morning about Winston Churchill' wildlife gardening.  Somethng else we had in common to add to writing, love of history, painting, and patriotism.  It does not seem possible he has been gone 50 years.  I have the complete set of his diaries of the Second World War and may reread them this year.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 13:11

I waited till the frost had gone from the rooftops then tackled a corner of the butterfly garden, to the accompaniment of much birdsong as the birds thought the bright sunshine must mean mating season was here.  I said hello to lots of new self seeded snowdrops making a mental note to check later for any unusual ones as the famous variety named "Trym" was discovered in a garden in the next village to ours.   Now I am really hungry for my lunch with tingling pink cheeks and the green wheeliebin which was emptied this morning is beginning to groan again.

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My Bristol Garden in 2015

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