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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 11:05

This Iris unguicularis looks as if it smiling to greet the sunshine we have in Bristol today,  My grandson who loves cooking has pm'd me to say he wants to make lunch!  So I am smiling too.




My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 09:37

Visitors today but my New Year poem arrived in my mind during the night so here it is. 


In 2016 let us hope_


The sheep are brought down from the hills

And trees are planted instead;

Our streams bring power to our mills

And we produce all our own linen thread.;

Our fields full of flax will fulfil

Our dream of a linen dressed bed.


In 2016 let us hope -


Our fruit and veg. are home-grown

To ensure our health remains good;

Candle-lit dinners will be shown

To provide that romantic mood;

Let us   wear fine wool or a linen gown

And eat at tables made of wood;


All grown right here in the British Isles

Where a sunny "Good Day" can spark off smiles.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 12:04

A neighbour has just invited me over for Sunday lunch but i had to decline as my ham is in the oven with roast potatoes which I like to baste!   Ah well, perhaps another invite will come when i am not so busy catering for visitors.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 10:44

Yes flumpy.  This has brought back memories of the Somerset Levels floods.  i do hope you and your parents do not get flooded.  Here in Bristol we had quite a lot of rain through the night but it is dry now,but we have a warning for heavy rain and high winds on Wednesday so there may be damage down here on the coasts.  I have lots of visitors coming tomorrow so have just put a ham in the oven for three and a half hours.  I have been wallowing in my two new gardening books - Carol Klein's new book is very beautifully illustrated with photographs while the Woodland Plant art book has me itching to get drawing.  The book was written by Heather Tanner and the etchings are by Robin Tanner and my copy is no.436 of the 950 copies printed.  I feel very special having such a book which took forty years to compile.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 20:06

No of course you are not too late,fruitcake, and a Happy Xmas to you.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 09:05

Hello Pat.  So sorry about the fires in Victoria .  Lightning can be so destructive.  Boxing Day is so mild here I will be able to get out in my garden for some fresh air and perhaps a little work.  I too am looking forward to growing and writing about all my new plants.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 20:23

TY Verdun - it is my pleasure.  More presents from my family after Xmas dinner -  white hyacinths, red roses in my Xmas bouquet, lots of films for when there is nothing on the telly, lovely warm sheepskin lined slippers and lots of wine and goodies to eat.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 11:39

Oh my goodness I  have opened the parcels that came before Xmas and my garden is well - catered for this year.  A bug hotel. a botanical tray, stripey amaryllis,thermal socks, garden therapy sign and two lovely books including our Carol's "Making a garden" plus lots of lovely food including a hamper full which I can plant up when empty with soring flowering bulbs and plants.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 08:20

HAPPY  CHRISTMAS, flumpy, and all my friends who visit my thread.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/12/2015 at 08:33

You too Snow.  Oh what a damp dark blustery morning for Xmas Eve.  It is a mild morning still but forecast to grow colder through the day.  Better to stay in the warm house and wrap Xmas presents.  I will deliver the neighbourhood cards before it gets dark.Xmas present plants are looking good with their decorations on!  Have to be kept secret of course.

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