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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 15:38

My alpines have arrived from SGC - bursting out of their pots so I should be able to get four or five good plants from each.  They will be quite good clumps by the time I can plant them out in the Alpine tapestry garden.  In the meantime they will fill up the cold frame nicely with the lid open except when we have heavy rain.  I made quite a lot of leaf mould this afternoon.  The weather is quite balmy now.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 11:50

Not Hotpoint for me Flumpy as I had my twin tub catch fire and the one I have has not been very good and my fridge freezer from them was defunct on arrival so, going on the 25 years trouble free service I have had from my Miele vacuum cleaner I am having a Triple A energy saving one from Miele delivered on Saturday.  Coop electrical so have good price and my dividend and they fit and take away the old one.  Five years warranty from the manufacturers too.  Thank goodness I will be clean again by Xmas!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 08:46

Flumpy it was 11degrees at 7 this morning in Bristol and set to get to 14.  Misty and damp though but heating off!  My plants did not arrive yesterday from SGC so I will have to stay in.  I have an online grocery order coming between 1 and 2 in the afternoon as well and my washing machine has conked out so I need to do some searching on the net for a new energy efficient one.  Luckily I have had a rebate of £145 from British gas as my monthly direct debits were too high and the £300 from the government for heating and £10 Xmas bonus have all gone in the bank this month so I will not need  my overdraught  or to cash in my premium bonds.  I might get a fright when I see the prices as I have not bought one for 11 years.  I did think I might hang on till the Boxing day sales but the pile of washing is horrendous already.  My cooker is over 21 years old too but seems to still be in good nick.  The new lampshade I bought online from John Lewis is just gorgeous and I am longing to have it up but told myself not to be silly when i caught myself looking at the stepladder.  I will have to wait till a younger person visits.  In the meantime it is sat on the chair opposite mine where I can drink in the lovely abstract design of leaves in the exact colours of my carpet!!!  Have a lovely day Flumpy.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 08:50

Good to hear from you Liriodendron!  It is 6 degrees this morning in Bristol but foggy.  Still the forecast is for 10 this afternoon so I should be able to get out in the garden.  Much as I love cooking I would rather be out in my garden with my plants and wildlife.  i just exist indoors by myself but live when I am out with the birds and my fox and squirrels.  It will be mild enough for a few insects today too.I am expecting my new alpine plants today.  I have a long list I want but my budget will not stretch to buying them all.  I did get £10 garden voucher by writing a letter to Amateur Gardening Weekly the other week so perhaps more "gardening journalism" as my friend calls it would help get my supplies.  I have a friend who loves to take me out to spend my "money" at a garden centre when I have saved a bundle as I let her buy something for her own garden off it.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 08:44

Not much warmer this morning although their is no frost  but not forecast to get above 5 today in Bristol but the forecast for Tuesday to Friday is for much milder.  I will make Xmas cakes for presents today as I enjoyed cooking stews for the freezer so much yesterday. A warm kitchen and warm me and food aplenty for the winter makes up a little for not being able to get out in the garden.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 22:35

Yes Joyce I spent a good many hours trying to rid the corners of the Botanic Garden of that!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 12:32

I have just taken a picture of my Owl family for my fb friends who love seeing them in my pictures so thought you might like to see them  I have an Owl watch too.  And a private club of "Wise Old Owls" but you have to be 80 to get into that one.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 11:47

James Wong in the Guardian is writing about "Lawns" without grass this week!  Always knew my gardening was at the forefront when it comes to design!  I would not recommend Pratia though unless you have a very large garden like me and most people don't nowadays.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 11:02

Flumpy that is beautiful, TY.  Hard lines about the car and the beeping people!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 08:31

Everywhere is white again and only 5 degrees forecast for Bristol today so very cold though dry and sunny.  I think it is a cooking and baking day for me today.  It will keep me warm and replenish my stocks.  Next week is set to warm up again.  I hope you are all managing to stay warm.

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