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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 10:26

Joyce I imagine it would start week 1 with twelve competitors who would have three challenges to do, depending on the season.  The one who scored least points would leave and one person would be the star gardener for that week.Week two would have three different challenges and so on till only three finalists were left.  In the final they could be challenged to design and plant up a small garden for Chelsea and judged by the RHS standards.  The challenges could range from weeding , pruning, designing, propagating, all the things we have to do every day.  As for resting I was told at the age of three i had to take responsibility for my little brother who had learning difficulties and got out of bed every morning ready for my "Job".  This has never left me.  Those that know me well are used to it.  i remember when my parents visited once when I had just had my sixth baby in nine years and my mother asking my husband if I ever sat down.  He just answered simply "No".  I just laughed at her question as I had three extra people to feed for their fortnight's holiday!  A bit like you suggesting I go in for a gardening Bake-off program when I am stretched to the limit with a huge garden and house to care for and share with friends and family.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 09:25

Sun's out and today I start getting my front garden ready for Bristol in Bloom.  Pruning the very prickly chaenomeles will be one of the first jobs as it has finished flowering at last.  I swear it has been in flower for more than six months this year.  I will lift the white and green tulips now too as I put pelargoniums into the planter they are in.  The baby bath is already planted up with them and the wheelbarrow will be.  I mean to have the in fashion ladder with plants on the treads at the front door.  I see Alan Titchmarsh wants the BBC to have a gardening Bake-off.  Good idea as these programs are so popular.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 16:19

Visitors gone now and the rain stayed away.  We had tea in the lounge as it was a bit chilly outside  I copied Chelsea by making peepholes through which they could see giant foxgloves etc.  which they thought was amusing.  Three new visitors who had not seen the garden before were impressed.  I pointed out all the things that had been making me go WOW this week and told them the story of my Sorbus bristoliensis which is endemic to the Avon Gorge and my yellow Himalayan poppy which obliged by opening four buds today and looked splendid..  They brought lots of presents including a lovely chocolate cake.  No pictures Lily Pilly as i was much too busy talking and catering and i am not sure it would be polite to put the ladies on the web when they were my visitors. They all went home with a pelargonium "Fire Queen" and a saucer to put it on!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 08:18

Forecast is dry for all day so no need for sunhats for my Open Day.  I am off to the kitchen to make the scones now.  All jobs necessary in the garden have been done.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 17:29

All the items ticked off my list fir tomorrow.  just have to get up early to make scones, then pray for a dry day.  The temperature reached 1 today but is forecast to be 14 tomorrow.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 08:30

Another fine sunny day so going to do lots of work.  Pity abpot the variability of the weather as te forecast for tomorrow is cloudy.  I will give the conservatory a spruce up as that will be on show if the weather breaks at teatime and we have to serve tea in the lounge.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 18:45

It stayed dry all day so I worked till i could not do any more.  Then took pictures.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 10:22

Enjoy Liriodendron!  I am sure you will.  Plants popping up to music!  The leader of the club always helps with the tea and scones!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 09:20

Forecast is for cloudy but dry and 13 degrees with no wind Joyce.  Could be worse.  At least no rain.

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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 08:32

Looks like a fine day for gardening today in Bristol.  One of my friends is going to Chelsea on Wednesday so should hear all about it.  It is also my open day so all systems go till then.  I will be pruning and planting non stop today and scrubbing tables and chairs tomorrow.

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