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Posted: 03/04/2014 at 12:30

Worked all morning in the slate scree and Persian runner, weeding and reolacing the weeds with polyanthus plants, saying goodbye till next year to puschkinias, ipheons, scillas etc and hullo to fritillarias and early bluebells, admiring the primroses, planning my next big step to transform what was my Olympic rings into an Olympic shrubbery.  for which I have in big pots nine azaleas and three dwarf rhododendrons, one red patio rose I bought at Wisley and lots of bulbs and polys for in between.  Now I am looking anxiously at the sky which is glowering back at me as I would like to have a break and visit my friends and the plants I cared for at the Botanic Garden, but should not if the pollution returns.  Perhaps the time has come for supermarkets to stock facemasks like they have in Chinese cities.  Better safe than sorry.  Well, early lunch then we shall see.


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 08:53

Oh, Thank you so much ,garden jeannie.  Your neighbour must be very grateful for your thoughtful help.  I am sure she would love some magnolia perfume in the house . Lots of flowers do float so do try it.  It is certainly worth it for the flowers that hang their heads to ptotect their pollen from the weather like hellebores.  You can then appreciate their nectar guidelines and the beauty of their stamens.  I have sent in an application to the team who do the Britains Best Gardens series but have not heard anything yet.  They must have hundreds apply but i thought my celebrations for being fifty years tending the same garden would tie in with Alan's fifty years as a gardener.  It would be lovely for all my friends to see what I talk a great deal about on the telly.  I know how much time looking after children takes.  i had seven and still remember as i tend my gardenwhat the children got up to in it. They had a three tiered tree house, a museum with the treasures they had dug up all labled- some of the bones had marvelous Latinised dinosaur names,made "Puddings " out of the blackberries and wild strawberries, made dens and shops and houses and camped under the Bramley.  They had a small football pitch and a badminton net and tennis net, swings from tyres on ropes, aerial descents from the biggest trees and masses of flowers the girls would pick for decoratng their bedrooms when they had had a big cleanout. They also had to put up with me dishing them up large helpings of broccoli etc and boasted tht only us and the queen could have veg as fresh as this! Ahh, the memories. But back to the present as rain is forecast for this afternoon in Bristol.  It is quite dull now but the pollution seems to have dispersed a bit so I may get some work done outside today.  Yesterday was quite impossible.


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:21

End of April last year up in the butterfly garden.  Do you think that is enough, Edd?



Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:07

December at my front door;



Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:03

And November in my garden:



Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:57

Still testing.  October in my garden.



Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:20

Testing again.  September in my butterfly garden.



Posted: 02/04/2014 at 12:54

Testing again.  August in my garden.



Posted: 02/04/2014 at 12:41

Testing again.

 July in my Butterfly garden.


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 11:43

Testing, Edd.June in my gard



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