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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:46

Flumpy just let your seedpods of the sweet peas dry out thoroughly then open up and separate the seeds from the detritus, store in an envelope with their name on in a dry place in the house.  The rain has stopped at last but the garden is soaked so will not venture out till the afternoon.  Looking forward to seeing your new purchases.  The sales are great at this time of year.  i find I am getting great big plants for about a pound each.  This week i am expecting delivery of three yellow scabious (Cephalaria gigantea), three Anamanthele lessoniana(pheasants grass), three Crocosmia "George Davidson" and five electric blue pentstemons.  I have also ordered leek plants and winter veg plants as I missed sowing those I have been so busy.  Freezing the plums I picked in yesterday now/

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 08:42

Oh such a wet dark morning.  Bank holiday Monday is a wash-out,  The kitchen patio has turned into a duckpond and we have heavy steady rain.  I can see me sorting out all my freebie seed packets today and trying to make a start on the conservatory to get it ready for the tender occupants coming in in October.  The forecast is not very good for the rest of the week with cold nights.  I do hope the weather improves for Sept 19th when we have the Bristol Group of the Alpine Gardening Society Annual Conference.  This year we have Jim Almond giving a talk called "Sowing, Growing and Showing"; Diane Clement on "Hepaticas a growing obsession", Christine Skelmersdale on "Creative Gardening with bulbs" and "Steppes in the Snowmelt" by Bob and Rannveig Wallis.  Next weekend too needs good weather for the Bee Festival at the Bristol Botanic Garden.  I hope many of you saw James Wong in the Bristol Zoo Gardens last Friday on Gardeners World.  I know those gardens well as the RHS used to have lectures there and I took my children and grandchildren there often.  The gardens are superb.

BBC -entertainment or education?

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 17:40

The best way to get information about plants and the most entertaining is to go on  a tour of a botanic garden like the Bristol University one with a volunteer guide or the Curator or one of the horticultural staff and do not be shy about asking questions that bother you. Next weekend is the Bee weekend in Bristol and all sorts will be going on including talks about bees.  I like just to amble round reading the excellent information boards and finding the plants they mention with my camera which is an extra eye really.It is open 10 till 4,30 and has refreshments so you can amuse yourself  for hours.  There is a Ritz of a bug hotel too to take home pics of insects to look up.  Tv could never compete with that for entertainment.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 08:44

I hope you find something nice to grow in the garden centre flumpy.  I know I get great pleasure from trying somethng it will be a case of weeding and planting when I can  I hope you are fit and well again Pat and are able to get out in your spring garden.  The weather has changed again in Bristol.  I am typing this wearing  cardigan on top of my Tshirt.  We had some rain through the night and more is forecast with top temp. at 3pm of 16 degrees.  Not at all like the sunny days we have been having recently.  But it is Sunday and Bank Holiday so visitors may arrive so baking and tidying the house are on the cards.  I have defrosted a large chicken to roast.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 21:52

My gazanias are so brilliant now and the white chrysanthemum


is opening its buds.


I'd like to share my pictures with you all

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 14:37

Beautiful close-ups flumpy.  Keep them coming.  How are your sweet peas?

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 11:30

You too, flumpy.  I hope you are not too tired after your week's work.  If you have ant spare pocket money now is a great time to get amazing bargains for the garden in the end of season sales, especially of the plants in 2 and 3 litre pots - big plants.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:27



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 10:18

Light just right for taking pictures.  I think it is going to be a very colourful autumn this year.  The apples are colouring up very nicely and the colourful stems like the tree peony.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 08:30

Hazier sunshine this morning but dry forecast for all day so should get lots done in the garden.  As forecast for next three days is rain I must make the most of today, then I can freeze and hang things to spread things to dry on the wet days.

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