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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 08:45

Such a wonderful evening at the Friends of Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden meeting last night.  The president, Jekka McVicar cheerfully and efficiently despatched the business of the AGM in a record 20 minutes and we had an enthralling lecture from Dr. Chris Thorogood on Wildflowers of Western Europe for an hour and a half.  You could have heard a pin drop in the packed theatre.  Imagine if you will beautiful slides on a huge screen and splendid videos on subjects like the Dodder preying underground on its host plant, bees trying to mate  with bee orchids, all accompanied by a superbly lucid explanation from Chris.  Bliss!  It really is a very long time since I sat without fidgeting for that length of time.  We even had a mention of Madeira and tonight at the AGS meeting Dr. George Hargreaves is giving us a talk on the Landscapes of Madeira!  Perhaps the winter is not so bad after all when it brings such joys.

RIP Cliff Michelmore & Paul Daniels

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 11:49

I can see Cliff Michelmore right now reporting on the telly the Aberfan Disaster with the tears rolling down his cheeks.  I and millions of others were sobbing with him at the news of how many children were believed dead. He covered some dreadful news items.  RIP. 

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 08:35

Have a nice day in Lincoln GWRS.  I lived in Hull for two years but found that part of the country very cold.  We have another very fine day forecast.  I have a Friends of the Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden AGM tonight and talk on Wild Flowers of Western Europe and have to go shopping for food for tomorrow when I have a dinner guest so not so much will be done in the garden today, though my onion sets arrived yesterday so want to get them planted.Lovely sunshine now and it is getting stronger as UV has gone up  Soon need my sun hat!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 22:08

That flower with the four heads on is a primula.  I have them in all colours - yellow, orange, red,pink, blue and purple and mixtures.  They started as tiny plugs that cost me 2p each back in October!  I think that is the one you meant flumpy.  I really should take the time to at least name my pictures!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 11:19

The garden is just ablaze with flowers and the sunshine and warmth are bringing out the insects.












My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 09:45

My conservatory is a joy this morning, full of colour, pattern and scents.









My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 08:42

Not sunny this morning but dry and  degrees already.  Forecast says sun may break through about eleven and ten degrees expected today which bodes well for more work done outside.  

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 12:00

Been for health check.  The nurse said my GP will ring me when the results are back from the hospital in a few days.  Lovely weather so will be out there after a quick lunch,

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 08:25

I have my yearly check-up at the Healthy Heart clinic today so that will disrupt my gardening but got lots done yesterday.  Amazed to see the white Spanish scillas flowering so soon.  Broad beans showing in their pots in the conservatory this morning so that was only a few days germination.  I think my early potatoes will be planted Good Friday this year as they are sprouting nicely on the kitchen windowsills.  There are buds on the tree peonies and the hydrangeas are showing signs of life too.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 10:53

It is only a small garden saw GWRS but cuts branches a bit thicker than my loppers.  Have a great time up the allotment.  This sunshine is sublime.

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