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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 09:00

Very damp out in the garden so we have had some welcome rain.  It certainly feels fresher if a little cooler.  The  wind has scattered a few tulip leaves as well on to my paths.  Shopping for plants this afternoon at a big garden centre. The gardener on Points West last night said there will probably be lots of perennial bargains about so we shall see.  I ordered a wheelbarrow with puncture less tyres yesterday from a local supplier which should be with me Monday so getting the compost to the raised beds and the weeds down to the green wheeliebin should be easier.I also ordered a solar light on a stand for the kitchen patio to make it easier to put the key in the back door when I come home in the dark.  All paid for by smaller food bills as i am now eating up last year;s garden crop of fruit and veg since this years is on its way,  Rhubarb needs picking.  Freezer space needs freeing up.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 14:29

My friend of the tiny garden has just emailed me pics of his red tulip collection, now all in flower.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:57

I reckon taking pics does not count as heavy manual work so here they are.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 10:44

Yes, Busy-Lizzie I was told at the Bot. Gadn fasciation is fairly common in double daisies.  actually the white ones are flowering this year but no sign of the red ones yet!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 09:06

Trying something out - 


Yay, it worked.  I keep tabs on the seasons by looking back at my 2014 thread and checking on 10th April 2014 I find as I suspected similar pictures of what is blooming at the moment so spring is early again in Bristol.  That day I posted this unusual double daisy, not showing this year.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 08:55

Pollution warning today for all of England so I shall not do any heavy gardening today, but the plants in the conservatory will be treated to some extra carbon dioxide as well as water as I had an "Enchanted" evening last night at the Redgrave theatre at the St. Mary's Players production of "South Pacific".    Strains of "Some Enchanted Evening".  "Bali Hi", "There is nothing like a Dame" and many more of the lovely songs that used to be played on all the Juke Boxes in the diners in Pittsburgh when I was  a post-graduate  student there will be drowning out the sound of the washing machine.  It is a tad cloudier than yesterday but the hazy sun is there and still very warm.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 12:51

Took some photos in the sunshine while my nettly hands calmed down.




My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 12:00

I have reduced my daffodil deadheading to 50 at a time now - getting there.  A few bluebells are opening and the hundreds of grape hyacinths are in bloom so the blue period is beginning.  I found one more dwarf tulip opening its flower today and two lots of leaves without a flower so the tally the fairies have brought me is now 5!  Fritillaries are making a good show and the dwarf "Shamrock" rhodo is opening its buds.  I cleared some caterpiller  food nettles away from the paths in the butterfly garden with gloves on but my hands are tingling as I type.  Aloe vera here I come.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 08:38

Another splendid day for gardening but perhaps I should do a little less today as I am going out to the theatre tonight - South Pacific.  Tomorrow is also forecast to be very warm and a chance of air pollution which always makes me take things easier.  Not averse to just sitting in my basket chair and looking at the spring display though!  I could make out my wishlist for the visit to the garden centre to spend vouchers on Saturday afternoon.  I have some good old terracotta half pans vacant so would like to get some sempervivum varieties to fill them.  Houseleeks are such a satisfying plant.  Which will necessitate buying some fresh horticultural grit.  There the list has started.

Clearing and fencing done NOW WHAT?!

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 17:07

Ah now you have to do the brainy part and also decide how much you can afford to devote to your hobby.  Faced with this task I, who loves to look out of my kitchen, lounge or bedroom and see something in flower, would take a monthly visit to a garden centre or nursery and buy a big pot of something in flower each month.  April I would buy a big pot of primulas or polyanthus, take it home and divide it up - probably get 15 or 17 little plants .  Clear a few small patches somewhere you can see them from your kitchen and plant in groups of five or seven.   Next year you will have a lovely show to cheer you early spring, something like this.


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