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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 22:14

Pampered radishes, flumpy.  I guessed you would be very tired starting back to work again.  We had a very wet dreary day in Bristol today and it is still raining so I am expecting lots of rainwater in my butts tomorrow morning.  Reading your post again makes me think you have not got an ergonomically sound working environment.  If you work for a big firm it would be in their interest to make sure their employees can work comfortably without backache, eyestrain or sore ankles.  Otherwise they will have the cost of sick leave to suffer.  A well designed workplace does not cause those pains.

Do you recognise this flowering bush please?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 14:05

Laurie Google Inula hookeri and you will see long slender leaves and spiky flowerheads just like your picture.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 13:58

It is Pat.  I was cleared of Diabetes 2 after 50 years of being on a diabetic diet and eating at seven, one and seven after the sugar stayed high after the birth of my first child and it was like getting out of prison having the freedom to eat when it suited my work schedule!  Te doctor put it down to my good living - lots of fruit and veg. and exercise.

Do you recognise this flowering bush please?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 13:52

I think it is Inula hookeri which I have in my garden.  It is a perennial much loved by bumblebees and butterflies.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:08

Well the rain did arrive as predicted but I did manage to pick in the ripe plums and a bowl of rose petals for pot pourri before it did.  It is not heavy as yet so do noy expect much in the waterbutts if it stays this way.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 08:28

Lovely bright sunny morning with not a cloud in the blue sky but the forecast isa for rain after eleven so must get up the garden quickly and leave the household chores for later.  My neighbours went home happy with their booty especially as I added a punnet of tomatoes each from the conservatory.  They did not look scratched or injured in any way so must have sensibly taken their time to be careful in an unknown wilderness!  No doubt they will now be busily preparing it all for their freezers.  One lady I gave a basket of Bramleys to last year told me triumphantly in May this year she was about to use the last boxful from her freezer for apple crumble.  It is lovely to know they are being eaten and enjoyed for months after being picked.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 15:09

Two of my neighbours are up my garden picking blackberries, bramley apples and plums for their freezers so I have left them to it and taken pics.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 12:05

I have a blackthorn bush which I prune rigorously to keep in its place and get good growth as it is there to attract brimstone butterflies which it does.  i get two broods a year.  The thorns are vicious so beware.  If you are putting it in a hedge it will keep out intruders.  Sloes grow wild round here - in fact mine was a present from the birds!  Your canna will give you great pleasure.GWRS.  it needs shelter in the winter but Tenby does have mild winters usually.  Lovely part of the world.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 10:09

 Yes Gazanias are amazing but some people do not like the way they close up when the sun goes in.  They are such a brilliant flower and so long flowering that I think they are worth it.  None of my fuchsias came with names (like a lot of my roses) as they were bargain parcels.  But that is a beauty.  Lots more buds to open yet.  Lovely to hear from you Lyn.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 09:20

Yes, busy clearing the site - picking the ripe blackberries for freezing and then cutting down the plants and digging out the roots.

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