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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 11:49

Good to hear from you, BizzieB.  I have been to the shops to stock up for visitors as  it is Sunday but a quick cup of coffee and then out in the garden.  i must snap my chaenomeles which is covered in blossom and looks so good out in the front garden with the white heather.  Yes nearly time to divide the snowdrops and plant another two or three hundred.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 09:12

Looks like another dry day and mild again so outside work possible.  Perhaps we may get a bit of sunshine to persuade the crocus flowers to open up.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 21:15

Yes we had a sunny day in Bristol too, Linda, and it did feel good working in it.  My crocuses are showing but did not open up for me to snap them.  Soon will though.   I read today about the research into the effects of gardening on the body by Coventry University. They should be able to advise us on the way to tackle jobs in the most beneficial way for our health, like sports people are advised how to avoid sports injuries. 

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 09:03

Happy St. Valentine's Day to you all.  It is very damp in Bristol but promises to be drier and brighter later on and still mild.  May be a day for food shopping but I shall have to avert my eyes when i pass the florists as there are sure to be some temptations out on the pavement.  I should see some lovely crocuses out in front gardens however.  They will open up if the sun makes an appearance.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 22:11

Those yellow blossoms are forsythia - a shrub which flowers in spring, flowers before leaves.  If you bring the bare twigs indoors and put them in a vase of water they will come out ten days to a fortnight later, beating the ones outside which are still bare twigs.  Glad you are having the rat problem seen to, flumpyi.  Do try picking a bunch of your forsythia bush and bringing it into the warmth of the house.  If you leave the twigs to get leaves after the flowers drop they will start putting out roots in the water and you can plant new forsythia bushes in the garden.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:36

I don't think it used electricity,Linda, - just very fine nozzles for the water to be released from.  The children were enjoying it.  It was just one of the perks we are having this year.  Brightened up a drab winter's day.  Our lovely MP, Charlotte Leslie, announced her engagement to a presenter too.  Our local news program is very good indeed.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 16:32

Patience, Daryl2, it won't be long now.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 14:43

Really wet out in the garden so banished cabin fever by taking my camera round snapping my indoor plants.  My  Xmas moth orchid is still beautiful after gracing the kitchen for more than two months.  My red jasmine in the conservatory is tree sized now and the black aonium is losing the green from its leaves, always a sign the winter is coming to an end!  Lots of lovely shades and markings on my pelargoniums and the forsythia is so cheerful.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 08:48

So comfortable getting up to +7degrees this morning.  We may get up to 10 by the afternoon but it is very wet out in the garden and forecast is for heavy rain and even perhaps thunder and lightning so gardening outside is doubtful.  Pity since  the green wheeliebin has just been emptied.  A daffodil is just opening its bud in next door's garden so mine cannot be far behind, especially as mine are in the back garden which faces south and this early flowerer is facing north.It is sheltered by a large hydrangea bush which gives me an idea.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 16:34

Looking forward to that, Fruitcake and the weather is getting warmer.  I got the green wheeliebin stuffed ready for the bin men to empty tomorrow morning so ready for a cup of coffee now.

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