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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 08:38

Last mild day for now I think.  Frost forecast for through the night so I will gather up the rest of my tnder plants and put them in the garage till I get time to find them some more congenial winter abode.  

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 12:48


November, you must remember,

Can be very drab and dreary.

Short days and long nights engender

Feelings very weary.

Yet November can be useful

To gardeners like me;

Planting tulips by the potful,

Making Welsh cakes for tea.

November gloom is the bad

Which shows us what  is good -

Sunlit skies that bring a wad 

Of warmth to bleakest mood.

We know not good without the bad.

Else we are barren souls.

Life without death is only a germ.

I would rather be whole.

So thank you , November,

For being yourself.

Having you in the Year as a member

Is great for our mental health.

Last edited: 31 October 2016 12:49:12

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 12:36

The sun came out and, as it usually does when I am doing a repetitive job like cutting up bamboo shoots for the bin, my mind turned to poetry.  So coming in for a bite to eat I opened one of my books which I keep in the kitchen.  I was struck by the dearth of poems written about November so I wrote one.  The autumn colour today is delightful in every direction from my garden.  The beech tree next door is glinting with gold in the sunshine and , under a fir tree I found a tiny chestnut tree with huge yellow leaves. I  will post my poem in a separate post.

Last edited: 31 October 2016 12:37:58

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 08:42

Oh such lovely weather to be in Tenby GWRS.  I keep very well TY.  Another splendid day ahead.  So very mild for the time of year.  No mist or fog here this morning in Bristol.  End of month now.  November is tulip planting time for me.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 15:56

Yes Joyce the conservatory is overflowing but luckily I have windowsills all round the bungalow so the overflow goes in there, all except the room I sleep in!  Hazel, my avatar has been beheaded like Marie Antoinette.  No idea why.  I rather like the picture of me in my gardening sunhat which originally had the Lord Mayor of Bristol on one side of me and his Lady on the other as I was tending my plant stall at a MacMillan Nurses Fete.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 15:15

Looking out of my front bedroom window at the autumn colours of Bristol.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 09:19

Awww, Verdun, only three of the many wonderful things that contribute to my happiness provided mostly by my friends and family and Bristol wildlife.  This amazingly mild autumn weather is helping too this year.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 08:29

.Another very mild day for end of October nearly.  Forecast to be dry all day though it will be dark early as the clocks have gone back, but gardening calls.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 08:41

So dark this morning and gloomy.  No sun forecast for today after the glorious day yesterday but no rain either and very mild for the time of year.  We must have had some mist this morning as all the garden furniture is damp.  Still it is good enough weather to work in

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 15:01

No sooner typed than done.

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