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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 08:47

Wise chickens.  Cool feet means cool body.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 07:56

No problems with my heart rate yesterday, Pat,  Thank you for asking,  i stayed indoors with all the windows and doors closed to keep out the heat and drank lots of water and very cold milk and fruit juice.  Today is forecast to be even hotter and many thunderstorms coming up from France.  So another day indoors.  Wimbledon has reduced its intake so the spectators can have access to shade and the water fountains easier.  My trachelospermum which was due to be delivered from Amazon yesterday did not arrive so I am afraid it may have perished in a hot van somewhere.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 21:13

Hello flumpy.  I have just been watching Love your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh in the Somerset Levels because one of my FB friends was featured with her She- shed.  I had seen pictures of it but it was lovely to see it on TV and they interviewed Dana too.  Did you manage to stay cool today?

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 10:55

Latest says 36 for London. 33 Bristol .  Lots of advice to stay indoors and avoid drinking tea, coffee or alcohol.  Wimbledon may be curtailed if it gets too hot,  I have 12 of the family visiting next weekend so lots to do but only in the cool of the evenings or early morning.  Thunderstorms that may bring flash flooding is being warned by the weathermen as well.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 09:03

Forecast for Bristol is unbroken sunshine for the whole day and it is warm already.  Which means I am confined to the coolest room in the house because of my heart condition and can only feel grateful for Wimbledon to keep me from getting frustrated.!  I will water in the conservatory with all the vents, windows and doors open. then retreat back to the study and my laptop.  Retail therapy comes to mind but I must think of my carbon footprint now and that would mean delivery by van.  If only every new delivery van bought from now on ran on eco-friendly fuel!  If I was Prime Minister I would use draconian laws like that to help people like me with carbon consciences so they could shop online in heatwaves with clear consciences.  I could then search for low carbon footprint plants and seeds and order them.  Bristol has been the Green Capital of Europe for six months now but, surrounded as it is by the M4 and M5 the air pollution on hot days is horrendous.  We need a tree corridor both sides of all motorways.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 22:20

A rewind there somehow!  Here is a rhapsody in blue and purple  from my friend's garden.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 15:14

They have mostly veg. in Pat but quite a few flowers too to bring in the pollinators for the peas and beans and one has red and blackcurrants and strawberries in it.  i had them built when i reached 85 so as not to have to bend and dig so much.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 13:17

Pictures from my garden this morning.

 Just try to imagine the perfume from the Sweet William, the mock orange blossom, the pinks, the roses, the lavender now flowering everywhere and the other fragrant herbs.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 11:48

I have six neighbours down one side of my garden and one the other and between them they have seven cats who all visit my garden and mostly get on well together - three pure black, one black and white, one marmalade, one tricoloured, and Smokey who is grey.  Some do greet me and one does tricks to order.  they all like to sit on a path and watch me work.  

We do not have extreme weather like you .  All of the UK is temperate but the south is about one month ahead in plant growth than Scotland.  Bristol is not as hot as London in the summer and gets more rain usually off the Atlantic. Biggest mammal i have is a dark brown friendly town fox though i once had a stray deer from the local golf course come over my six foot fence and nibble the tops off my roses.  But I have squirrels,hegdehogs, dormice and field mice and lots of birds from tiny wrens and finches to wood pigeons and seagulls. 

I have put my friend's plants into nice big pots,  one each side of my potting shed (garage) door so i will see them frequently and water as needed.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 08:38

Another lovely day forecast for us here in Bristol and most of the UK but warnings aplenty about the heatwave due tomorrow.  I plan on doing as much as I cam outside today.  Your wattle looks like it will soon be a good splash of yellow.  Those pine nuts you are growing are used in making pesto here with basil and olive oil for pasta as the Mediterranean diet is recommended for fighting against killers like heart disease.  Those cats look quite at home and loving the warmth of the wood burner.  Wimbledon starts today  and I shall watch the English girl Heather Watson play her first match this evening on the TV after a long day's work in the garden. I must plant up the lovely cleomes and cosmos plants my friend brought me last week first.

Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

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My Bristol Garden in 2015

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