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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 14:47

Just don a half hour's bramble cutting up in my butterfly garden.  It was onlt 3 degrees but no wind and still some sunshine and the sight of my snowdrops and cyclamen banished the cabin fever that was threatening already  A weed basket full every day no matter the weather suits me fine till the spring arrives  Any more is a bonus really.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 08:48

Frost on the grass this morning and still very cold but sunny and dry.  Max temp today only 3 so I will stay indoors.  The forecast is for the very cold weather to continue till Thursday at least so I may stay off cabin fever by writing or painting if I can keep the kitchen warm enough to do that.  Or just dig out some of my favourite books and curl up with them in front of the fire.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 20:05

Yes, one of my boys did that too once.  With such a huge garden I cannot compost or bonfire all of it so really appreciate having a  lot of debris taken away.

snow drops

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 16:33

You may get fined for digging up wild snowdrops.  All mine came from Eurobulbs except the "Colossus" ones which i bought one bulb growing in a pot from Colesbourne Park when they were £10 a bulb. Now i have about 50 and they still cost £5 a bulb.  Snowdrops do not like to be dried out in the summer .  They do well at the base of a slope.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 16:26

Yes, cutting ten metre long brambles into small lengths with the secateurs helps too., Forester2.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 15:08

My youngest son arrived for Sunday lunch and filled up the green wheeliebin with my weeds.  he also showed me how to use the end of the black recycling box to press the weeds down to make room for more - much easier on the hands when you are pressing down prickly brambles.  I can still learn from my children!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 10:08

Another dry sunny day in Bristol despite the warnings of snow and ice from the met. office.  Visitors today so have to get some shopping but I may get help to empty the four  weed baskets  - i find carrying heavy wire baskets full of weeds down the length of the garden very hard work now in the bitter cold.  It is not a case of singing for your supper here but gardening for it.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 18:42

Yes.  I have pink and white heather covered in flowers and the flowering quince is covered with its little "red roses".  I think we all crave some warmer weather now. flumpy1.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 08:57

We have a yellow warning for ice in Bristol in the afternoon so i will have to do my shopping this morning so looks like very little gardening will be done outside today.  Max temp is supposed to be six and then only for an hour.  We have reached the end of January and despite the lure of all the horticultural January sales and free postage and packing I have not spent anything on the garden so that nothing needs to come by post from heated greenhouses or packing sheds.  The conservatory is being kept frost free by the double glazing the heat from the lounge so no use of fossil fuel here either.   I have been using my excess produce from the garden last year from the freezer so no imported veg been bought either.  In all a very environmentally friendly month for Bristol's Green Capital of Europe Year.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 16:28

Too cold to work now so went snapping.  Some of my cyclamen coum do not have their petals swept back nd are very unusual.  My Xmas orchid has all ten buds open 5weeks after it came.  My pink amaryllis is still flowering, now into its third month of flowering.   The snowdrops just get more and more numerous each day.


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