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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 08:13

Hello, Pat.  Thank you so much for the kangaroo pictures.  They must make gardening very difficult - so much fencing off and protecting of young trees!  Yes, the rest of the world is smiling at how we are buckling under 37 degree heat!  I was able to cope very well in 50 in the desert in Kenya but I was only 57 then and the humidity was very low.  It has been very humid here which makes it difficult to sweat and, not being used to it the infrastructure is not here to cope.  Some roads are melting, trains have been cancelled because of buckling lines and a quarter of the working population took "sick leave" yesterday and flocked to the seaside.  Offices too uncomfortable without air conditioning.  I stayed indoors apart from early morning and evening when I did necessary watering and strawberry picking.  It is cooler today and cloudy as rain is on the way.  I did not stay up till midnight to see the English women footballers play in the semi- final of the World Cup against Japan, just as well as I would have felt very upset for them in the way they lost by a last minute own goal.  They have done amazingly well to get thus far.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 13:35

Not on the market yet, WillDB but i like it too.  My climbers from Amazon courtesy of British gas have just arrived and are now having a drink after two days in the post in the hottest weather.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 09:50

This is one of my two new cosmos plants i had to try from seed foor Mr Fothergill's Seeds Nation of Gardeners Project.  It is called"Xanthos" a pretty cream and low growing so needs no staking.


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.

Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

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My Bristol Garden in 2015

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