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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 14:11

Agreed, Fruitcake.  I shrieked - all that electricity, what a waste - at the TV screen  It was supposed to advertise our Green Capital of Europe year but did the opposite!!!  I am sure they could grow salads somewhere along the Bridge!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 13:33

The local BBC news (points west) has just been previewing what is happening in our Green Capital Year in bristol and it includes trying to get Bristol to be sustainable in food - my efforts to feed myself, family, friends and neighbours from my garden will help towards that.There will be an art installation of a boat moored in Leigh Woods (global warming) and over 700 orgaonisations have already signed up to help.  I know the Botanic Garden is one of those.  The students at bristol University are already the best at recycling in the country too.  All very, very exciting.  what a start to 2015.  The weathermen say we may reach 14 degrees today and colder but sunny tomorrow.  The cycle of alternate wet and dry , mild and a bit colder seems to be on again.  No wonder I have so many plants in flower.  But what of pollinators - none sighted so far.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 11:44

Strangely all the gazanias left flowering are the yellow ones, flumpy 1.  Forgot to look at the sarcococca Topbird but I could smell it so must be in flower.  First ecologically friendly job is to empty out the wonderful wormcast  compost from my wormery and give it a good clean and start it up again.  i will have to dilute the compost with used potting compost before using it for mulching.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:28

Some like the heathers and chaenomeles and bergenia I am used to seeing now butgazanias still in flower outside!!!  The primroses do look lovely against the deep brown of the fallen leaves.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:25

As promised - 19 pictures of flowers in my garden this New Years Day.


It is forecast to reach 13degrees in Bristol today with some rain so the garden is getting off to a good start.  I shall be popping up soon for some fresh chives from the garden as I have a vegetarian son coming for lunch so need them to sprinkle on his soup from last year's produce and put in his omelette.  If it is not too wet I will take my camera and search out the flowers to show you.  My blackberry bush "Reuben"had blossom on it yesterday.


Posted: 31/12/2014 at 22:51

Aww, flumpy1, it has been lovely having your company on the thread.  i was so glad you grew some nice tomatoes. More new veg for you to try next year I hope.  Soon be time to close this one so I am wishing you all a Happy New Year with lots of good gardening weather and plentiful crops.


Posted: 31/12/2014 at 18:16

Happy New year and a very happy retirement. Linda.  I retired at 29 to start my large family, then at 60 from my being a landlady of flats, then at 75 from boarding French children in the summer and students in the winter and then at 85 from being a volunteer at the Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden and, as I am still a "Nation of Gardeners" participant for Mr, Fothergills seeds no doubt have one more retirement to make!  The produce from the garden certainly helps with the budget and the exercise keeps you fit.


Posted: 31/12/2014 at 16:08

I have just tidied up a bit in the garden, very leisurely as I was ruminating on the changes there have been since it was first built in 1928 by a young man who self built the bungalow, then only four small rooms and the garden from a corner of the farmer's field, hence the name of the bungalow, "Springfield" as it was built on the spring field.  The builder emigrated to Australia a few years after and the army major who bought it was in a wheelchair and so had his gardener make nine serried ranks of concrete paths , all parallel, across the middle of the garden, now almost invisible as I have filled the beds with shrubs and roses and alpines and - you name it, I have it somewhere and the edges are all blurred by the spilling foliage and flowers.  We bought the bungalow from the major's gardener and housekeeper to whom it was left.  He had built a lean -to kitchen on the back, a garage where the pig sty had been, a very large drawing room with French doors opening on to the garden and put silk oak flooring in the hall. He also had put a floor and lighting in the loft for storage and a pullup folding ladder to reach it.  His gardener had extended the orchard and grew masses of strawberries and herbs for the housekeeper.  The major died in 1964 and then we moved in with 4 children and another on the way.  The garden seemed big enough to suit the whole family, always a quiet spot for the pram, old trees to make tree houses, corners for "Shops" and "museums" or just dens, grass to camp out on in tents with friends, loam enough to feed us all and masses of fruit.  What changes it has seen since then - seven children all grown up, seven grandchildren nearly all grown up.


Posted: 31/12/2014 at 13:16

Yes 2015 thread all sorted as it is Bristol's Year as Green Capital of Europe, Busy-Lizzie.  It will start tomorrow.  I think I will call it My Garden in Bristol's Year as Green Capital of Europe, 2015. or something similar.

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