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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.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 12:01

I have just managed a good hour's gardening -thinning out the nettles in the butterfly garden and gasping every now and then at how beautiful my snowdrops are.  After coffee I will do the same again.  The primroses and primulas are going to be spectacular this year as well.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 09:06

Turned milder again and any precipitation we had through the night seemes to have come as rain as the garden is quite damp but sunny now forecast is for 7 degrees so may get outside gardening done today.  The wheeliebins have been emptied already so awaiting my input.  Yesterday I had a red daylily sent to me from one of my fb friends so have soaked its roots and now it is ready to be put into a big pot to frow on.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 21:08

A short flurry of snow this afternoon in Bristol and it is so cold now I think we may have some through the night.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 11:04

I pay £15 a year for my green wheeliebin, Lyn, being a pensioner.  I think it is about half but everybody had to pay for the bin upfront when the scheme started.  Many people did not have one as they thought it should be free since the garden waste is composted and sold as compost.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 08:53

Oh dear the temperature has gone down a tad, 4 the max today.  It is dry at the moment and we had a beautiful red sky this morning so I think rain or sleet will arrive soon.  Wheeliebin is stuffed ready to be emptied tomorrow morning anyway so will content myself with indoor gardening unless the sun shines.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 13:59

As promised we have wall to wall blue skies now but a fierce wind and cod so just took my camera out for a walk round just to stave off cabin fever.  There are snowdrops growing in corners all round and I bet some of my self seeds are coming up n a few of my neighbours' gardens as well.  They have certainly travelled some distance in my garden.


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