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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 12:09

How about this for instant gardening?  I potted up my giant Xmas present Amaryllis yesterday afternoon and have just looked and it has grown half an inch!  It is in my warm kitchen on one of the windowsills.  

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 11:33

They are on the internet, Verdun under The Secret Gardening Club and on request will email you their latest offer.  You can become a paid up member for a year for £9.99 which entitles you to a weekly offer list  (last two were six pages complete with pics of the plant in flower), free P& P, prices about a quarter of the same from a good nursery. plus 10% off on your bill.  Every plant I have had has been superb, every bulb top size, packing well done and ecologically friendly with wet paper substituted for plastic pots often.  I got quite a few of my Xmas presents from them - marvellous gardening gloves much reduced in price.  You can just buy for one week too to try them out.  Delivery is usually by Royal Mail or courier if a big order.  The company in charge is the Yorkshire Lavender Co which is a reliable company.  There is a phoneline and email to keep in touch and friendly advice and help.On joining you get the password and code for the 10% discount.  They are on FB too and have lots of gurus like Sarah Raven blogging for them.  Anyone can join.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 10:47

We had a brief dry sunny spell when I dropped my book and hurried out to do some tidying but it is pouring again!  I will give the conservatory its Monday morning deadheading and watering where necessary.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 09:20

Our newspapers are reporting your amazing hailstones and heavy rain in the Snowy Mountains, Pat.  That looks like fast flowing water near your house.  Perhaps better not to have any vegetation for fear of blocking the drain?  Stay safe.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 08:46

Same to you Mollis!  My goodness Pat,  Your picture looks like a recipe for erosion.  Do show us a picture of it with plants growing on the hill.  Bristol has a yellow warning from the Met. office till 12 noon tomorrow for rain.  I have overflowing waterbutts everywhere in the garden.  It is still mild for this time of year though so no heating needed yet in the house.  Fuel bills should be down this year.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 19:42

Probably too small to give you any flowers this year,flumpy.  I have not bought anything from T&M for a very long time as the service was so poor - often wrong plants sent or dead ones or died in the post.  My favourite supplier resumes sending offers by email tomorrow after the break - Secret Gardening Club .  They collect remainder plants at end of season from good suppliers up and down the country and they are delivered P&P free at a very low price within five days  Often it is overspill from Chelsea and such like so the plants are topnotch.  Members get an email of offers every week.  Looking forward to tomorrow.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 16:33

Oh Yes I have read it several times.  Be lovely no doubt.  Still dry in Bristol and garden has drained nicely.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 14:07

Rain stopped, sun came out so I was able to get out into the garden for an hour where it was very warm and springlike with lots of snowdrops showing, primroses flowering with Iris danfordii yellow harmonising and a great deal of bergenia.  The forsythia flowers are just breaking and lots of hazel catkins.  I gave my Xmas hyacinths some company and at last potted up my Xmas Striped Amaryllis which said on the box this was the largest size bulb so should have lots of flowers.



My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 11:01

Oh dear - duck pond forming on kitchen patio and rain non stop since I got up.  Water table high so soakaway not working.



My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 09:02

What a wet, dark Sunday morning.  Still mild but wind forecast though it is still calm at the moment.  I was hoping to gather some forsythia twigs to put in a vase for early flowers but will wait to see if there is a break in the rain.  Two more days till i take down my Xmas cards.  The house always needs cheering up when they come down. It seems like the forecast is rain for most of the country which bodes ill for the people who have been flooded.  So depressing.  I do hope the electricity is back on for everyone.  First thing I did this morning when i got up was switch on the light!

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