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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 09:01

A picture taken yesterday of my friend's turkestanica variety of salvia.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 08:38

Another good day for gardening is on the cards in Bristol.  No rain forecast till it is dark anyway and still mild with no sign of any wind of account yet.  I have 12 new perennials needing to be potted on or planted out so that is the first job.  The three Xmas roses will then come into the conservatory to be brought on for Xmas.  When I was deadheading in there this morning I noticed lots of the violas could come out now they are flowering well to be hardened off for going out into the winter pots.  This mild weather is forecast to last all week.  Bodes well for tulip planting.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 20:11

That sounds really interesting GWRS.  Glad the weather behaved.  Seemed to be doing so for a lot of the Remembrance services according to the ones on the news.


Posted: 08/11/2015 at 13:42

The bright yellow flowers on the small species with brown foliage was a giveaway for the ones in the Bristol Botanic Garden when I was a volunteer.  Never allow them to seed and dig the whole plant up, roots and all.  In flower they are very pretty.

Mares tail

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 12:14

Equisetum was planted for illustration in the Evolutionary Dell of Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden and soon got out of hand.  To stop it spreading into the next garden which is the Mediterranean Bank one of the gardeners has just dug out a massive long ditch about four feet deep it looks like..  A barrier to keep the mares;tail out will be going in.  It has been going since well before flowering plants or even ferns so is a great survivor.  You are not alone.  I am lucky as it is not endemic in my district but if I did have a garden with it in I would start by digging ditches and putting in barriers, a bed at a time.  It has no spores or seeds so if you clean the beds inside the barriers it will not return there.  


Posted: 08/11/2015 at 12:00

Whoopee - Forever Amber.  i am a very long time established wildlife gardener - well before it became fashionable I was winning prizes for mine - a half acre urban garden.  On my study wall are certificates for Best Wildlife garden in Bristol from early 1990's.  My garden has been organic for the 51 years I have tended it so aim for that - no artificial fertilisers or herbicides or pesticides.  Right now sedums and asters should be in flower and there should be loads of berries so put rose bushes on your Xmas list and plant cotoneaster and pyracantha.  The birds will come soon.  I have had redwings and fieldfares come for the berries the native birds leave behind in cold winters.  Grow ivy over your old stumps - the variegated ones are so lovely.  Learn to take close-ups and you will be really keen to get out in your garden with your camera whatever the weather.  I know from experience what a lot of lovely wildlife adventures you are going to have.  Like my heron one.  I was tidying under an apple tree one May morning on all fours when I heard what i thought was a helicopter above my head I looked up straight into the eyes of a heron.  He had seen the movement through the apple blossom and thought it might be a frog.  The sound was his wings hovering.  Not many people get to be inches from a heron's eyes!  Enjoy your great adventure.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 11:26

The mechanical digger is going full pelt up in my neighbour'e garden so i just took out my hearing aids and got to work.  Too wet to step on the soil but could stretch far enough to place the plants where I want to plant them.  Planted over a hundred bolbs in pots - daffs, anemones, erythroniums and crocuses.  My William Shakespeare rose still has two nice blooms on and the asters are still giving a good show.  They go well with the gazanias which are still blooming.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 08:51

Not quite so wet this morning and little wind so might get some work done outside.  It is still very dark so will wait a bit as I do not want to get caught out again in the rain two days running.Conservatory temperature did not drop below ten degrees last night so still mild.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 15:57

Nice to see a bit of blue sky even for a short while.  I have answered your message Fruitcake and hope to see you Tuesday now.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 12:48

I braved the weather and got soaked but not my camera which was safely under my raincoat.  My neighbour has hired a mechanical digger to dig out the foundations for his new garage and the mud and puddles on our Bristol clay is stupendous.


Discussions started by happymarion

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