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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 15:09

Two of my neighbours are up my garden picking blackberries, bramley apples and plums for their freezers so I have left them to it and taken pics.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 12:05

I have a blackthorn bush which I prune rigorously to keep in its place and get good growth as it is there to attract brimstone butterflies which it does.  i get two broods a year.  The thorns are vicious so beware.  If you are putting it in a hedge it will keep out intruders.  Sloes grow wild round here - in fact mine was a present from the birds!  Your canna will give you great pleasure.GWRS.  it needs shelter in the winter but Tenby does have mild winters usually.  Lovely part of the world.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 10:09

 Yes Gazanias are amazing but some people do not like the way they close up when the sun goes in.  They are such a brilliant flower and so long flowering that I think they are worth it.  None of my fuchsias came with names (like a lot of my roses) as they were bargain parcels.  But that is a beauty.  Lots more buds to open yet.  Lovely to hear from you Lyn.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 09:20

Yes, busy clearing the site - picking the ripe blackberries for freezing and then cutting down the plants and digging out the roots.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 08:38

The new site is surrounded by snowdops which is a good beginning, Pat as they are very fragrant.  I am growing wallflowers and sweet william from seed and plan on buying some very fragrant pinks.  I have a white flowered and a pink flowered deutzia I can move in the autumn to bolster the myrtle tree and new Maid Marion rose.  Narcissus poeticus will go in in numbers (as many as I can afford.)  There is already a picnic table and bench there (courtesy of my neighbour who never lets anything go into a skip from the demolition site he is working on if he can bring it home for me)  The Bramley apple tree and Victorian Pear tree are nearby and both have very fragrant blossom.  I have large pots of lavender also courtesy of the same neighbour.  The herb too will be raided for cuttings to make new plants and I have two very fragrant honeysuckles I plan to grow up wigwams.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 14:30

No.  Beautiful dry weather now but the plants loved that one rainy day we had.  No more rain forecast till Thursday so I'm busy clearing a wide border for my perfumed garden (new).  Feels pretty warm in the sunshine but I dare not take off my long sleeved sweatshirt as I am dealing with a lot of ferocious brambles.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 14:14

Awww,my neighbour finished his new wall between us at the weekend.  It is quite beautiful.  I have had gazanias flowering outside since Jan.!st and still they come.  And one of my miniature gardens featuring a sempervivum.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 08:38

That vest reminds me of when I used to unravel the best bits of two of the children's old jumpers to make a "new" Fairisle jumper for one of the others.  Someone always had to have a makeover garment when the money ran out at Xmas when I tried to make sure they each had a new toy. book, garment and selection box of chocolate!  Your stew sounds delicious Pat.  I do the same thing with pork chops as lamb is very dear here.  And make it go further with dumplings put in for the last half hour of cooking.  My friend sent me some lovely pics of his garden at the weekend.  His morning glory is trying to reach the roof.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 13:10

OK just for you - Bungalow pie decorated with Sunlemon, Sunchocolat and Red Bodyguard not on the market yet tomatoes from Mr. Fothergills.  As I  suspected Subchocolat are good for cooking .as they have robust skins.




My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 10:51

Bungalow Pie flumpy.  My upmarket version of cottage pie made with minced steak, fresh tomatoes, elephant garlic and fresh herbs in the base and the freshly dug potato topping with mature cheddar cheese and butter and herbs crust.  Called Bungalow Pie as I live in a huge bungalow.  I grow elephant garlic beneath my many rose trees and never have any diseases.  Today I used some left from last year's harvest but this year's is ready.  Much milder than ordinary garlic but much easier to peel and much, much, bigger.

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