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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!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 15:50

Just before it starts to flower Maureen in the spring.  It is an excellent green manure and weed suppressant!  Even bindweed will not appear in a patch of it!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 11:23

Oh Buttercupdays your post has reminded me to get some hips from the Rosa rugosa hedge fronting our local pub whose flowers i sniff every time I pass when it is in bloom!   Yes bulbs do well in long grass and in my spinney I have the wild Narcissus pseudonarcissus which just spread every year without any help from me.  They are not tall so no wind would harm them Liriodendron and very cheap to buy.  They also smell lovely in quantity.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 09:44

My goodness what a wonderful response full of good wishes to my new thread.  Thank you all so much.  Maureen I too have lots of Limanthes douglasii - the poached egg plant.  I used it as green manure many years ago and Bob Flowerdew answered my question of when best to dig it in at a talk he gave, saying dig in half and leave half for the butterflies so now it delights me in paths far from the original veg. patch!  Lovely annual and last year I had three flowerings, same as the forget-me-nots and the weigela shrubs.I read in one of the newspapers yesterday that the journalist thought we had lost a season last year.  I think we had an extra one.  Pat your gladioli are spectacular,  I do wish engineers could come up with a way to send some flood water to the countries with drought problems.

My garden is very damp this morning but it was 10 degrees at eight o'clock so feels milder indoors at least.  My family visitors did not leave till almost midnight so I got up late.  The smell from the Xmas hyacinths is super in the kitchen and I now have six spikes from three bulbs.  These will certainly go out in the garden after they have finished flowering with the hope of new baby bulbs forming.

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