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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 16:43

A good long day's work now over.  I had to get more crumbs from the kitchen for my 12 friendly birds that come for food as the squirrels pinched the lot this morning brfore they arrived.  Tosser the wood pigeon must have been expecting me too and waiting on the bungalow roof as no sooner had I scattered the crumbs he was down tossing them all over the place.  The robin soon joined him and the two sparrows flew in quickly to snatch some and fly off with them.  They do not linger when tosser is there but the robin will feed within inches of his feet.  The conservatory table has a few more plants now.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 14:25

We have sunshine in Bristol at last, although I must admit it has been warm in the greyness of the morning.  Another mountain of prunings has been tidies away so the garden is looking more cared for now.  There are loads of bumble bees feeding on my asters which are in full flower.  Some are crawling in and out of the cyclamen flowers too.  Squirrels are scurrying about everywhere, some full grown some still youngsters, all looking for food to fill up on.  now and again one passes with a fallen apple or pear in its mouth.  Reminds me of the funniest thing i ever saw at the Botanic Garden one autumn when i was a volunteer gardener there.  A squirrel ran past me with a turbin on its head made of horticultural fleece it had acquired from one of the tenderish plants which had been wrapped against an early frost.  Evidently it found this the best way to get it to its eyrie.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 10:21

Well done on the spring onions Flumpy.  That's what come of joining the Union(in house joke).  I have done quite a bit in the garden this morning as the drizzle has stopped and. it is quite warm.  Planted ten bulbs of Iris "Katherine Hodgkin" in a nice terra cotta pot and cut up a container full of prunings from one of the mountains to line up by the green wheeliebin waiting for Friday morning.  I managed to squeeze another two tender plants onto one of the conservatory windowsills too GWRS.  Grit is good for covering the tops of tulip pots as it stops them smelling them so they do not know they are planted there.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 10:41

Rain came before 10am!   So started on the table in the conservatory.  I gave it a clean cloth and brought in one wicker container which will not last another year.  Roses and salvias still flowering well.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 09:11

Colder this morning, grey and dry but rain forecast for about 11 am so must get started soon.  plenty to do in the conservatory still if the rain gets too heavy.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 20:09

Good to hear from you Flumpy especially now you have joined the Union!!!   I do not think the weather is going to be as good next week.  More wind and wet and not quite so warm.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 15:27

Taraah!  Last windowsills packed with tender plants in the conservatory.  Just a few labels to be soaked and scraped off the reused pots when I have a minute and the conservatory is on its way to being shipshape and Bristol fashion for the winter.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 11:10

Yes Joyce I line all the heavy pots in a sheltered position by the bungalow wall till one of my sons visits, then in they come.  The conservatory has two steps up to it and the other way through the house would be too messy.  

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 09:12

Very heavy shower has just finished so rainbutts looking good now.  Sun appearing though now.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 08:27

Bristol had some rain through the night and there is still a little drizzle but the forecast is for some sunny spells so should get some bulb planting done in the borders now the rain has softened the soil a little.  I am afraid there is more unsettled weather coming next week with more wind because of storms coming across the Atlantic.  Hopefully most of it will be during the night.  i should get the last of the conservatory windows filled up with tender plants today and perhaps start on the central table.  then there is the task of scrubbing the tiles on the floor and bringing in the floor standing large plants.  Still I am up to speed with that task and all should be protected before the frost comes.

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