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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 13:46

Got all my jobs done so went on safari with my camera.



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 08:45

We have escaped the fog here in Bristol and have a bright sunny morning.  But forecast is for rain tomorrow and Tuesday so must get as much as I can done today outside.  I will bring the last of the succulents in to the conservatory as well as filling up the green wheeliebin with weeds I have been piling up to be cut up small.  Picking in the best of the huge Bramleys so they are not spoiled by being felled by the rain is a priority too.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 17:03

Better to keep your seeds in a paper bag flumpy in a dry place.  Write the name on the bag or envelope.  Nice pictures.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 12:36

Been shopping and walked past the flower shop as i have 12 new plants coming from the Secret gardening Club but did stop at the bargain box at the Charity Shop and bought these five at 20p each.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 10:40

Took out my camera and experimented with the close-up mode as the misty weather was just right for romantic pictures.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 09:01

A touch cooler today as 14 degrees is forecast as tops but warmer again tomorrow and still dry and no wind so more weeding and planting in my perfume garden planned.  There are ten violas showing their colour now and some are definitely yellow so I have been sent a mixture.  I have sent for three types of primula, two of them candelabra type on offer from the Secret Gardening Club this week and a blue and white salvia.  Primulas do very well indeed in my garden so these should look good edging the new bog garden.

Getting rid of Bindweed

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 14:03

I am clearing almost solid bindweed, nettles and brambles to make a perfume garden.  The patch I did about a month ago(forking as i cannot dig and pulling out all roots i could) is now covered in new weed plants again so I have had to once more extricate every little root before i plant up.  so far wallflowers and agastaches have been put into "clean "soil but I will be watching for fresh weeds all through the winter and spring.  I find after a long lifetime of gardening the physical way is the best and getting your hands in the soil is very satisfying.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 08:46

Another lovely day has dawned in Bristol so more planting today.  Two more violas are flowering in the conservatory, both the same colourway as the first one.  Quite exciting when you buy sale plants of the nursery choice as you watch to find out what they have sent you!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 19:12

Yes, those dahlias are still going strong on the kitchen table.  a fb friend who grows lots of dahlias for show told me the florist flowers are sprayed with a strong potash solution which seals the stems and makes them last longer in the vase as the flowers keep on growing even if the leaves have withered so that is why they had two heads!  I planted out new (electric blue) pentstemons today and tomorrow a new tree and agastaches will be planted.  Everything is growing still and the soil is very warm.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 14:50

So glad for you flowerlover2!  Yes they are lovely plants and very environmentally friendly people too.  I have worked myself to a standstill this afternoon and took some pics including some in the conservatory where i noticed one of my hundreds of spring bedding plants, a viola, has a flower open!


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