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Albizia not flowering

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 21:38

I found a better picture of the albitzia taken on 19.08.2010.  The bush was then about six feet tall.


Talkback: Wordsworth's garden at Dove Cottage

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 21:24
My poems usually wake me up in the middle of the night begging to be written and refusing to let me go back to sleep, but the hours I spend in my own garden and the Bristol Botanic Garden doing repetitive but pleasant tasks like weeding are when the thoughts that demand to be written down are formed in my mind. As a younger woman going for a long country walk would do the same. As for mod. cons, Kate, I had no electricity or running water in our tenement till I was 15 and my parents rented a council flat. Hard work for my mother with three children to keep clean but she managed it. There was no garden but plenty of hills to roam around and pick blackberries in. I managed to write poems then too - you can do a lot of thinking picking blackberries.

Albizia not flowering

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 16:12


Here is the Albitzia flowering in the Bristol Botanic Garden on 05.08.10.  That was a good summer and it flowered early.

Albizia not flowering

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 15:50

Sorry,Bird Lady.  I  am a volunteer gardener at the Bristol University botanic Garden in Bristol  where we tend to have fairly mild weather as we get some shelter from the Mendips.  The Albizia there is in the C.hinese Medicinal herb Garden.  I probably have a picture of it somewhere.  i will look.


Albizia not flowering

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 11:53

The Persian Silk Tree at the Botanic Garden is a picture in the late summer and autumn.  They grow like weeds in parts of the USA but seem a little difficult here.  The one in the Garden is sheltered by a high wall and is fairly old,  Would you have a sheltered place to put it outside.  It needs a deep mulch, about a foot of bark every autumn.


no apples!

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 18:34

Poor crop of apples n bristol too and i have been eating strawberries three times a day for eight weeks.  they are tailing off now but the freezer is well stocked to make up for the dearth of Bramleys.

Indoor plants that will absorb odours

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:11

I have noticed on my visits to large gardens that they use Spider plants in the toilets.  They look so good too.  i now have one big one that goes in my toilet for the winter when it is too cold to have the window open and it works.


How to grow Agapanthus with zero effort-do nothing !

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 16:13

That's what they get in Madeira by the roadsides - total neglect and left to theit own devices like our foxgloves in the hedgerows and verges.

Is it ever going to STOP!!!!

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 09:54

My garden is so lush I now call it my temperate rain forest.  Lots of pruning to do.  The strawberry crop has been amazing.  Eight ice-cream cartons full put in the freezer for the winter and i am still having them three times a day with cereal, scones and cream or ice-cream.  My raised beds are and have been stuffed with veg and flowers for a month now .  braod bean crop super, great lettuces and salad leaves and rdishes and spring onions.rainbow chard a great success.  I can definitely recommend raised beds for wet seasons.  they drain beautifully.  I have finished eating my Swift, first early potatoes and they were delicious.  Starting on the King Edwards this week as they have been in flower some time.  The colour in the garden has been and still is superb, sespecially the Sweet William and the hardy geraniums and phygelius.  only thing is I haven't had many meals outside this year, but then one cannot have everything one wants in this life.  Stick at it everybody.  when you get to my age you will know what to expect from the British weather and how to cope.  Painting from your pictures in the winter is great too!

Rockery plan

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 20:04

There are lots of books on how to build a rockery - either from the library or secondhand very cheaply from the net.  They used to be all the range in Victorian times.  My alpine plants go into my scree garden which is slate on top of well drained soil with a few outcrops of rocks for sun roses(helianthemums), saxifrages etc.  I built it myself when I was over 80 so no mountains for me.  But I did watch a large rockery (the Meiterranean Bank) being built at the Bristol Bot. Garden where I am a volunteer gardener and that is how it was the professional gardeners.  They had mechanical dogger to help.

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