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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 12:16

Sorry about the repeat of my yellow poppy picture - I really must have an early lunch as weariness is showing.  Two things I noticed on my safari; The Chelsea chop does work on sedum spectabile if you want late flowers to feed the butterflies in October and yellow sunflowers look knock- out against Oxford Blue paint.  It is nearly nine months into Bristol's Year as Green Capital of Europe and I am very pleased with my contributions.  The biodiversity in my garden has increased a great deal since I joined the Secret Gardening Club with their policy of eco-friendly packaging and I have managed without coach trips to pollute with diesel fumes all year.  My produce is and has been appreciated by friends and family and me - no food miles at all and all organic.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 12:05

Oh my goodness I took my camera for a walk up the garden to stretch my legs after a marathon session of potting up and was blown away by the beauty og it and that is before the acers come into their own.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 09:25

That looks good Pat.  We do not seem to be having a MacMillan coffee morning near me this year GWRS which is a pity as my eldest daughter is a MacMillan nurse and I usually support it.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 08:46

GG, well done to your mother still gardening at 94.  I hope you have inherited her genes for longevity and love of gardening.  Oh Pat you seem to be having more than your fair share of stomach problems.  I hope it settles soon.  Not a very good start to your spring weather either which cannot help.  I did not get all my new plants potted up yesterday so more to do today, but no rain forecast for today, just sunshine and warm.  And for the next week it seems so looking forward to getting lots of planting done. 

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 12:45

It started to rain then my 60 bareroot wallflowers arrived followed in minutes by my Secret Gardening Club plants.  Here they are waiting for me to don my raincoat and pot them up.  From the front, three each of Heuchera "Ruby Bells", Agastache "Tangerine Dream" (one with a flower on), Achillea "Gold Plate",Brunnera macrophylla, Eryngium bourgatii.and at the back my wallflowers.  Oh I do so love the bargains this autumn.  The Secret Gardening Club had a lovely video of Anne swithenbank talking about rescuing plants which have been neglected in some way and answered members questions about this.  So informative and enjoyable and held in her own garden.  I am really enjoying this club.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 11:19

My delivery of compost has just arrived just in time for my new plants coming between 11.29 and 12.29 by DPD!

 This was another of my end of season bargains - buy two get one free plus free P&P.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 08:52

Another beautiful day dawns in Bristol.  I am expecting my delivery of fifteen perennials (three of five kinds) today and have ordered more compost to pot them up.  the cold frame is nearly full so I shall be taking some up to the potager for the winter wher they will be snug in the south and west facing leas of the raised beds with gravel to sit on.  I am really appreciating my new wheelbarrow now.  I cannot believe I waited till i was so far into my eighties to buy one.  I can wheel three pots together in a third of the time it used to take me to carry them.  My bargain wallflowers are on the way too.I am hoping they will be large enough to plant out directly into the perfume garden.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 14:17

Yes, GG ten sunflowers just coming to their zenith for Mr. Fothergill's Nation of Gardeners trial.  They are "Titan" from seed.  Mine are not the tallest of the 20 or so participants but it is a lovely flower and has good leaves too.

Who still has bees?

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 11:27

Bees all over my sedum spectabile in the sunshine today, a few of them bumbles.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 10:04

Thank you, GG.  It is a bit nippy this morning so the birds were stripping my pyracantha bush of its berries while I made the bed.  The one on the top is the friendly one who loves to sit in a tree nearby when i am working in the garden and his mate is hidden in the berries.  You may be able to see her head just right of the hazel leaf at the end of the branch.


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