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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 11:42

I used to make seven, Xmas cakes that is - for presents.  Then I started painting pictures.  Nowadays I grow lots of plants - giving red camellias this Xmas and pleased to see they have buds on.  I have done quite a lot of tidying up the garden - eucalyptus bark everywhere!  It was ambrosia to me to get out in the fresh air again and my few sprigs of honeysuckle are scenting the whole house.  THrilled to see pink, purple and white hellebores starting to flower as well as the green.  And the birds came to keep me company in their droves.  The wind must have been dreadful for them. I took some pictures of my treasures since it is December 1st.








My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 08:37

The wind has dropped and it is very mild for this time of year but looks quite damp out the garden.  Still the forecast is for mostly dry so should be able to get some tidying up done and I will treat myself to some of the lovely honeysuckle for my study mantlepiece.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 13:02

Oh I must look up St Oggie!  I am alright with St. Andrew as St, Andrews  was my first university.  Two of my deliveries have arrived and i now have all the ingredients to bake my three Xmas cakes, including the most delicious looking glace golden cherries - oh how my hands were itching to try one!  I have looked at the brandy bottle and it needs a new one bought this year.  Forgot about that.  One of my deliveries is coming next Tuesday they tell me  (Black Friday log jam) and I am still awaiting my plants but they come Royal Mail who comes late to our lane.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 11:13

I could as my monthly supply of food is coming today flumpy but I shall have a feast of Scottish music and poetry instead.  As a teenager I was always booked to perform at some function or other on those nights!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 10:57

I managed to get up the garden to inspect before the rain started again.  No damage done but lots of winter honeysuckle in flower!  Also loads of new strawberry flowers but they will not come to anything.  If i did not have loads of frozen strawberries still to eat i would have brought the plants into the conservatory for winter strawberries!Out would come the paint brush to hand pollinate them.  i have done it a few years back and it is great fun.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 10:51

Thank you Snow,  Same to you.  I never forget it or Burns night!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 09:36

That sounds good, flumpy - implies my new perfume garden will perfume the whole half acre!  Which it might do actually!  I already have a lot of herbs that perfume the potager where I grow my vegetables and lavender in large pots all round the garden as well as rosemary in lots of corners.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 08:50

I think something along the lines of "2016 - my new perfume garden and onwards.".  There will be so much that is new in my garden next year that I am looking forward to writing and photographing it immensely.  The bulbs promise to be sensational for a start and all my new perennials.  GWRS the great delivery day is today - some things like the groceries I only ordered yesterday.  We have another yellow warning of strong winds again today,flowers, so I am not likely to be out in the garden - too dangerous when a huge bramley or a hunk of tree could fall on you.  It is also very wet and still raining but very mild so I have switched off the heating.  I bet the climate change talks in Paris will fail to mention how much fuel could be saved if people went back to doing things by hand or at least body power.  Gardeners could do without things like lawns that need lawnmowers.  Just think of the carbon emitted by the factories that make those.  Long grass full of wild flowers that can be cut by the kitchen scissors appeals much more to me!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 16:29

Starting on New Year's day, Verdun!

Holly Bush Flowers

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 11:24

Hello Linda.  Yes you need both sexes.  My mail bush is flowering for the second time now but the females are covered in berries with no flowers so looks like you have a male.  You can buy females covered in berries right now.

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