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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.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 08:33

Yes, GG,one son is coming on Sunday to do some pruning in the front garden to try to prevent some leave fall on my long drive.  The neighbours have carte blanche to help themselves to fruit especially rhubarb, grapes and Bramley apples.  I stuff two freezers full at this time of year with food and next door has room in her large garage freezer for me too.  When I go to give a gardening talk in the autumn I take freebies of fruit and veg and flowers.  The upstairs two bedrooms are given over to storing apples and pears,potatoes and onions, and bunches of drying herbs.  The family when they come for a meal take bags full home too.  The wildlife loves my abundant larder as well.  Not for nothing is Bristol the Green Capital of Europe this year.  The harvest is great.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 22:11

Half an acre site including the bungalow,GG.  I have it split up into different rooms including a scree. fernery, bamboo grove, woodland walk, Persian carpet, potager, butterfly garden, spinney and now am making a perfume garden and just finishing off a bog garden.  The conservatory for my tender plants is attached to the lounge so i can garden in the winter without braving the elements.  I have lots of interesting trees including a eucalyptus, Indian Bean tree, Mediterranean oak, Gingko biloba,tulip tree. amelanchier, a myrtle as well as lots of natives.  And fruit galore - pears apples plums strawberries currants, blackberries.  Roses galore as well and conifers and heathers for the winter months.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 19:04

Yes we were a bit like the Waltons!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 17:12

Yes all the bedding plants are going in my Persian Runner - a long border up the centre of the middle part of my huge garden.  I still have to clear it as the quaking grass that seeded last year turned it into a prairie garden this year.  Looked lovely on windy days when in flower though.  Bringing up seven children and helping with seven grandchildren has kept me very active, Gertie Grass.  Plus playing hockey in my twenties, Keep-Fit to music in my fifties and a love of gardening all my life since my infant teacher showed me how to grow cress on a saucer on a windowsill.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 14:43

Just a perfect September afternoon in my garden today and lots of colour still.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 11:27

Splendid gardening weather so all systems go here.  Only another 80 spring bedding plugs to pot up then that job is finished.  Fifth windowsill in conservatory is now full up.


Discussions started by happymarion

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