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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 12:32

I have been able to do some gardening this morning, frumpy1.  Beautiful blue skies and sunshine though it is a bit cold but it was lovely among the snowdrops and cyclamen.  and then the post brought me £40 for the "Star" Letter in Jan. 24th edition of Amateur Gardening Mag. (out on Tuesday) so today has started out very well indeed.  February Issue of Gardeners World Mag. was in the post as well.  And we are having free Zinnia seeds with the March issue!    Meadowland 2 - how unfortunate you are not having the Bristol weather when you are so near!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 08:53

Very wet and cold in Bristol this morning.  I am so glad I got a lot done yesterday in the sunshine.  Forecast is for cold days and nights for some time.  You may get your lovely frost pictures yet Fruitcake.  I tend to take mine from the bungalow through the windows as I need to wear gloves outside when it is frosty.  

Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 19:11

Having been one of the participants in Mr. Fothergill Seeds Nation of Gardeners Trials for 16 months now I can vouch for the quality of their seeds, bulbs and plants and seed potatoes.  And their packaging is first class.  The plants especially never look as if they have even been in the post.  The new varieties they are advertising have had trials by us up and down the country so what works best in where you happen to live can be put in the script.

Not sure this is appropriate here, but you should all know!!!

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 14:31

I get this rebate from British Gas too.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 13:56

What a lovely morning I had gardening in my butterfly garden this morning.  Green wheeliebin full up now ready for emptying tomorrow morning.  It was cold as soon as I stopped for a breather but the brilliant sunshine made up for that.  Going to freeze tonight though and we may have more snow on the way.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 08:47

Getting started on getting the railway back is something at least.  I used to have lots of visitors come from Shirehampton, Lawrence Hill and Redland Station by train rather than bus.  As the population in this side of Bristol is set to double at least we will need the railway desperately.  And electrification is on the way so pollution will be kept down.  I think a lot of businesses will find it cheaper to move out of Bristol centre to Cribbs Causeway where a lot of the workers will be living quite near in the new town.

My son and his partner are in Madeira on holiday and have sent me a picture of the Botanic Garden there.  Here it is  Click to turn it the right way up!!!


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 22:14

Oh yes the station will certainly be coming and will be so much needed when all the new houses start going up., Fruitcake.  Charlotte Leslie, our MP is really interested in the passenger line being reinstated and in outdoor pursuits like gardening so perhaps she would press your case for any allotments that are lost to be replaced?  As for the community allotment is it for growing food for anyone to help themselves?

Native alternative?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 11:20

How about Somerset Hair Grass - not really a grass but a sedge?

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 11:17

I have Joy Larkcom's book, a Xmas present last year.  Lots of good ideas there. Bizzie B.  Lyn. my snowdrops were in full bloom Jan.12th last year.  Susan I too love the scent of snowdrops  Today will be a housework and cooking day as dinner guest tomorrow - both of which keep me warm.  Still windy outside and hailstones alternating with bright sunshine!  More comfortable inside today..  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 09:42

Everything safe up the back garden but still windy and quite cold so contented myself with bringing an armful of small debris down to the green wheeliebin and admiring the masses of snowdrops and cyclamen in flower.  I may pick myself a bunch of flowers later as a reward for vacuming and dusting!

Discussions started by happymarion

new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
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My Bristol Garden in 2015

about how I am trying my best to be ecologically friendly in Bristol's year as Green Capital of Europe. 
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I too am a nettle lover, Kate. Nettle tea is delicious. You can buy the dried variety if you do not have your own source. 
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Well done, Kate. Last winter was so mild and wet lots of sickly trees suddenly showed what they are made of. Trees and shrubs that had nev... 
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My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

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an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Painting what you've grown

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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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picture difficulties

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