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Posted: 16/07/2014 at 11:40

Some pics from the back garden before the promised heatwave and thunderstorms do any damage.

 Each year I forget and am then bowled over by the scent from my William Shakespeare rose.



Posted: 16/07/2014 at 08:37

The bristol in bloom judging has not been yet.  Usually end of month or beginning of August.  They do not tell you when but put a card through the door when they have been.  I am still planting it up and deadheading and weeding like mad.  Very warm and dry here again and thunderstorms expected at the weekend so only the toughest regime will see the gardens unscathed.  I do not do hanging baskets or anything that could be dangerous at my age so hoping everything will be all right.


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 11:35

These tiers of begonia odorara are perfuming the front garden.



Posted: 15/07/2014 at 10:31

Pics galore no doubt when the sun goes behind the clouds .  Dull days are best for pics but today is brilliant sunshine.


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 09:11

The garden seems to have had a few showers through the night so perhaps i can get away without watering today.  The rudbeckia is opening up and the first gazania in the front garden and all the pelargoniums.  There is going to be masses of sweet peas and the Sir Henry Cecil for the Mr. Fothergill's trial is a large flowered pretty speckled pink one.  


Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:55

I have eaten my first cucamelon which i picked today with some "Black Opal" and "Sungold" tomatoes to make a salad for lunch.  Like sweet peas the more you pick the more you get so i shall keep picking now as I really enjoyed it.  The sweetpeas are Old S

 This huge dahlia was sent me for my golden jubilee garden by a fb friend who wins loads of prizes at shows.  It is a huge golden beauty.

pice Mixed in the Mr. Fothergill trial and are so very perfumed i shall want them in the kitchen all summer long.


Posted: 14/07/2014 at 08:57

That first picture is so inviting, BizzieB and the second so romantic.  I have to do lots of deadheading and watering in my front garden today.  I still have lots of bedding plants to put out too.  I do enjoy getting the garden ready for Bristolin Bloom and the party after at the awards ceremony, flumpy1.  Fruitcake I am seldom in Westbury now.  I used to spend Saturday mornings at the Methodist church by the car park looking after the Alpine part of the church garden which i introduced as the Alpine Garden Society of which i was secy for nine years meet there but the church ladies look after it beautifully now.  How about the "guerilla" gardening in the car park there?  Is it not splendid?  The roundabout at the Old Crow looks good in all seasons and the one at the White Tree on the Downs.  I think Bristol richly deserved to be crowned Green Capital of Europe for 2015 and just wait till you see what they are able to do with the opportunities it gives.  We already have meadow planting in the very centre and a garden on a barge in the docks.


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 13:15

No time to sit on the bench in Crow Lane, Fruitcake!  I pop along their for my shopping on a Sunday morning when it is quiet and do all my sitting down in my garden, either on the kitchen patio or the patio outside the potting shed or in the shade of the bamboo and fernery garden or in the potager or butterfly garden which all have table and chairs.  Your fuchsias sound nice.  It will soon be the Gardening for Bristol competition for Bristol in Bloom.


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 08:32

We had a drizzle of rain through the night and it is spotting now and very dull.  But it does seem less languid.  I must have a look for wild raspberries in my spinney.  i can usually find a serving or two.  There are only a few strawberries left and i have made my blackcurrants into squash.  We are forecast to have really hot weather from Thursday onwards so must get all the heavy work done before then.


Posted: 12/07/2014 at 18:02

No rain as yet in Bristol but it did get windy and knocked a quite big pot with a huge hydrangea in it over.  Feels fresher. Everything is very lush so expecting great crops.  The plum branches are weighed down with the amount of fruit on them.  My godetia seeds i had to sow late for Mr. F.'s trials need potting up so must go for some more compost tomorrow.  My conservatory is going to be like summer all winter long this year.  

Discussions started by happymarion

My Bristol Garden in 2015

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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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Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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picture difficulties

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Talkback: Gardening in Russia

Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short thr... 
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