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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 14:50

The City Council say in their letter they will be in touch soon.  I believe there is a buyer for the company on the horizon.  It will all take time however and there are 1,300 homes with unfinished work just as the cold weather is approaching.  Those poor people will not remember Bristol's year as Green capital of Europe very fondly. Luckily they had not even started mine. 

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 13:41

A letter from Bristol city Council has just come in the post telling me that Climate Energy, the firm which delivers the Warm up Bristol scheme has gone into administration.  They were the people who were to fit my new boiler and external wall installation for my bungalow.  The council say they will be in touch personally as soon as possible.  I saw it on Points West the other day and the Mayor saying how shocked and saddened he was by the news.  Luckily they had not started on the work here so I am not living in a bomb site but the cold weather will soon be upon us.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 09:37

Another fine day forecast for gardening.  So glad this fine weather has lasted till the weekend for those who have to be at work all week, especially now the nights are closing in.  I have visitors tomorrow so will have to pop along to the shops but the rest of the day I will be working in my spinney to the backdrop of the cooing doves.  They were so soothing yesterday as i extricated my hair continually from grasping  brambles some of which were over ten metres long.  I will get there eventually.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 20:09

You are very welcome,flowers in the rain.  Do get yourself some gazanias.  They are a delight for at least ten months of the year!.  Never stop making more and more buds and no two plants seem to have the same colours of flowers.  And now quite hardy too whereas they used to be a florist flower from the hothouse.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 16:04

And still I keep finding new colourways on my gazanias.  My new red aster is a beauty and goes so well with my blue and oink ones



 Lots of bramble clearing done up in the spinney again today and green wheelie bin which was emptied this morning is now almost full up again.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 10:18

TY Verdun.  Are you OK Dovefromabove?  No text!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 09:20

Another fine gardening day has dawned and oh what a riot of colour greeted me when I went to deadhead in the conservatory.  I ran for the camera.










My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 08:37

Yes,flowers in the rain, and put them in from now onwards.  One bulb should give you quite a few cloves.  Space the cloves about a foot apart and remember to plant them about the depth of the clove under the top of the soil, not like onions and shallots which sit on top of the soil.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 22:10

None whatsoever as i am totally organic and the garden has been for 51 years at least so is now very much in equilibrium with nature doing its bit against pests and diseases.  But I do find it helpful to grow garlic under my tall Queen Elizabeth roses - there are eight of them, very large and very tall so even elephant garlic will grow under them.  When I was studying biology at Bristol University I remember when we did our unit on microbiology the lecturer said the best way to fight blight, fungus etc in a garden was good husbandry so I have always aimed for that.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 20:52

Aah, blackspot.  I keep a beady eye out for that and pick the leaves off as soon as I see they have it.  Seems to work as well as checking the soil around the bush is clean of weeds and unrotted leaves.

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