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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 09/01/2016 at 08:35

A very wet garden to look out on again this morning and a yellow warning for lots of rain from now till noon tomorrow from the Met. office.  It is still mild but we have been warned that will not be for long now.  The greenhouse heater had come on in the night so temperature must have dropped to 5 in the conservatory.  Perhaps there may be some bright spells today and tomorrow to let me take some pics before the wintry weather hits us.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 12:04

GWRS Do not let two left feet stop you dancing.  I had lots of black toenails from my encounters with learners who thought they had - they all learned to love dancing eventually and enjoyed the learning process!!!   Liriodendton is it not amazing how far the sarcococca scent travels?  Love the daphnes.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 08:57

A bit drier but colder today though rain is forecast for ten o'clock or so .  It looks like a day in my raincoat popping out when the sun shines.  Wheeliebin does not get emptied till Monday morning because of the holidays so the prunings are piling up waiting to be chopped up into it when empty.  Appeal from the Botanic Garden this morning for plants for the plant stall at the Easter opening weekend so shall have to get to work making a dedicated area for those pots and finding labels to clean.  It is not just Easter eggs that start just after Xmas!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 22:08

I have just watched the ballroom dancing coming back to Bolton Palais de Dance and they had a trip to Blackpool where I danced to Geraldo's Orchestra when I was 19 or twenty.  Yes Snow, Happy times.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 20:41

Marygold I am 87 so you will understand when I say I do my Bend Stretch and Twist in private now and also my dancing.  Before I went up to university I used to help my uncle in his dance studio teaching ballroom to Polish officers who wanted to go dancing to meet Scottish girls as marrying one meant they could stay in this country after the war so I was a good dancer by 18 and was invited to all the formal balls at uni and to the officers balls at Leuchars.  I still like to dance but do it in private round the bungalow which has good silk oak and mahogany parquet floors and a sprung floor in the kitchen diner which I had the builder do for me when I extended the bungalow.  That keeps me in shape for gardening too!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 12:26

The rain soon went so I got up the garden after all but oh it was so windy - some gusts were nearly toppling me as i am not very heavy so I did not trust myself with my camera but weeded and planted in as sheltered a place as I could find and now have very rosy cheeks!  I did bring in some sticks of my Cornus mas Siberica to put in the vases beside my forsythia and hazel and no doubt in a few weeks all will have sprouted roots.  I do wish my Xmas hyacinths had had their name on a label as they are so beautiful and seem to be a different variety from the one I grew last year called "Carnegie" as they have green tips on the top of the buds which I had not noticed on "Carnegie"  So pretty I will have to do some research.  Here they are today.



My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 09:10

Pat my late husband used to say that about the houses in Perth WA - that they were so dark with the curtains all drawn but then he was a registered blind person and bright light helped him to see shadows.

No secret, flowers, apart from always having to work hard.  I had a two mile walk to school from 5 till 15 when I had a bike for my birthday  I have never had a car or much money for bus fares or taxis so walking has been my means of getting around and taking my children about Bristol.  I am careful about easing myself into heavy work I start back gradually with perhaps an hour instead of a big session.by doing warmup exercises first and, if I have to take a break because of the weather or visitors I start back gradually with just an hour.  No aches or pains after yesterday's Herculean session.

Oh dear it seemed quite bright this morning but it is pouring with rain now though I can see some blue sky still.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 14:56

Beautiful weather here in Bristol for gardening,flumpy, so sunny I could smell the scent of my huge snowdrops called "Colossus" which are just opening their flowerbuds.  I have worked so hard today without the encumbrance of my raincoat.  I staked an osteospermum up which is laden with flowers I would no twant to see lying on the ground as well as nearly finished the buddlea pruning, pruned some of the roses, and cut some huge brambles down to the ground ready to be dug out as soon as I can get near them.  Thousands of daffs up and a few buds.  Potato plants growing from ones that got left behind in the harvest so may put a cloche over them tomorrow and hope to get early potatoes.  I have worked nonstop for a good few hours so ready for a break now and "Escape to the Country" where I now say to the participants - don't buy that one as it has a stream in the garden whereas I used to say - buy that one with the pretty stream.  These floods this winter and last will be making us all wary of water.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 09:27

Aah perhaps you had decided to go green very early in life,flowers!  It is a bit brighter this morning and dry at the moment.  Rain is not forecast in any amount till 9 tonight so may be able to get out in the garden for longer today.  It is quite calm and still mild for time of year so should be pleasant outside.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 14:52

I do actually like dusting - it brings back happy memories when you get to my age and the house is full of knick-knacks given as birthday and Xmas presents or because a friend knows I would appreciate some antique or quirky ornament they had acquired or saw on an outing.  My kitchen dresser is laden with such things and i can spend a happy hour just washing little pieces of pottery and polishing the shelves.  The sun has come out briefly and I did an hour's pruning and marvelled at how many flowers are blooming.

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