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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 14:04

It is a lovely immaculate rectangular lawn with borders and lots of yuccas in them.  I have a love-hate relationship with yukkas as my husband when he knew his cancer was terminal begged ten cuttings from the owner and planted them throughout our half acre garden "to protect me"!   They are very spiky indeed and grow at an enormous rate so for the last 27 years i have had a battle  which often has left me blooded to keep them away from the paths.  They flower twice a year - now and at Xmas and are quite spectacular in flower.  But they are not a plant for the faint-hearted!

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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 10:18

Lots of hanging baskets which I do not do as watering them would be a problem,GWRS.  Some lovely long gardens in the lane, one full of yucca gloriosa in full flower.  The lane is very long and dissected by a main road so have not been up there to look.  No way of knowing if anyone has entered the competition though.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 08:42

Looks like old age to me Flumpy and I should know.  To make the clump look healthier cut the bad leaves off and make sure they have enough water anf food for big plants need a lot of both.  We have another fine day ahead but a little fresher and cooler so good gardening weather.  As I was dead heading this morning the street cleaners came round and now our lane is looking immaculate.  This usually happens before the judges come round!  It was lovely and quiet too as school is now on holiday so no cars on the pavements.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 15:36

The RHS runs Britain in Bloom all over the country, Flumpy.  I am sure your parents' city or county council have something that connects with it.  The local website or paper would have details.  The only rules in Bristol are that you do all the work yourself and the garden is clearly visible from the road. There are categories for different sizes of garden, age group, home or business like shop front or pub forecourt etc.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 10:38

The judges have not been yet Flumpy.  They put a card in the letterbox when they have.  There is no set date but i have noticed they do not come when it is raining if they can help it which is good.  As it is Bristol wide i expect how late in the month or even into next month they come depends on how many have entered and where they are.  Bristol is a very big city.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 08:32

Cloudier this morning and forecast for high of 19 degrees and chance of a shower about lunchtime.  I do not think I can rely on natural watering so will water the pots this morning anyway.  Feels fresher so will not be so arduous as yesterday.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 11:34

In my front garden this lovely Saturday morning.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 08:43

Another fine day and no rain forecast for next five days so I will have to be watering again.  I deadheaded at 7 and noticed quite a few dead leaves had fallen among my pots from next door's lime tree so I told it it was not autumn yet.  hard to get angry with it though as i do have lovely leaf mould from it.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 11:54

Almost Joyce.  I am deadheading religiously to keep the blooms coming and getting drunk on the scents that greet me in this humid weather!   I am not alone as there are white and purple buddleias in full bloom out there so there are butterflies everywhere!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 11:39

Making use of my blue and white flower combinations which go so well with the grey stone wall in the front garden.

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