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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 08:42

Foggy this morning in Bristol and only 5 degrees but forecast is for sunny and 14 degrees or more so hopeful.  My nine new plants from Secret Gardening Club arrived yesterday,3each of Limonium platyphyllum, Oxalis adenophylla and queen Fabiola Brodiaea laxa potted bulbs.  The bulbs I have put in the conservatory as the Yellow Cheerfulness are over now and the other six are ready to plant outside being wel grown plants.Night frosts are on the cards after the weelend so i may wait and put them in the cold frame for now having planted some of the perennials from there out in the border this week leaving space.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 11:08

An hour of intensive gardening and I have planted out my spent Xmas white hyacinths in amongst my wallflowers for next year, planted, three white hollyhocks in the butterfly border, picked and emptied a bucket of weeds into the green wheeliebin and harvested and potted up six cowslips plants from my woodland walk.  I put one in the pretty container my hyacinths  came in and gave them all a drink.  Here is their picture.  A rest for an hour then the next productive hour will be from 12 till lunchtime at 1.  As long as the weather behaves i will be able to care for my huge garden just as I like it by using my "sensible for your heart" plan.




My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 09:34

These were superb plants from the Secret Gardening Club which I have a plant pass for the year for, Darren.  They worked out at under £2 each and were big well grown plants in 9cm pots.  Root system was splendid when I planted them out so i am very pleased.  The variegated varieties look like good candidates for edge of woodland paths rather than in the borders but all seem to be good plants for attracting butterflies which was what attracted me to the genus in the first place as the plants in the Bristol Botanic Garden are in a shady part of the Pollination Garden and do just that.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 09:02

Polemonium Yezoense "Purple Rain",was the Jacob's Ladder I planted Verdun.  I will look up the variegated one.  TY.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 08:37

I did manage to dodge the showers enough yesterday ti plant three perennials up in the butterfly garden, another three plants of Jacob's ladder, and do a little weeding as the weeds come out so easily now the soil is wet.  I reckon if I do three every day for twenty days i should have tidied the patios by then.  That is if i do not replace them at the same rate .  Nine more are coming from Secret Gardening Club this week!  This morning the garden looks very damp but the weather is dry now though cloudy.  Forecast is for warm day and no rain till late in the afternoon so should be outdoors most of the day.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 10:49

Rain soaked Bristol - view out my back door.



My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 09:39

Aaaah we already have a busy Lizzie, Darren.  I am a very busy person usually but do take time out when any friends or family arrive and just to sit and enjoy the flora and fauna around me.  This morning there is a duckpond once more on the kitchen patio as we have had heavy rain in Bristol abd it is still pouring and very dark so lots more to come.  That wil fill up the waterbutts again.and keep me indoors.  I found three secondhand books , two written by herself, of Margery Fish on the internet yesterday so bought them and expect them soon.  She has been a heroine of mine since my honeymoon 62 years ago spent at East Lambrook when I saw her snowdrops flowering in the snow in late February.  I will not mind the rain this week when my books arrive!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 11:59

The plants took no notice of me chiding them to stay still this morning.  It is very blustery out there although sunny and warm.


 My new epimedium is a beauty.


 My hedges are ablaze with colour.  Flowering currant.


 Standing here is like being at the perfumery counter in a posh dept. store.



The auriculas, primulas, polyanthus and primroses and cowslips have been amazing this year.


 the forsythia and kerria will have the lilac soon for company.


My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 08:28

Only three degrees this morning but dry and sunny and forecast promises it will stay that way and reach 11 or so which augurs well for gardening outside.  I hade two large cakes yesterday which should take care of visitors; needs but must go shopping for milk.  As it is some time since I went shopping no doubt I will see some pretty sights in the front gardens on the way to the shops.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 11:13

Weather has deteriorated - cloudy and light rain nowbut got some pretty pictures before it got too damp.


 My big fat pink could be Greek tulips.


 My dwarf white rhododendron with the kerria hedge behind.



 Lovely scent from the wallflowers on this corner.

 Bluebells galore now.

 Four flowerheads on this primula denticulata alba.

 Bluebells and yellow archangel are made for each other.

 Arabis montana.

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