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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 14:43

Potted on my new perennials and my small shrub I bought on Saturday and decorated  one corner of the potager with them and three other I brought on from small plants I bought last year - Centaurea montana "Jordy" Dark Plum heuchera and a dark flowered sedum spectabile.  The first flowers of the white Spanish bluebells are opening and the perfume from my amelanchier flowers is lovely even though only three have opened so far.  Too bright to take pics at moment and getting quite warm.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 09:24

Cloudier and cooler this morning but still dry and promises to be a good gardening day. I may take all the gazanias out of the cold frame now they are showing new growth and put lots of things from the conservatory to harden off.  This should make more room for more seed sowing in there.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 22:09

I am planning on potting up my three large perennials I bought on Saturday and taking them up to the potager to help decorate it.  Then on Wednesday I hope to find places for my six sempervivums.  We have a plant sale for the group funds at the AGm of the Alpine Gardening Society on Friday so will see what I can find for that too.  Busy time in the garden but in good weather like this there is nowhere I would rather be.  I may even start tidying up my patios and seating areas for my open day in May.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 20:26

Nice hosta, flumpy.  To make your sweet peas look tidier you could pinch the stem off down  to the top pair of leaves.  They look like they are starting to bush out.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 16:07

Beautiful time of year Fruitcake.  Some plants say farewell till next year so elegantly like these tulips and hyacinths.  Heucheras never say goodbye.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 11:26

Full steam ahead this lovely Monday morning.  I could not resist snapping the first two flower panicles on my amelanchier now over four feet tall  (it came as a one foot stick freebie).  Also my dwarf rhodo with green flowers and my more exotic daffodils are beginning to flower too.  But this morning's work is my coffee table up the potager.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 09:45

Hooray! My new Bristol wheelbarrow ordered on Friday has arrived!  Itching to have a go at putting it together but today is planned!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 09:20

Another lovely week for gardening lies ahead.  Today I shall pot up my three new alpines from their 1 litre plastic pots into pretty terracotta half pans and also the dwarf alpine heuchera which I bought in a 9cm pot.  They shall have pride of place in the potager on the table in the centre where I put my coffee flask when I am working there.  We decided the amelanchier trees on offer were too big to go in the car and did not buy one which is a blessing as the freebie one i thought was dead is anything but.  it has leaves and flowers coming and is twice the size it was last year.  I will get a pic when its buds open.  Its berries are loved by the birds and me as they are very sweet.  As I have quite a few bags of good compost now I will fill my four oblong woven baskets I bought last year with bulbs and compost to fill them and used all summer for gazanias with fresh compost and plant up afresh.  Most of my gazanias are huge plants now having come unscathed through the winter so will plant them in the borders, big clumps of them where they get full sun.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 11:50

Herbs all planted up and put in the potager except for the parsley which is in the kitchen for use.  When my new wheelbarrow arrives I will trundle my lovely prostrate rosemary up from the front garden to join them and put the Apple mint I bought at Abbotsbury Subtropical gdns last summer into a bigger pot and it can join them too.  With all my new freebie lavender plants from my neighbour my potager will smell and look lovely by the time the potatoes are up.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 08:48

Oh how rotten for you, flumpy.  At least if he is dead and outside the house you do not have the horror of the smell under the floor boards which takes months to disappear.  Lovely weather again today and no rain forecast till next Friday at least so lots of gardening on the cards for me.

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