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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 09:52

A very wet garden this morning and still raining.  The forecast is for much of the day the same persistent rain but that cannot dampen my spirits this morning after seeing what I consider the play that has everything last night and coming home clutching a bundle of wooden lollipop sticks from the playgoers who had ice-creams in the interval to serve as labels for my new plants.  Only in Bristol, the Green Capital of Europe could it happen!

"Cardenio" is often called the lost Shakespeare play.  No more.  it now has a great deal to recommend it.  Last night we had ladies playing the part of gentlemen very competently,very clever scenery,, an intriguing love story, Spanish dancing and music,exquisite costumes, drama to make you jump out of your seat and unexpected and intriguing "Frozen" moments of the action , to mention just a few of the delights.  I took my seat with a backache from my extraordinary exertions in the garden last week and stood up at the end free of it.  Perhaps the NHS could provide a night at a good play on prescription?


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 12:06

My new offers from the Secret Gardening club have arrived and I have ordered 3xwhite Dianthus "Devon dove", 10 "princess Irene" tulips for my perfume garden, 10 crocus "Romance " which is cream for a pot. 3x Helenium "Pipsqueak", 3x Campanula glomerata "Superba" and 3x Aster "Chatterbox" to fill in the border spaces I am making as I dig up perfumed shrubs for my perfume garden.  All for £23 as I get an extra 10% discount for having a Plant Pass subscription for the year.  P&P free is a great saving.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 10:34

You too, GWRS.I am out to the theatre tonight -"Gardenio" by Shakespeare and others.  I have just put away in the fridge and freezer a month's supply of groceries ordered online.  Even less room for my Bramleys now.  I think I may dry some in the oven - sliced.  I have two ginger toms that visit too.  They like sitting on top of my neighbour's new wall watching me work.  One is such a dark ginger he is almost brown.  Shopping online saves me so much time to do more in the garden and I always hated going to the shops once the supermarkets arrived and you had to do all the work yourself.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 08:52

Rain is just water and not likely to do you any harm in small amounts and cold can be kept at bay by hard work.  I just prefer to be out in the gresh air rather than indoors as long as there is daylight.  Another fine day today in Bristol but rain forecast for tomorrow.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 14:57

Perfume garden all dug up and clean.  Rhododendron planted and I think I will have room for my Rhododendron "Klondyke AK" which is a beautiful yellow flowered one with lovely scent.  Now I am aiming to get it all planted up by the end of November and the chippings path round two sides of it weeded - it has loads of brown leaved ajuga and poached egg plants seeded or run into it.  But that is a job that can be done in a raincoat and rain hat quite happily if it is raining and not too windy.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 11:36

Oh my what a difference in the digging today.  The soil was just like butter so I persevered till I could do no more and have only a square metre or so to finish my cleared patch for my perfume garden.  This afternoon I plan on planting a white flowered dwarf rhododendron which has a delightful scent and my white deutzia will be transplanted to go on the other side of my myrtle tree.  I think my pink deutzia could be transplanted next to the pink "Maid Marion" rose bush which I noticed this morning has two more buds on.  I am getting so much pleasure from my perfume garden already and it is only one quarter planted!  In the spring I will be able to tuck some violets from the woodland walk under the shrubs too.  My fragrant violas I will plant near the path edge as they are so pretty for the winter months. As soon as November comes I will plant the tulips my friend gave me when he emptied his bulbs from his huge pots to put in cosmos and salvias.  They are mostly red and should look good among the "Cloth of Gold" wallflowers.  And the odd yellow one will not have me spluttering with anger as he did on finding a "Red" collection of tulips actually had yellow ones in it!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 08:34

So glad you are enjoying my pictures, Runnybeak and Snow.  We have another lovely day for gardening in Bristol today and should be easier to get the bramble roots out now we have had some heavy rain.  A pair of robins were happily worm searching in my new perfume garden yesterday afternoon when I went up to check on my new plantings and I caught them in the act - tossing out my carefully placed labels!  Ah well better them than the fox.

SEVERELY overgrown garden

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 08:26

Whatever you manage to do now will save you roughly three times the effort in the spring.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 14:29

My conservatory is coming into its own now.  The winter flowering violas have some lovely colourways and the aoniums and pelargoniums are loving each others company.












My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 13:47

My twelve new plants arrived from the Secret Gardening Club just as the rain stopped and the sun returned so they are now all potted up .  One helianthus had a flower on which got here intact!



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