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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 13:05

I could not resist an hour in the garden, pulling out cleavers mostly.  No sign of the winter knocking back the weeds this year, except the bindweed which the birds are already raiding the dried stems for their nests.  A chaffinch sat and watched me from a branch of the big pear tree.  My pack has arrived in the post for the Great Birdwatch weekend on Jan, 30th and 31st.  Such lovely pictures and postcards they send with it so I have been having fun decorating my kitchen walls and the fridge door.  The snowdrops are doing well this year up the garden so I may be splitting up again in a few weeks as some of the clumps are huge.  The smell from them in the sunshine today was delightful.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 08:38

Only i degrees this morning but no frost as yet though it feels very cold.  Very pretty pink and blue sky in the sunshine though.  I suspect I will have my head buried in books and magazines today indoors well wrapped up.  If the cold threatens to get to me I will get out my vacuum and duster.  Housework is a great substitute for gardening as a body warmer.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 20:38

I did, Marygold.  My fingers were frozen even in gloves but it was lovely to feel the sun on my face for a bit.  I saw on the local news that the binmen in Bath are on strike and the council are asking the public to take their recycling to the depot themselves!  I hope it does not spread to Bristol.


My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 13:34

My 12 new to me perennials which i ordered on Tuesday have just arrived from Secret Gardening Club and they are superb big plants as usual with excellent root systems.  I will don my warmest clothes and boots and go out in the brilliant sunshine we now have, about three, to pot them up.  they are having a drink at present.  I had 3 of each of Hollyhock "the Bride", Papaver"Garden Gnome" mixed, Primula denticulata "Alba" and "Doronicum magnificum".

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 11:37

I insulated my coldframe last time I did it with an old duvet from one of the children;s beds!  It is in the garage somewhere so will look it out when we get maximum temperature today.  Bubble wrap anchored should be fine, flowers.

 The green wheeliebin is still out on the pavement full up so it will stay there till Saturday when they are due to pick up both bins and recycling boxes.  I have been wallowing in last year's copies of "Which Gardening" mags which my friend saved for me.  Love their trials of new plants - they tell it as it is.  

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 08:47

Yes. GWRS I think I will have to forego my AGS meeting on Friday evening as it will be too cold.  My night vision is very poor so icy pavements would be a hazard.  It was only 2 degrees outside again this morning but 5 in the conservatory thanks to the greenhouse heater switching itself on.  Maximum forecast today is for a three hour spell of 5 in the afternoon.  I think I will pick out my summer flowering bulbs today to make me feel warmer.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 08:55

Only two degrees when I got up this morning so soon put on the heating.  The new greenhouse heater is doing a good job in the conservatory.  i think I must shut the cold frame down this evening and put some insulation over it.  Forecast is for -2 on Saturday night so frost and ice on the way.  The offers from Secret Garden Club this week were irresistible again so 12 new to me perennials have been ordered.  

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 22:08

Oh thank you,Liriodendron.  I think I have Primula capitata among my three new primulas i bought this year for my bog garden.  You were doing a lovely service for your blind friend and i am sure she appreciated it.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 12:33

I went online to the council and submitted complaint and had reply that job had been committed to be done today so later I should have an empty wheeliebin to fill up.  It is still bitterly cold in the wind outside which is coming from the north now.  So I am enjoying my "Woodland Plants" book I had for Xmas in front of a warm fire.  It says the primrose has a fragrance fresher and more virginal than any other flower.  Now I am wondering what a virginal fragrance is.  This was written by a woman so I presume she meant pure.  Now I will be sniffing my many primulas to see if they are other than pure in scent!  I just knew that concentrating on perfume in my garden this year was going to lead me up many intriguing alleyways.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 08:37

A brighter morning but feeling cold out in the garden.  I think I shall have to wait a bit.  Once again the green wheeliebin was not emptied on the scheduled day.  So my pile of prunings is still waiting for a new home.  There are four out waiting on my side of the lane.  Next scheduled pick up is Saturday.  I hope we do not have to wait that long.  Temperature today is forecast to maximise at 6 about noon but it feels much colder than that.  It is definitely time for thermal socks and multiple jumpers.  My summer bulb catalogue arrived yesterday so have been drooling over that.  Freesias are on the list already.  i love their perfume.

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