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NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 10:48

Over twenty plants flowering in my garden on New Years Day when it reached 14 degrees.  Best show from Jasmine nudiflorum, Iris unguicularis and the white and pink heathers.

 Oh and the gazanias!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 10:40

Lovely sunny day today and calm and not too cold so just right for pruning - grapevines and buddleia needing done.  I have done all the washing up now from yesterdays visitors and generally tidied up so will go out with a clear conscience.  I have removed the greenhouse heater from the conservatory so it will not switch itself on.  My fuel consumption should go down the more serious and careful i am.  I noticed a nice pot of applemint still with mint leaves on up the potager yesterday so will bring that in, shear it and soon get fresh mint in the kitchen

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 09:36

That little round silvery leaf is Cyclamen coum You can just see two pink flowers coming  The toy boat plus fishermen's glass floats and big shells are my token to a "Shipshape and Bristol Fashion" garden.  It is over 40 years old and was sailed in my three lily ponds by my four sons.  Recycling of course is a big part of Bristol's Green Capital of Europe Year.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 22:40

Mine are MMGM!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 19:46

You too. GWRS - is that Great Western Railway Signalman?

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 14:11

Agreed, Fruitcake.  I shrieked - all that electricity, what a waste - at the TV screen  It was supposed to advertise our Green Capital of Europe year but did the opposite!!!  I am sure they could grow salads somewhere along the Bridge!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 13:33

The local BBC news (points west) has just been previewing what is happening in our Green Capital Year in bristol and it includes trying to get Bristol to be sustainable in food - my efforts to feed myself, family, friends and neighbours from my garden will help towards that.There will be an art installation of a boat moored in Leigh Woods (global warming) and over 700 orgaonisations have already signed up to help.  I know the Botanic Garden is one of those.  The students at bristol University are already the best at recycling in the country too.  All very, very exciting.  what a start to 2015.  The weathermen say we may reach 14 degrees today and colder but sunny tomorrow.  The cycle of alternate wet and dry , mild and a bit colder seems to be on again.  No wonder I have so many plants in flower.  But what of pollinators - none sighted so far.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 11:44

Strangely all the gazanias left flowering are the yellow ones, flumpy 1.  Forgot to look at the sarcococca Topbird but I could smell it so must be in flower.  First ecologically friendly job is to empty out the wonderful wormcast  compost from my wormery and give it a good clean and start it up again.  i will have to dilute the compost with used potting compost before using it for mulching.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:28

Some like the heathers and chaenomeles and bergenia I am used to seeing now butgazanias still in flower outside!!!  The primroses do look lovely against the deep brown of the fallen leaves.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:25

As promised - 19 pictures of flowers in my garden this New Years Day.


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Talkback: Using nettles in the kitchen

I too am a nettle lover, Kate. Nettle tea is delicious. You can buy the dried variety if you do not have your own source. 
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Talkback: Trees for wildlife

Well done, Kate. Last winter was so mild and wet lots of sickly trees suddenly showed what they are made of. Trees and shrubs that had nev... 
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Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

The "Charlotte" potatoes I an trialling for Mr. Fothergill are harvested from the potato planter bag and being eaten. very delicious and a ... 
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Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

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Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

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My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

My acer seedlings from the Botanic Garden which I weeded are all different colouring - salmon pink, rich toffee, crimson. pale pink and a ve... 
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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

One of my birthday presents was Kalanchoe "Bronze Sculpture" which is commonly known as the Paddle plant but this one has bronze colored tip... 
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Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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picture difficulties

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