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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 08:32

Looks like a fine day for gardening today in Bristol.  One of my friends is going to Chelsea on Wednesday so should hear all about it.  It is also my open day so all systems go till then.  I will be pruning and planting non stop today and scrubbing tables and chairs tomorrow.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:17

Oh a big Thank You tonight to BBC! for a wonderful "Countryfile" program - all about vegetables - growing them, selling them, eating them and using them in ART!   If you missed it catch it on iplayer.  i cannot recommend it enough.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 12:46

Oh thank you, Lovegardens.  Yes i am very fortunate to have such a wonderful garden.  Before we bought it the former owner was an army major who had a full-time gardener who did the housekeeper's who lived in in those days bidding, so I inherited  miles of very straight concrete paths, huge beds of strawberries and herbs and beds full of roses with very old fruit trees and a few conifers.  I have spent many a happy hour in the last 52 years disguising the edges of the paths, getting rid of lawns and long grass and growing veg and fruit and hundreds of beautiful flowers.  I often wonder what they would have thought of my potager and slate scree, my marvellous trees, my bulbs, perennials, and the Butterfly Garden full of thousands of snowdrops in the winter and bees and butterflies in the summer.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 12:04

Rain stopped, Joyce so I ran up through the puddles and planted my three wallflowers in the Butterfly garden.  After lunch i will try again till 5.30 when Chelsea is on.for an hour.  Our forecast has rain for this evening.  I will fill 15x 9cm pots with compost in a tray and bring them into the conservatory to plant some runner beans for a bumper crop i hope in August and September.  Now the raised beds are      quite wet I want to get the last of my potatoes planted too.  so many of the things on my to do list have asterisks at them today that it will be all systems go till i reduce them.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 11:01

Grrr, it is raining heavily just when I was immersed in planting up.  I took three wellgrown but not yet flowering wallflowers out of their big pot, replaced the compost with fresh and potted up my first Gardeners delight tomato plant, poured compost on my early potatoes in a bag, carried out a big pot planted with dahlias, and suddenly felt a big raindrop on the back of my neck.  I had been too busy flitting from one job to another to notice how cold it had gone and the dark rainclouds. Duckpond formed already so the water table is high and no wind so we could be having this rain for some time.  Ah well coffee beckons.  That will stop me going Grrr.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 09:17

Garden pretty damp this morning after so much rain yesterday but dry now though a little cloudy.  Coverage of Chelsea Flower Show starts today on BBC and I have already posted three good articles on it on the Guardian to FB to share with my gardening friends there.  Hoping to get lots of work done today.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 18:09

Flumpy I just had a look back at my photos and realised you might have meant the hawthorn tree which does look as if it has been snowed on.  The May blossom this year is tremendous.  You can barely see the leaves for the flowers.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 18:02

That is called Viburnum "Snowball" flumpy.  It has been stupendous this year.  All this rain should help your rhododendron as it will make the soil more acid which is what they like.  If you have to water it in the hot summer the long range forecast says we are about to have try to use rainwater always or if you have to use tapwater, draw off a bucket at night and use it in the morning when the chlorine will have gone.  Just thought I put up a picture of my Pieris "Forest Flame" as well which  has white flowers followed by red leaves, but I think you meant the Viburnum opulus.  It is as dark as night here already and has been raining for hours so there is a duckpond outside my kitchen once more.  No doubt the waterbutts are filling up nicely.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 13:36

Stopped raining for now so went off with my camera to snap the raindrops.  What a difference a day makes especially when it rains through the night.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 11:08

Raining again in Bristol but I can still enjoy the scent from my freesias in the kitchen.

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