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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 10:44

Yes, Busy-Lizzie I was told at the Bot. Gadn fasciation is fairly common in double daisies.  actually the white ones are flowering this year but no sign of the red ones yet!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 09:06

Trying something out - 


Yay, it worked.  I keep tabs on the seasons by looking back at my 2014 thread and checking on 10th April 2014 I find as I suspected similar pictures of what is blooming at the moment so spring is early again in Bristol.  That day I posted this unusual double daisy, not showing this year.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 08:55

Pollution warning today for all of England so I shall not do any heavy gardening today, but the plants in the conservatory will be treated to some extra carbon dioxide as well as water as I had an "Enchanted" evening last night at the Redgrave theatre at the St. Mary's Players production of "South Pacific".    Strains of "Some Enchanted Evening".  "Bali Hi", "There is nothing like a Dame" and many more of the lovely songs that used to be played on all the Juke Boxes in the diners in Pittsburgh when I was  a post-graduate  student there will be drowning out the sound of the washing machine.  It is a tad cloudier than yesterday but the hazy sun is there and still very warm.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 12:51

Took some photos in the sunshine while my nettly hands calmed down.




My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 12:00

I have reduced my daffodil deadheading to 50 at a time now - getting there.  A few bluebells are opening and the hundreds of grape hyacinths are in bloom so the blue period is beginning.  I found one more dwarf tulip opening its flower today and two lots of leaves without a flower so the tally the fairies have brought me is now 5!  Fritillaries are making a good show and the dwarf "Shamrock" rhodo is opening its buds.  I cleared some caterpiller  food nettles away from the paths in the butterfly garden with gloves on but my hands are tingling as I type.  Aloe vera here I come.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 08:38

Another splendid day for gardening but perhaps I should do a little less today as I am going out to the theatre tonight - South Pacific.  Tomorrow is also forecast to be very warm and a chance of air pollution which always makes me take things easier.  Not averse to just sitting in my basket chair and looking at the spring display though!  I could make out my wishlist for the visit to the garden centre to spend vouchers on Saturday afternoon.  I have some good old terracotta half pans vacant so would like to get some sempervivum varieties to fill them.  Houseleeks are such a satisfying plant.  Which will necessitate buying some fresh horticultural grit.  There the list has started.

Clearing and fencing done NOW WHAT?!

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 17:07

Ah now you have to do the brainy part and also decide how much you can afford to devote to your hobby.  Faced with this task I, who loves to look out of my kitchen, lounge or bedroom and see something in flower, would take a monthly visit to a garden centre or nursery and buy a big pot of something in flower each month.  April I would buy a big pot of primulas or polyanthus, take it home and divide it up - probably get 15 or 17 little plants .  Clear a few small patches somewhere you can see them from your kitchen and plant in groups of five or seven.   Next year you will have a lovely show to cheer you early spring, something like this.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 15:22

Here is where I sit to have my tea with the hyacinths in front and the Narcissus canaliculatus in the Belfast sink behind me vying to outperfume each other.  The size of the flowers this year on some of the primulas and polyanthus is astounding.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 12:09

A FB Friend has identified the mystery tulip as Orange Emperor and my friend who gives me his spent bulbs did grow this so no doubt I will find one of his large paper bags he stores them in with the name on.  He usually puts a label in with them but sometimes runs out.  I could not resist snapping them beside my black auniums which i have brought out into the sushine for a wash.  and while i was watering the big pots of bulbs I found anotherdwarf tulip in one of them.  That makes four 4inch high tulips brought to me by the fairies. This one has a yellow splash inside.its red petals



My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 09:28

Forgot those pics.


Discussions started by happymarion

Trouble posting pictures.

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My Bristol Garden in 2015

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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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