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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 12:13

Dietes bicolor, Joyce - a sore point with me.  I have had a plant for years in my grden , get lots of leaves but no flowers whereas my friend's plant flowers every year.  His garden is only one degree warmer than mine being he lives in the city and I am on the Gloucestershire border.  The huge plant in the Botanic garden flowers every year in the Warm Temperate greenhouse so I am going to dig mine up, put it in a pot and bring it into the conservatory.  It needs a Mediterannean  type climate.

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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 11:05

Some lovely Sunday pics from my friend's tiny city garden.  He invites the neighbours to help themselves to parsley.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 09:08

Another fine warm sunny day in Bristol.  Judges still not been but have had a visit one year after 7 on a Sunday night so expect the unexpected!.  Deadheading as usual but may not do much watering as we have a lot of rain forecast for tomorrow.  i will look out for any limpness though.  That is a lovely shrub Flumpy.  What are the flowers like that produce those berry clumps?

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 16:35

The perfume from my first flower to open on my Polyanthes tuberosa- tuberose, is amazing.  When the next one opens I will let it scent the patio and cut this one for the house.  Bliss!

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 10:32

Now is the right time to cut down your nettles Flumpy as the catterpillers will soon stop feeding on them and pupate to become butterflies.  Leave a few in a corner in a heap for any late comers.  Eight of our lovely native butterflies depend on nettle leaves for their food.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 08:41

Another beautiful sunny morning and set fair with a few showers perhaps in the evening.  May be a sunhat day today and definitely a watering the pots day.  I will be trying out my new secateurs on the straight branches now hiding the twisted ones in my contorted hazel as soon as the green wheeliebin is emptied.  The bin men did not come yesterday but they have been on a Saturday before.  They are all out on the pavements waiting.  I am not the only one on the lane with a bulging green bin.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 11:16

One of the amazing things that happens when you are nearing 90 is that birthdays that used to last a day tend to last a month or so (I bet her Majesty would agree with that).  I am 88 on !!th August but this morning a phone call from my eldest daughter to alert me to expect a parcel.  sure enough half an hour later it arrived!  I now feel like a Lady of the Manor Gardener.  Penelope Keith comes to mind.  Here it is = a beautiful hand-painted trug with posh wooden painted  labels, a super pair of secateurs with ash handles that are really comfortable to use,knitted gloves with high grip coating and a ball of twine.  Here it is.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 08:33

We had a little rain through the night so everything is fresh this morning but no reservoir of rainwater yet.  Another mostly fine and dry day forecast so may have to water quite a few pots.  The weekend weather looks to be good for gardening all up and down the country though.

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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 13:55

Bloodrose, heucheras do well in Scotland even and you cannot get much wetter and wintry than that.  I remember asking my fater who was very fond f his "Coral bells" because they were such an old fashioned plant what the botanical name was and when he told me I said I would never remember that.  he said all i had to do was remember what we shouted as we danced the eightsome reel which is "Heuch" and I would.  He was right!

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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 08:43

Rain  forecast for today but has not arrived yet so i have done the deadheading and taken a picture of my new Heuchera "Chocolate Ruffles" which arrived yesterday and does have ruffled leaves with burgundy backs as advertised. There is one bud on the white incarvillea and the diascia has good growth on it.  I love getting to know new plants.  They are the first to be examined every morning.

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