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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: Today at 18:17

A tapestry garden sounds beautiful.  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: Yesterday at 19:08

We have fairly regular nuthatches - being on the edge of mixed woodland is a help.  There was a pair helping themselves to sunflower hearts late in the spring, and flying off with them, presumably feeding babies.  Only once seen tree creepers here though... the Calderdale "speciality" is a twite (no comments please!) which looks quite like a chaffinch or linnet.  Never knowingly seen one though.  I guess you might, though, Fairy - they are found in S & W Scotland as well, my book says.  

Dove, it is indeed exciting, but frustrating too - we've made plant lists and applied for a grant, but might not get the money until too late to plant bare-root stuff this year.  There's another area of about 50 square metres which is close to the main path, though, so we'll probably buy bigger pot-grown things for there, and be able to plant that bit in spring.  Nothing very unusual but a variety of size, colour and texture of shrubs, with some evergreen and some with scented flowers.  We can't plant viburnums, lilac, pieris, skimmia & quite a lot of others I can't remember, because they are susceptible to phytophthora.  Sarcococca next to the seat for winter scent.  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: Yesterday at 16:15

Hi all!

Glenys, that sounds a pretty challenging climate for gardening.  We grumble no end in Britain, but most of us enjoy pretty "soft" conditions for growing things - not too hot or too cold, too wet or too dry.  

Just about to go and talk to the Park volunteers about spending someone else's money, to replant beds left empty after all the rhododendrons had to be removed (because they were hosts to Phytophthora ramorum, the "sudden oak death").  It's an exciting opportunity to re-design the affected areas - without having to spend our own gardening budgets.

Last edited: 07 December 2016 16:16:06

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: Yesterday at 16:08

It's mild here too, Marion, but I hate these dark afternoons.  No time to get anything done outside today.

Glad you got your washer sorted.  We have a Miele vacuum cleaner which is lasting well.

Anything interesting in your alpine collection?

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 21:40

That's gorgeous, Fairy!  The train took me through Ardlui and along the banks of Loch Lomond last Friday and I was mesmerised.  The weather was fab while I was in Scotland, cold and clear most of the time - can't get used to the grey damp foggy cold since I got home...  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 23:05

DD, what a relief!  So pleased for you and Charlie.

Fidget.  Hope the steam stops coming out of your ears soon!

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 09:30

Morning everyone.

Clari, yes - you clearly deserve better.  Something good is out there waiting for you!

My "to do" list (mostly as a result of being away so long) numbers 16 things, supposedly for today.  What's the betting "start tax return" gets shelved until later in the week??

Chicky, if I give you my prezzie list could you brave Oxford Street for me?  Pretty please??  (Haven't been there for... at least 40 years!)  

Number one on the "to do" list is to buy bird food.  The blue tits are lining up round the back of the house, telling me they are out of sunflower hearts.  Better get on with it...

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 09:17

Hello Marion!  Your kitchen will smell gorgeous by the time you've baked your cakes.  One of the best things about preparing for Christmas, in my opinion.

Surprisingly, I can't keep Pratia going in my garden.  Little slugs love it to death...  Wouldn't dare trying "Mind your own business" though.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 20:25

Hi all - and welcome home Hosta and OH.  Hope the temperature difference isn't too much of a shock!

Glenys & Pat, I'm a lot happier in the 5C we reached today than in your 32-33 degrees... phew!

My Granny's copper kettle is waiting for its annual clean.  Not my favourite job, though my Mum used to enjoy helping with it.  

I've been in York for the monthly choir rehearsal.  Bit sleeeepy now...  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 12:54

Hello folks!  Thanks for all the lovely comments on the photo.  As I've said before, it's not difficult to take a good photo when the view is stunning...  Lantana, it wasn't taken from the train, but from the front window of our cottage, just as the sun rose yesterday.  (I'd have taken some from the train if I'd been quicker - the Oban to Glasgow line goes through some magnificent scenery.  The only photo I tried to take through the train window turned out to have a large tree which photo-bombed the lovely view. )  LG the L, it's a little island called Lismore off the west coast of Scotland, between Mull and the mainland, in Loch Linnhe.  My favourite place on earth.  

Back to reality today.  OH is out conducting a concert, so I've blitzed the kitchen...  I love him to bits but he's definitely in the finals for the messiest husband on earth!  Then I'm going food shopping.  After that I might get round to thinking about Christmas  

Obelixx, your cute kittens should definitely feature on the "Emergency kittens" site on Facebook.  They're great for lowering stress levels resulting from reading too much news.

Hosta, so glad this year's holiday is just what you both needed.

Topbird, Dove is right - give that back a rest!

Pat, hope those lavenders recover...

Happy Saturday to all!

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