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Frozen pomds

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 15:52

Around us, its pigeon fanciers putting out saucers of milk mixed with antifreeze. They think the cats scare the pigeons. When my next door neighbour let her father in law have a pigeon shed at the top of her garden, I caught him doing just that.  I went ballistic.  My brother lost two cats to antifreeze poisoning, his vet also said it was pigeon fanciers. Its a really horrible death. When the father in law asked if he could use my electric from my greenhouse to operate his racing clock, you can imagine the answer.

I don't know of any gardeners using antifreeze in ponds. Small heaters and balls in the water , yes, antifreeze no.


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 15:44

Sunflower lady, I don't expect hellebore seedlings until March or April, don't give up yet.


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 15:42

Birds are getting through a lot of feed here too. The great spotted woodpeckers have decided that they like naked sunflower seeds too. Usually they will only go for the pink fat block. I found a dead bullfinch behind the apricot stump. I guess this weather is going to cause some casualties. Blackbirds are enjoying bakers meaty meal chunks cut up into smaller bits.  We had a Jay on the patio last week when I threw out the bacon rinds. A buzzard did a low circle around the top oak tree, but didn't venture down. I guess we could peg out one of the local cats???

I planted the erythroniums in 3 inch pots of sieved home made compost (mainly shreddings, oak leaves and grass clippings) When they start growing I will put them in the ground where I want them. I only have 5 each of Dens Canis and White Beauty. The pagoda didn't come. I guess they will make a small group each, in between  the hellebores.


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 14:34

Greenhouse heater thermostat appears not to be working very well.

0.2 C at the mo!!!

I've turned it up a bit.  I was going to pot up the erythroniums as the ground is solid. But the compost is solid too, i've put it against the heater to defrost.

Does anyone grow erythroniums? I bought a single one in a 5 inch pot. Do I put one bulb(corm??/) per pot, if so 3 , 4 ,or 5 inch pot?

Must check hellebore seeds for any signs of life. I wasn't expecting any seedlings until March.

We now appear to have freezing fog. A trip to the local garden centre gave us, one packet of mammoth onion seed, some nougat for mum, some half price xmas decorations. OH wanted that silver lametta stuff for xmas  tree, cant get silver, but now have gold for next year.

Also they have a lovely huge new cafe, selling good coffee.

Shame they had bugger all in the way of decent plants to fill the bed at mums, where we are taking up a row of paving slabs. Oh well, I have bulbs in pots that we can use to fill it up until summer bedding is ready.


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 08:30

Ill go and feed the birds, dressed in a long white dressing gown,and green wellies. I dont suppose the birds will mind, and the neighbours can't see me there.


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 08:26

Good morning everyone. The grass is all crunchy here, it was last night when I emptied clothes out of the dryer(in the garage).

Can I have a bacon butty too,  Dove?

I'll put a pot of coffee on.

Ive got some  erythronium to plant. I forgot them, they have been in water overnight rehydrating. It  looks like I'll need a hammer and chisel to plant them.

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 12:15

Oh and a couple of mouldy raspberries, I'm leaving for the Blackbirds since they had most of the others anyway.

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 12:13

still got a lot of snow, but

Nuts Cyclamen coum (in pot but outside)

a single flower of purple Hesperis matronalis

double pale purple primula

Hellebore shooting star. Lots of buds on other hellebores , but not open yet.

 a single flower on each of  a white Pulmonaria, and a Dark pink form.

Catkins on Garrya elliptica James Roof.

Viburnum bodnantense Dawn.

In greenhouse, Pineapple sage is still flowering, but s it went down to minus 2.6 C with the heater on, I suspect I will have lost a lot of stuff. The banana plant looks like its had it.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 09:13

Happy New Year, Marion. 

I'm sure your new thread will be as interesting as last year.


getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 09:10

New restaurant in town, everyone tries it, then goes back to the trusted favourite.

I feed the birds all year round. They know where to come in bad weather.

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