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Talkback: Collecting fallen leaves

Posted: 05/12/2011 at 13:24
I have bags and bags of leaf mould from last year and shreddings and a bin full of ‘ready’ compost too, so I have used the leaves as a mulch under the shrubs, and that should give good cover for hibernating creatures. I also had so many apples I have left some small ones on for the birds, and then when they are eaten I can cut up some of the stored ones. Blackbirds, fieldfares, thrushes and maybe the odd redwing love them.

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Posted: 02/12/2011 at 12:27
And azaleas in flower in the garden and gorse in full bloom on the Pembrokeshire Coast path last weekend. There’ll be nothing left for spring!

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Posted: 02/12/2011 at 09:51
I have loads and loads of leaves, and less and less time – result, an orchard lawn full of moss! Whilst I agree that gardening is a pleasure, one must remember that in order to support a garden it is a prerequisite to go to work. I’ll try and get stuck in this Sunday, at the very least it’s good excersise.

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Posted: 02/12/2011 at 09:46
I’ve had a primrose, forsythia and winter jasmine flowering since November. Seasons have seemed rather confused this year!

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Posted: 02/12/2011 at 08:58
I enjoy picking up the leaves in my garden. I don,t rake much as i get grass and other debris in it that way.I have made leaf mould for a couple of years now. I don’t have a big garden but usually manage a couple of black sacks.
My star of bethlehem is still out( from June).

Talkback: Making leaf mould

Posted: 01/12/2011 at 11:41

Have been anxious (recently I seem to be casting around for things to be anxious about) that I pack my leaves too firmly into the upright circly cage I’ve made – any ideas? Also, should I wet them when they’re in that kind of open cage?


Sheila Averbuch

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Posted: 30/11/2011 at 15:13
Well, in my front garden (North Derbyshire) I have 3 daffodils in flower! Is this a record?

Talkback: Autumn gardening jobs

Posted: 30/11/2011 at 12:57
Very interesting observations, but just as some things appear to have been thrown completely out of sync others are spot on their usual timings.

I wonder what other people have found in different parts of the country?

Talkback: Autumn gardening jobs

Posted: 30/11/2011 at 10:18
My self-seeding annuals have given three crops this year – three lots of forget-me-nots, love-in-the-mist, poached egg plant,all making the garden look so colourful. Spring flowering shrubs and small perennials like primroses, cowslips, walflowers, have given a show as good as they did in the spring all over again. This was due to the warm September and October, no doubt, and the plentiful rain in the summer. But what has gripped me most is the autumn display of colour. I seemed to have it in two stages and the one just coming to a close now has been the best I have ever seen. Not just the acers but the tulip tree, ginkco biloba, euonymus alatus, spindle tree, hamamellis, all surpassed themselves. The sun is out in Bristol again today so am on my way, pruning as I go, to gaze through the yellow leaves that are left on the tulip tree up to the cloudless blue sky. Strange weather we have had but, when such sights are the result, you will hear no murmur of discontent from me.

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Posted: 30/11/2011 at 10:03
That is so like the sort of thing I say, Pippa – “I was tempted to go into the garden rather than do any work”. Many people think gardening too much work but not we aficionadoes who regard it as a pleasure. The sudden wind we had in Bristol yesterday robbed me of some of my leaf mould raw ingredients but, as you say, there are lots to come. The oak trees have not started yet.
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