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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 22:27

Yes Fruitcake I confined myself to the conservatory today.  It is going to be milder tomorrow so I will do some pruning then. Luckily I have miles of good paths to work from and good working boots.  I bet there are snowdrops appearing now.

Onion weed

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 15:54

I think you are referring to the "Bristol" onion which is not very invasive and pretty.  Allium vineale has nondescript flowers , very drab but there are varieties that have been marketed as firecrackers which have wishy washy colours but would soon revert to the weed as self seeds all over a garden.  It can grow to three feet if left to set seed.

Onion weed

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 15:27

Yes, that's the ticket.  If you find a thick clump take the kitchen scissors to it.  I do that in my drive as it comes up through tarmac.  In Bristol it thrives all over the Downs and when the grass is being shorn in the spring it smells like everyone in Bristol is having curry for lunch.  In the woodland edge garden at the Univ of Bristol Botanic garden where the long grass is only cut once a year because it is a spring delight of thousands of anemones and daffodils, snowdrops and cyclamen etc, we volunteers used to search for the flowerheads and cut right down to the ground to stop the tiny new plants being spread.

Onion weed

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 13:32

It is Allium vineale which is a prolific weed in many parts of Britain.  While doing my Certificate in Biology at the University of Bristol I wrote my thesis on it.  I had my children help me with the statistics and we found from one plant you can get over 300 new live plants (it exhibits vivipary which means new plants from from the seedheads) plus 12 to 20 new bulbs from the bulb in one season.  I tried all ways to eradicate it including different weedkillers, vinegar, hot water, digging it up and trying to find all the little bulbs but the only method i found that did eventually work was to scalp it and the grass round it if in the lawn.  Very close mowing is the answer.  It needs some green stem to survive so do not let it have any.  As for allium triquetrum you have this if the flower stem is triangular.  Not quite as invasive as vineale but pretty bad.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 11:41


My moth orchid I had for Xmas is loving it in my kitchen.  There is so much blossom on my cersium I can see me picking some for a vase soon.  They last a long time in water.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 11:26

You will soon be growing your own leeks.  I love home made leek and potato soup.  As promised pictures from my conservatory.  I can pretend it is summer in there tidying up. My red jasmine, Cersium newellii is in full flower again,  It flowers for eight weeks or so outsid



e in the summer and then again in the winter indoors.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 09:23

I am sure you are not gormless. frumpy1 - just overworked!  It is only 5degrees maximum forecast for Bristol today so I shall stay indoors and garden in the conservatory and read up the instructions on all the gardening kits I had for Xmas.  I may take some pics in the conservatory as it is looking so cheerful with lots of flowers.  The forecast for the next four days is much milder again so more pruning on the cards then.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 18:21

Aha, Fruitcake, to go to a garden centre for me would mean a friend using petrol so that is out for this year!  Guess who is going to save money this year?  Sorry to hear you have been ill.  was it that rotten chesty 'flu bug?

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 16:33

Wow NewBoy2 lives a mile or two one side of me and Fruitcake a mile or so the other!  Wonderful to have internet friends so near.  I have had visits from fb friends who live much farther away eg Reading, Derby, London, and even Spain and USA.  There are going to be lots of extra plants in my trials for Mr. Fothergill's Nation of Gardeners this year so perhaps my near friends who both have allotments can give them good homes?  One of my aims to help the Green Capital of Europe which you should all know by now is Bristol (Brizzle - NewBoy2)  feed itself.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 16:14

Yes, Lizzie and Lyn , I saw Brunnera Jack Frost growing in Kiftsgate Manor Gardens and it looked super.  Will look for that message, NewBoy2.

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