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My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 15:58

Green wheeliebin full up and put out for the garden waste truck tomorrow morning.  I compost a great deal of my green stuff but there is always plenty of the rough stuff for the recycle plant to turn into compost.  No doubt they have a shredder.  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 14:04

It was so mild today I was able to switch off all my heating while i was out in the garden which reminded me of how much I save in my fuel costs having a garden that needs my attention most days of the year.  If I lived in a flat without a garden no doubt I would be in it more and  need more heat.  As it is I come in so warm from my exertions I do not need to switch on the gas fire for half an hour or so after I come in.   No doubt I would have to fill some of my gardening hours elsewhere for amusement which would cost as well.  There is more to a garden than good fresh food and lovely flowers, especially if it is a wildlife garden.  Nature can always be relied on to provide entertainment without repeats.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 11:20

Splendid gardening weather out there.  A beautiful cat , mostly white with a bit of black came and joined me .  Not knowing which neighbour it came from or its name I said "I bet your name is Snowy" and it came over and rubbed itself against my trousers.  Good guess I think.  I have a beautiful grey one up that end of the garden but my neighbour who owns it said its name was Smoky so I now have Snowy and Smoky to keep me company.  Lots of the brambles had taken root in the limestone path where the tips had touched ground so I pulled out marvellous root balls .  They come out easily thank goodness.  The birds were singing as if it were spring.  There is still a great deal of food for them especially black ivy berries which the blackbirds love.  It is more environmentally friendly and cheaper to grow food for the birds rather than buy it with all the transport that entails.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 08:51

Very dull this morning but mild so gardening outside is on the cards.  Green wheeliebin gets emptied tomorrow so will cut down brambles and fill it with them.  I can wear my new tough leather gardening gloves which being thermal lined have already been useful for filling up the freezer part of my fridge freezer.  Looking out in the garden I see loads of hazelnut catkins already and the old leaves have not all fallen off yet.  The squirrels will be happy again.

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.

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