With our green issues
From London's Green Garden
The Changing Seasons features here with matters relating to the
environment, and is presented by Ellen Buckland for the ArtOfAdrian. Our established
East London garden will pay host as we nurture new seedlings,
cultivate established plants bushes and trees, produce fruit and veg, and grow herbs.
This we aim to do with as little damage as possible in the environment.
The Changing Seasons welcomes you into our humble abode, pictured
on this page to illustrate environment issues.
GARDEN OF DESPAIR.Ellen is currently campaigning for
Walthamstow Cinema Things are also looking up in that there is now jazz playing at the Nags Head and the Plough in Walthamstow and she does not
feel quite as much as though she is living on the moon. Pictured here are her poppy crop,
baytree and grapes. All from the green garden.
COMPOST now comes from the compost bin purchased from the local council. Bin rules
are featured below, and here you see me on a wild and windy day turning the mix to ensure a fine
mixture is produced.
NEST NEWS I helped our feathered friends by keeping the garden slightly untidy.
So don't clear away all plants etc as this will provide much needed nesting material.
For details of how to build a bird box, by the RSPB rules,
Nipper The Cat
Ellen's Seahorse Mosaic
Life On The Bench
To Worm Around:-
Stained Glass & Mosaics
Beechwood Allotmant Diary
Me In Ullerpool In ScotlandsHighlands
Harry & Spike The Baby Hedgehogs|
Speedys Twins. Speedy Is Sadly Missed
HEDGEHOG NEWS Speedy has spent all summer 04 in our hedgehog hutch but during August, due to the heavy rainfall, developed pheumonia. As he sounded very poorly,
I took him to Goddards Vets. Sadly Speedy didn't return with me. Later that day, I cleaned out the hutch and found two baby hedgehogs, named Harry and Spike by the people at the vets.
Speedy was a she not a he. Since then Harry and Spike spent a month a the vets, then the winter in the workshop where I built a run for them to exercise. They put on weight,
went into hibernation in December 04 and woke up after Easter 05. We moved their hutches into the garden where they appeared each evening for a night of adventures. Harry has gone
travelling, sometimes returning to see his brother Spike, who remains either in the front garden hutch or the back garden hutch. In December 05 we were also looking out
for a young hog who was roaming at night and is only a few weeks old. He or she needed to be 450gms (1lb.) before going into hibernation and surviving the winter. When we put him/her
on the scales the weight was just right. Sabastian shall be his/her name for now, named after the BBC TV 'Little Britain' sitcom character. If you see a small hog roaming at night,
put out some cat food - meat ones - not fish, or buy some proper hedgehog food, and some water. Both Harry and Spike have now moved on, so then we had 4 hogs in the garden,
consisting of 3 young hogs about 6 weeks old and their mother. They all lived together in a pile of bamboo leaves, and they were a delight to watch at night.
Perhaps they are speedys grandchildren. They have all moved on and so we had no hogs since then. Sad too. A hogs life is a hard one.
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HERB NEWS New herbs this year include basil, flatleaf parsley, and thyme. Last years sage and lavander continue to thrive in
the herb patch. Old favourites such as the rosemary bushes, lemon trees, bay tree and oregano are all doing well.
Unfortunatly, when the poppies were planted out in the garden, the slugs devoured them in a single night.
Ellen was not amused. Ellen would like to grow more veg but there is limited space.
That's all the herb news for now.
POND NEWS Good year for frogs, toads and newts. The pond is full.
OLIVE TREE NEWS Seen below, Adrian and the crop of olives.. .what's the secret to growing olives?
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