Monthly Archives: March 2013

Road Trip To the Lakes

Been in the car 6 hours; thank God the kids have got DVD players! The view is getting better….20130329-152421.jpg20130329-152504.jpg20130329-152516.jpg20130329-181327.jpg





Dogs Dinner



These very lovely bulbs are a native woodland bulb. They vary from white to pink and have very beautiful leaves and flowers. The leaves are edible in salads and are full of starch which is used in creating vermicelli. The bulb is the shape of a dogs tooth; hence he the name Digs Tooth Violet or Erythronium dens-canis. The bulbs are supposed to be quite tasty and can be used dried to make flour.

We planted a different variety on campus but before we did half of them where eaten by rats from the bag! Obviously delicious to rodents too. There is a national collection of the Erythroniums at GreenCombe gardens in Porlock, Somerset. The gardens are run by a lovely lady who sits and takes the money with her dogs; its mostly a woodland garden with loads azalea and southern hemisphere tender plants. My favourite is a variety E.hendersonii.
The leaves on the native one are almost camaflague; not sure if this is an adaptation to stop it being eaten or it’s a virus like the Aucuba japonica.

ANIME society

This bunch of happy hoodlums helped Clear up an area on campus recently. I didn’t know what Anime was so they had to explain its Japanese animation, manga etc. These guys wanted to clear the rubbish and litter for a conference they are having in June. The plan is to dress up as your favourite character ie in coz as I was told and run around pretending you have special powers!

The grounds guys to the left are not sure about it by the looks of it.

Blackthorn Winter



This native shrub / small tree flower about this time of year; at time pf year which is normally associated with changeable weather. This it’s where poor weather in March got labelled a ‘Blackthorn winter’ as it coincided with its flowering. It’s a major part of UK hedgerows and as well as showy flowers it has autumn colour and fruits. The are often called Sloes and put in bottles of Gin / vodka to add taste; the hideously bitter and I’ve not tried it.