London (change)
Today 17°C / 13°C
Tomorrow 14°C / 8°C

happymarion


Latest posts by happymarion

2014

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 15:26

My conservatory is like new again and the roofers did a splendid job on the roof.  Scaffolding went up Tuesday, roofers came Wednesday, Scaffolding down by 11.30 Thursday morning!  I cannot praise the contractor for the job appointed by the insurance co. enough.  Thank you for your concern, Flumpy1.  your fence sounds like a good job too.  Your tomatoes should all ripen this year, either on the vine or in a drawer with a banana to give off ethylene to ripen them.  Take the top out of the plant when you have five trusses.  Too late for flowers to be pollinated by the insects soon.

2014

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 08:54

What a lovely gardening day is ahead of us in Bristol.  I should be able to get my September sowings of six saladings in the potager for cut and come again salads for the rest of the autumn for Mr. Fothergills Nation of gardeners trials and the rest of my RHS collection of alliums I had from my friend for my birthday planted, plus hundreds of daffodils and hyacinths.  It is so energising to see the sun shining early once more.  Dull days do not inspire the same.  Cooler in the conservatory this morning when I went to pick the ripe tomatoes so I think we may have had a cooler night than of late when it has sometimes made for uncomfortable sleeping.  I am really glad to be back online, BizzieB.

2014

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 19:45

Hello, everyone.  I am back on my new laptop with Windows 80 which is taking some getting used to.  The fan on my old one died and could not be mended.  I have hundreds of emails to answer and lots of fb friends to reassure I am still around.  The computer man is coming on Tuesday to set all my apps up so i have lots of pics to send then.  Mr Fothergills want to carry on the Nation of Gardeners project after October they have been so impressed with our work!

2014

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 08:32

The ability we now have to decipher the DNA of plants means some plants are being found to be wrongly classified so they are being regrouped and sometimes renamed.  Some plants that were in separate families have been found to be related to others and consequently some families are being dropped.  When you walk roung the Phyllogeny (which means family tree) garden in the University of Bristol Botanical Garden you see plants growing together which look quite different but belong to the same family - just like human cousins sometimes do.

2014

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:48

Those gladioli used to be called acidanthera but now gladiolus murielae, Bizzie B.  I have three big pots just coming into flower now.  My laptop is being picked up for repairs tomorrow morning so may be offline for a bit.  The roof was mended today and it was a very good job .  The scaffolding should be dismantled tomorrow.   I am gradually getting my tender plants into the conservatory again.

2014

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 08:18

You will soon be having kale every day for dinner, flumpy 1.  I may be offline from today as the computer man is coming to take away my laptop.  it has been switching itself off as the fan has died.  Roofers coming today and scaffolding goes Thursday or Friday.  Dull today but warm and dry.  We have our Bee weekend Saturday and Sunday at Bristol Univ. Botanic Garden so looking forward to that.

2014

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 12:29

Scaffolding up and i think it must be the prettiest scaffolding ever.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58351.jpg?width=190&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58352.jpg?width=237&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58353.jpg?width=284&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58354.jpg?width=406&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58355.jpg?width=355&height=350&mode=max

 

2014

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 08:10

A splendid day for the scaffolding people.  Bright sunshine already and blue skies.  I will try to get my daily chores done in the garden before they come.  The tomatoes in tomato avenue are dwindling and the conservatory is getting colourful a I bring in my tender plants.  The four big aoniums look good when they come in but they are fine outside for a month or so.  Luckily they do well in smallish pots or I would be exhausted lugging them about.  This week looks great for harvesting in the dry.  I will try to make a start to the bulb planting too.

2014

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 19:27

Pics from the front garden today.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58303.jpg?width=157&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58304.jpg?width=293&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58305.jpg?width=400&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58306.jpg?width=333&height=350&mode=max

 

2014

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 15:57

Five weeks after the judging the result came in the post.  No improvement on last year but they did come early and it looks fab now!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58279.jpg?width=469&height=350&mode=max

 

Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Trees for wildlife

Well done, Kate. Last winter was so mild and wet lots of sickly trees suddenly showed what they are made of. Trees and shrubs that had nev... 
Replies: 0    Views: 71
Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:12

Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

The "Charlotte" potatoes I an trialling for Mr. Fothergill are harvested from the potato planter bag and being eaten. very delicious and a ... 
Replies: 2    Views: 168
Last Post: 06/09/2014 at 18:57

Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Growing tomatoes indoors and out is a trial the Nation of Gardeners Project is doing for Mr. Fothergill Seeds. Ferline F1 is included in th... 
Replies: 5    Views: 348
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 18:21

Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

I have three gems of tomatoes to sow as a participant in Mr. fothergills Trials in the nation of Gardeners project, called "Black Opal". "Pi... 
Replies: 19    Views: 668
Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 15:36

2014

My Golden Jubilee Garden 
Replies: 1193    Views: 38187
Last Post: Today at 20:27

Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

My acer seedlings from the Botanic Garden which I weeded are all different colouring - salmon pink, rich toffee, crimson. pale pink and a ve... 
Replies: 2    Views: 273
Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
Replies: 23    Views: 942
Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
Replies: 192    Views: 7390
Last Post: 09/12/2013 at 17:31

Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

One of my birthday presents was Kalanchoe "Bronze Sculpture" which is commonly known as the Paddle plant but this one has bronze colored tip... 
Replies: 1    Views: 367
Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
Replies: 82    Views: 2535
Last Post: 16/06/2013 at 17:10

Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
Replies: 502    Views: 18623
Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 09:47

picture difficulties

SOS 
Replies: 14    Views: 562
Last Post: 29/04/2013 at 22:05

Talkback: Gardening in Russia

Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short thr... 
Replies: 5    Views: 527
Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:49

Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
Replies: 251    Views: 8232
Last Post: 31/05/2013 at 23:16

Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
Replies: 6    Views: 551
Last Post: 02/04/2013 at 13:33
1 to 15 of 60 threads