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Latest posts by happymarion

Redesign of garden

Posted: 10/01/2012 at 13:35

This is my century blog so I am showing you how far I have progressed with the redesign of my vegetable garden, now three quarters cleared and plans drawn up for a potager more suitable for an octagenarian to cultivate.  Here it is on Jan.10th.  Look out for it again in March. ( The cat is called Wally and belongs to next door.)


Posted: 10/01/2012 at 13:17

I'm trying yinyang beans this year - they are so striking looking - black and white.  Also Bijou lettuce - a lovely decorative curly one that is a brilliant red and so delicious and lime basil.


Posted: 10/01/2012 at 11:54

Fritillaria meleagris is a favourite soring bulb and I

often have white ones as well as the checkered variety and many with double heads but one surprised me by having three heads.

Talkback: Gardeners and the Big Society

Posted: 09/01/2012 at 18:43
Oh, I do so agree with you, Adam. And yet a search I made of the New Years honours list revealed only one honour to a gardener, a part-time gardener at Highgrove. I am one of 41 volunteer gardeners at the Bristol University Bot. Garden and we keep the garden looking spruce for the local community to use. it is seldom we don't see wheelchairs being pushed round from the next door nursing home and we love to see their smiles. The garden also has its own fundraisers in the shape of the Friends of the BBG which has nearly 2000 members, some of whom, including me this year, open their gardens to make funds. Other Friends man the Welcome Lodge and sell t-shirts, postcards etc and others act as guides taking school pupils, gardening clubs etc round the Garden. Others publish the quarterly magazine.
I always have lots of surplus plants as I love growing from seed and these get sold to make funds for various local charities. If there is a fair you can bet there will be a plant stall!
In the winter I give slide shows about gardening and the gardens I visit as well as the BG and these are always enjoyed when days are grey. And, of course, I do my fair share of office work which is a poor second to gardening by being the Hon. Secy of our local group of the Alpine Garden Society. And I am only one of many thousands who do likewise out of enthusiasm for living plants and through them all things living.

Welcome to the garden design forum

Posted: 09/01/2012 at 18:08

Thank you, donutsmrs,  I'm heading for my hundredth blog this week -96 now!


Posted: 09/01/2012 at 11:40

I popped into my conservatory to check if anything needed watering and the sun was shining through the petals of my tibouchina - breathtakingly lovely.

 I always love the Haemanthus albiflos when its many stamens appear but now it has surprised me with how big its orange berries are.

Back garden Chickens

Posted: 09/01/2012 at 09:33

Chicken manure is great for the veg. patch too.  Bantams are very easy to keep in a small garden, which is what most people have, and if you want decorative ones, silkies are beautiful.

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 09/01/2012 at 09:03

Thank you , Cassie, but isn't it lovely to be neighbours on the GW site!  As for being knowledgeable that's where my longevity comes in and having willing teachers.

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 08/01/2012 at 14:30

But the snowdrops have kept to their usual schedule.  This one usually flowers end Dec. to Feb.

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 08/01/2012 at 14:26

Te bumblebees are gorging themselves on my heathers which are flowering early this year.

Discussions started by happymarion

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 ... 
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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... 
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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... 
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My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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My acer seedlings from the Botanic Garden which I weeded are all different colouring - salmon pink, rich toffee, crimson. pale pink and a ve... 
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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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One of my birthday presents was Kalanchoe "Bronze Sculpture" which is commonly known as the Paddle plant but this one has bronze colored tip... 
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Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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picture difficulties

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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... 
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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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Talkback: House sparrows

In the eighties I used to stop counting at 20 when the sparrows descended on my garden. The wild patch og groud at the back of my garden wa... 
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