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Latest posts by happymarion

Celeriac...problems.

Posted: 26/01/2012 at 19:40

Celeriac evidently needs lots of animal manure.  The only time I had roots bigger than grapefruits was after we had a lorryload of cow manure spread over the garden.  It is delicious in mash with potatoes though.

Orchids

Posted: 26/01/2012 at 19:01

The many heavy wintry showers today had me retreating into the subtropical house at the Bristol University botanic Garden to dry off, and these orchids had me oohing and aahing and whipping out my camera.  

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And the smell was lovely.

Talkback: Unwelcome wildlife

Posted: 24/01/2012 at 09:32
The neighbours cats are my allies against mice, Adam. They are all well fed at home but just love scouting round my garden and jump up on the manger and through the open window into the garage which is my potting shed and store. I do have to put netting over my tulip bulbs to deter the squirrels and pull out loads of oak and hazel saplings where they have buried food and forgotten about it, but I love the company of the wildlife in my garden. You are so right, however, so many people confuse wildlife gardening with the wild garden which is quite different. We "Wildlife friendly gardeners " are choosing to share our garden with wildlife but, being true gardeners, we are subjugating nature to suit our needs as homo sapiens.

Talkback: Unwelcome wildlife

Posted: 24/01/2012 at 09:32
The neighbours cats are my allies against mice, Adam. They are all well fed at home but just love scouting round my garden and jump up on the manger and through the open window into the garage which is my potting shed and store. I do have to put netting over my tulip bulbs to deter the squirrels and pull out loads of oak and hazel saplings where they have buried food and forgotten about it, but I love the company of the wildlife in my garden. You are so right, however, so many people confuse wildlife gardening with the wild garden which is quite different. We "Wildlife friendly gardeners " are choosing to share our garden with wildlife but, being true gardeners, we are subjugating nature to suit our needs as homo sapiens.

Talkback: Plans for a garden

Posted: 22/01/2012 at 18:24

2012 is the year I hae my potager, Kate, with flowers mixed in with the vegetables and a seating area for me and my tools.  There are going to be eight beds-two matching lots of four and metre wide paths.  I would like lots of lavender for the bees too.

Work in Progress

Posted: 20/01/2012 at 15:15

Oh, my goodness, what a lot of work1  Well done and do let us see some more.  So glad you are sharing it with us and your local school.  Your vegetable garden is splendid.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 20/01/2012 at 09:51

I have just cut back my jostaberries by half ( you can make cuttings from the bits you cut off).  Like a gooseberry bush you should try to keep the middle open, cut away any branches that are rubbibg as well.  They are a lovely fruit packed with vit.C and easy to care for and get a good crop.

Views

Posted: 19/01/2012 at 18:13

Wow!  Thank you, Emma.  What a backdrop, especially for those daisies from Namaqualand which we are familiar with at the Botanic Garden in Bristol.  Many of the volunteers have been to these gardens on trips led by Nick Wray, the curator.  We still have some flowers in the South African Garden outside but the beauties are in the Warm Temperate House.  Those glorious hot colours do need great rocks to show them off and we have tried to do that with great slabs of sandstone and limestone.   

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 18/01/2012 at 15:00

When they are a few inches tall, Sillybug, and the mother plant has died back.  The mother plant will be discarded so you should pot u her offspring individually  they are a bit floppy so will need some support and repotted as they get bigger.

surprises

Posted: 13/01/2012 at 15:19

Another surprise today in my spinney. I have lots of cyclamen in my garden which the wild boar from the Forset of Dean would just love but this sowbread must be enough for a dinner as its leaves are bigger than my hand.  It is Cyclamen coum and promises to have lots of flowers which is great as it is near the path.

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Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

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2014

My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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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

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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

SOS 
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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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