Latest posts by happymarion

dirty nails

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 09:03

 Copy the professionals for jobs which need finesse - invest in a big box of surgical gloves in your size.  They are very cheap and you do not even notice you are wearing them once you start pricking out or weeding cactus plants, whatever.  Do not disrespect the power of plants to wound or infect.  They have evolved defences over millions of years to defeat predators and we are only novices in fighting them. I am not being overfussy as I have seen some of the tragedies caused by careless gardening.

dirty nails

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 08:36

Much better to have two kinds of gardening gloves - one for the tough jobs like pruning roses and the other, close fitting pair for fiddly jobs like pricking out seedlings.  No lady likes to have rough or dirty hands and no one should ill treat their skin by exposing it to potential irritants.  If you must garden gloveless there are good barrier creams you can smother your hands in.  When I see Monty Don's dirty hands on .GW I breathe a prayer he has barrier cream on.  Carole's hands always look newly washed or she is wearing gloves and Rachel I am sure would not spoil her image by exposing her hands to scratches, rashes or bacteria,

Talkback: Dung-flies and rat-tailed maggots

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 15:46
Good idea, Kate. My nettle patches are growing strongly now so i should be able to harvest some and leave the rest for the caterpillars till I cut them in June. I saw my first Speckled wood butterfly this morning - near my potting shed which is the back half of the garage. It must have overwintered there and I leave the door open during the day while I am home now so that the ladybirds can come out and any overwintering butterflies.


Posted: 11/04/2012 at 21:22









s 8,05pm and I thought it must be time to finish work for the day in my garden when everything took on a reddish hue,  One glance at the sky told me why.  I rushed for my camera and took those shots before it rained.

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 15:45

Roie plum is right, Eve.  You can prune most shrubs back hard, wait a tear and then it will be refreshed and give you glorious blossom.

Unknown Weed

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 11:43

Oh, Andrew, enjoy your celandines.  they do very little harm, are beautiful in flower, and disappear very quickly.  Just pull them out where youwant another spring flower to grow.  i am sure they do more good than harm by feeding insects early nectar and being the harbinger of spring according to Shakespeare.

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 09:30

I bought a "Bridal Wreath" spirea from our Pound Shop some yrears ago which is now giving a glorious display.  There bulbs, especially "Tete a Tete" daffodils have never disappointed.  Be selective in what you buy and treat them well, especially if they have been in the shop a long time, and do check they are still alive!  You can save a lot for run of the mill plants and bulbs.

Talkback: Grow something different

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 14:37

We must compare notes on the yellow pelargoniums,Susie.  Mine are growing strongly.  They were quite big plants when they came.  Of course it is not sad to name your seedlings.  The sad thing is to follow the herd!  I am sure Adam would agree.  The more indivifduality, the more biodiversity, the stronger the life on earth, including the human soecies.  Good luck with your celeriac.

Talkback: Growing woodland anemones

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 10:37
And I only have to visit the Woodland Edge Garden at the Bristol Botanic Garden where A. blanda, nemorosa and pavonina among other species are carpeting the ground right now. I plant A. blanda in the green and have been successful in getting them to establish quickly. I just put a rhizome in a small pot and plant out when the flowers appear. I do the same with the Lent Lily, Narcissus pseudo narcissus. It is not just snowdrops that benefit from this so it seems to me this may be the best way to plant all woodland edge plants for quick establishment.

Welcome to the garden design forum

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 08:49

Love it!

Discussions started by happymarion

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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... 
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picture difficulties

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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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