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Latest posts by happymarion

no whinge gardening!!!!!

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 17:12

i don't whinge because I can only remember the good things.  a friend asked me this morning how my garden was last summer.  i replied it was super - I had such a glut of strawberries I am still eating them.  only after she had gone did I remember the complete absence of Bramley apples which I normally have tons of.

Winter wonders

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 17:43

The old carpet is down and covered with the pond liner and the edges anchored.  When we had that frightful rain it began to fill up nicely but one night the wind was fierce and my anchoring not good enough so the water drained out the corner where the liner lifted.  But i will tackle it again when the cold lifts as all is intact and still there.  I hope your garden and the wildlife in it will help you heal after your trauma, Sarah.  So lovely to hear from you.  i am very well but feeling the cold and so my photos at the moment are coming from the kichen window!

Winter wonders

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 13:35

How cute is that.  My male brambling is eyeing up my bird ornament with solar powered light on my picnic table.  I would love to get a photo of the female if she comes to feed and sees this.  He has been looking at it for over ten minutes now.


Winter wonders

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 17:23

I am now catering at mu back door for one robin, one magpie, two bramblings, two collar doves, two bakckbirds.and three bluetits   the bramblings are the last to go when the big birds spook the small birds and the


first to fly back again.  They share their time betwwen the picnic table and the ground.  There colour is darkening but theydo seem to be of different sexes.

Winter wonders

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 16:22

You need a hide like my kitchen, flowering rose but my bramblings are so tame If I kept my camera round my neck i am sure they would let me take a close-up.

Help - Total Beginner

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 15:10

If you set them in egg boxes to chit now you can start by planting Swift potatoes and may be eating your own new potatoes end of May.  Grow lots of salad stuff - some to feed the slugs to keep them off your ther crops.  Sow broad beans now in pots on your balcony and when they are past being palatable to slugs and snails (four or six true leaves) plant them out in your allotment.  Sow dwarf beans later and then sugar peas and runner beans. All should give you good results and get you eager to try tomatoes,greens of all kinds and beetroot, carrots, etc.  Ask your neighbours which crops suit the soil.  Grow White Lisbon onios for your salad donions and sow the whole packet so you can leave some in to grow into big cooking onions.  Ask your wife which flowers she likes.  Daisies are always welcome and easy and cosmos will last a long time in a vase or in allotment.  Most of all keep enthusiastic whatever the weather throws at you and get a shed and furnish it with a couple of chairs and a shelf for your biscuit tin and thermos flask.  Allotments need time.  Good luck and we are all here to help.

Winter wonders

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 14:43

The first of the bramblings to arrive for food tosay looks like a male to me.  It will be so exciting if the other is a female as they seldom breed in Britain.


Winter wonders

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 09:57

News of my winter visitors.  I have two bramblings!  I thought the one that seemed to be eating all day was risking obesity but I saw them both eating together.  Now i can tell them apart as one is darker than the other.

Talkback: Blind daffodils

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 16:32
You would not think from seeing the wonderful display our hellebores are putting on in the Bristol Botanic Garden that they once had the dreaded blight. We volunteers spent hours cutting away every leaf and flower that had even a tiny spot on them and it worked. None died. i have some blind daffodils in the long grass but i think that may be because they are congested so i will dig them up and replant them in the green.

Winter wonders

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 12:26

My little sweetheart of a brambling has returned to feed at my picnic table.  He was chased a way after an hour by a blackbird but After the blackbird had gone he was joined y another brambling and three bluetits all happy to share the seed.


Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Using nettles in the kitchen

I too am a nettle lover, Kate. Nettle tea is delicious. You can buy the dried variety if you do not have your own source. 
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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... 
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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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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... 
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Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

clematis in need of identification

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

Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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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... 
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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. 
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Last Post: 18/11/2014 at 08:20

Summer has arrived

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

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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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. 
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Last Post: 31/05/2013 at 23:16
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