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Latest posts by happymarion

Redesign of garden

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 15:19

I have a garden with many rooms and treat them as so many smallgardens so that I can manage them one at a time.  The only one with circles in it will be the five Olympic rings next year.  But I find that growing upwards in a lot of the rooms makes for vistas and screens that make the garden interesting and I'm sure that could be done in a small garden too.

Obelisks or wigwams with sweetpeas up them work a treat in Hidcote. Roses, golden hop  and vines work well in the Bristol Botanic Garden.  I think smal gardens can look bitty so suggest a fairly large patch occasionally in the borders of the same one or two plants like this border of alliums and lavender near the veg, garden at the Holt Farm Organic Garden to bring in the pollinators.

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 15:01

Yes, and gardening magazines!  I read my Gardeners World Magazine the day it arrives in the winter but it can pile up sometimes in the busy - outdoors seasons.

Your wishlist

Posted: 10/12/2011 at 19:07

i think Botticelliwoman has a good point.  There are still many people who confuse wildlife friendly gardens with wild gardens.  There could be separate sections for each.  Wild gardens are often not friendly to pollinators and wildlife friendly gardens need not be wild.

Talkback: Collecting fallen leaves

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 22:28

Appeal to his pocket,CazR by telling him how much it costs to buy a bag of leaf mould.

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 22:17

I went up the garden this morning and filled a big basket with lots of lovely berries and foliage for my Christmas wreath but I could have just as easily filled it with spring flowers - lots of primroses and primulas,pansies,wallflower,love-in-the-mist still blooming away.  And ,for the first time I had winter heather in full bloom for my wreath.  We are going to have our first frost tonight in Bristol so it will be a much different garden tomorrow.  Perhaps I should have picked myself a bunch of rosebuds after all.

Now you can add photos to your posts

Posted: 08/12/2011 at 22:09

Linda, have a look at how many megabytes your original is, then "fix" it to be under 10.  It should then be accepted.  Perhaps your smaller image went grainy when it was clicked on and blown up, so it was rejected.  Keep trying.  It was so rewarding when my first photo was put on the site I went into my gallery to see what else would be appropriate to share and found quite a few,

Seed buying

Posted: 07/12/2011 at 18:36

Definitely want to try Lettuce "Bijou" and Lime basil in my potager when it gets built.

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 06/12/2011 at 19:06

"The Bee-Kind Garden"by David Squire is a lovely little book to encourage gardeners to grow flowers and grasses to bring in the pollinators.  If you give this enjoyable book to a veg. gardener you will be helping him or her to get good crops for many years to come.

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 06/12/2011 at 14:57

THis is hilarious.  I put weather foecast into the search engine and got 35 places that mentioned the weather forecast.  As the weather in Bristol is turning the rain rather sleety I will put all tender things in shelter anyway when i have stopped giggling.  At least when we get told to watch the weather forecast that often we must need  it.

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 06/12/2011 at 12:10

Just put weather in the search engine and got blogs about dealing with the weather.  Where do I find the forecast or do I leave the site and go to the BBC weather site?

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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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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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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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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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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