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Latest posts by happymarion

Albizia not flowering

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 11:53

The Persian Silk Tree at the Botanic Garden is a picture in the late summer and autumn.  They grow like weeds in parts of the USA but seem a little difficult here.  The one in the Garden is sheltered by a high wall and is fairly old,  Would you have a sheltered place to put it outside.  It needs a deep mulch, about a foot of bark every autumn.


no apples!

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 18:34

Poor crop of apples n bristol too and i have been eating strawberries three times a day for eight weeks.  they are tailing off now but the freezer is well stocked to make up for the dearth of Bramleys.

Indoor plants that will absorb odours

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:11

I have noticed on my visits to large gardens that they use Spider plants in the toilets.  They look so good too.  i now have one big one that goes in my toilet for the winter when it is too cold to have the window open and it works.


How to grow Agapanthus with zero effort-do nothing !

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 16:13

That's what they get in Madeira by the roadsides - total neglect and left to theit own devices like our foxgloves in the hedgerows and verges.

Is it ever going to STOP!!!!

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 09:54

My garden is so lush I now call it my temperate rain forest.  Lots of pruning to do.  The strawberry crop has been amazing.  Eight ice-cream cartons full put in the freezer for the winter and i am still having them three times a day with cereal, scones and cream or ice-cream.  My raised beds are and have been stuffed with veg and flowers for a month now .  braod bean crop super, great lettuces and salad leaves and rdishes and spring onions.rainbow chard a great success.  I can definitely recommend raised beds for wet seasons.  they drain beautifully.  I have finished eating my Swift, first early potatoes and they were delicious.  Starting on the King Edwards this week as they have been in flower some time.  The colour in the garden has been and still is superb, sespecially the Sweet William and the hardy geraniums and phygelius.  only thing is I haven't had many meals outside this year, but then one cannot have everything one wants in this life.  Stick at it everybody.  when you get to my age you will know what to expect from the British weather and how to cope.  Painting from your pictures in the winter is great too!

Rockery plan

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 20:04

There are lots of books on how to build a rockery - either from the library or secondhand very cheaply from the net.  They used to be all the range in Victorian times.  My alpine plants go into my scree garden which is slate on top of well drained soil with a few outcrops of rocks for sun roses(helianthemums), saxifrages etc.  I built it myself when I was over 80 so no mountains for me.  But I did watch a large rockery (the Meiterranean Bank) being built at the Bristol Bot. Garden where I am a volunteer gardener and that is how it was the professional gardeners.  They had mechanical dogger to help.

Rockery plan

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 16:45

Your rocks will have strata which will give you an idea how to position them like they were in the wild.  I would build the "mountain" first and the dig into it to place a rock.  

Rockery plan

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 16:04

If only it was that simple!  I'm afraid your plan will have your rockery plants despairing in a year or two.  take your time and do it properly.  First you have to get rid of the grass and any perennial weeds by keeping out the light (bin bags will do if you weigh them down with your rocks.  Meanwhile, decide on your design.  Do you want a scree with little outcrops of rocks. or what looks like the side of a mountain or something in between?  Then mix yourself a great heap of well drained filling-mostly horticultural grit as rock plants do not like to sit in water and the rain must drain immediately or they will rot.  The rocks must not just sit on top of your base but be bedded in.  

Making a woodland garden

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 10:58

I have a woodland walk I planted myself about thirty years ago which is a dekight and less work than any other parts of the garden but this I started from flower beds so i did not have your trouble.  my spinney is more like your situation and i just tackle the brambles , etc when i have something like a new nut tree i want to plant in it.  Local flora are a great idea as they will suit your soil.  i have just bought a Sorbus Bristoliensis which only grows in the Avon Gorge to give it a good home in my part of Bristol.  

Problems with newly planted topiary box hedge.

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 21:33

The one with discoloured leaves is dying, I think, so pull it out.  Perhaps it did not get enough water at one stage?  Easy enough to take a few cuttings from your fattest plant to replace it.  Make sure (haha in this weather) your newly planted hedge is watered well.

Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Using nettles in the kitchen

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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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Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

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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

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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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