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Latest posts by happymarion

Tree line

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 19:27

Woodland plants like foxgloves, ferns, epimediums, bulbs like anemones, snowdrops,and smaller shrubs like spireas, cotoneasters, pyracantha and hazel which I coppice for pea sticks, fill in between my trees and very beautiful they look too.  There is a lovely philadelphus beneath my huge eucalyptus and a collection of ferns and foxgloves.  The tulip tree has cyclamen coum underneath.  The Mediterranean oak has brachyglottis beneath it.  If you need the ground to be food productive under your trees, fruit bushes do well.  You should see the blackcurrents, gooseberries, raspberries that grow under the trees in the Canadian Rockies.

Get thrifty

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 19:16

Done! Go to Forum-Garden Design- redesign of Garden by Kate Bradbury.

Redesign of garden

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 19:12

Update of my new potager build which is the project supposed to keep me gardening well into my nineties.  The lads started work today and the first delivery of six tons of limestone chippings was made and the wood taken round to their workshop to be made into the eight raised beds.  Two hours later they arrived back with the first one to see if I liked it.  I most certainly did.  Here it is, not in place yet, but built and awaiting the other seven.  It is 2metres by 2metres and wil be 15inches tall when in the ground and the path built round it.

Get thrifty

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 19:01

Will put an update of my potager build on the Garden design forum, donutmrs.

Talkback: Preparing for drought in the garden

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 17:14
Driest we've been in Bristol since 1976 so I am going to be careful about which plants I grow. Mediterranean type plants like lavender and rosemary and the grey-leaved ones are fine. I will have a good look at the Botanic Garden. Their South African plants like osteospermums seem to fare well in drought conditions. My five rainwater butts are all full after the winter but will be needed for my vegetables and flowers for cutting in my new raised bed potager. Murphy's Law decreed that we should have a drought when I had it built!


Posted: 20/02/2012 at 15:11

I would recommend Cothay Manor Garden, Hidcote and Kiftsgate nearby, Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes(Grade 1listed), Bristol Botanic Garden, and Barrington Court.

Get thrifty

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 15:00

My friends save their sticks from their ice-creams at the amateur theatre we frequent automaticaly now, for me to take home and wash to make plant labels.


Posted: 20/02/2012 at 10:40

Pyracantha instead of honeysuckle, cactus instead of Busy Lizzies.  Do not make it easy for them.  There are lots of beautiful plants that have to be handled with care and planted wearing gardening gloves.  The odd label with "Poisonous in all parts " might help as well if you think the thieves can read.  The time I got most upset was when i saw a mother holding up her todder to my tomatoes to get at them - stealing is bad enough but teaching a child to steal is even worse.

Get thrifty

Posted: 19/02/2012 at 17:07

Ah, donutsmrs, that reminds me of when my children were small and the washing for rugby kit and PE days was getting difficult to dry in time  in a wet year, so my husband bought me a drier.  When it was no longer usefull I put the large aluminium drum out on the drive and filled it with bluebells for early nectar for  the bees and sedum spectabile for the butterflies in the autumn.  It is still there 35 years later , still doing its job with those two kinds of plant.  It gets worm tea for food occasionally and the odd weed pulled out.but it has been the best container ever.

Gardner's World TV

Posted: 19/02/2012 at 16:36

Perhaps Alan Titchmarsh will be doing just that, Ziggy, when he gives gardeners a helping hand on "Love Your Garden" later in the year.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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Last Post: 06/09/2014 at 18:57

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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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: 16/06/2013 at 17:10

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

Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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Last Post: 02/04/2013 at 13:33
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