Latest posts by happymarion

Talkback: New Year resolutions for the garden

Posted: 02/01/2012 at 13:57
A small tree for year round interest, James? Cornus officinalis gets my vote, having admired it all year in the Bristol University Botanic Garden. Such a neat tree with orange blossom all over in the spring and beautiful berries in the autumn. Oh dear, no tool bar to put in italics!!

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 02/01/2012 at 11:58

Brian, early potatoes are delicious and twice so straight out of the ground.  Of course you can grow tomatoes, onions, beans and herbs.  Why not do as the american indians taught our migrants and grow runner beans up the stalks of corn with squashes at their feet?  Growing veg. is great fun and makes for good, healthy eating. I gave my xmas visitors strawberry trifle using some of my glut of strawberries from last year.  Think of permanent plants like strawberriea, fruit bushes like blackcurrents and rhubarb too as well as sage, thyme, rosemary.  Your raised beds can look beatiful all year long.  And intercrop with salad leaves to go with your tomatoes!

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 01/01/2012 at 12:27

Well, it is the first of January and never have I seen so many flowers in my garden. I will share some of them with you as now I can with our lovely new site. First, one we expect


 at this time of year - Hellebore argutifolius.. And now into the spring with Kerria japonica.


 And now into summer with Iceberg roses.


 Autumn with the berries on Iris foetissima.


 Back to winter and the snowdrops are pushing their way up through the oak leaves.


 Four seasons in one day!!!  I have heard that time flies past when you get older but this beats the biscuit.

Talkback: Moss

Posted: 31/12/2011 at 19:13
Happy New Year to you , Kate and all the magazine staff.

The Prettiness of Moss

Posted: 31/12/2011 at 14:08

As promised on Talkback  about Kate's blog on Moss


here is a photo of moss in my garden in November.

Talkback: Moss

Posted: 31/12/2011 at 14:03
Ah, moss! I have a strange story about moss. Not in my own garden where it grows beautifully and is allowed to but in the Bristol Botanic garden where we want it at the beginning of the evolutionary dell it being related to the first landplants that evolved, 500mya. We have collected it from nearby woods; we have planted it; we have watered it; we have concluded that a combination of circumstances are against us - large trees roots keeping it too dry: being on a hill the water drains away too quickly; drought at the wrong time of year for moss. Whatever it is, the moss will not grow for us. But we keep on trying. I get lots of moss in my garden by just leaving rotting logs in a damp place, The north facing side then grows lovely moss. with primulas seeding themselves happily in front of the log what prettier sight could you have? See photo on Forum "Plants"

Welcome to the brand new forum

Posted: 31/12/2011 at 12:08

Happy New Year to all on the new forum.  It has made great strides in its short life so far and I am eagerly awaiting developments next year.

Talkback: Twelve gardening jobs for Christmas

Posted: 30/12/2011 at 11:19

Yes, I noticed that too, kathryn, but this year has been so different.  Yesterday I pulled out the slimy remains of crocosmia, a job usually done in November. My roses have not had a wimter prune yet because they still have lots of roses and buds on.  The buddlias have needed pruning again as they have grown monstrous.  It does help to have a reminder but generalisations will not suffice this year as the different parts of the country are at different stages of growth.  Ah well., variety is the spice iof life.

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 29/12/2011 at 20:11

Peter, see Ryan Lewis' blog on the New Allotment n the Guardian today.

water-logged ground

Posted: 29/12/2011 at 10:13

Only watercress will grow in  your veg. patch as it is, so make a start on encouraging your clay to absorb more moisture by adding grit and horse manure.  Raised beds would be pricy and you would need to buy top soil  to fill them.  I am sure you will in time be able to grow flowers in your border and veg.  Persevere - new gardens, loke Rome , are not built in a day.

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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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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