Latest posts by happymarion

Talkback: Christmas gifts for gardeners

Posted: 16/12/2011 at 16:01
Eight of my gardening friends are getting the "The Bee-kind Garden". It has something in it for all kinds of gardeners; veg.and fruit growers, plants used in medicine gardeners, flowers for cutting gardeners, wildlife friendly gardeners, poetry loving gardeners, history loving gardeners and good book loving gardeners. And of course bee-loving gardeners. A big thank you to David Squire for making my shopping a little easier this year.

Gardeners World

Posted: 15/12/2011 at 18:17

I agree, you have to search but they are there, gardengirl6.  The three part series on Botany from Oxford University Botanic  garden was very good and the one on Hidcote.  I love to see really exotic gardens in other parts of the world too and in places where gardening and growing vegetables is almost essential for living, like in Cuba.  The spices series I really enjoyed.

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 15/12/2011 at 16:33

In the Bristol Botanic Garden today the Coronilla citrina was covered in its sweetly smelling yellow flowers; the Phlomis fruticosa which still has its seedheads on from this summer has new flowers with their petals opening;  the Salvia viridis is still flowering its purple socks off; marigolds still flowering;  Iris unguilaris in full bloom;  species tulips half grown already; and when I got home I found a grape hyacinth in flower.

Talkback: Wind

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 20:05
Very windy in Bristol too = blew my Xmas wreath on the front door into the garden but no damage done. I'll fix it again when the wind subsides. I'm giving a pre - Xmas lunch to some of my fellow volunteers from the Botanic Gardens tomorrow and they will have to put up with "those onions are from my lovely crop this year"and "I had such a glut of strawberries I had to freeze a load and some are in your trifle" I agree, Pippa, the produce from your own efforts pay for the extra effort.

Gardeners World

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 16:10

Being a great deal older than Monty I worry for him when he tackles thorny things without gloves on and pray his tetanus jab is up to scratch(sorry!).  I check he has stout boots on too.  It can't be because I distrust his abilities as a gardener because of his good looks, since the excellent gardeners at the Bristol Botanic garden are all very bonny, but something brings out the mother instinct in me when he is on!

Talkback: Snakes in the garden

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 12:00
My goodness, aren't they great photos! I'll never get ready for Xmas visitors at this rate when such sites are pointed out to me!!!

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 11:41

Great help, Daniel.  I see everything so much clearer now - after I had translated "Bonnet" into "Hood" !  I could even change the script type as well as the size.

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 09:47

Thank you, Daniel.  If we do that perhaps my typing will be more correct!  I use Google Chrome on my PC.

Jubilee Summer Planting

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 09:44

For cheapness and lots of blue - forget-me-nots!  These will be a good foil for the heaviness of the geranium flowers.  I am doing  a similar thing for the Olympics with the five Olympic ring colours.  My blues will be salvias, eryngiums, pansies, forget-me-nots and primulas. This year my forget-me-nots seeded themselves and flowered three times and there are hundreds of plants in the garden so ,for cheapness, you could ask around the village and find someone with the same scenario.

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 13/12/2011 at 17:33

I found Adam's blog on the No-dig methodin Gardeners Musings butstrainedtoreadthescript for the first time.  Is there a way we oldies can enlarge it?  Yes, i was wearing my glasses.

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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