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Talkback: Growing aquilegias

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 10:49

My semi- aquilegia is flowering and so pretty,  I am posting a picture.  They really are very easy to grow from seed, but I have never seen so many in the hedgerows as this year  the native columbine seems to be hybridising with them.

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Posted: 04/06/2012 at 09:49

My Bramley tree. rhubarb, ferns, snowdrops, forget-m-nots.  These are just for me but the five my wildlife love are slightly different and as i share the garden with them - my oak and Bramley tree, pyracanthas, inula hookeri, ivy.

Talkback: Native versus non-native plants

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 10:11

Our native columbine is Aquilegia vulgaris which grows wild in england, Scotland, and Wales.  

Insects evolved before the flowers adapted to attract them as pollinators.  Primitive flowers like magnolias are pollinated by beetles.

The best way to find out about helping the bees and butterflies in your garden is to visit a teaching garden ie a Botanic Garden and seek out the Pollination garden and the native plant section.  

There is a native scaboius in Wales.  i saw a specimen of it in the Welsh National Botanic Garden native plants section.

Talkback: Native versus non-native plants

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 10:47
For the whole of Jubilee Week-end we are having a celebration og Bristol Flora at the Briatol University botanic garden. I have never seen the collection of Avon and Cheddar Gorge, Mendips and Quantocks plants in their purpose built habitats look so beautiful. If they don't entice people to give a home to our lovely native flora, nothing will. and what better way to celebrate her Majesty's Jubilee than to encourage the wildlife that feeds the nation.

Talkback: Scented plants and memory

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 10:22
It.s only the scents that flowers have that entice me to pick a bunch for the house as they look so good in the garden and many are there as bee and butterfly food. But the kitchen has a huge posy of lily of the valley in it right now and my study has pink lavender and white phlox on the mantelpiece. I shall always remember the lovely smell of Ribes odorata now as that is what brought a lovely pair of visitors to the Bot, garden over to ask me what plant was giving off the wonderful smell and we found we had a mutual friend whom they had not seen since Oxford days. Smells are very, very, powerful.

Talkback: Rosemary leaf beetle

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 10:14
Still to see a rosemary beetle in Bristol, Richard, and my garden has many large rosemary bushes and sage bushes in it.Do you know if their range has spread to the West Country yet? I have not heard that any gardeners here have had trouble. Usually the loss of rosemary bushes is put down to a harsh winter like we had year before last.

Help with Identification please

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 22:38

AHA!  The Stewarton Flower.  Usually pink so the common name is Pink Purslane, but white in n. Ayrshire.

Talkback: A gold medal at Chelsea

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 15:06
Well done, Andy. So glad the old faithfuls did well for you. Naturalistic planting is the spirit of the age, When I had my Open Garden I overheard a visitor say "All gardens should be like this". If only more roundabouts and parks would do the same. Our pollinators need it; our food supply needs it; our souls need it.

Help with Identification please

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 09:46

One of the wintergreens?

Talkback: Diarmuid Gavin's Chelsea garden

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 16:59
My sentiments exactly. So many people say to me as they marvel at the size of my garden "Do you do it all yourself" as if it were a chore. I assure them it does not seem like work because I enjoy every minute of it. Another way to make most use of a tiny plot is to grow smaller plants. It does not take many square metres to grow hundreds of species of alpines. The square foot way of growing vegetables is also a solution. Or invade the house like I have. Very seldom does the conservatory get any other use than growing plants, or the window-sill all round the bungalow. Perhaps if developers cannot provide a big garden in a new development they should consider having deep windowsills.

Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Using nettles in the kitchen

I too am a nettle lover, Kate. Nettle tea is delicious. You can buy the dried variety if you do not have your own source. 
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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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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 15:36

2014

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: 18/11/2014 at 08:20

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

SOS 
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Last Post: 29/04/2013 at 22:05

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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