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Latest posts by happymarion

my 1st allotment!

Posted: 07/02/2012 at 16:04

Ask your allotment neighbours about what the soil is like - alkaline or acidic or neautral, clay or sandy or stony. any bad perennial weeds like mare's tail .  Then you can work out a strategy to get your soil ready for planting.  Find out about allotment deals on manure and seeds for your site.  Establish where to get water.  

Talkback: Gardening jobs for snowy weather

Posted: 06/02/2012 at 17:08
We only had a light fall of snow in Bristol, Adam but I was out there with my biscuit crumbs for the robins and my camera. Now all our snow has gone but my desktop has been changed from a summer shot of Barrington Court to the snow scene of my garden with two wood pigeons pinching the biscuit crumbs. I had to go into my potting shed for my saw as the snowfall had been too much for a 14foot yucca and snapped the trunk. Snow does beautify everything despite the damage it can do. All my large yuccas were fine in the last two severe winters but they had put on a lot of lush new leaves in the warm October weather this year. No two years are ever the same for us gardeners. I've never heard a gardener say he or she was bored!

Companions in the wildlife garden

Posted: 04/02/2012 at 17:31

The snowdrops really have snow now in Bristol and the wood pigeons are pinching the biscuit crumbs meant for my robin.

Talkback: Growing veg in shade

Posted: 04/02/2012 at 17:25
Red flowered and white flowered runner beans together up wigwams in the middle of my eight new raised beds once they are built with concentric circles around them of coloured chard, pretty salad leaves, flowers for cutting, lavender at the corners, potatoes round the edges - get the idea, Kate? A potager!

Companions in the wildlife garden

Posted: 04/02/2012 at 14:30

OH, that does - warm me up, I mean.  I planted my snowdrops in clumps of three or four together and they thrived and now every year after flowering I am dividing lrge clumps. I get great fun fromlooking for different forms as well as I have several species and they ae very promiscuous Here is a picture of some of my taller species.


Posted: 03/02/2012 at 17:11

The so-called "botanical crocuses" are opening in the sunshine and my "Gypsy Girl" had too last week but they have now keeled over in the frost.  The ones in grass will fare better, I think.

Leggy broad bean plants

Posted: 03/02/2012 at 09:55

I did this last year but have reverted to sowing my seeds middle of february this year as the plants got too leggy, sowing early and each one had to be staked - a lot of work.  The beans were no earlier either or the crop any bigger.  My soil is clay but improved by me with lots of animal manure and cultivation.  This year will be interesting as my beans will be brought on in the consevatory and planted into my new raised beds when big enough not to be any slug damage.  Bean tops make a good addition to a green salad.

Companions in the wildlife garden

Posted: 01/02/2012 at 18:16

Scroll along the bottom to see all of her when you click to enlarge.

Companions in the wildlife garden

Posted: 01/02/2012 at 18:14

Siberian winds today but the fox braved the cold to visit my snowdrops.

Talkback: Colourful winter stems

Posted: 31/01/2012 at 12:29
I have Salix niger with really black stems and two alpine willows, a Chinese one that has catkins in the summer and a Japanese one that has fat stumpy catkins so different from our pussy- willow or grey willow. But I do love the huge pussy willow in my garden when it is covered in catkins and the insects do too. one of my friends has just given me a cutting of Salix lanata which I am looking forward to as its one stem and tiny branches are a beautiful dark burgundy.

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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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:12

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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 18:21

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


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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Last Post: 09/12/2013 at 17:31

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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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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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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