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Talkback: Preparing for drought in the garden

Posted: 23/02/2012 at 15:27

Adam, succulents are a good idea.  Graptopetalums ( the Ghost Plant) go well with pelargoniums and are so easy to propagate from a leaf.  See picture of mine ready to give me dozens.


Posted: 22/02/2012 at 16:51

Being too tidy in the garden is the eighth deadly sin, in my opinion. David.  Co-operate with nature to get the best productivity.

Redesign of garden

Posted: 22/02/2012 at 09:59

Eight beds all built and installed. Paths next.  I like your corner, donutsmrs.

Redesign of garden

Posted: 21/02/2012 at 14:40

Six in, two to go.  This is all

very exciting.

Gardner's World TV

Posted: 21/02/2012 at 13:10

All of youwho lie ornamental grasses should not miss "How to grow a Planet" tonight at 9pm on BBC2.  It is about how the planet changed when the grasses evolved.  The series has been fascinating.  Sarah Raven is on tomorrow night at 8pm.

Redesign of garden

Posted: 21/02/2012 at 08:10

The Bristol University Botanic Garden is sited at "The  Holmes", a University residence in Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, just behind the Downs.  They have a lovely website but to give you an idea of how exciting it is , Excitable Boy, the whole garden is like a great story book.  The main theme is the evolution of plants and within it and woven through the whole garden and with specific gardens as well,  - Mediterranean type gardening, native and local plants, useful plants, including medicinal and food and fibre plants.  We even have a mahogany tree!  At present the garden is open Monday to Friday to the public for a voluntary donation only.  But you will be able to see work in progress on our native meadow (seeds collected from the Downs), the Mediterranean Veg.Garden being prepared for the spring,, and this year , the Western Australian Garden being built.  Do visit .  You will be very welcome.

New to gardening and need help!!

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 21:06

It cannot be healthy living so near such dampness, so could you not get the drainage problem fixed?

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.

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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