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Latest posts by happymarion

Native alternative?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 11:20

How about Somerset Hair Grass - not really a grass but a sedge?

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 11:17

I have Joy Larkcom's book, a Xmas present last year.  Lots of good ideas there. Bizzie B.  Lyn. my snowdrops were in full bloom Jan.12th last year.  Susan I too love the scent of snowdrops  Today will be a housework and cooking day as dinner guest tomorrow - both of which keep me warm.  Still windy outside and hailstones alternating with bright sunshine!  More comfortable inside today..  

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 09:42

Everything safe up the back garden but still windy and quite cold so contented myself with bringing an armful of small debris down to the green wheeliebin and admiring the masses of snowdrops and cyclamen in flower.  I may pick myself a bunch of flowers later as a reward for vacuming and dusting!

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 08:40

Still rather windy n Bristol but dry at the momeent so may be able to have a safari to look for any damage up the garden after breakfast.  The front garden looks fine from the windows but I can only inspect the first room of the back garden from the kitchen or the conservatory so no idea what has been happening up in the woodland or butterfly garden.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 22:21

Blowing quite a gale in Bristol by the sound of the noise coming down my chimney.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 15:59

The forecasted winds have not reached Bristol yet so i managed to get to the dentist and do my shopping before they arrived.  My clever dentist removed the remains of my broken filling and refilled without the need for an injection so I was out half an hour after with a new filing and a clean and polish.  I needed to go shopping as I have to cook tomorrow for my dinner guest on Friday before the Alpine Garden Society meeting when the talk is about plant hunting in the Himalayas.  Looking forward to that so hope the storms have eased by then.

Regular contributers.

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 12:17

Same here. Gemma.  I can do four hours work in the garden which is huge, per day but only if I split it up into bitesize pieces and I do not like being a couch potato in between while I recover so my laptop comes to my aid.  I am sure there are many more octogenarians who do the same.  The spirit may be willing but the flesh much weaker than it used to be.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 11:51

I have just watched the Best British Gardens episode 2 on ITVplayer and the no.1 garden at the end of the program had everything you could imagine and more.  They cooked their brisket using their compost heap as a hay box it was so hot inside.  I do believe these three programs are the best gardening programs ever .  They have enthralled me entirely so far.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 08:39

We have a light covering of snow in Bristol this morning but it is melting already and I should be able to get to the dentists and home before the high winds forecast for later in the afternoon arrive.  The house was freezing when I woke at seven so I put the heating and the gas fire on.  My new orchid is fine as the kitchen is well insulated keeping the temperature there at 60degrees F throughout the night.  The conservatory still has unmelted snow on the roof and is just above freezing but nothing looks frosted.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 22:12

Yes, flumpy1, we have weather warnings in Bristol for ice an snow tomorrow morrning so I may have to cancel my dental checkup as my drive is so steep and the pavements and our road do not get gritted as they are not main roads.  No good having broken bones if it can be avoided!.  

Discussions started by happymarion

My Bristol Garden in 2015

about how I am trying my best to be ecologically friendly in Bristol's year as Green Capital of Europe. 
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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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Last Post: 23/11/2014 at 10:33

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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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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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

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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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