Latest posts by happymarion

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 12:45

Such squeals of delight from up my garden this morning.  The first flower on my new epimedium, the beautiful red tulips which were the disappointment from my friend's red collection last year, the potatoes missed at  last year's harvest have sprouted so I covered them up.  Everything is aglow in the sunshine and warmth.  Lunchtime now as I do feel hungry after all my endeavours.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 08:38

Lots of sunshine forecast for today and UV4 so sunhat day for gardening.  I will planr up another wicker basket for the picnic table I washed yesterday.  The grime of winter is going gradually.  I have lots of geranium plugs coming soon so theu will need room in the conservatory for a while when I pot them up.  

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 22:15

Marygold my tulips are the result of collaboration from my friend who has a very small garden but loves gardening so he buys new bulbs every year for his containers and after flowering they are carefully watered and fed and then dried off for me to plant in my garden.  They flower for years after that as I give them careful husbandry as well after they flower in the borders. This is what you have to do flumpy to be sure of flowers for next year.  I use nettle food in my watering can but half strength tomato food would be OK. If I see a lovely tulip in a catalogue I buy enough to fill a big pot to get a good show.  So my tulips are never the same two years on the trot.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 16:42

I am whacked after working all day but a dazen perennials have left their pots and all my onion sets are in the ground and the tulips are so lovely in the garden and containers, what does a little shortness of breath matter!  It looks like we may have some rain now as the sky is darkening.  I took some pictures earlier.







My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 09:02

The end of the road for my Xmas amaryllis.



My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 08:28

Damp outside so it must have rained through the night but the sun is out for now and it feels quite warm.  Four family visitors yesterday so have catching up to do now.  I may have to make a list and try to get through it.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 15:25

Oh my goodness that will put a stop to your gardening for a while.  Tin mugs are safer!  Hard lines flumpy.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 13:50

 Sorry to hear you are not well again flumpy.  Perhaps you need to up your dark veg and fruit intake to boost your immune system.  Anti- oxidants are the way to go and avoiding crowded places where bugs abound.  Yes this weather is amazing - just right for getting plants out of pots and into the beds and borders.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 09:28

Incidentally for those of you who garden on a very tight budget like i do those wicker planters I have been planting up with spring flowers I bought two winters ago in an end of autumn season sale .  They were £5 each, lined with plastic, and came with 40 bulbs in four varieties each and enough bulb fibre to fill them.  The bulbs grew perfectly and are now growing well in the borders especially the 20 hyacinthe i had called "Carnegie" which are white.  Last summer I grew red geraniums in them and after the spring show is over I will do the same this year.  The planters are still in good condition.  A really good buy so look out for end of season bargains online.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 09:19

So pleased Darren.  Yes I am for great biodiversity in my half acre.  There are no lawns as such although I do have some ornamental grasses!

Discussions started by happymarion

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

About my efforts to entice pollinators with scent to my Garden in Bristol. 
Replies: 1517    Views: 91556
Last Post: Today at 15:28

Trouble posting pictures.

Just noticed today, 24.08.15 
Replies: 9    Views: 784
Last Post: 02/10/2015 at 03:56

new series

A quite different approach to making over a neglected garden. 
Replies: 10    Views: 866
Last Post: 09/07/2015 at 16:01

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. 
Replies: 2646    Views: 125417
Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 00:05

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. 
Replies: 2    Views: 478
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... 
Replies: 0    Views: 453
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 ... 
Replies: 2    Views: 657
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... 
Replies: 4    Views: 978
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... 
Replies: 19    Views: 1609
Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 15:36


My Golden Jubilee Garden 
Replies: 1493    Views: 76035
Last Post: 01/01/2015 at 01:28

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... 
Replies: 2    Views: 677
Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
Replies: 23    Views: 2124
Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
Replies: 192    Views: 11641
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... 
Replies: 1    Views: 861
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. 
Replies: 88    Views: 5202
Last Post: 18/11/2014 at 08:20
1 to 15 of 65 threads