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Talkback: Gardening in Russia

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 09:54
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 three months without snow and freezing weather. And the lack of flavour in the veg. they could grow was astonishing. They grew runner beans just for the nectar from the flowers for the humming birds as they were too tasteless to eat. Potatoes were planted on a heap of compost. But the scene of miles of daffodils blooming in Dr.Zhivago is unforgettable.

Shall I??

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 16:01

No way to the turd in each hole as that will burn your tuber.  They are not rotted enough to use on the garden yet.

Plants for summer scent

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 15:54

Some of the scents from my roses just keep you tied to the garden.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 14:44

Thank you, Artjak.  Today my little bit of horyicultural happiness comes from my "Easter"(?) cactus which I had forgotten about for a year and despaired of it ever recovering when  found it behnd the fig tree.  it has one pink flower on it so I rewarded it by buying two companions for it.  The orange one is booked to go in my Golden Jubilee Garden next year.

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More blue n yellow

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 14:23

In the Bristol Botanic Garden there is a big spread of the Bristol Flower, Lychnis chalcydonica, bright crimson, next to a big clump od Lychnis coronaria atrosangunia which has puce flowers.  I have to smile when I hear people say, surely that is a mistake or Christopher LLoyd would have loved that as they are in the Phyllogony Garden which shows plants in their families.  The lesson is that cousins can look very different as well as very similar.

More blue n yellow

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 12:02

I like yellow and blue too, got lots of it i the garden at the moment with grape hyacinths and primroses.  Also orange and purple and red and green.  But I am a bit likr Chritophrer Lloyd and go for great disharmonies as well.  Here are some pictures of the eye candy in my garden this morning.

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Plants for summer scent

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:36

Sweet peas, especially "Cupani" summer jasmine, especially the pink one.  The yellow fowering current is very sweet smelling unlike the pink one.

Oh and of course lots of lavender.

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 09:45

As well as spring colour in my garden and those around me I love the scent of spring.  The hyacinths this year now the spring warmth has arrived at last are outstripping the wallflowers for their perfume.

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DONT PANIC MR MANNERING........

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 22:47

My father was in the Home Guard and only used his gun to shoot rabbits for food.  He also had a big allotment on the railway embankment where I helped grow our vegetables and kept quiet about the strawberries we grew tumbling down the steps from terrace to terrace as such things were looked upon as frivolous luxuries.  He was en engineer on the Ghost ships whuch came into Rosyth for repair and maintenance from the sea.  I do not know how he kept going when I think he caught the bus to work at 6.30am and got home about 7pm and was out at the Home Guard for 8pm and one night a week out all night on surveillance duty and still kept tne five of us well fed with fruit and vegetables.  His one relaxation was the local football match when it was a home game as he used to play semi professional football till his cartilege gave him bother and on Saturday he was home at 1.30pm as everyone worked a five and a half day week then.  I still like to grow the potatoes and onions he grew.

Monty Don

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:41

It was the writers who wrote the program and the director and producer who are responsible for what goes out.  Monty is the presenter.  Common sense would dictate not to take a chance with tender plants.  Who will they give the kudos to when the onslaught of slugs and snails about to hit us sends people looking to buy replacement plants!

Discussions started by happymarion

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: 20/04/2014 at 22:16

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: 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

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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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

Talkback: House sparrows

In the eighties I used to stop counting at 20 when the sparrows descended on my garden. The wild patch og groud at the back of my garden wa... 
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Last Post: 03/04/2013 at 19:50

Gardeners World new season

How was it for you 
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Last Post: 20/03/2013 at 20:55

Talkback: Blind daffodils

You would not think from seeing the wonderful display our hellebores are putting on in the Bristol Botanic Garden that they once had the dre... 
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Last Post: 30/04/2013 at 22:51
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