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Latest posts by happymarion

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.



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!


Posted: 12/04/2013 at 11:07

Despite the horrific thunderstoem and haistones we had in Brustol last night my "Stress" tulips are fine and my "Ancilla" which flower later are coming on.  The heavy rain created a duckpond and the hailstones were bouncing out of it.  i have hundreds more tulips to flower yet, just budding at the moment, as I like to have them flowering over a long period.


WEATHER this week

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 18:21


We have just had an almighty storm in Bristol.  Thunder and lightning and hailstones and all the time the sun was shining.  Here is the picture I took of my garden from the back door.


Spring sweethearts

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 15:16

And who would not want to go to the shops if this is what greets you from your front door when you return home?  My friend's tiny front garden is a real treat at every season of the year .


Spring sweethearts

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 13:54

Who could fail to be enticed out to do some gardening when this eye candy is what you


see from the kitchen door?

Libertias....who knows em?

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 18:03

Yes, know them well as we have lots in the New Zealand Garden at the Bristo Botanic Garden.  They can be invasive but the seeds are harvested at the Garden for the Friends Seed Distribution.  I did sow some so somewhere in my crowded cold frame I have their strappy leaves!


Spring sweethearts

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 17:01

Complementary colours in my butterfly garden this afternoon.  I have not seen any butterflies yet but perhaps this weekend if the forecast is correct.


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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My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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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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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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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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Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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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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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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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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Gardeners World new season

How was it for you 
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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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