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Latest posts by happymarion

Talkback: Lawns and insects

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 14:15
Onne of these days I will scan and post some pictures of my karge garden with its professional gardener cared for lawns which over the years I have replaced with a slate scree for alpines, a potager for veg. a butterfly garden with a path winding through it,a bamboo grove and fernery, and, in the front garden, a shrubbery with bulbs and perennials. I do have some grass - in my meadow, in pots as foils for summer bedding, in the Persian runner to set off smaller growing plants - zebrina in the midst of astrantia, stipa tenuissima in the midst of gaillardia but no lawns so no need for a strimmer or lawn mower and the peace of my garden is never disturbed by noise. The insects love it and that brings loads of birds who keep me company right through the year. It is a win-win situation when you get rid of your lawn.

Talkback: Gardens for wildlife

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 08:43
Hi to birth weeks and even months and happy unbirthdays as well, Kate and thanks for your birthday wishes. August 11th was a great day with a family picnic but, as you get older your birthdays expand to Birthweeks and even months and even happy unbirthdays as well. I will do my best to make sure your book runs to a second edition. I think it should be available in all school and college libraries. It is a very important book and points the way for up to date gardeners.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/08/2013 at 13:45

Right now I am loving the second flush of flowers on this rose called "Nurse Tracey"


Talkback: Gardens for wildlife

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 19:26
One of my presents for my 85th birthday was a copy of your book, Kate, and I am enjoying it very much, mainly because it is nice to read page after page about things I agree with. The photographs are lovely and, in the second edition, I hope there will be more really beautiful wildlife garden pictures.

Help identifying "something green" in the garden

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:39

Does the green thing smell of onion or garlic?  Squash some in your fingers and smell your fingers.  It sounds to me like Allium vineale or Crow garlic which is a pernicious weed, endemic in the midlands.  i cannot get the picture either.

Can i grow new poached egg plants next year from these seeds??

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 11:46

Like fidgetbones I would just ket them self seed and move the plants if they are in the way - I don't waste new seed compost and time on sowing seed that will find its own place in my garden.  But the poached egg plants that make a great swathe of green in my veg. garden in the spring are dug in as green manure with an edging of them left to entice in the butterflies as they flower very early.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 16:10

My mystery newcomer is Inula helenium or elecampane, evidently a common and wide ranging native flower.  It is quite beautiful and perennial and is very welcome in my garden, especially in the butterfly garden.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 15:06

The star in my garden at the moment came of its own accord.  I have no idea what it is.  It is in the Butterfly garden which i allow to be untidy - nettles etc for food for the caterpillers.  It is six feet tall, covered in flowers and has huge leaves.  Please tell me if you know it so i can research it for care.


Fern problem

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 08:20

Here,here,Dovefromabove.  Who would want to dig out a fern?

Summer has arrived

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 09:47

When summer arrives, the garden competitions do too and my front garden is in for the Bristol n Bloom competition .  i have been begging this rose "Oranges and Lemons" to open in time for the last two weeks.  This morning it had and has four more buds to open.


Discussions started by happymarion

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: 19/06/2014 at 10:06

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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Last Post: Yesterday at 23:44

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

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
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