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Latest posts by happymarion

Winter wonders

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 12:15

Leftover Xmas cake, Donutmrs!  I have just put three ice-cream 2litre carton boxes filledwith delicious soup made from leftover turkey in the freezer but the cake was well laced with brandy so will keep till I demolish it or visitors do, thiough they may be few and far between if the weather deteriorates any more.  As for alstromerias, I believe they need an acid soil which we do not have in Bristol so i would need to grow them in pots.  I did have some in a red and white bouquet for a present for Xmas and had to compost them just yesterday so, even in winter they last a long time as cut flowers.  They come from Chike so we should be growing them when we start our Northern Chile garden at the Bristol Bot. garden.

The A to Z of TV Gardening

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 09:52

Superb - oh what a lovely colour Alys' beetroot soup was. and that lovely beetroot wine and what an inspiration the blind allotmenteer was and his clubroot free brassicas and those birds getting foreign names nd - but everyone must watch it.  Such a good program.

Carol Klein's Life in a Cottage Garden

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 13:09

And "Beechgrove" is coming to BBC2 at lunchtimes on  Sundays for 26 episodes in March..  

Carol Klein's Life in a Cottage Garden

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 10:33

Yes, most timely repeat as Carol is so good at showing us how to get plants for free or nearly by propagating and sowing seed.  Much needed in these cash strappped times.

Winter wonders

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 10:06

Not a very pleasant day for exploring the winter garden but my whole house is sweetly perfumed by a Xmas present of lilies from a shop.  Here they are blocking the pictures on my fridge door that keep me motivated right through the winter as I contemplate what is coming to enjoy.


Talkback: Making a stumpery

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 09:12
I fell in love with stumperies when i saw the one built at Hanham Court whose owners had built the one at Highgrove. Mt one under my huge eucalyptus is a haven for wildlife though not on the same scale. It has foxgloves and mulleins in it too so is colourful and the bumblebees love it. I am sure all gardens whatever the size can have a little bit of wild naturalistic planting however small to help biodiversity.

Unknown Weed

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 14:07

I have one flower in a side border beside some early flowering wallflower.  This is much too early on January 11th but oh so cheering just before the very cold weather we are about to have.

Winter wonders

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 16:19

While at the Bristol Botanic Garden today I noticed the first flower on the wintersweet - Chimonantthus praecox, although the Daphne bhuola is covered in flowers.  Many perennial were very advanced and great fat buds on many of the magnolias especially Magnolia cylindricus.  The weather is now turning colder so there could be a lot of frost damage on blossom.

Winter wonders

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 11:08

Lovely sunny 9th of January and my white heather is in full bloom at the front gate.


Winter wonders

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 21:46

My friend has just reported from a winter walk in Surrey and found these snowdrops near Godstone.growing wild.


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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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