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Posted: 05/03/2014 at 11:04

Good job no-one can hear me up the back garden as this morning, in the brilliant sunshine i was greeting with great warmth my Primula "Wanda" in full flower - such a glorious purple and on my roll of honour as it was in the garden when I came, and my beautiful Cyclamen pseudo-graecum just opening its first lovely flowers,  When I get my breath back after planting up six "Charlotte" potatoes in the potato planter provided by Mr. Fothergills for their Trial.  Why I did not hold off the watering till after I had it in its permanent home I do not know.  Ten inches of wet loan based compost is heavy in a large bag!  Ah well i deserve a coffee after all the work done this morning.  Hyacinths and tulips are opening today and the rhubarb is begging me to take it some well rotted horse manure.  Such mild nights are forecast for the next week or so I can see lots of sirprises coming my way up the garden.  I must charge the camera's battery in anticipation.


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 14:23

Oh what a glorious golden day and another similar forecast for tomorrow, a rare two in a row.  I repotted three seedling hellebores, pricked out two trays of salad leaves seedlings and one of marigold "Apricot Dandy" and then had an onslaught on the back garden, all the time checking on my Trials for Mr. Fothergills Seeds Nation of Gardeners but all is well there.   No bed made yet.  Housework is not a priority when the sun shines.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 10:31

My friend has a tiny garden but it never ceases to amaze me how much he gets to grow in it.  here it is last S


unday full of spring flowers.


Posted: 03/03/2014 at 16:01

 A quick snapping foray round the back garden and I found daffodils in all shapes and sizes blooming.  They have ,loved the mild winter.



Posted: 03/03/2014 at 13:30

Managed to do my Monday morning safari round the garden between the very heavy showers.  Blue and red colours proved to be mostly polyanthus and hyacinths and early dwarf tulips but the stars at the moment are the daffodils.  They have loved the wet weather and are making huge clumps.  I will try after lunch to take photographs between showers as it is not at all windy.  Just thought March came in like a lamb.  Oh dear I hope that lion stays away.  I am quite happy with spring foxes, birds, hedgehogs coming out of hibernation, squirrels and dormice on my safaris but not lions!

Advice needed for a ground covering plant please.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 11:59

Can vouch for Long Acre Nurseries.  another good geranium is G. clarkia.


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 11:48

How could I of all people with a wonderful Irish son in law and two lovely Irish grand-daughters have forgotten St. Patrick's day?  Remembered of course when watering as the two new rhododendrons called "Shamrock" needed a drink of rainwater and found one had its first flower truss open - lovely pale green flowers.  those two will make a fine basis for my display on M


arch 17th


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 11:08

I think bergenias are a bit like agapanthus - they love being congested.  When i do an irishman's cutting the first year I only have one flower but as they clump up there are more and more and they flower longer and longer.  i seem to be able to pick at least one bergenia flower all through the year.


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:16

They do, Chicky.  Next big display will be St. George's day and then Easter.  The colour theme is Gold of course this year set off by blues and purples.  I sent these p


ictures to my sister in Canada and just to make sure I knew how lucky I was she sent me pictures of her front garden and those in her street in New Brunswick, 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 08:52

Yes, They are wearing their age well those bergenias.  They were old fifty years ago!

Discussions started by happymarion

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. 
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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... 
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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: 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... 
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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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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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