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Latest posts by happymarion

Talkback: Apple sawfly

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 16:04
Doesn't it make life interesting when your plants are less than perfect? A bit like people, I guess.

Talkback: Wildlife ponds

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 22:08
Kate, live a long life and you can have it all. I had three ponds once and masses of wildlife. They wre filled in with the rubble from the building of the foundations for my conservatory and are now my fernery. I have built a wood as I love trees and the wildlife they bring I have an old orchard and wildflower spinney. I am in the process of making a shallow pond for frogs behind my raised bed potager which has been a great success in its first year. So you can have it all if you live to 84 and beyond! Never stop dreaming, Kate.

Talkback: Autumn downpours

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 21:51
Being a Pollyanna I had to find something good to say about this summer and it is the fact I did not need to water my raised beds full of veg and flowers once despite warnings that the drawback to having raised beds was that the drainage was so good they needed a lot of watering!


Posted: 24/08/2012 at 14:53

There were so many postage only lavender plant plug freebies this year I now have enough (over a hundred) for my planned lavender hedge.  The tiny plugs all grew rapidly and are now bushy lttle plants in 3inch pots.  They will go into the cold frame for the winter and I shall make my hedge in the spring.  Walking through my potager next year should be a very fragrant experience and I am hoping the bees will love it.


Albizia not flowering

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 21:38

I found a better picture of the albitzia taken on 19.08.2010.  The bush was then about six feet tall.


Talkback: Wordsworth's garden at Dove Cottage

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 21:24
My poems usually wake me up in the middle of the night begging to be written and refusing to let me go back to sleep, but the hours I spend in my own garden and the Bristol Botanic Garden doing repetitive but pleasant tasks like weeding are when the thoughts that demand to be written down are formed in my mind. As a younger woman going for a long country walk would do the same. As for mod. cons, Kate, I had no electricity or running water in our tenement till I was 15 and my parents rented a council flat. Hard work for my mother with three children to keep clean but she managed it. There was no garden but plenty of hills to roam around and pick blackberries in. I managed to write poems then too - you can do a lot of thinking picking blackberries.

Albizia not flowering

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 16:12


Here is the Albitzia flowering in the Bristol Botanic Garden on 05.08.10.  That was a good summer and it flowered early.

Albizia not flowering

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 15:50

Sorry,Bird Lady.  I  am a volunteer gardener at the Bristol University botanic Garden in Bristol  where we tend to have fairly mild weather as we get some shelter from the Mendips.  The Albizia there is in the C.hinese Medicinal herb Garden.  I probably have a picture of it somewhere.  i will look.


Albizia not flowering

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 11:53

The Persian Silk Tree at the Botanic Garden is a picture in the late summer and autumn.  They grow like weeds in parts of the USA but seem a little difficult here.  The one in the Garden is sheltered by a high wall and is fairly old,  Would you have a sheltered place to put it outside.  It needs a deep mulch, about a foot of bark every autumn.


no apples!

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 18:34

Poor crop of apples n bristol too and i have been eating strawberries three times a day for eight weeks.  they are tailing off now but the freezer is well stocked to make up for the dearth of Bramleys.

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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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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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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Last Post: 30/04/2013 at 22:51
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