Latest posts by happymarion

Summer has arrived

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 13:15

A whole week of warm weather ahead.  My garden is already bursting with the late spring plants and now the summer ones!








 Did you spot the Key Lime Pie heuchera in the pot, Artjak?

Summer has arrived

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 13:08

My friend has just emailed mr pics of his ivory flowers.  The foxgloves are flowering Bristol and this is a lovely camassia.







Summer has arrived

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 12:03

Thank you, Bev.  I am saving my garden vouchers i win for my gardening journalism ventures to buy lots of "Golden daffodils",  Did you see my letter and picture in June's "GW"mag. that earned me £25?  Those vouchers buy me lots of lovely compost as well.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 11:42

Some of you may know that on June 1st next year i will have been looking after my present garden for 50 years and plan a Golden Jubilee Garden.  I have been tryingout plantings for it this year and here is a close-up of rhododendron "Klondyke AK" and late golden dwarf tulips and Welsh poppies which i hopw will spread into my prairie planting.  I may help by scattering some seed in September.



My laburnums are gloriously golden





and give a good show every year.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 10:45

Really lovely, Lavender Lady.  Your gargoyle looks friendly.

Used and old compost - is it good for anything?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:46

I am taking my tulips out now all green has gone and drying off till November.  The remining compost will then be sown with bee friendly annuals for the summer and autumn. After they have died down the whole potful will go on the compost and new compost used for the new tulips.  The old tulips will go in the borders or the prairie planting in the spinney.  Yes, gardening can be expensive buying compost, seeds, bulbs and plants but the returns are hundred fold.  Reuse everything possible and try the William Morris principle in the garden - have nothing in it which you do not know to be useful or consider beautiful.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:34

Add Christopher Lloyd to those , Salino, and I'll be him!  Ha ha. Chicky.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:02

My Key Lime PIe Heuchera is now four lovely plants, growing rapidly.  What gorgeous pictures already and only the second day of summer.  Chelsea has nothing on us.  And we show for free.  I was gasping at the beauty in my garden this morning as i deadheaded (still hundreds of grapehyacinths and bluebells to do so no doubt my camera will be out again in between serving my two visiting sons Sunday lunch and tea.  Keep the pictures coming.  I am loving it.  And when the bearded iris and roses flower - well!  My iris are late this year probably for the same reasons as the bulbs but there are rosebuds aplenty.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:18

What a wonderful first day of summer for pics and art!  I paint my flowers in watercolour. But when studying painting i had to learn acrylics, oils and lots of drawing.  Now I paint mostly with living flowers and photograph them.  

Herby Lou.  Decide what you want from your garden.  Is it to grow lovely flowers or delicious veg and fruit or both or perhaps to have as an outdoor entertainment space or just to relax in with your friends.  If you have to start from scratch and want two good perennials that will give you flowers this year and for many more treat youself to some pretty hardy geraniums and osteospermums.  Grow expensive salad leaves, they are very quick and very easy.  Buy the biggest plants you can afford and buy three, five or seven of the same plant.  Reoeat planting unifies the garden and blocks or ribbons of plants are much better than one of each, except in prairie planting which of course has lots of repeats.  One thing you can be sure of - gardening is fun and gets more and more rewarding as you get older.  I am 84.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 15:51

Superb.  Such perfection just makes me gasp with admiration at nature and nurture (from the gardener).

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