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Latest posts by happymarion

Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora' pruning

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 20:16

Don't worry if it buckets down and you cannot get it done at the right time as it is impossible to kill so you can prune whenever you have time.  Mine has been hacked back at almost every season and in all weathers and still it fills the herges and spinney with glorious clour, not just in the spring either.  i swear some of it has been in flower for all of last year.

Talkback: Holly blue butterflies

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 20:11
I live in Bristol, Jean, and have seen quite a few butterflies. I photographed an orange tip at the Botanic Garden last Thursday which snoozed for hours on a dicentra flower and only flew off when the first raindrop fell. They hate getting their wings wet.I think I put the pic on the Dicentra thread in Forum,

Talkback: Toad tadpoles

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 15:33
PS That photo looks like a beautiful mermaid.

Talkback: Toad tadpoles

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 15:31
Much more interesting itinerary for your run than the Bristol Downs where I see fun joggers and serious runners on my way to the Bot. garden, Kate, but they don't have time like I do on my walk to inspect interesting fungi, wild flowers in the meadow area, and insects everywhere, so i expect you would take time out to do the same. I seemed to wait an inordinate time to see my first tadpoles this year too because of the summer like early spring.

Talkback: Growing salad leaves

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 13:34

Thanks, figrat, I will stock up.  Thrifty mama, salad leaves are the easoest and most useful and quick.  They make lovely soup when they are coming to the end of their life.  Just keep sowing every fortnght.


Posted: 28/04/2012 at 13:24

Oh, no, just when i have got my tongue round Brachyglottis.  I think we will have to get used to change!!


Posted: 27/04/2012 at 16:20

Here is a male orange tip butterfly snoozing on a Dicentra "Stewart Scotsman" in the plants for sale section of the Bristol Bot, Garden yesterday.. Dicentras are great nectar source for butterflies and bees.  This one only flew off whenthe first raindrop fell.

Talkback: Plant envy

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 11:37
I know exactly how you feel, Andy. I have just fallen and bought Heuchera "Midnight Rose" while at the shops and have been worrying where to plant it all the way home. "Lime Marmalade" was easy and the caramel coloured ones looks superb among the bluebells. But very dark purple with pink spots? Perhaps i can pick up the pink in the spots among my primulas. Just like painting really. Perhaps art classes are the answer.

Salad leaves

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 17:04

Yes, thank you, I have been advised at the bot. garden to put my packets in a tupperware box with a sachet of silica gel and store them in the bottom of the fridge till needed.  I do like salad every day since I got in the habit while a student in USA!  It is so easy with salad leaves, not boring like lettuce even if you do have redones and crinkly ones as well as cos.  And salad leaves make better soup as the mustard and pepppery flavours are there.

Salad leaves

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 08:02

The packet I bought last year lasted the year and this year's should as well (over 1000 seeds.  Just says Packed for year end 2012 on back of packet.I know if I sow last year's cress packet nothing comes up so think oerhaps these salad things do have to be fresh seed..  Thank you for your concern.  I was thinking I might buy five packets.

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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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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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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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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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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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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