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Latest posts by happymarion

Talkback: A gold medal at Chelsea

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 15:06
Well done, Andy. So glad the old faithfuls did well for you. Naturalistic planting is the spirit of the age, When I had my Open Garden I overheard a visitor say "All gardens should be like this". If only more roundabouts and parks would do the same. Our pollinators need it; our food supply needs it; our souls need it.

Help with Identification please

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 09:46

One of the wintergreens?

Talkback: Diarmuid Gavin's Chelsea garden

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 16:59
My sentiments exactly. So many people say to me as they marvel at the size of my garden "Do you do it all yourself" as if it were a chore. I assure them it does not seem like work because I enjoy every minute of it. Another way to make most use of a tiny plot is to grow smaller plants. It does not take many square metres to grow hundreds of species of alpines. The square foot way of growing vegetables is also a solution. Or invade the house like I have. Very seldom does the conservatory get any other use than growing plants, or the window-sill all round the bungalow. Perhaps if developers cannot provide a big garden in a new development they should consider having deep windowsills.

Gardens devoid of life

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 08:42

I have lived through it all.  When I was fisrt allowed to grow marigolds and nasrurtiums in my 12year-old uncle's garden I was six and he insisted I grow them in a straight line.  There was no use in the thirties for anything but utility. Production was everything.  As prosperity grew after the war design took a hold but then the effect of overproduction in agriculture ruined the "natural" garden of our countryside (except I think in Devon which I have just visited and it is beautiful) and we gardeners have to push design aside and help our native flora and fauna survive.  I try to do it in my own garden and think the birds, bees , butterflies, "weeds" and all the other wildlife that consoders it their home as well contribute to that beauty.

Talkback: Growing aquilegias

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 11:58
One of my tasks at the Bristol Bot. Garden recently was to pot up Semiaquilegia adoxoides, three to pot for our plant sale. I was allowed to take home any odd ones so i was delighted when two were spare, as I too love aquilegias. Of course mine were given a pot each and now one has a bud. After my self-sown bluebells and forget-me-nots have finished their show in my garden the aquilegias, quaking grass, poppies and mileum aureum - the golden grass , take their place. The aquilegias are particularly fine this year with lots od white ones. I have no idea where they have come from.

Gardens devoid of life

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 17:32

Ah, there does not seem to be an oportunity for gardeners like me who just love gardening itself to show our wares at Chelsea.  Perhaps a little cinema or an outdoor screen showing walks through gardens brimming with blossom would do it

Here are two pictures from my garden taken in the rain which has just started.

Talkback: Planting out tomatoes

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 17:06
Ah, so that's why my tomato plants went like hotcakes at my Open Day, even after the organiser insisted I put the price up from 30p to 50p! Hard luck, Kate. Perhaps some good friend who lives near can give you some plants?

Talkback: Self-seeding plants

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 17:50
PS I've just cut my long grass with the kitchen scissors and found masses of alpine strawberries covered in flowers.

Talkback: Self-seeding plants

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 17:20
Kate of the vivid imagination!!! A forest in your garden will mean no building to live in as it will have subsidence. But you are right about self-seeding , They know best where to grow , I saw one of plantsthe most beautiful sights I have ever seen in the Canadian Rockies where an electrical storm had felled all the conifers and created a clearing. One of the first colonisers was the yellow potentilla shrub and I came across it when they were in flower - spectacular against the dark green firs. Wish me luck for my first Open Day tomorrow. The weather has decided to be kind to me and my self-seeded aquilegias are a picture.

Unknown beetle..

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 16:28

Looks like a baby chafer bug of some kind.  Look them up.  They are beautiful.  I get the rose chafer bug on my spireas.  They glitter in the sunshine like gold.

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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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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