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Latest posts by happymarion

Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily)

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 17:17

Yes, i have just done that.  Use ericaceous compost and water with rain water.


postal offer

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 13:23

I bought them at the same price last year and they were stupendous,  They actually have come through this winter unscathed and still have loads of greenery so i shall take loads of cuttings in a month or two.  I may be able to find a photograph or two to show you what to expect later in the year.

 The blue one was particularly fine and I was able to take cuttings from it for my friends, but i had put it in my blue Olympic Ring and I have deleted those pictures now.  All the plants flowered for months and seem to be evergreen and very hardy.

Winter wonders

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 13:04

I have buds on the tulips but they refuse to open as there is no warmth and so no pollinators.  My daffs have been out some weeks now and of course they have not been polliated and are lasting and lasting.  swings and roundaouts, eh, Lyn.


Winter wonders

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 12:47

This picture was taken in my garden on 02.04.12.  I bet this year when we are still in the grip of winter ,althiugh the


Anemone blanda are flowering, the tulips will not be.

Winter wonders

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 09:50

"25th of March and I find myself wondering when this winter is going to end.  You can have too much of a good thing if you can call it that now.  I know the plants need a rest but this is turning into a long lie-in which could result in lethargy for the rest of the year.

Winter wonders

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 17:49

The tulips and hyacinths are showing their colour and forsythia, kerria and flowering currant breaking their blossom.  One plum tree is too soon with its blossom as it is too cold for pollinators, even flies.  Seed sowing in full flow in the conservatory and repotting.  Busiest time of the year but I would rather be doing more of it outside.  It has been a long dire winter but no plants seem to have suffered, at least in my garden. I am hoping the marvellous show of snowdrops who just loved the now will result in some new varieties.

Winter wonders

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 21:32

It is the end of winter tomorrow so I will post a last picture from my garden before the lushness of spring begins.


Winter wonders

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 14:33

Oh, my goodness what a blaze of colour in my garden both front (north facing) and back (south facing).  Here is a taster.

 The lushness of spring is just beginning.


Winter wonders

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 10:19

I have just been out in my garden although it is nippy today again and will take some pictures later.  My kaufmanniana tulips are just showing in pots and the daffodils have survived the horrible weather so I will have a sea of colour for the end of winter.The outdoor hyacinths are showing too.

Talkback: House sparrows

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 18:41
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 was bought and tidied up by my neighbour. Loss of habitat meant loss of sparrows till about three tears ago. One arrived on its own and so far three have been feeding regularly with my robin, pair of blackbirds, pair of bramblings, three bluetits and one chaffinch. I have erected a birdbox and their are lots of hedges and a spinney in my garden so I hope to see my count increasing year by year.

Discussions started by happymarion

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: 19/06/2014 at 10:06

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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 18:21

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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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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Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

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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Last Post: 02/04/2013 at 13:33

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
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