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Latest posts by happymarion

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 11:43

Oh no they haven't!  Ah well here in miniature is the dazzling colour in my garden this lovely spring morning - warm. calm. blue skies wall to wall in Bristol on St. George's Day.

 I have just had my coffee in front of this and it was buzzing with bees.


Spring sweethearts

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 11:33

Right let's see if the photo issue has been solved.  My pussy willow has huge catkins on and loads of pollen.  It does look good against a blue sky.


Beginner failing miserably.

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 13:03

forgot to say you have to give parsley a lot of time to germinate.  it can take eight weeks.


Beginner failing miserably.

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 09:52

Never sow the whole packet at once.  Sowing right now when the weather is warm outside should get a good responce.  Do not overwater.  Try covering your seed tray with vermiculite and water from below.  you will see when to take the tray out of water whn the vermiculite changes colour which it does when it gets damp. Then cover unless the packet says not to with clingfilm or a propagator lid and take off s soon as you see seedlings appear.  No watering should be necessary till then and damping off fungi will not be able to get in.  I have been gardening for eighty years almost and have yet to see damping off disease except in pictures!

Spring Time

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 09:44

Too true, George. and as you get older you scrap the grass thing and go in for more flowers and veg to tickle your taste buds ,   This spring is amazing me with the speed at which the plants are catching up.  My camera is going non stop as I want to enjoy the sights even when I am too old and frail to get out to see them.  Here is a picture from my garden at the weekend.  Happy springtime to you too.



Posted: 22/04/2013 at 08:56

I have been delighted with my early kaufmanniana tulips this year and especially "Ancilla" which starts off mainly white and once pollinated turns pink!  i do love tulips that die beautifully.  Here they are before and after.


Does anyone recognise this

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 21:15

Yes, it will but not too fast like Allium triquetrum.  They are good early nectar source for butterflies.

Kohl rabi

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 21:13

No, it grews above the soil on the stem.  The stem just swells as the plant grows!  It is fascinating to watch.  You are not at all dim.  Dim people don't ask.


Does anyone recognise this

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 20:52

It may be Allium paradoxum.  I'll post a picture I took yesterday in my Butterfly Garden.


Kohl rabi

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 20:46

I plant gives one stem corm which is what you don't want to let get bigger than a tennis ball in cade it goes stringy.  I found they kept well.  Good advice from Tootsietim about sowing little and often.  I was making loads of stews and soups and freezing them for the winter.  It was a very popular veg. in Victorian times in this country and still a staple in Eastern European countries where they have it three or four times a week like we have potatoes.

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