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Posted: 23/08/2013 at 16:22



Posted: 22/08/2013 at 15:09

While you are making up your mind as to what kind of garden you want why not clean it of all weeds, rake level and sow an annual wild flower meadow mix - enough seed to cover that size will not cost much.  Now is ideal and the bulbs can all join in the beautiful sight you will have in the spring.  We have lots of patches like that floering this year in Bristol which has won the Green Capital of Europe Award for 2015 and is wowing passes by already.  you will be bang in fashion and will not have broken the bank.


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 15:03

Just go to the third icon from the right on the toolbar where you are sending your reply , click on it and follow instructiond .  Try to keep your pics down to 1mb or below so they can be shown bigger by clicking on them.  Hope that helps.  I learned IT for my eightieth birthday and only knew the mouse with four legs then and five years later am very competent.  nothing to be scared of, really.

Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 14:57

One of my birthday presents was Kalanchoe "Bronze Sculpture" which is commonly known as the Paddle plant but this one has bronze colored tips to the succulent flapjack like leaves. It is a beauty and well named. I shall bring it into the conservatory when the frost comes - all six pots of it since it had to come out of its pot and be divided as soon as I saw it. Not only is it a new wonder to me it looks like a best seller for plant sales for charity. Incidentally it has yellow flowers in the spring so just right for my Golden jubilee year.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 14:26

The stars in my garden at the moment are the plants n pots decorating the drive.  They have been in bloom two month and I expect another two months from them.


Talkback: Lawns and insects

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 14:15
Onne of these days I will scan and post some pictures of my karge garden with its professional gardener cared for lawns which over the years I have replaced with a slate scree for alpines, a potager for veg. a butterfly garden with a path winding through it,a bamboo grove and fernery, and, in the front garden, a shrubbery with bulbs and perennials. I do have some grass - in my meadow, in pots as foils for summer bedding, in the Persian runner to set off smaller growing plants - zebrina in the midst of astrantia, stipa tenuissima in the midst of gaillardia but no lawns so no need for a strimmer or lawn mower and the peace of my garden is never disturbed by noise. The insects love it and that brings loads of birds who keep me company right through the year. It is a win-win situation when you get rid of your lawn.

Talkback: Gardens for wildlife

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 08:43
Hi to birth weeks and even months and happy unbirthdays as well, Kate and thanks for your birthday wishes. August 11th was a great day with a family picnic but, as you get older your birthdays expand to Birthweeks and even months and even happy unbirthdays as well. I will do my best to make sure your book runs to a second edition. I think it should be available in all school and college libraries. It is a very important book and points the way for up to date gardeners.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/08/2013 at 13:45

Right now I am loving the second flush of flowers on this rose called "Nurse Tracey"


Talkback: Gardens for wildlife

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 19:26
One of my presents for my 85th birthday was a copy of your book, Kate, and I am enjoying it very much, mainly because it is nice to read page after page about things I agree with. The photographs are lovely and, in the second edition, I hope there will be more really beautiful wildlife garden pictures.

Help identifying "something green" in the garden

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:39

Does the green thing smell of onion or garlic?  Squash some in your fingers and smell your fingers.  It sounds to me like Allium vineale or Crow garlic which is a pernicious weed, endemic in the midlands.  i cannot get the picture either.

Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Trees for wildlife

Well done, Kate. Last winter was so mild and wet lots of sickly trees suddenly showed what they are made of. Trees and shrubs that had nev... 
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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:12

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: 06/09/2014 at 18:57

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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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 15:36


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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Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

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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Last Post: 09/12/2013 at 17:31

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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Last Post: 29/04/2013 at 22:05

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
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