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Latest posts by happymarion

Talkback: Holly blue butterflies

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 16:50
Oh, Richard, and it is too wet to get out in my garden today to see it all. Last year I had hordes of them in April but then we had that lovely weather, in fact a five week drought. I have seen orange tips and speckled woods in the last few weeks but no blues as yet. My garden has all the shrubs you mention, in fact loads of holly and dogwood and a solitary spindle brought by the birds, four pyracanthas and a large snowberry bush, so it is holly blue heaven.

Talkback: Tulips

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:19
I love species tulips, James. T. . . clusiana, sylvestris, Turkistanica, tarda, all thrive in my garden but Even I weep sometimes. The wind and torrential rain in Bristol last night has snapped the stems of my clusiana which have been delighting me these last few weeks. Serves me right for putting them right in the middle of the garden where I can enjoy them most. It seems like some shelter is needed.

Talkback: Growing salad leaves

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 14:46
Poppyfields, aphids do not like draughts so make sure your salad pots are in one. Also bring in any ladybirds you find and put them on an infested pot for a feast.

Talkback: Emptying the compost bin

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 18:17
My compost Dalek bins had to be moved when my new design raised bed veg. garden was built. I left everything in a heap and made sure there was shelter for anything that wanted it and the workmen built the beds round the heaps. When I spread the contents in the beds there was no sign of my very long slow worms but now the repositioned bins are half full the slow worms have taken up residence again.

What are these?

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 16:26

Here is a picture of my freesia bulbs.  They are about an inch long.  How big are the mystery bulbs?

What are these?

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 16:17

Could they be some kind of lily as they do not seem to have any protective coat?

What are these?

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 16:06

Not loke the freesia bulbs I have which are slim and pointed with smooth silky ousides and golden! But I do have a good bulb book so will go and do some research as I have worked too hard in the garden today.

dirty nails

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 09:03

 Copy the professionals for jobs which need finesse - invest in a big box of surgical gloves in your size.  They are very cheap and you do not even notice you are wearing them once you start pricking out or weeding cactus plants, whatever.  Do not disrespect the power of plants to wound or infect.  They have evolved defences over millions of years to defeat predators and we are only novices in fighting them. I am not being overfussy as I have seen some of the tragedies caused by careless gardening.

dirty nails

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 08:36

Much better to have two kinds of gardening gloves - one for the tough jobs like pruning roses and the other, close fitting pair for fiddly jobs like pricking out seedlings.  No lady likes to have rough or dirty hands and no one should ill treat their skin by exposing it to potential irritants.  If you must garden gloveless there are good barrier creams you can smother your hands in.  When I see Monty Don's dirty hands on .GW I breathe a prayer he has barrier cream on.  Carole's hands always look newly washed or she is wearing gloves and Rachel I am sure would not spoil her image by exposing her hands to scratches, rashes or bacteria,

Talkback: Dung-flies and rat-tailed maggots

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 15:46
Good idea, Kate. My nettle patches are growing strongly now so i should be able to harvest some and leave the rest for the caterpillars till I cut them in June. I saw my first Speckled wood butterfly this morning - near my potting shed which is the back half of the garage. It must have overwintered there and I leave the door open during the day while I am home now so that the ladybirds can come out and any overwintering butterflies.

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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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

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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Last Post: 20/03/2013 at 20:55

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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Last Post: 30/04/2013 at 22:51
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