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Latest posts by happymarion

Website problems?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 17:53

Oh dear,  I am trying to show everyone how to be one ahead of climate change by growing the things that have evolved to suit changing climate like bulbs but the site won;t let me.  I am  still having problems, putting on my pictures which go on but very small and cannot enlarge by clicking.  So disappointing that my friends cannot see the wonderful things I am seeing this spring despite the cold winter.

Nandina Domestica

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 14:02

Found it.  This was taken 28.05.09 when it was newly planted. - on the left of the Moongate.  Notice how you go down into a Chinese garden as they believe happiness accumulates in the valleys.


Nandina Domestica

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 13:41

They come from China where they are known as the "Sacred Bamboo" - a lovely thing.  There is one by the Moongate at the entrance to the Chinese Medicinial Herb Garden in the Bristol University Botanic Garden.  I remember the ceremony when dignitaries came from China to plant it.  It seems to thrive on very little attention and always looks good.  It has a mulch of shredded bark round its base to keep down the weeds.  If we had a drght no doubt it would be watered .  Just water it if you see it drooping.  The flowers and autumn leaves are lovely.  Do cherish it.I will see if I have a oicture later.

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 11:46

More dazzlers.


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.


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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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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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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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'

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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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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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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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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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