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Latest posts by happymarion

Winter wonders

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 09:57

News of my winter visitors.  I have two bramblings!  I thought the one that seemed to be eating all day was risking obesity but I saw them both eating together.  Now i can tell them apart as one is darker than the other.

Talkback: Blind daffodils

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 16:32
You would not think from seeing the wonderful display our hellebores are putting on in the Bristol Botanic Garden that they once had the dreaded blight. We volunteers spent hours cutting away every leaf and flower that had even a tiny spot on them and it worked. None died. i have some blind daffodils in the long grass but i think that may be because they are congested so i will dig them up and replant them in the green.

Winter wonders

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 12:26

My little sweetheart of a brambling has returned to feed at my picnic table.  He was chased a way after an hour by a blackbird but After the blackbird had gone he was joined y another brambling and three bluetits all happy to share the seed.


Winter wonders

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 21:10

Winter wonders, indeed, flowering rose.

Winter wonders

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 16:54

Planting snowdrops today (asif I hadn't enough), I was joined by a bird that is new to my garden which a friend has said looks like a brambling.  It is finch size but even friendlier than a robin, so i whispered to him if he stayed there till I got my camera I would bring him some seed.  And he did.  Here are the oictures i took.


Winter wonders

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 16:37

I think it is the one called Caramel, Verdun.  It is surrounded by blue bulbs like grape hyacinths which complement it nicely later on in the spring.  Did not the snowdrops just love the winter this year?  I have a huge drift of doubles which I will snap soon.


Winter wonders

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 14:51

It is Feb.17th and still officially winter but my garden is alive with colour since the botanical crocuses and the daffodils have joined the snowdrops and catkins.  here are some pictures taken this morning.

 Heuceras are lovely in the winter.

Talkback: Good things about February

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 14:40

If that had hapened to me they would have been put into pots of compost and into the cold frame till the weather was better which it is now.

Winter wonders

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 14:34

St. Valentine's day is in the heart of winter and the crocus is St. Valentine's flower, so HAPPY ST. VALENTINE'S DAY everyone.


Talkback: Good things about February

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 12:47
And there are loads of bergenia flowers in full bloom. Hardly seems like winter when you have one of those in a pretty vase on your breakfast table.

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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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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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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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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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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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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