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Latest posts by happymarion

Winter wonders

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 20:06

Oh dear, Busy-Lizzie.  i don't know what has caused that.  I am still getting them OK.

Winter wonders

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 14:12

Snowdrops are one of the wonders of winter and it is Feb.2nd and they are in full bloom in my garden.  I paid £20 for one bulb of "Colossus"  a few years ago and now look at the clump of very tall. large flowered , sweetly scented plants.

 Here are some more of my many varieties and species.

 And here are some of my doubles which shine out from dark corners.


Winter wonders

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 09:25

That is really wonderful. a sight for sore they say.

Winter wonders

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 17:46

Here is a real winter wonder growing in the greenhouses at Bristol Botanic Garden.  It is the Darwin orchid - Angraecum sesquipedale.  It is famous because when Darwin found it the pollinating moth had not been identified


and he predicted it would have a long tongue to match and he was right so the moth has in its Latin name "praedicta" It is an example of co-evolution.  It only flowers for a week every year and the spurs in this one are about ten inches long.

Talkback: Waiting for the snow to thaw

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 16:30
Ah. James. I already have a duck pond at the kitchen door and loads of birdseed and crumbled fat balls on the paths. lots of eucalyptus bark everywhere needed picked up and snowdrops blushing unseen as I saw them a couple od days ago. Yes, the snow for being so pristine leaves us with a mucky mess. The weather this week is not going to be good.

Guess the little tree

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 16:02

My first thought was an azalea.  Look to see whether there are any thorns.

Winter wonders

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 23:41

Just lovely, Busy-Lizzie.  TY.  Our gardens really are winter woderlands now.

Winter wonders

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 11:32

All sorts of things we never notice much become very significent when it snows like chimneys, gates and fences.

 And my golden privet has a cap of snowballs.


Winter wonders

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 10:38

Four inches of snow on my conservatory roof and still snow but the garden looks so beautiful.  Pictures when I get them edited.

Talkback: Spiders in the compost bin

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 10:23
My favourite occupants of my three green "Daleks" are slow-worms. They curl up inside and get longer and longer. Sometimes they produce families of little ones. When I had to empty all three at once when i had eight new raised beds to fill I worried about them finding their way back but it did not take long.

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

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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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