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Latest posts by happymarion

Winter wonders

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 10:06

Not a very pleasant day for exploring the winter garden but my whole house is sweetly perfumed by a Xmas present of lilies from a shop.  Here they are blocking the pictures on my fridge door that keep me motivated right through the winter as I contemplate what is coming to enjoy.


Talkback: Making a stumpery

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 09:12
I fell in love with stumperies when i saw the one built at Hanham Court whose owners had built the one at Highgrove. Mt one under my huge eucalyptus is a haven for wildlife though not on the same scale. It has foxgloves and mulleins in it too so is colourful and the bumblebees love it. I am sure all gardens whatever the size can have a little bit of wild naturalistic planting however small to help biodiversity.

Unknown Weed

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 14:07

I have one flower in a side border beside some early flowering wallflower.  This is much too early on January 11th but oh so cheering just before the very cold weather we are about to have.

Winter wonders

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 16:19

While at the Bristol Botanic Garden today I noticed the first flower on the wintersweet - Chimonantthus praecox, although the Daphne bhuola is covered in flowers.  Many perennial were very advanced and great fat buds on many of the magnolias especially Magnolia cylindricus.  The weather is now turning colder so there could be a lot of frost damage on blossom.

Winter wonders

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 11:08

Lovely sunny 9th of January and my white heather is in full bloom at the front gate.


Winter wonders

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 21:46

My friend has just reported from a winter walk in Surrey and found these snowdrops near Godstone.growing wild.


What we are doing this week

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 15:54

Winter pruning my four grapevines and pulling out the browned leaves of crocosmia as the new shoots have sprouted.  Cleaned miles of crazy paving paths.


Can anyone help identity this plant?

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 22:18

Or Iris unguilaris which takes years to re-establish after being moved but once it starts flowering hardly ever stops.

Can anyone help identity this plant?

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 22:12

Looks like a sedge to me and they do spread.

Talkback: Learning from 2012

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 20:24
It is a Peregrine, Adam. It is ten feet already but my conservatory is very lofty and already has a fig tree in it in a big pot!

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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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 10:06

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

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
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