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Talkback: 2013 in the garden

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 09:20
Happy New Year to you too, James and my resolution is the same as it has been for as many years as I can remember for just that - to make it is happy as I can and that goes for the garden too. I mean to enjoy it rain or shine but a bit more shine would be good as you say. I know "Into every life a little rain must fall" but this has been much more than a little!

Garden Leeks

Posted: 29/12/2012 at 23:26

I started with Musselburgh many years ago and have left a leek to go to seed each year which gave me lots of plants to transplant into  rows.  My leeks have just grown better and better eacg year and cost me nothing.  They are doing very well this winter enjoying the mild wet weather.


new years resolution

Posted: 29/12/2012 at 16:18

My New Year's Resolution is the same as the last twenty have been - just to enjoy it all.  No need to worry about space for the children to play or prickly plants or even whether they are poisonous.  I can experiment to my heart's content.

Christmas Greetings

Posted: 25/12/2012 at 09:54

Such wonderful seasonal greetings and ,ovely sentiments.  I want to thank you all for the kind words I have received about my thoughts on gardening and photos and the help I have received to steer my way through IT as it was all foreign to me till I reached the age of eighty.  I do hope everyone has a wonderful Xmas and better gardening conditions next year than this.


Posted: 23/12/2012 at 22:10

And Happymarion has just watched "Loving Miss Hatto" and thoroughly enjoyed it after a hard day's baking.  If all the Xmas programmes are up to that standard I will be very pleased indeed.  As Miss Hatto kept saying "It is all in the music"


Posted: 23/12/2012 at 16:44

There's a lovely opera and Broadway music.

Grow it and eat it

Posted: 23/12/2012 at 08:42

Oh, thank you so much for your support, Zoomer44.  I like your idea very much and so pleased the participants will sit down to eat the fruits of their labours!  Yes, I did notice the piece on Kohlrabi.  I gave a lunch for some of my fellow volunteers from  our Botanic Garden in Bristol to introduce them to kohlrabi that I had grown and it was a great success.  It was a great favourite in Victorian times and still is in many parts of Europe.

Talkback: Goldcrest encounter

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 20:29

Oh, Kate, i hope you have a pair there and can catch site of the babies in the spring. We have them in the Bristol Botanic Garden and the babies are like bumblebees in size. Although the adults love the tops of the conifes, the babies like to buzz around the yew hedges. And buzz they do - they are really fast but the mother is always nearby keeping an eye on them. I just love them and how does such a tiny bird have such a loud song? Happy Xmas.

Grow it and eat it

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 15:16

How about that - the Jan. edition of the mag. has recipes to use winter veg,!

autumn colour

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 10:59

"21.12,12,the shortest day and last day of the autumn and my garden is full of Xmassy colour.  First the red cornus wands I stuck in my heather beds -

 And on the other side of the front gate the cotonester berries and male skimmia flowers contrasting with the white heather.

 And the cotoneaster berries and variegated ivy tumbling over the front wall.

 Happy Xmas everyone.

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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