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Latest posts by happymarion

Libertias....who knows em?

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 18:03

Yes, know them well as we have lots in the New Zealand Garden at the Bristo Botanic Garden.  They can be invasive but the seeds are harvested at the Garden for the Friends Seed Distribution.  I did sow some so somewhere in my crowded cold frame I have their strappy leaves!


Spring sweethearts

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 17:01

Complementary colours in my butterfly garden this afternoon.  I have not seen any butterflies yet but perhaps this weekend if the forecast is correct.



Posted: 10/04/2013 at 15:00

The clusiana tulips are great at multiplying.  I have "Cynthia" and the Bristol Botanic Garden have a great spread of them on the Mediterranean Bank.  they are up the Mountain Path where they bake in the sun in the summer but mine multiply very well in the flat bed they are in albeit right in the sunniest part of the garden.  

iris unguicularis

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 10:17

I did just that yesterday - took off the scruffiest leaves that had no green on.  i always think with this iris it needs the leaves to feed it because it can flower for ten out of the twelve months of the year.  this clump in my garden hs been flowering since before Xmas and still has buds to open.



Posted: 10/04/2013 at 09:44

The best tulips for multiplying in the ground are the species,either single or multiflowered.  There were yellow tulips in my garden when i moved in nearly fifty years ago and i still have them, some in the original place and others scatttered round the garden where they have seeded themselves.   There are fields and fields of tulips(kaufmanniana) growing wild inTurkey which never get dug up and just look glorious when they flower.  I have pots of all the same kind flowering now so will phtograph them for you.  Tulipa turkestanica and Tulipa tarda are dwarfs that spread beautifully year after year.  The ones all the same flowering now by my path are called "Stress".  They have green and red striped leaves.


Peach tree

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 17:30

I had a peregrine peach tree as a Christmas present.  It had beautiful scented blossom on it so I got out my sable paint brush and hand pollinated it.  I lost count of the number of peaches after 20  they are now the size of gooseberries.  i put it in a big pot and in the conservatory as it is very tall.  My fig, Turkey Brown, fruits well in there.  I keep it well watered and eventually will feed it like i have the fig.  I expect to have to thin some of the fruit but will wait to see if they drop any fruit like apples and pears do. I expect your bargain tree will be fine.  mine came 14ft tall so the ones from nurseries are usually a bit older when sold.  keeping the young leaves from getting wet by rainwater is the way to stop them getting peach leaf curl which is a fungal disease spread by the spores being brought down by rain.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 13:22

Yes, I decided if we are going to have dull days I need to clean the windows and mirrors and pictures that have glass fronts so the house now smells of vinegar and washing up liquid as that is what i use to clean glass. All except the kitchen which now smells of my lovely pasta ake for my lunch.  As I have a committee meeting in my lounge tonight i must not get tired in the garden .  Need all my wits about me.

One for the ladies...

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 12:21

I live off my garden mostly.  Lots of veg and fruit keep me healthy as well as the exercise and fresh air.  We have a Chinese Herbal garden at the Bristol Botanic Garden as well as a Western Herb Garden .  There are myriads of uses for the herbs that many people use.  My favourites are mint and Lemon balm tisane in the evening when you are overtired - too tired to sleep.  Knocks me out.  Lavender in my bath will do the same.  i tie a bunch of the flowers to the tap and the water washes the goodness into my bath.  Rosemary will do the opposite in the morning and wake me up.  But running my hands through herbs growing in the garden will always perk me up.  I could not be without herbs in my cooking, not just for flavour but for digestion.  Rosemary in lamb, sage in pork and onion dishes. basil in pasta. parsley in soup, are all good for your stomach.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 10:56

Our drab, drear sky in Brietol is gradually brightening and i can feel my spirits lifting.  We did need the rain in Bristol for the gardens so that was a plus but it was so dark this morning i thought it might be another writing day and i had made up my mind when April came I would only write when it was too dark to garden.  I don't mind gardening in the rain as it makes the weeds easier to pull but the dark under my loads of trees is a no-no.  I surround myself with plants in the house during the winter, lots to eat like salads and herbs and flowers to remind me of what is to come.  Here is a corner of my kitchen right now.


Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 20:35

I'll tell you a happy tale about what gardening does for you.  Fifteen years ago I had a slight stroke and was put on tablets to lower my blood pressure.  Two months ago I started having dizzy spells and went to see my doctor.  after a week of BP monitoring he took me off the tablets.  When I asked was it because of my age being nearly 85 now, he said no it was they were no longer appropriate because of my healthy lifestyle.  i garden every day either in my own hlf acre or doing voluntary gardening for others.  Bo problems - prescribe youself some gardening.


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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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:12

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: 06/09/2014 at 18:57

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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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
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