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  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ...if anyone looking in seeks a smaller growing daffodil that reliably pops up year after year and has a lovely clear single colour - pure lemon yellow which really shows up in the garden landscape... then I recommend this one 'February Gold'.. which must be named for the Scilly Isles as it flowers either late March / early April for me... it's a little taller than 'Tete a Tete'...and I like it better for that...

    very late this year, but I do like it so much.... easily available from just about everywhere..

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  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    OH, I do so agree, Salino and they last for years.  They showed a lovely spread of them at Wisley which the RHS gardeners had in bloom last Friday's GW and it just reminded me to increase my stock this year for my Golden Jubilee Garden next year.  Your border looks lovely.

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..thank you Marion, I didn't know it was on GW recently, from Wisley. I haven't watched GW in ages I'm afraid...

    I was just wondering, you mention Bristol Botanic Garden a lot, and now the Golden Jubilee Garden, may I ask, are you involved in some way here, volunteering perhaps, or with design or somesuch...?   no need to respond if you don't wish, but I'm interested to know what you are doing here with this garden of yours...image

  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    Ah, nothing better for me to talk about than my half acre and the Bristol university Botanic Garden.  i love them both.  Next year I will have been tending my garden for fifty years and, as I open it to clubs, I am planning a Golden Jubilee Year like the National trust had at Barrington Court.  I like to take my inspiration from te best!  Hence the interest in all things golden.

    As for the Bristol Botanic Garden, since taking my Certificate in Biology at Bristol university in 1986 i had wanted to do voluntary work there but it was over the suspension bridge and two and a half hour's bus journey so impossible.  none the less I ecame Friend and, when their site was sold for development in 2005 and the new garden was on this side of the river and i can get there in 15 minutes on one bus, I volunteered to garden there every Thursday at the age of 76.  I also trained to be a Guide to take groups round the Garden and have enjoyed especially taking round school parties.  I attended a workshop at the University on improving my photographic skills and go rund the garden getting amazing shots for blogs like this one and the talks i give to ladies and gadening groups.  Being eighty five shortly and there being a very long waiting list of volunteer gardeners I have resigned from the gardening duties but just go and photograph nd write poetry or my book if I am itching just to be there with my friends.  We have the most wonderful greenhouses as well as a beautiful garden dedicated to plant diversityand evolution, Mediterranean type plants, useful plants and native and rare native plants which abound in the Bristol Gorge a few minutes walk from the garden.    I did warn you.  This afternoon i am off to meet up with the other Guides for our yearly upgrade with the Curator, Nick Wray whom you may have seen some time back on GW.  His hor borders are astounding!

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..wonderful stuff Marion and thank you so much for telling us about it.  I had a feeling you were involved to something like that degree, or have been so... how fantastic to have that near you and a half acre of your own to go with it....!  I do hope you are still able to manage things - perhaps you have some help here and there, we all need some occasionally - lifting pots and digging pits... but I expect your garden is very well established by now....  I don't live anywhere near you which is a pity as I would have loved to drop in for tea to see it...image never mind, I hope you continue to post a few photos from time to time....

    ..keep up the good work !... I shall try to catch up with Nick Wray who unfortunately I'm not familiar with, so will keep an eye out there... 

    lovely to talk to you...

  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    One sweetheart I love to greet every spring having a large garden where it is welcome to seed itself in every nook and cranny it can find, is the forget-me-knot.

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  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    Oh my goodness what a plethora of spring sweethearts I have this year.  It just gets etter by the day.  I had to deliver a talk entitled "This spring in my garden so far" with slides last night and I was spoilt for choice.  In less than a month my garden has gone from thr first slide pf Mar21st with masses of snow to more gorgeous bulbs than I have ever seen.  I finished my talk with a walk round the garden yesterday and here are some of the pictures.

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  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    Such tiny images coming through.  I'll try posting some one by one.

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     This is Allium paradoxum

  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    After an exhausting bout of gardening I shall try again with my photographs taken yesterday.

     

     The forget-me-knots are so lovely under the Bramley apple tree and below them the lovely leaves of Cyclamen hederifolium have arrived already.

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