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If you wrap some plastic around the end of the birch sticks before pushing them into the soil it will prevent them from rotting.
Hazel branches are great. The squirrels in my garden are forever leaving nuts to sprout and provide me with new bushes. If I didn't coppice them I would have no garden - only a hazel grove.
I bought plastic coated plant supports from B@M store in Kilmarnock for £1.00 each. Great buy and for the first time have remembered to put them in before my plants start falling over. Hope to get a better display this summer.
i totally forgot high winds last week and my favorite delphinuim lost all the shoots but hey i got 5 more in my garden
If you're desperate for upright plants then: Pea and bean netting laid down in two layers, the first one March attached to canes about 15 cm high and the second one in April/May about 30cm (where needed) for the plants to grow through: it's soon hidden. For my mind, why not just let them flop? I appreciate that rules out those with unnaturally large flowers and brittle stems, but if you're growing something like that, hiding staking doesn't help as it will look unnatural anyway.


For my floppy oriental poppies I now use either hazel or dogwood prunings - they disappear completely and do a great job. I think they work so well because all the leaves hide them - I don't know if they'd be so great for delphiniums.
Walton Nurseries ( Hula Girl fuchsias by mail order. I found it on Google.
What has happened to Gardeners World? This is supposed to be the BBC's premier Gardening programme. Tonight we were treated to children sowing seeds, a ridiculous shelf making project and a feature about Garden Gnomes. It's a bit late for an April Fool, but this is certainly what it felt like. Utter twaddle aimed at people who nothing but a cursory interest in gardens. Bring back Monty Don or some people capable of showing some passion for plants and gardens. The advice dispensed was aimed at complete morons and the new garden at GreenAcre looks a bit like the space out the back of a DIY garden shed. Please please please stop this nonsense and get back to something more well informed and useful.
I agree that the item about garden gnomes was uttter twaddle and the guy involved absolutely 'barking'. That said, surely it is the youngsters that given the right encouragement will themselves create passion for plants and gardens. I was a sceptic at the beginning of this series but given that the sainted Monty has gone and that the garden they are using is not Berryfields, I think we should give this guy, and the children sowing their seeds a fair crack before we pass judgement. After all we are never too old to learn a new trick or two now, are we?
The kiddies have their own gardening slot on CBeebies so why do we 'grown ups' have to be subjected to gardening for children too? Last night was more like watching CBeebies than Gardeners' World. Even poor Carol's slot told you nothing - get her back in the garden doing what she does best. The series is now so short there isn't time for all this rubbish like the gnomes and the blatant copy of Top Gears What's Hot slot. I went into this series with an open mind and looking forward to another season of good gardening help and advice. It will have to improve some to keep me watching. Now the lighter nights are here I would much rather be out there in the garden than watching Gardeners World in its present format. Rant over - off to enjoy my garden.
I agree. Practically the only useful things on the show were Toby's tips about picking up bargains in the garden centres and potting them up or taking cuttings, and Alys's reflector box. That's not enough to keep me watching.
Sadly, I have to agree with all the comments regarding the content of the new Gardeners world programmes. How did Alan Titchmarsh manage to give so much information which was interesting and often informtive , as well as having time for other presenters to have their slot and specialist gardeners to share their particular plant passions? Was the programme twice as long? Did time pass more slowly because we were actually being given advice or introduced to new ideas? If the present format continues, I for one will be spending friday evenings in the garden..


I still enjoyed the programme but have to agree with many of these criticisms. Lets have more about plants - new and old, more about techniques, and a minimum of plant design - after all your presentation team has plenty of ability. You Producers! - give them something they can get their teeth into! And if you want something outside of the new garden, what about vists to garden centre's and a critical review of the plants and accessories that they offer? Or what about visits to some ordinary plant enthusiasts and a walk around their gardens and plants? Let some of that enthusiasm boil over into the programme!
I want to plant up a container for water plants as shown, but am worried about my toddler grand children...would a wire grid cover look too unsightly? Would it be safe on a small tin bath pond? I really just want water lilies in it and whatever wildlife moves in on it's own!
I have to agree with all the previous comments regarding the new series, I am new to gardening it was always my late husbands hobby but have decided to bite the bullet this year and get stuck in, we`ve always watches gardeners world and i really looked forward to the new series but fridays programme did leave me again thinking i`d just watched a childrens programme, i dont want whats hot or not, or children planting seeds please get back to an intelligent adult programme that informs and entertains like it used to please
I'm afraid to say that Gardeners World has already lost me - I really can't be bothered to listen to the drivel being served up in this series. Come on BBC, treat us like adults and go back to the informative programmes that you used to make.