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Talkback: Gardeners' World Live 2012

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 21:09
Thanks Karen. I can hardly believe it's 20 years since our first show – much smaller then, but an instant success.
I've got a greenhouse full of plants to take along for our theatre shows. They should really be outside enjoying summer, but the wind, rain and cold feels more like March!
Well, the sun always shines on Gardeners' World Live!
Do come and join us.

flowers that change colouer

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 15:15

It's hard to say, as I have not grown enough gerbera to have experienced this myself at first hand. However, this is a distinct possibility.

flowers that change colouer

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 14:11

Yes, flowers can change colour as they develop, and many, many do. Take a look at my blog from last autumn about Tulip 'Antoinette'. This tulip starts as a pale yellow colour, but gradually becomes more pink as it develops and faded.

You can see the same thing happening with many roses too.

This is a very different thing from a new plant growing with a different coloured flower from its parent, or perhaps one stem on a plant carrying flowers with a different colour from teh rest of that plant.

Talkback: Ask Adam

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 15:44

Hi Lindylou3.  As this is a quick one I'll answer it here. Thhe greenhouse watering system is the Quadgrow from Greenhouse Sensation – a great system to look after greenhouse watering automatically while you're on holiday. Find them at

Also check out the systems produced by Autogrow, which I've also used successfully for many years.

Black Soot

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 15:44

Oh yes, and you can wash it off – although not sure you'll be able to use a hose pipe for teh job! I can't in my area. If the rain has softened the black coating try sponging it off, or fill a pressure washer with water and try getting spraying it away.

On my camellia I just went over teh bush with a bucket of water and a sponge, and this did the trick.

Hosepipe Ban

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 21:05

As far as I know, it is fine to use a hose attached to a water butt. The ban applies to hoses run from a mains water supply.

You could run a hose to syphon water from your bath, for instance, out of a window and onto your garden.

Several companies now produce pumps to take water from butts and distribute it via a hose, and these should be fine to use.

Black Soot

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 20:58

I wonder if this is sooty mould, although I've never seen it on my rhodo, azalea or pieris before, but have had it on my camellia.

Sooty mould develops on the surface of leaves when sap, or honeydew, drips down onto the surface from sap-sucking insects above. Scale insect is the usual culprit. 

Sheddy, take a look at the underside of the leaves above the sooty ones and see if you can find scale insects feeding. If you have then you'll need to try and get rid of these pests in some way (not easy), but if not we'll have to think again. Let us know what you find.

Talkback: Weather damage to plants

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 10:55
Hi MacMatt. Anglian Water serve my part of the East Midlands in Cambridgeshire, and they have imposed a hosepipe ban. Much of the MIdlands is now under drought order, and everyone is being encouraged to use water wisely to avoid a hosepipe ban being enforced.


Posted: 03/04/2012 at 10:27

I'll just add that my comments above equally apply to any invasive or spreading plant, and not just to weeds. I've made the mistake in the past of planting mint in a border, which unsurprisingly has not stayed put. Also that great idea of growing some horseradish will not be repeated, along with the idea of growing a patch of comfrey to make fertiliser or addd to the compost heap. Phlox spreads too much, not to mention epimedium. I could go on.....


Posted: 02/04/2012 at 22:44

Lovely as your thistle may be, you live to regret the day you let it set seed! I've made similar mistakes myself, and learning from these would now never risk letting an invasive plant (no matter how attractive) grow, flower and set seed.

My advice would be to be brave, and remove it.

Discussions started by Adam Pasco

Talkback: Christmas chilli

I've just found a recipe for Brussels sprouts with chilli, garlic and lemon. Has anyone tried it? 
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New flowers to recommend

Can you recommend a new variety of flowering plant to others? 
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Talkback: Glow-worms

Now that's one creature I've never had the pleasure of discovering. How exciting. I've stood for many an hour in the past looking upwards i... 
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Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Good advice, Kate. And it's not just bird feeders that must be kept clean, but bird baths too. Possibly it's even more important to keep bir... 
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