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Dry Bank..need suggestions

Posted: 25/03/2012 at 23:07

...Or another idea, how about sedum 'Dragon's Blood' planted en masse? It's great groundcover, drought-tolerant and happy in poor soil, and also the bees love it! If you planted lots it would look spectacular in flower in the late summer/autumn, and if you grew from seed (easy) it wouldn't cost much, either. 

Talkback: How to grow mint from cuttings

Posted: 25/03/2012 at 21:48

Trailing mint in baskets sounds lovely! 

Dry Bank..need suggestions

Posted: 25/03/2012 at 21:22

Hi Jason, most alpines thrive in rocky conditions and need the sharp drainage that a steep bank provides - potentially tons to choose from! Including evergreens, too. I'm sure the GW site has lots of good suggestions if you search for 'alpines'. Maybe some sempervivums? You say the bank's west-facing but if any of it's shaded, how about some primulas/primroses, lovely in spring?

monty don

Posted: 25/03/2012 at 20:49

Passion - you're right, shazzza1, and I just love this time of year, don't you, when everything's bursting into life so quickly and everything's full of possibilities?! 

monty don

Posted: 25/03/2012 at 20:24

I guess it's horses for courses. I like Monty Don's thoughtful demeanour - I think he puts gardening in context - although I agree, I'd like to see a bit more practical content and more on growing technique. I also think the programme suffers from MD being on his own mostly at 'Longmeadow' - more dialogue between presenters would liven things up. Personally I loathed the Toby-led show - nothing to do with the poor man himself, but the change in direction and format that the Beeb had obviously decided on which and the producers and presenters had to comply with. I think Toby & co were stitched up in that respect. But I hated all those silly DIY projects - like giant planters working out at about £800 apiece - that no normal gardener could afford, and I felt the whole programme was severely dumbed down. I'm sure Alys will pop up again somewhere on telly soon, good plantswoman that she appears to be, with her fresh and environmentally-friendly approach. Perhaps the show's bosses felt she was too similar to Carol in terms of contribution - and the viewers love Carol with her vast knowledge, down-to-earth attitude and huge enthusiasm for plants. 

Just goes to show, doesn't it, you certainly can't please all the people all the time?

monty don

Posted: 25/03/2012 at 16:27

At this time of year with so much to do the programme's just too short! Can't we have an hour? 

Your wishlist

Posted: 25/03/2012 at 16:22

How about an area on the site/forums where members can do swaps?

Also, why not pick up/expand on more of the areas that aren't covered so much on the programme in its current format? Then the site could feed more into the programme as well. I'm thinking, for example, of viewer trials of various plant & veg varieties. It would be interesting for members to see how others are faring with the same crops, and would draw traffic from the programme to the website and vice versa. The site could log results in a little more detail than programme time allows and might help draw some useful conclusions about differing climate conditions etc countrywide. Seems to me the site is the place to be really interactive with members/viewers, and then use that info to advantage in full on the website (and in the magazine) and in brief on the programme.

Plastic bags for seedlings

Posted: 25/03/2012 at 16:09

I always use loo roll tubes for my sweet peas to give them plenty of root room and those tall clear pots sundaes come in are great for big seeds too, as they are deep have a little domed lid which makes a perfect roof! Those shallow, clear plastic containers takeways sometimes come in make good covers for small trays and the deeper foil ones make good seed trays - if they're not too messy to wash! 

Plastic bags for seedlings

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 15:00

Lots of the plastic trays that desserts and ready meals come in  make great seed trays and covers -  I use the brown trays for  seeds, and clear containers for things like tiramisu are often exactly the right size for a half seed tray cover. I pierce the 'base' containers with a thin screwdriver heated over a gas flame in order to make drainage holes without the plastic splitting.  I use blue bags for covers, too!

Climbing rose suggestions

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 14:39

Hi, two of my favourites are Compassion - lovely apricot-pink, healthy and reliable, long flowering season, beautifully fragrant, and good for cutting, too - and Gertrude Jekyll, an Austin rose which again is very fragrant and lasts pretty well in the vase, with old-fashioned flowers in a gorgeous, vibrant pink which repeat well once the rose is established. Lucky you, with so many goodies to choose from - my garden's too full to plant any more! Have fun!

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