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The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 15:06

littleann - the Royal Horticultural Society are offering the actual prize - a space at the Chelsea Flower Show.  But I have no idea who will actually PAY for it.  Presumably the BBC???

Programme shown last night being repeated now on BBC2 for anyone interested.


The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 13:32

Crumbs, every time I visit this forum I find folk shooting each other down in flames!

Think I'll give it a miss in future ( don't quote me on that! ), and get out in the garden to do something more constructive!

I imagine the BBC via it's license fee paying 'customers' will be paying for the Chelsea Garden Design garden, little-ann, as it was a BBC production which set the ball rolling.  There again, maybe not.....sure as eggs is eggs ( I know, I know, it should be 'eggs ARE eggs' plural ) it won't be left to the winning contestant to foot the bill.  It's a good question, though.  I hope you get a definitive answer, although I think Obelixx has already answered it.

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 08:38

For goodness sake! Hosta and Wintersong - does it matter what the sexual orientation of the male ( or female ) contestants might or might not be?  

The question is rather 'Do they know anything about gardening and are they capable of fulfilling the brief given to them within the parameters ( and perimeters! ) of the programme?'

I agree with a number of folk on here who have spotted similarities to Bake-offs, Cook-offs, Sewing-Bee-offs (!!) Home-Design-offs......horribly formulaic even though it passes an hour on an evening.

They start with a clean, weed-free patch of pre-prepared soil, have a team of 'builders' and construction workers to do the graft for them whilst they sup tea and lean on their spades looking angst-ridden and tearful, wondering how best to spend their enormous budget when they get to the well-stocked garden centre and are then given 4 days to come up with something 'better' than their 'neighbours'.

'Theatre', yep, I can agree with that.  Pure Pantomime.

Any guesses from the forum on who the winner will be?  Seems to me it's a foregone conclusion...

Does anyone know what this is please

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 10:22

Leave it to you guys, then!  Hope you discover what it is, Star Gaze lily.

Does anyone know what this is please

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 10:09

Is it Viburnum Opulus Sterile - aka the 'snowball bush'?  Looks very like it.  Definitely a viburnum!

Mystery Plant

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 11:44

If that is ground elder for goodness sake don't spray with glyphosate or any other systemic weedkiller if there's any windy weather...if it hits the leaves or shoots of any plant you want to keep, it will kill it.  I'd be tempted to protect the Sambuccus ( see, I'm graciously giving in! ) with a few huge bin-liners over the plant, tied tightly round the lower stem, whilst spraying the GE and only remove them once the glyphosate has dried.

Mystery Plant

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 09:57

Can't enlarge the pic on this bl***ed laptop ( better not name the particular 'variety'!! ), nutcutlet, so I'm giving in on Acer cos you're far more likely to be right on this one!

Dicentra spectabilis - is yours up yet?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 09:47

Mine's WAS coming along nicely, about 7 or 8 inches tall. 

Yesterday we had three inches of'll survive, hopefully.

Mystery Plant

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 09:43

If it's a Sambuccus nigra it's not  'Diablo' either, the leaves are entirely the wrong shape.

Still looks like an Acer....although I haven't got my specs on!

Mystery Plant

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 09:33

Looks like a very nice Acer palmatum  purpurea to me, Cheryl!  However as I can never keep one alive beyond a few years up here in Scotland ( it snowed yesterday ) I may be wrong!  Someone will be along to give you a better ID soon, no doubt!

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