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what decade is your garden?

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 18:07

The only garden gnome I was ever tempted by was one I saw in a shop window...used for advertising a brand of young mens' clothing...they were groovy little homicadal gnomes with Hannibal Lecter masks and a chainsaw..... mad...

I have been gardening since my sons grew up and left inspiration was the beautiful Lost Gardens of Helligan but tbh you would never know that looking at our garden. One thing that probably dates my style to the early nineties is the tree fern, altho mine is in a large pot so that I can drag it into the Gh in the winter...after losing a couple left out despite wrapping.

Like Lilylouise (hello Pam X) I now grow nectar rich flowers for the bees....I belong to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust and grow a lot of the plants that they recommend. I'm not a fan of 'instant gardens' and like the fact that our garden has evolved gradually. I'm not a hguge fan of hanging baskets largely because we don't really have anywhere to hang one.

is will you use the extra hour next weekend

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 20:27

I'm just happy as a happy thing that I'm not working! an extra hour when one is on a night shift makes for a miserable CPB.

However...I shall be in the garden IF the snow 'mulch' has gone and if the ground isn't too cold and wet....there is plenty to do in the GH if the garden isn't an option. Pricking out is one of my favourite things to do...with my trusty radio by my side and a glass of wine to hand. Perfect.

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 20:17

I watched Friday's broadcast and enjoyed it. I like Monty, Carol and Joe and think that they all bring something special to the show. That's what it isn't a course at a horticultural's entertainment. I love gardening but if I need to research a particular technique or plant then I look it up or ask another gardener.

GW manages to impart some knowledge and gives me ideas...but cannot be expected to go deeply into a subject in 30 minutes. I think that they do very well actually, give good advice in a friendly and non-patronising manner. It's inspiration more than anything that I get from the show...don't forget that they have to aim at a very broad audience....people who are just starting out, as well as enthusiasts.

It used to make us howl with laughter when Sarah (another great favourite of mine) used to make massive flower arrangements using huge euphorbias, delphiniums and verbena bonariensis...they looked stunning but would fill my living room completely. Cutting garden? in our house that's just the garden actually.... BUT I did take something from Sarah's time on GW...I grow a lot of the plants that she recommended and she's right...some of them do look stunning in a vase (altho I scale my arrangements down a tad and tbh the flowers look better in the ground)...

I love Monty's new GH and am jealous as a jealous's a fantasy GH as far as I'm concerned...good luck to him. I look forward to seeing what he does with it

I like The Beechgrove as well and have been watching it (on sky) for years. I would have thought that GW could stand a bit of competition....won't they overlap quite a bit?


Posted: 23/03/2013 at 10:45

Aw....that made me smile SwissSue.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 10:41

Here in the East Midlands it has been snowing most of the night and is still snowing. It's very wet I'm hoping that it won't last long. HAH!

You wait...another few weeks and I'll be moaning that it's too hot.

MOB rants

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 10:36

I was in a GC recently...waiting in a queue to pay for some horticultural grit as it happens. The lady in front of me was buying six small herb plants to make up a nice pot....lovely healthy little plants they were. As she put them on the counter she noticed that the sage plant was, quite correctly, labelled as Salvia officionalis. The lady said 'But I wanted a sage, not a salvia'....the woman serving called the manager over and all three agreed that the salvia wasn't what she needed...the manager went out to look for a sage plant, returning to say that 'There aren't any...just the salvias'.




I did politely but in and say...'Excuse me...that is a sage plant' but just got a dirty look from all three....I didn't go back there.


Gardening Shows

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 10:20

My favourite has to be Malvern Spring Show, it's early, huge and stuffed with plants, gardening enthusiasts, and enough miscellaneous bumf to keep the non-gardening members of the family amused. I went to the  Cardiff show a couple of years back and it was very good but it's just too far from where I live. GW Live is the easiest one for me to get to, I have noticed that the number of exhibitors has diminished quite a bit over the past few years. It would be lovely to see more specialist nurseries taking part although I expect it's a huge expense for a small business.

This year I shall probably go to GW Live, I'm planning to go to Tatton for the first time and I would like to try the Malvern Autumn show. Chelsea just isn't an option for me, it's just too expensive. Maybe if I win the lottery....


Posted: 23/03/2013 at 09:40

Please excuse my spelling mistake! I mean seemS


Posted: 23/03/2013 at 09:38

Good morning. Nice to meet you. This seem like a very friendly MB with lots of keen gardeners...just what this body needs.

Unfortunately the closest I'll get to gardening today is staring moodily out of the window at the snow. BUT popping on here and looking through the threads has cheered me up no end.

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 09:29

um...I had planned to get into the GH to do a bit of pricking out....but the cold seems to have checked the growth on many of the seedlings. Schizanthus, geranium maderense, zinnias and salvias all have true leaves but the rest are sulking.  As per usual I have eyes bigger than my border so I've sown far too many varieties...*sigh*


On a night tonight so my biggest problem wll be getting into work if this snow keeps up. I've booked a shedload of annual leave after Tuesday so hopefully I will have lots of time in the garden and GH...if only the weather would cheer up.

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