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Monty Don -Italian Gardens on now 7.40 Sunday mornings

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 07:51


On BBC 2 now- just started at 7.40, and the next few Sundays.

Monty Don -Italian Gardens on now 7.40 Sunday mornings

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 07:51


On BBC 2 now- just started at 7.40, and the next few Sundays.

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 15:28

I created a woodland garden last year, by adding ferns, primroses and heucheras, plus a white border and by using the snowdrops, hellebores and acronites as a basis for the project.  So far, so good.





Could this be a first? Sweet Pea flowering in Febraury

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 13:51

Up north on the outskirts of York, we haven't had much ground frost this year- maybe 4 times so far.  Although, the car windows and roof were iced over this morning, and have just hung the washing out and it was cold, now that the sun has disappeared.  Just a quick survey of the snowdrops, crocus and a few daffs and then spotted a sweet pea- just starting to bloom, there are flower buds on the other stems.  I didn't plant any, so these must be the ones that have self-seeded from last year or before.  My sweet peas are never very good- I always start them off inside and think I always plant them out too late- e.g. June when the frosts have gone..  Didn't bother growing any in autumn as have always been disappointed.  But this time nature has stepped in......it has even beaten the montana clematis in


the background.

Anyone else with a surprise?


Also attached a photo of my young french lavender backed by red cornus in a pot, which is blooming nicely, on a very exposed north facing patio!

The lavender was a very small pot from RHS Harlow Carr, given as a thank you for being a volunteer.  It has really come on since last year.


Olive Tree care indoors....losing it leaves- what am I doing wrong?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 22:19


The good news is it grew back it's leaves when I put it outside last May. 

This year I have left it in the front porch, which is open, but as we have hardly had any frosts and its feet are dry, it is looking very healthy, it hasn't lost one leaf!

I keep it on the dry side and pour on the left over from the t-pot.

Should I prune it this year to keep it a tighter ball shape and if so when is the best time?  It is a free loose shape at the moment. 


Monty's white garden

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 16:32


They are an annual Ammi Majus- grown from seed early in the year.

They came free with Gardens illustrated magazine last year.

Lovely magazine- currently there is a trial offer on of 5 mags for £5- can cancel as the trail comes to an end, but well worth the viewing for £5.

I haven't yet planted mine out so have spoilt the display- must do it today- mine were started too late and not planted out early enough so will be small not like Monty's stunning ones!

Looked brill in his garden!

Plant Swap- Ricinus Communis- Caster Oil Plant for a Hedychium Ginger

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 15:35

Hi Anyone in thelYork area who would like to plant swap a Caster Oil Plant/ Ricinus Communis with a  Hedychium Ginger- orange colour- or a Canna Lily.?

I have some extras which I grew from seed after seeing it on Gardeners World with Carol Klein and Monty Don and in her book Life in a County Cottage.

So have created a hot border and "hot trough" so want to compelte the look.

A good tip if you can't find it at the GC or on line or is too expensive- I usually buy the hard to come by or unusual species on e-bay e.g. had some great ornamental grasses- were plugs now full-size for a few pound, eryngium Jos Eikling and Sambuca Black Lace but haven't found a orange hedychium as yet-

Have now put my extras Caster Oil Plants on e-bay and will be watching for a hedychium.  Will let you know how I get on.

Anyone else tried selling their extra cuttings, divisioss or too many young plants on E-Bay?

It is a good way of selling yours to buy someone else extras............

can anyone tell me what this plant is?

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 13:43

Defo Ligularia- see teh blog on bog Gardens- I added a picture of mine this morning to that article.  The flowers smell nice-  need watering if the leaves droop in the sun.

My is clay soil.  Ligularias grow well but not so lucky with Eremerus-  this year added 3 inches of grit/san/


pebbles and have managed to have a couple flowering.


the photo is Ligularia veitchiana, if the leaves are more finely cut it will be the Rocket- RHS Plant Selector Ligularia 'The Rocket' AGM / RHS Gardening

One of my favourites!

making a bog garden

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 09:15

The Ligularia are excellent for your bog garden and even a shady damp area.  My 3 have flowered for the 1 st year.  My favourite is the Ligularia veitc


hiana which has 6-7 ft spikes of  yellow flowers, and smells lovely.  Also have ferns, hosta, alstilbes (crimson red and the white are the best in my opinion) and yet to plant: rodgeria, darmera pelata,

Ligularia veitchiana attached, flowered from end of May to early July.  The ligularia przewalskii is very similar, more spikes and less height which is in flower now.

Alos the angelica gigas- biennial but now growing some seeds from last year's plant- also 6-7 feet high and magnificent.

Have lots of plants to still plant out, seem to spend all my time watering them at the moment...l!  Must get going this weekend. 

Picked up a plant from its temporary home a black plastic tray and found a newt- only 1.5 inches long, thought it was dead but was very much alive!

 The red lobelias are also great for the bog garden as like soggy feet...  Slugs love them too- but this year seems to be a good year for lack of slugs..thanks goodness


Mystery plant- friend or foe? Eat or not?

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 09:38

I have some of the plants with purple and yellow flowers that have been in the garden growing out of wall tops for the last 4 years which I thought were solanum vines although the flowers are smaller.

The photo attached re my question was for the seed grown plants of this year which are similar but with white petals and yellow centre.

I have over 50 excellent books but non gave the detail as required!

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