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Gardeners World TV Program

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 07:18

I really don't think that half an hour per week of GW is long enough to show us much practical stuff - I think it's been decided that the main focus of the programme is to inspire and encourage, and to give us some timely tips - practical demonstrations of how to do something are available all over the internet and in magazines - and of course advice is available here 

split bark on mature magnolia

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 07:13

I really don't think our last winter conditions were likely to cause Southwest injury 

It may well be prevalent in Canada at the moment but we've had a mild winter. 

However, the article Edd linked to does suggest other possible causes, 


Posted: 21/03/2014 at 07:03

I can't imagine successfully containing a gunnera in a pot, let alone in a front garden!  They grow bigger than some trees!

 Slightly smaller plants with similar striking architectural qualities are Astilboides tabularis, Rodgersia pinnata and Rheum palmatum, but I do not know whether they would cope with a Canadian winter - maybe someone here would know? 

Garden lighting.

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 06:51

I'm afraid that I don't like coloured lighting in gardens - white or a natural looking yellowish-white light for me every time. 


Posted: 21/03/2014 at 06:48

Good morning folks!  I see I went to sleep before choccy time  

On the up side - I went into the garden this morning find that my Bonica rose was delivered yesterday - 'Oh yes' said OH, 'I knew there was something I had to tell you'   - I shall unwrap it after breakfast and inspect it etc - it should be in a container so it can wait until Tuesday for the delivery of the clematis which is going behind it, then I can plant them both at the same time. 

Seeds not germinating.

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 19:42

What are the seeds that aren't germinating?

Here we go again.

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 19:33

And the scent of Philadelphus is to die for 


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 19:23

Hello folks   I'm back  Hope everyone's loved ones are improving, and that Fidget's head bone is ok - hope she didn't land on anything else important, like her tailbone!!! ((hugs)) 

I have a gammy knee that occasionally just drops me on the ground - hospital couldn't find anything wrong with it, but there obviously is!!!   Anyway, one day just after we'd moved here and I was carrying armfuls of ivy to the skip in the front garden, OH was at work and the builders had just driven away, when my knee dropped me to the ground along the side path - when I'd got my breath back I had to crawl backwards on my hands and knees until I could pull myself up using some garden furniture and hop indoors and lie on the sofa until OH came home a little while later - whopping bruises etc but I'd not hit my head thank goodness.  I promised myself I'd always have my mobile in my pocket when I was on my own in the garden after that, but do I? ................. 

Today was interesting if a bit hectic - we were in the Uxbridge area, then back to Suffolk via Pinner and then Constable Country - the weather was lovely and the blackthorn blossom on the hedgerows made the countryside a picture - no detours via GCs today 

When to tickle over flower beds?

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 13:19

Hi Rob

After the winter, as soon as the soil is no longer soggy, wet and claggy you can 'tickle it' regularly with a Dutch hoe to deal with newly germinated weeds - you can also sprinkle some fertiliser (I use Fish Blood and Bone - amounts according to pack) and 'tickle' it into the surface with the Dutch hoe.  My soil has been fine for the past few weeks because it is free-draining sandy loam - if yours is heavy clay it may still be wet and claggy ....


gardeners world presenters

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 12:58
Verdun wrote (see)

My ideal GW presenters would be me and Dove. ....I would get top billing, of course 

Of course Verdun, it goes without saying - age before beauty 

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