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Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: Yesterday at 20:54

Personally, the make overs on GR seem very poor in quality of the completed works. I know they are limited by the budget offered by the client, but compared to Grounf Force, the gardens appear half completed. My frustration is that they never seem bothered with replace a worn out lawn or painting a fence to give the work a quality finish. As I have stated on here, the clients don't seem to be getting value for money on that programme 

Is it just a hobby or a professional interest?

Posted: Yesterday at 10:59

I am a gardener but I love propagating plants with a passion. I do sell these to clients for a small profit but I do put a lot of time in to providing a quality plant that is not effected by disease and will preform to the level it is expected too. So that categories me as a Horticulturist. But my true love is my garden and the work and care I give it so that it looks and feels a beautiful place.  

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 22:52

Watched yestedays programme but to be perfectly honest if I paid £6000 for an Italian themed garden and the finished project looked like that then I would be looking for some sort of refund. The planting seemed rushed and the soil for the box plants and olive trees looked as if they had not added any sort of compost or soil conditione. Ok, the natural stone walls were well built but the steel water tank did not fit in to the design imo.The gritted area would have looked better with a quality paved area. The conifers needed reducing in height to allow some light to the lawn area and the lawn it self looked very poor and should have been replaced particularly around the box and olive tree boarder planting 

Apart from that πŸ˜€

Do choisya works well as a hedge/screen?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 00:05


As they are evergreen and could be used as a hedge. Choisya subdance grows to a height of about 1.50 and so does Aztex Pearl. They are both have moderate growth so you could be waiting a few years for them to reach their desired height as a hedge. They would possibly encroach on to the narrow path as they would grow out about the same distance as their height 

What plant is this please?

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 21:17

Hi Nutcutlet

it did look a better specimen at the show, in fairness. 

Mind you, i don't have it in my garden so I agreeπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

External water tap thread size

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 18:50

You require a 12mm tap to hose connector that screw threads on to the tap with with a male hose connector. Hoselock are the best but I have used Wilko's own without any leak problems that cost about £1.50 

What plant is this please?

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 18:29

I thinks it's Virburnum Sunrise - RHS plant of the show in 2015 

advice on poorly plant

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 22:12


Fadtia Japinica are normalily pest free and very easy to maintain if they are in their appropriate aspect on semi to full shade. It's does look from the photos that it is wilting due to lack of water. Have you planted anything close to it that would compete with nutrients in the soil. Is the aspect for the plant still the same and it is still in some shade 

I would also check the soil surface for any signs of problems, although what the problem could be is hard to say 

I would also cut in down to the base and see if that will kick start growth 

Dividing new plants straight from the nursery

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 23:25

As they are in only 1 litre size pots, they will not be ready for dividing . As previous comments have stated, it's the size of the root ball that defines when a plant can be divided and would normally take a few years growth before propagating 


Posted: 17/04/2017 at 23:18


Just a note when multching Hosta's. It is always best to multch around the plant and not cover it completely over with multch material. Particularly with Hosta's as they require light to get to the new shoots that predominately start appearing in mid Spring 

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