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Posted: 13/12/2011 at 11:46

The hedychiums outside are well mulched for the winter in the Bristol Botanic Garden but they also have to be netted against mice when they emerge in the spring.  Mice seem to love them.  The more tender species are in the greenhouses in large pots.

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 13/12/2011 at 09:57

My goodness you have all been working hard at Gardeners World  Thank goodness for the Xmas break coming up when I hope you all have a well-deserved rest.  I've watched with great interest as the snags were eliminated and used the site more and more, Looking forward to additions in the NewYear which I am sure is going to be a great one for you all.

Favourite tools

Posted: 13/12/2011 at 09:44

Oh, secateurs, Kate.  There always seems to be something needing pruned back from the paths in my garden.  Otherwise i woud be getting scratched or poked in the eye frequently.  And an old dinner fork for weeding in my pots.  The broken end of an old spade handle I also find useful for holes for potatoes or leek planting or planting bulbs.  But when my small fork and trowel were lifted from the garden recently I could not wait to beg, borrow "not steal" them from friends and neighbours.  Luckily I was fortunate to replace them by winning a competition which had a bag of tools as part of the prize. I soon found out when they disappeared that "the workman is only as good as his tools"

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 12/12/2011 at 12:39

Should be "Crispum Whiteside, of course!  Hailstones have frozen my fingers.  I expect you know to keep your thalluses very damp, Linda.  Good luck.

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 12/12/2011 at 11:38

Being of the oldest generation of gardeners I love my ferns.  We havr just had a hailstorm in Bristol so, of course ,I went up the garden with my camera and took these pictures of Dryopteris digitata "Crispum Whireside", a primula flowering among the fallen leaves, and rosebuds atop Iris unguilaris and a close-up. 





I love the new site and the tool bar!!!

Welcome to the garden design forum

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 15:49

The early potatoes and onions shown here are in an oblong which is a tenth of the breadth of the veg. patch and a twentieth of the length.

Welcome to the garden design forum

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 15:43

So does the design team have any ideas for my new veg..garden  - potager style - on the site of the old one which I have been digging and manuring for 47 years?  I have been religiously saving for its construction since last April.  It sits almost dead in the middle of my very long garden and is oblong in shape.  At my age I have decided to become No-Dig so raised beds are the order of the day and somewhere to sit and put my tools and drink flask are mandetory.  One thing is very important - the reputation my garden has for exceptional ptoductivity must not be jeopardised and good wildlife must be encouraged.  i will try to find


a photo that shows where the veg, patch is in relation to the rest of the garden.

Redesign of garden

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 15:19

I have a garden with many rooms and treat them as so many smallgardens so that I can manage them one at a time.  The only one with circles in it will be the five Olympic rings next year.  But I find that growing upwards in a lot of the rooms makes for vistas and screens that make the garden interesting and I'm sure that could be done in a small garden too.  


Obelisks or wigwams with sweetpeas up them work a treat in Hidcote. Roses, golden hop  and vines work well in the Bristol Botanic Garden.  I think smal gardens can look bitty so suggest a fairly large patch occasionally in the borders of the same one or two plants like this border of alliums and lavender near the veg, garden at the Holt Farm Organic Garden to bring in the pollinators.

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 15:01

Yes, and gardening magazines!  I read my Gardeners World Magazine the day it arrives in the winter but it can pile up sometimes in the busy - outdoors seasons.

Your gardenersworld.com wishlist

Posted: 10/12/2011 at 19:07

i think Botticelliwoman has a good point.  There are still many people who confuse wildlife friendly gardens with wild gardens.  There could be separate sections for each.  Wild gardens are often not friendly to pollinators and wildlife friendly gardens need not be wild.

Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Trees for wildlife

Well done, Kate. Last winter was so mild and wet lots of sickly trees suddenly showed what they are made of. Trees and shrubs that had nev... 
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an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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