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animal problems

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 12:25

A water scarecrow is effective, safe and repels the unwanted visitors without harming them and doesn't leave unpleasant smells around the garden.  You just need to remember to move the sensors regularly so they don't learn to avoid the trigger points and make sure it doesn't get your postman.

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 23:41

It will spread with gay abandon if you let it self seed but you can reduce this buy removing the flowers before the seeds ripen.   They are a very useful ground cover plant and, as your photo shows, look lovely when the foliage glistens with raindrops.

Chelsea photos

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 23:11

Glad you liked the photos Dogbowl.  There are some from pervious years here -

and here - I was in a wheelchair after foot surgery so not so many photos.   I have photos from previous years too.

Many of the Chelsea gardens get recreated somewhere after the show and Diarnuid Gavin's Sky Garden has just been installed in a new garden regeneration project in Cork.

Many of our most popular garden flowers originate in South Africa - pelargoniums,  osteospermums, agapanthus, crocosmia, euphorbias, gerberas and many more as well as houseplants so it's nromal for South Africa to have a stand displaying their wares to earn potential tourist or export incomes.  Same for Thailand with its garish display of colourful orchid flowers.

There's a page on the RHS website for applications to design a garden or have a trade stand so it would seem that anyone can apply but they have to pass the selection process.  I'd expect the main expense would come from all the time and money spent on getting plants and display materials just right and at their peak at the right time but it would all be recouped in the value of the free pubicity. 

Mony Don

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 17:44

Dove - given the popularity of gardening and the paucity of gardening programmes across all the many channels on TV and the ease with which they can now be recorded for viewing at a more convenient time I wouldn't expect a drop from over 4 million regular viewers to a  peak of 2.32 million to be something to be complacent about.

Mony Don

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:11

I don't see why we can't discuss the merits or otherwise of presenters when their performance is so key to our enjoyment or not of any programme and our desire to learn about how, what and when to do things to make our gardens more beautiful and successful.    It can surely also be done without being rude to each other or about the people being discussed.

For me the main problems with GW and Chelsea coverage is that, since AT retired from GW, the programmes have been brought in house to the Beeb where the assorted producers and camera people who are not plant or garden specialists and who are carving out a career in the Beeb more often want to show how clever they are rather than how clever the plants or gardeners are.

When GH and AT were at the helm GW was made by a specialist production company, as is Beechgrove.   Their motivation is to make good gardening programmes to satisfy the audience and thus keep the contract, and their careers and incomes, renewed.   If a private company had presided over the halving of the core audience, they'd have lost the job whereas the Beeb team that's lost all those GW viewers just carries on regardless.

Trees or Shrubs?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:00

A robinia frisia will be fine in terms of size and spread but they are prone to a disease which is gradually killing them all across Europe and now in the UK too.   As with any tree, it's not clever to plant it nearer to a building than half the width of its eventual spread when mature.

In a built up area it isn't really possible to have total privacy in a garden but you could screen off a seating and eating area by building either a pergola or a series of trellis panels or even just posts with wires stretched between to support climbers.

Then your choice of plants will depend on aspect, amount of sun per day plus whether your soil is acid, neutral or alkaline, sandy, loamy or clay and so on.


Leaves turning very pale with dark veins

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 00:22 scroll down.

Bought it to go with Firefox which is deep red. 

Leaves turning very pale with dark veins

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 22:31

Interesting about your lillies. I picked up some new ones at Chelsea that claim to be lime tolerant - Stella Viola and perfumed too.

Mony Don

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 19:29

Scruffy is fine for presenting GW cos there are mucky jobs and plants that can tear clothes.   Scruffy is not suitable for presenting Chelsea.   It's not as though he can't afford a decent suit so it must be a lack of judgement.  Not enough to be a nice chap.  Have to look the part and know what you're talking about to present the biggest such show in the world.

And I still think the original post was a plant.   We've had them before when he's been slammed for the content or style of the round the world series and the ones on Italian and French gardens.

Leaves turning very pale with dark veins

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 19:22

Epsom salts can correct magnesium deficiencies and are very useful for ericaceous plants suffering from an inability to manufacture chlorophyll because they can't access iron and magnesium in alkaline soil or compost or watered with hard water.

Roses will appreciate some Epsom salts as a tonic but need a more complete food to grow and stay healthy.   Dilute 1 tablespoon in one gallon/5mls of water and pour over the plant using the spray nozzle on your watering can so it gets all over the foliage.

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