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Beechgrove this weekend

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 11:56

Here in Belgium we have cable TV and get BBC 1 & 2 and lots of other European channels as well as the local ones although, being in Wallonia, I don't get many Flemish channels.

We can get many more TV channels and Beeb radio via satellite.  There are ways and means.  What we can't get are i-player and magazines with schedules unless I do a 120km round trip to the British supermarket near Brussels but I only go there if I'm passing - about 4 times a year.

Beechgrove this weekend

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 09:23

Just to warn everyone that Beechgrove will be on Beeb 2 on Saturday this weekend instead of Sunday as there's a Grand Prix race which has pushed the usual Beeb 1 politics onto Beeb 2 on Sunday morning.

The GW repeat also gets shifted to Saturday morning.

Plant advice needed : damp shade

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 12:19

Chelone, hostas, fritillaria meleagris, hemerocallis, dicentra spectabile and its white form, lily of the valley........... 

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 12:17

Intruder alert lights.  A video camera to catch them at it.  Secure the access to your patio with locked gates.   Attach them to the ground as in the post above.

clematis and fost

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 17:24

I am leaving mine after doing the same thing in that nice warm week we had at the start of March.  I have fed them and talked to them but will wait to see where new growth starts again before pruning back to a healthy bud.

Bee spotting

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 15:56

The wind has eased here and I've seen one tortoiseshell butterfly and been buzzed by on ebee that I didn't see.    Lots of snowdrops and hellebores still out here plus crocuses and dwarf daffs so plenty of nectar for them.  The other usual suspects for April are keeing their heads well down so their flowers will be late.

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 13:12

They are all professional gardeners who are use dto teh outdoors and have the clotehs and tools to cope.  I noticed that neither the garden owner nor the presenter in Problem Corner was rugged up to the neck so they're clearly made of sterner stuff up in Scotland.   Most of the UK has had that weather too and far layter than is usual so all teh advice about keeping off the soil and warming up beds and protecting plants is relevant UK wide except maybe in Cornwall.

The Beechgrove garden was set up decades ago as a permanent home for Scottish gardening TV and employs staff as well as having the presenting team come in and do features for the programme.      If Greenacres had been set up with as much forethought and integrity it might well have survived as a permanent home for GW but it was doomed from the start by bad planning, bad implementation and IMHO, bad presenting and filming and editing.


Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 10:58

I watched it again this morning and was just as pleased with it.     So much more lively than GW and with relevance to gardeners with more limited space and means as well as those with acres and/or deep pockets. 


Posted: 06/04/2013 at 12:39

The Japanese ones are the tender ones too!  Far too much money for a fussy plant, and tiny too.


Posted: 06/04/2013 at 08:37

If your local garden centre doesn't have them, use the RHS Plant Finder on tehir website to locate nurseries that do.  There may be on elocal to you or one that will do mail order.

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