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The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 20:13

Blue Onion - if I had loads of money and a tiny urban garden I might just appreciate the chic horror a bit more but I have seen far more beautiful gardens full of gorgeous plants in the Artisan gardens at Chelsea and they are much more to my taste and I do like to potter with my plants and that garden had zero pottering potential and not much for wildlife either.

BB2 - what the judges look for has been discussed in previous Chelsea coverage but I think maybe it could have been made clearer to these contestants before they started.    I'd have loved to be let loose in a huge plant sweetie shop and wouldn't have wanted to sacrifice my own treasures from home.   The professional designers source their plants months in advance and have reserve lists in case the season is not favourable for having their A list at peak condition.


The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 16:02

I thought the best garden won on the whole.   That urban chic thing filled me with horror both at the "you can't build that it will fall over" stage and the finished article with its very boring planting.   Liked the botanist's garden but do wonder about the horticultural practicalities of growing bananas outside in the UK.   I liked the ideas behind Sean's garden but someone definitely needs to take away his box of tricks and impress on him that less is more.

It will be interesting to see the garden at Chelsea and also to see if any of these contestants goes on to have a career in design.  As Hostafan rightly says, dreaming and doing and getting people to hire you and then following their brief is a whole different kettle of fish.

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 19:24

Dove - I'm hardly ever in when gardening progs are on so record them all.   That way I can watch when I'm in and play them again if I fall asleep. 


Posted: 14/05/2015 at 19:20

It may help and would certainly mean it was less likely to suffer from hunger or thirst.  Plant it now in a well prepared hole and use plenty of well rotted garden compost and manure when you back fill.   Water it well before and after planting and keep it watered for the rest of this summer until the autumn rains start.

It may be that when you dug it up from the hydrangea bed you disturbed its roots and robbed it of its finer root hair follicles which are the ones that take up up moisture and minerals so give it sprinkling of mycorrhizal fungi (from good garden centres) on its roots when you plant it out as it encourages healthy root formation and access to beneficial micro-organisms that will help you acer thrive. 


Posted: 14/05/2015 at 18:24

Have you tried refreshing the compost?  Feeding it? Watering it?  It may just be pot bound and starving by now if it's been in the same pot and compost all that time.

Check also for pests such as vine weevil grubs eating its root system or maybe a fungal infection such as verticulum wilt?    You can treat the former with Provado but the latter is terminal and you'll have to destroy the tree to prevent it infecting other plants in the garden.  

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 18:19

No Nut.  This time it's the competitors and the funding.   A different same old.

What do you underplant your Aliums with

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 18:14

I bung them in groups of 3 or 5 or 7 between perennials like geraniums, geums, astrantia and also near roses because they help repel aphids.

black eye peas

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 18:12

Exactly.  Who needs Goji when you can grow equally healthy and fantastically tasty blackcurrants and blueberries?   Salads from the shop just don't compare to those freshly picked from the garden.

For some reason, carrots don't grow in my soil so I'm going to try them in tubs of compost this year to see if they do better.   

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 15:21

The RHS will be offering the prize because they think the process of the programme and the eventual garden build will attract new members and generate publicity and this further its aims to spread gardening knowledge and good practice across the wider community.  

The RHS does excellent work in schools and communities as well as providing help and support and information to its members and researching and evaluating plants, methods and materials.   An annual subscription to support all this costs about the same as an annual subscription to GW magazine.   For this you get a monthly magazine and free entray to their own and many partner gardens.  Entrance to the Chelsea Flower Show for a whole 12 hour day costs less than a ticket for two hours of premier football.    Brilliant organisation worth supporting.

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 13:47

I honestly do not understand the offence apparently caused by a straight answer to a straight question.    We pay for every public service directly or indirectly through either taxes or license fees or both.   Simples.

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