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An invitation to View June 2012

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 15:40

Thank you Berghill.  Lots of variety of form and colour and I love all those alliums.  Beautiful.

An invitation to View June 2012

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 11:23

All I get on any of the links above is a red tomato splat.

Aquilegias and the Chelsea chop

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 13:41

Aquilegias are already in flower or have even finished by Chelsea so are too early for the chop to work.

The purpose of the chop is to delay flowering completely or in part to spread the season of flowering.  It also encourages plants such as sedums to produce shorter, stockier growth which doesn't flop and straggle.   Works on phlox, lysimachia and other later flowering plants.



Posted: 20/06/2012 at 18:37

Mine get fed as part of the spring scattering of pelleted chicken manure over the borders.  No special treatment or feed.


Posted: 20/06/2012 at 18:35

I would repot too into a slightly bigger pot, not more than 2 " wider.  I wouldn't bother dividing the two plants as their roots will be so intertwined it would only damage them and set them back.  

Next spring, water them with liquid rose or tomato food to encourage flower buds.

do I cut back hellebores, if so when?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 13:11

You should cut off all the old foliage in late winter or early spring as the new foliage and flwoer stems appear.   This helps you see the flowers better and removes old growth which is prone to disease so keeps your plants healthy..

onions flowering

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 14:43

Monty Don showed his flowering the other week.  It's a result of the funny season we've had - hot and cold and dry and wet in teh wrong proportions and sequences so they're bolting.  He said cut off the flower stalks and they may still ripen up.

I used to grow onions but gave up after I realised that they make me cry a lot - unlike  the frozen, ready chopped or sliced onions and shallotts I can buy - and they tend not to store well in our damp autumn climate.

Talkback: Surviving the Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 20:30

Kath - they get masses of publicity from the TV coverage, from the press coverage and in the show guide.  It seems to work as Cancer Research is there year after year.


Posted: 17/06/2012 at 20:26

Ornamental alliums are part of the onion family and prefer to be in soil than in pots so I would plant yours out in the garden.  They are perfectly hardy but don't like damp soil in winter.  If you leave the flower heads to go to seed you may well get lots of babies which can be potted up and grown on until mature enough to flower.

Is it possible you may be confusing them with agapanthus which do like to be pot bound?

GW Presenters

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 20:40

GW is currently the Beeb's lone offering for gardeners and it' snot enough and cannot be all things to all gardeners.     That would require separate or more felxible programmes for beginners, knowledgeable amateurs, professionals and so on.

As for teh presenters Monty is a gifted, experienced but untrained amateur with a knack for communication and language.   I preferred it with GH and AT but loathed it with Toby's prattle so am pleased to see Monty back but think Chris Beardshaw awould have been a better choice.  Maybe he wasn't available.

Joe Swift is a designer, not a plantsman.  As long as he's restricted to design features and commentary it's OK but he hardly knows which way is up when it comes to plant care and cultivation.  He also has that dreadful Mockney accent which grates.

Rachel de Thame does actually know a lot about plants and plant care and I don't think is used to best efefct.  Too fluffy by far in most of her spots but that's a production and directing failure.

Alys is excellent on veggies and quite a few other aspects of horticulture but has been having problems in her personal life which have required her devotion so I suspect wa snot taht available for TV stuff.  I hope she returns soon as long as she's not allowed anywhere near forest gardening which was hopelessly badly done for GW in Toby's day.

Carol Klein is just brilliant on plant care and propagation but needs to clam herself down and speak in more moderate tones and cadences.

Toby may be a good gardener but he connivbed with the production team to "populariuse" GW and brought it down to a very low common denominator.  he may well be fine with a series for young gardeners and beginners seeking cheap and instant solutions.   Experienced gardeners know cheap is possible as long as you have patience.  They also know that "instant" is either ephemeral or expensive.

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