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Gardening programmes

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 09:16

This is the GW magazine forum site.  If you want to influence the Beeb or ITV you have to write to their programme controllers.

We used to get wonderful themed series such as Paradise Gardens or the Ornamental Kitchen Garden in days of yore with GH at the helm and then we had CB doing Hidden Gardens and AT's amazing How to Be a Gardener on in winter and CK's Gardening Year but the Beeb has lost the plot and the general calibre of stuff on ITV is pretty poor.

If everyone who reads these boards sent a letter and got their friends to do the same it may go some way towards persuading the Beeb to do more in winter to fill the gap.

plant labels

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 17:11

I get the 12" ones in a local DIY store but not for the garden.  OH uses them for Nearest the Pin competitions.

Help needed to plant and screen off 5 metre garage next door

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 16:21

Definitely an idea to have a word with the planning department about the height of that garage and tha lack of notification but, if it is illegal, they may get a demolition order so  beware starting a neighbours' war unless you really can't live with the garage.

You can raise the height of the fence by putting in some tall fence posts and then stringing wires between them rather than trellis.  If you place the wires at 30 to 40cms apart and tension them well they'll support all sorts of climbers.  A small cherry tree or a rowan would be good but would take time to get to 5m high.

Help needed to plant and screen off 5 metre garage next door

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 10:16

I'd go with trellis too.  6' panels held up by posts along the whol length.   You could leave it natural or stain it with something like Cuprinol and then cover with a mix of climbing plants such as roses and clematis or honeysuckle to get a full season of interest and plenty of perfume.  The choice will depend on the aspect and the soil.

You can hang brackets for bird feeders on each post and have hours of entertainment.

What would you treat yourself to?

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 09:17

The David Austin Roses site is good too, allowing you to search on colour and form -

I think I might go for a rose such as Summer Song for my new hot border and there'd be some left over for another clematis.


Help me tranform my front garden!

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 13:09

Good advice fro Dove.  The crack is not that noticeable but does need sorting out and would be camouflaged, along with any repair work, by just having plants in the soil.  No need for tubs or planters and less watering for you in summer.

For winter interest, I find carex buchananii and its newer forms like Bronze Beauty look good.   Mine never seem to flwoer so no probelms with self seeding and tehy just need a comb through with a rake or gloved hands in spring to remove the dead foliage.  Look amazing with cream or white daffs interplanted come spring..

Help me tranform my front garden!

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 19:15

I like what yo'uve already done.  It's very attractive. 

Verdun's sugestions are pretty much what I would advise too except that phormiums are not winter hardy for me so maybe something else like euonymous - the evergreen one with silver or gol dvariegation variegation or hebes if your winters aren't too cold..

Lavender would want more sun than is available here but heucheras and heucherellas would be happy.

Clematis Grp 3 Pruning - RHS says one thing, GW another

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 14:51

I cut mine back half way in autumn to tidy them and reduce wind resistance and then do the full prune back to two decent sets of buds in March, just in case the top ones get clobbered by a late frost.  I also give them a good feed in spring.

What herbs do i need to bring in?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 21:33

My first frost last year was -6C.  The year before we had deep snow in December and -15C.  January and February saw us down to -25C for about 3 weeks with no snow.

Last year wasn't that cold but we had an early burst of warm weather which was just enough to get plants excited and start into growth then wham, frosts in late March which killed off all the new growth and frosts in April and May which wiped out a lot of blossom.  I lost my blueberries but friends lost half their apples and pears and all their damsons.


What herbs do i need to bring in?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 21:13

I get worse than -20C and if it comes without snow to give a protective blanket, it's devastating.

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