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Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 17:49

I have a large garden with space for a shed and a small greenhouse and aveggie plot and a pond and grass and hedges but, given that I share it and the family budget with a teenage daughter who loathes gardening and a husband who is a good labourer but not green fingered and two dogs and a cat, I can't afford hundreds of pounds for a heated bench, let alone the many more hundred pounds I'd need for a greenhouse to house it.   Nor do I have the desire for long rass with a path mown through or anywhere to house, or give away, all the sterptocarpus babies I'd get if I did leaf cuttings.  

GH, AT and probably Beechgrove would have taken the trouble t point out that smaler models for smaller budgets are available and more than likely shown how to make one with the heating coils that can be bought now.  Beechgrove would probably run a trial of cuttings with heat and cuttings without just to show the beneffits and better inform viewers whether advanced or novice in gardening skills.

I thought last night's programme was mostly a waste of time and find Monty increasingly out of touch with people who can only garden at weekends and with limited space and budgets.

I will watch but am not looking forward to him presenting Chelsea - chalk and cheese personality fit for this event.

 

 

 

GARDENERS' WORLD 27 April 2014 ratings success

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 17:10

Oh dear.  I thought last night's GW was exceedingly poor.   How many people do you know with space for deliberate long grass area through which to mow a path?  How many do you think grow streptocarpus and have the space to want to multiply just one plant and have lots the same instead of buying another one or two with different flowers for their display?   Especially those living in normal sized houses and gardens and even more so those in new builds with pocket handkerchief gardens and little space for storing a lawnmower, let alone cold frames and greenhouses and large heated propagating benches.

I'm pleased Sophie Rayworth is replacing Nikki Chapman and hope she'll do it with her usual intelligence.   At least she knows a bit about plants and gardening.   Liked her parents' garden too.

Can't understand why the RHS has allowed the Beeb to oust AT as main presenter for teh Chelsea Flower Show.   I suspect Monty's personality and style will be a poor fit for such an exhuberant show. 

 

Taking cuttings (clematis & wisteria)

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 23:22

Clematis cuttings are usually done in spring to mid summer but can be very tricky.   See this guide - http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/propagation_clematiscuttings1.shtml

A more reliable method is layering which also works for wisteria - http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/propagation_layering1.shtml

 

Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 09:55

I shall be at Chelsea.  However, it's about 30 years since I visited teh gardens at Bressingham and I'm unlikely to get there again so I'd love it if someone would take photos of the gardens at Bressingham and share them on here.  I'll do the same with mine of Chelsea.

planting clematis together

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 09:05

A bit further would be better but if not possible, just make sure both planting holes get plenty of soil improvers dug in and around and that you water and feed well for their first growing season to get them established.

Give them both a good mulch every autumn and slow release rose and clematis feed accordingly every spring.

planting clematis together

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 21:53

Missing a bit of sentence for some reason.  Train the stems as horizontally as possible to get extra flowers on both roses and clematis.

I have Nelly Moser with Rahvarinne and Omoshiro with Westerlatte.  The contrasting flowers look great together. 

Clematis wilt and watering regimen advice please!

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 16:10

Clematis don't like to be thirsty but they hate being waterlogged even more.  It's much better to water once a week and thoroughly than to give a constant dribble which eiither doesn't penetrate or doesn't drain.  

If you can, move Westerplatte to a sunnier, more sheltered position as it needs more than 2 hours a day.   Comtesse de Bouchaud shouldn't ned extra watering if she's in the ground unless you have a drought and the whole bed is wilting from lack of moisture.

All clematis are very hungry plants so you need to give them a good dollop of specialist clematis feed every spring and a good mulch of garden compost in autumn to keep the soil and roots healthy.  If grown in pots, they also appreciate a liquid feed of rose or tomato food once a week from spring to flowering time.  This regime will also help make them strong enough to fight pests and diseases and recover from wilt if they get it.

planting clematis together

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 15:58

First of all, keep the separate clematis pruning groups well apart as it's impossible to untangle their stems for pruning purposes.

As roses and clematis are both such greedy plants I wouldn't plant them together in the same hole.   However, planting Snow Queen and the President together in one hole will give you a lovely display of contrasting blooms.  If you plant them deeply and with plenty of good quality compost and keep them well fed every spring to end of June they should do very well.  Dead heading Snow Queen will encourage her to produce a new flush of flowers later on in the summer.

Blekitny Anioll is very hardy and has lovely bars on the back of the petals so plant it where you can easily see both sides of the flower.   I have mine on one side of an arch from the garden through to my work area at the back of the house and veggie plot. as this encourages more flowering shoots.  I grow my The President as a group 3 most years as the top growth all gets frozen to death most winters.  It -'s scrambled through a crab apple and is sumptous.

Pale yellow or lemon plants

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 15:33

Honeysuckle - lonicera etrusca superba

Potentilla fruticosa Vilmoriniana

Iris Early Light

For later on there are some pale yellow and/or creamy dahlias and chrysanthemums.

Pale yellow or lemon plants

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 11:04

The pale yellow scabious is also called giant scabious.  It produces strong rosettes of well shaped leaves about 60cms high and wide and then really tall stems of light, airy creamy yellow flowers o stems up to 6' tall.  Mine is a stronger colour than the one shown here - http://www.seedaholic.com/cephalaria-gigantea.html but still creamy enough for your needs.

Mine enjoyed last summer and made lots of babies.  Happy bonus.

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