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Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 18:24

This was all discussed at the time it was announced.   He was offered the spot as a share with Monty which is effectively a demotion for the most qualified and expeienced gardening presenter on TV.   AT understandably chose not to accept.

 

Chelsea photos

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 18:16

Thanks Busy.   I didn't get them all and, as you can see, some intrigued or impressed me more than others so more photos.

For me, the Potters Garden and Topiarists garden are the best of the Artisan gardens and, on the whole, more inventive and also more achievable by we ordinary gardens.  I didn't like the Fresh gardens.

Of the main gardens, the St George's garden grows on me every time I look at the pics again and I could quite happily take home all of the Heros' garden and the planting in the Stoke garden.  Cleve West had lovely plants and combinations but also some I really didn't like and I don't want a desert oasis for a garden.  I found the Best in Show and Daily Telegraph gardens rather sterile and boring.   Don't want those either.

Great day out but I got home on Wednesday evening to find my village had had a humdinger of a hailstorm on Tuesday night which has completely wiped out my 8 huge rhubarb plants, denuded one of my blueberries, scalped and shredded 2 blackcurrants, 3 clematis, all my hostas, some newly planted ligularia, geums and cleomes, fuchsias in hanging baskets, all my newly potted up tomatoes and chillies and other seedlings.    Very dispirited about the whole thing.

Mony Don

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 17:57

I think the typo in the title sums up Monty better than the eulogy in the post.  A plant?

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 16:03

I have posted photos in a separate thread so you can at least see some of the plants and gardens for more than a second.   Haven't yet caught up on all the programmes but it does seem so far to be the same old constant repetition of items and surpeficial coverage of the plants used along with unknowledgeable celebrities whaffling.  

For coverage of the best flower and garden show in the world, I rather expect both presenters and the production team to be highly qualified and good communicators.  

Open Plan Gardens

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 15:56

It's trespass and possibly criminal damage so think about getting a surveillance camera.   Plant spiky roses, pyracantha or hawthorn as single or mixed hedges.   If you have an outside tap handy, get a water scarecrow which has a motion sensor and sprays passing critters - usually used for keeping cats, foxes and badgers off gardens but would work with people too if you can target it on your garden and aim it away from the path to your door.

containers

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 14:18

A lot also depends on height.  If she's down in the valleys and in a town such as Sion it will get to about -20 at its coldest.  Up the mountain in the skiing villages it'll get to more like -25C or colder and I can't think of anything that will survive having its roots frozen in a pot at those temps, let alone look good through winter.  

Chelsea...........now and then

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 17:54

Well, the hard landscaping would be failry fixed but you could mess about with the planting schemes to extend the season of interest through the whole year but that would, of course, mean you wouldn't get the drifts of late spring and early summer plants we see at Chelsea as you'd have to reduce them to make way for others.

 If my garden was only big enough to fit a Chelsea garden I wouldn't want one but some of them could make a very nice feature in a larger garden and I could definitely cpe with some of the Artisan gardens.

As for the TV coverage, the only way to get that changed is for us all to write to Points of View and/or the heads of BBC1 and 2 programming and maybe the RHS about their TV coverage contract demanding more on plants and less time wasting on non gardening celebrities and constant repetition from a select few gardens and nursery stands - and please, presenters who know about plants and gardening.  There are some very competent, articulate gardeners out there so no need to ship in the Nikkis and her like..

Planting clematis

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 12:31

At this stage of the year and with group 2 clems I don't think they need pruning back but they do need very good soil preparation and a deep hole and a support ready to cling to.   Training the stems as horizontally or diagonally as possible helps with flowering vigour.

Put them in a bucket of water to make sure their compost is thoroughly wet until no more air bubbles escape.   Prepare a hole at least twice as deep as their pots and then mix some well rotted manure and/or garden compost and pelleted chicken manure into the soil.   Put some in the hole then plant the clematis at least 4inches/10 cmes deeper than they were in the pot.  Fill up the hole with the improved soil, firm in and water well.   Water regularly in their first summer.   Scatter on some slow release specialist clematis food at planting time and every spring.

Deep planting helps keep the roots cool and encourages extra stems to form for a bushier, healthier, more floriferous clematis.  It also helps them recover better should they get clematis wilt.   A good mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost every autumn will help protect the roots and keep them healthy over winter.

Yours are both group 2 for pruning which means they just need a light pruning after the first flush of flowers in June to remove any very old or dead stems to keep them tidy and invigorated.   Removing some of the spent flowers and giving them a good liquid feed at the same time will encourage them to produce a second flush of flowers in late summer.

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