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Same old story

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:15

I do what a hosta grower advised when she and her nursery were featured in Malvern show coverage a few years ago.

Staring on Feb 14th - because it's an easy date to remember - thin scatterings of wildlife friendly slug pellets around all susceptible plants so hostas, clems, daffs, hemerocallis, new veg and salad seedlings and so on.   Repeat at regular intervals and after heavy rain until late spring/early summer.

This system gets the perishers as they emerge from hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they can feed and breed.   Easy to remember, easy to do.   No harm to wildlife.  Some slugs left to feed frogs and toads.  Much less bovver than picking after dark which is what I used to do before the new slug pellets were available. 

 

ID plant from Dan Pearson's Chelsea Garden ...

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 19:30

Looks like a form of polygonatum to me.   Solomon's Seal.

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:03

Frank D - I have made comments myself about Monty's scruffiness but not about whether he, or any of the other males, is plain or handsome.  It seems the women have to be eye candy whatever they're wearing.   I like to see Carol Klein in her colourful frocks at the shows but with her usual spiky hair and the muck still under her finger nails.

Verdun - I've met CB and he's certainly more than 5' tall!   He's also knowledgeable, eloquent, expressive and knows about plants and design and has a sense of humour so is the perfect presenter for me.

 

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 15:16

There have been plenty of women with displays in the floral marquee but they tend to have multi-faceted lives and so, like Gertrude Jekyll and Carole Klein they give up exhibiting at Chelsea so they can spend time with family and on other pet plant and garden projects.  I think men can be far more single minded far more easily but when a woman's at the top of her game she is indeed excellent.

There have also been plenty of medal winning women garden designers at Chelsea but, again, it's a huge commitment of time and energy and they don't all want to keep doing it year after year.  It must also be pretty difficult to find a sponsor  and come to an agreement about the basis of any design they do.  Just look at that chap who says he's giving up now unless he finds a sponsor who'll let him do what he wants.

There is always a long list of people waiting to get a place at Chelsea.    I'm really pleased Sue Beesley/Trillium has a stand this year, even at such short notice, and hope she'll do it again.   As far as I 'm concerned they could drop the Barbados and Thai displays and give the space to British or European nurserymen and women selling plants we can grow in our gardens and thus improve their sales and horticultural job prospects and economy too.

As for TV presenters, there seems to be an idea that any women have to be presentable/good looking.  What that has to do with their knowledge or presenting skills is beyond me.

Busy Lizzie's Open Garden

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 14:38

Sounds good Busy.  We have to explore more of the Charente this July now that OH has ruled out Angoulême and La Prèze as suitable home golf courses.   Need to check out the Napoleonic code stuff too.   Wherever we end up it's good to know there will be gardeners about to share info and plants.

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 14:31

Sometimes I think Monty looks like he's almost ready for the compost heap which is where I send my plants when they're looking tatty.  You know, hardy geraniums and pulmonarias and so on that look tired after their early flowering display and need hacking back to regenerate and refresh and if they don't, out they go, roots and all.   It's impolite to be a scruffy presenter unless you're actually gardening and getting dirty.

Yes please, more Mr Beardshaw.  Thank heavens for Beechgrove.   And more women too who know about plants and how to grow and use them and maybe design too.

I have several kinds of geum but can't find the labels any more.  Flames of Passion rings a bell for some of the newer ones.  I haven't seen one I don't like, even the orange ones.

 

Chelsea People's Choice Award

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 14:17

I like the idea or a planted parking area - just not wet legs when I get out of the car after a long day at work or in my posh frock after a night of ballroom dancing.    Low growing thymes and chamomiles and saxifrage would give greenery and colour and not be so soggy.

My antecedents are Geordies and Seahamites so I do know the north-east very well.  Too flipping parky by half when the wind blows off the north sea.   The Lakes and Lancashire fells and dales are more to my taste and yes - wet.   Belgium is pretty wet too.   Couldn't live without seasons and green stuff.

RHS Chelsea -plant ID

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 12:03

I think they're one of the verbascums.  Possibly Caribbean Crush which is a dusky pink.

More coal than soil

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 11:26

If it's actual coal then you need to remove as much as you can or make raised beds.

I have a friend whose entire garden is coal slag heap and have visited another with similar conditions in the Belgian Yellow Book.    Both use masses of garden compost and well rotted manure applied every autumn to improve the soil structure and combat the otherwise fierce drainage and low fertility.    Both have gorgeous gardens filled with interesting plants so it can be done. 

Busy Lizzie's Open Garden

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 11:16

Well done Busy.   Are you in an Open Garden scheme or part of a garden club that gets you known?    

I have friends here who open their garden for the Belgian equivalent of the Yellow Book and that has led to them being used as a regularly featured garden on Jardins Loisirs - Belgium's GW programme on RTBF - and they also get groups of visitors from gardening, horticultural and flower arranging clubs in Belgium, France, Netherlands and Italy.   Currently averaging one group a week which I would find tiring but they're not expected to do tea and biscuits.

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