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Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 12:05

Yes but water it thoroughly at least an hour earlier so its roots suffer minimum damage when you split it.   Hellébores don't like being moved so make sure you have its new home well prepared and replant at the same depth then be prepared for it to sulk till it settles in.   Keep it watered in dry spells till next autumn.

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 12:03

For me it was more a case of planting combinations as I already have most of the plants I lust after given I'm now restricting myself to plants that can cope with the local climate and not keel over every winter.

I love the lysimachia beaujloais which I first saw on the Hilliers stand a few years ago and have managed to track down some seeds so will be sowing those next year with a view to doing luscious plantings of deep reds and purples like they had at one end of the Stoke-on-Trent garden and I'm planning a white flowered area for the furthest corner of my garden so more white geraniums, campanulas, foxgloves, tall daisies and so for a long season.

Blue foliage

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 11:56

What about blue fescue or blue holly - ilex meserveae or euphorbia rigida? Lots of blue in various forms of eryngium.  Carex flacca Blue Zinger and carex laxiculmis and agaves would probably do well in your mild climate and there are any number of hostas big and small with and without variegation.  

Cornus Canadensis

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 10:17

For ground cover in shade you should try geranium macrorhizum which has scented leaves which turn red in winter and then produces fresh leaves and pale or deep pink flowers in spring, depending on variety.

Geranium Kashmir white is another goody and you can try the variegated form of ground elder which lightens up a dark spot but has softer foliage and stems and is not invasive like its weed cousin.   Easy to control especally if you remove the flowers - Aegopodium podagraria variegatum.

Epimediums do well in shade too if you can provide plenty of well rotted organic matter to enrich the soil - garden compost or manure will do.

Cornus Canadensis

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 20:16

I've given up.  I've tried two lots of 3 but made a mistake the first time and put it in too much sun.  The second lot were planted in my "woodland" corner and did OK for a couple of years but failed last year after a very hard winter followed by a  warm bit of early spring and then another deep freeze..

animal problems

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 12:25

A water scarecrow is effective, safe and repels the unwanted visitors without harming them and doesn't leave unpleasant smells around the garden.  You just need to remember to move the sensors regularly so they don't learn to avoid the trigger points and make sure it doesn't get your postman.

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 23:41

It will spread with gay abandon if you let it self seed but you can reduce this buy removing the flowers before the seeds ripen.   They are a very useful ground cover plant and, as your photo shows, look lovely when the foliage glistens with raindrops.

Chelsea photos

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 23:11

Glad you liked the photos Dogbowl.  There are some from pervious years here -

and here - I was in a wheelchair after foot surgery so not so many photos.   I have photos from previous years too.

Many of the Chelsea gardens get recreated somewhere after the show and Diarnuid Gavin's Sky Garden has just been installed in a new garden regeneration project in Cork.

Many of our most popular garden flowers originate in South Africa - pelargoniums,  osteospermums, agapanthus, crocosmia, euphorbias, gerberas and many more as well as houseplants so it's nromal for South Africa to have a stand displaying their wares to earn potential tourist or export incomes.  Same for Thailand with its garish display of colourful orchid flowers.

There's a page on the RHS website for applications to design a garden or have a trade stand so it would seem that anyone can apply but they have to pass the selection process.  I'd expect the main expense would come from all the time and money spent on getting plants and display materials just right and at their peak at the right time but it would all be recouped in the value of the free pubicity. 

Mony Don

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 17:44

Dove - given the popularity of gardening and the paucity of gardening programmes across all the many channels on TV and the ease with which they can now be recorded for viewing at a more convenient time I wouldn't expect a drop from over 4 million regular viewers to a  peak of 2.32 million to be something to be complacent about.

Mony Don

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:11

I don't see why we can't discuss the merits or otherwise of presenters when their performance is so key to our enjoyment or not of any programme and our desire to learn about how, what and when to do things to make our gardens more beautiful and successful.    It can surely also be done without being rude to each other or about the people being discussed.

For me the main problems with GW and Chelsea coverage is that, since AT retired from GW, the programmes have been brought in house to the Beeb where the assorted producers and camera people who are not plant or garden specialists and who are carving out a career in the Beeb more often want to show how clever they are rather than how clever the plants or gardeners are.

When GH and AT were at the helm GW was made by a specialist production company, as is Beechgrove.   Their motivation is to make good gardening programmes to satisfy the audience and thus keep the contract, and their careers and incomes, renewed.   If a private company had presided over the halving of the core audience, they'd have lost the job whereas the Beeb team that's lost all those GW viewers just carries on regardless.

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