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Never Give Up

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:51

 It is very disheartening but thanks for the sympathy and encouragement.

This is my prized hosta Sum and Substance which was huge.   Its numerous large and smaller pals in the ground have fared no better and I've just found that all my lovely Firefox Lilies in a pot have had their fat flower buds stripped.  Nothing to do but put them in a quiet corner and feed them for the rest of the season and hope for better next year.

Fortunately I bought some new Stella Viola lillies at Chelsea and they should grow and flower later this summer.

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:31

I bought two of these and, once I realised they don't take to heavy pruning like their alba sibirica cousins, they both settled down and have been very happy.  These days I trim them lightly and occasionally remove whole stems but never more than a third at a time.

They are so happy they have suckered so at the front I am constantly removing babies which I pot up to give away or sell at an anuual charity plant fair.  The one at the back was moved 4 years ago so I had a better view of it in winter from the sofa.   It produced 12 babies from bits of root left behind in its old site.  I replanted those in a new bed I made over on the far end of my garden.  This year I found 7 new babies in the old site and have given them all away.

Moral?  These things sucker like mad so beware and they should be sold with a warning and at very low prices.   Definitely not a premium plant that's hard to propagate.


Chelsea photos

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:24

Chelsea is all about excellence in plant growing, breeding, collecting and developing.  The best nurserymen and women show their wares on their own stands as well as supplying plants to the show gardens which are intended to showcase new plants, new materials and new trends.  

It's also a showcase for trade stands selling water features, sculptures, furniture, conservatories, greenhouses, garden tools and machinery, gardening clothes and sundries so it's also about British jobs and British goods and the British economy.

It's also a fun day out for people who like plants and there's a wide mix of those from all walks of life and many nations, usually all friendly and chatty.

There's plenty to "get" whether you like the format or not.

I do, however, agree about Monty's eccentric suiting.  He should get a proper one if he's to do it again.


Never Give Up

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:16


We've had to cut back every one of our 8 huge crowns after they were flattened and chomped by a fierce hailstorm last week.   There are signs of new growth already but we won't get a crop this year.

Now to cut back and feed all the blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, roses, hostas, ligularias, geums, lilies, clematis, cleomes, hemerocallis, phlomis, chelones and astilboides that were similarly shredded.





Chelsea photos

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 00:38


Cracked it now but can't turn the one on its side.


Mony Don

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 00:08

Thing is, Sweet Pea, the pace of GW with Monty and, it has to be said, the current production team, means far less is covered in any one programme than before and often it's of little relevance or too late in the season for many gardeners given that Longmeadow is colder than most of the England.   The info and topics are less practical and less accurate than Beechgrove and previous incarnations of GW.

It's a pleasant half hour of viewing to doze off or enjoy a glass of wine but it's not inspiring and it often requires resources and/or space beyond the budget or scope of the average UK gardener. 

Chelsea photos

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 18:36

I like structure too but the DT was too neat and controlled and the BiS is too one dimensional for me.   Once the lupins go over there's nothing much left to look at except hard grey stones and the water.  I also really dislike euphorbias.

Really good to see iris sibirica as well as all their bearded sisters, and lots of forms and colours of aquilegias, verbascums, astrantias, foxgloves and alliums and lots of lysimachia beaujolais which is gorgeous.

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.

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