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Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 18:38

KT - Malvern has been up and running for 30 years.  The Chelsea Flower Show has been at it since 1913 with breaks for the two wars and is still the most prestigious although Hampton Court is now bigger.

I think all the shows and their exhibitors deserve better coverage from the Beeb as horticulture is such a huge industry worth billions to the economy.  I'd like to see Cardiff and Harrogate and covered too.   Garden Scotland deserves to be covered nationwide too and not just by Beechgrove.

Plant identification please!

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 12:22

The ornamental rhubarb will be a lot happier out in the ground where it can more easily access the moisture they need.   I have a cream flowered form which does very well and is becoming an impressive plant now plus a more recent pink flowered form (bought from Great Dixter) which tends to die back as soon as it has flowered.  I'm hoping it will grow out of that as it matures.

Busy Lizzie's Open Garden

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 12:18

I hope all goes well for you and you get loads of visitors to support your charity and admire your garden.  It's lovely.

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 12:17

Agree with Hostafan - Chelsea for me is about the gardens and the plants and I want to see them all, not just a few constantly repeated.

I enjoy seeing more about the nurserymen and women and how and why they grow the plants they do.  I would like to see more about the judging criteria too but absolutely no celebrities or flower arrangers.   That's a different programme.

I very much enjoy having proper gardeners and designers talking about the plants and gardens so don't want any Nikki or Sophie  or other non gardening Tomasina, Dick or Harry presenting the show or doing gimmicks.

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 20:13

Blue Onion - if I had loads of money and a tiny urban garden I might just appreciate the chic horror a bit more but I have seen far more beautiful gardens full of gorgeous plants in the Artisan gardens at Chelsea and they are much more to my taste and I do like to potter with my plants and that garden had zero pottering potential and not much for wildlife either.

BB2 - what the judges look for has been discussed in previous Chelsea coverage but I think maybe it could have been made clearer to these contestants before they started.    I'd have loved to be let loose in a huge plant sweetie shop and wouldn't have wanted to sacrifice my own treasures from home.   The professional designers source their plants months in advance and have reserve lists in case the season is not favourable for having their A list at peak condition.


The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 16:02

I thought the best garden won on the whole.   That urban chic thing filled me with horror both at the "you can't build that it will fall over" stage and the finished article with its very boring planting.   Liked the botanist's garden but do wonder about the horticultural practicalities of growing bananas outside in the UK.   I liked the ideas behind Sean's garden but someone definitely needs to take away his box of tricks and impress on him that less is more.

It will be interesting to see the garden at Chelsea and also to see if any of these contestants goes on to have a career in design.  As Hostafan rightly says, dreaming and doing and getting people to hire you and then following their brief is a whole different kettle of fish.

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 19:24

Dove - I'm hardly ever in when gardening progs are on so record them all.   That way I can watch when I'm in and play them again if I fall asleep. 


Posted: 14/05/2015 at 19:20

It may help and would certainly mean it was less likely to suffer from hunger or thirst.  Plant it now in a well prepared hole and use plenty of well rotted garden compost and manure when you back fill.   Water it well before and after planting and keep it watered for the rest of this summer until the autumn rains start.

It may be that when you dug it up from the hydrangea bed you disturbed its roots and robbed it of its finer root hair follicles which are the ones that take up up moisture and minerals so give it sprinkling of mycorrhizal fungi (from good garden centres) on its roots when you plant it out as it encourages healthy root formation and access to beneficial micro-organisms that will help you acer thrive. 


Posted: 14/05/2015 at 18:24

Have you tried refreshing the compost?  Feeding it? Watering it?  It may just be pot bound and starving by now if it's been in the same pot and compost all that time.

Check also for pests such as vine weevil grubs eating its root system or maybe a fungal infection such as verticulum wilt?    You can treat the former with Provado but the latter is terminal and you'll have to destroy the tree to prevent it infecting other plants in the garden.  

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 18:19

No Nut.  This time it's the competitors and the funding.   A different same old.

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