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Harlow Carr

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 10:16

Gertie - use the link to navigate around teh RHS website and find out about Wisley, the first garden, then Rosemoor in Devon and Hyde Hall in Essex.

Alternatively, go straight to the home page and click on from there -

If they are too far away, you could always do B&B for a night or two or make them part of a holiday.  They all need at least one good day to visit them and remember, access is free to members so check entry prices for two and compare that against the subscription.   I have just had a very happy little lie-in reading the August issue of the magazine........

Harlow Carr

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 22:36

Gertie - no, not in PR but I do think the RHS and its works are amazing and that includes the gardens.   I think Harlow Carr will need several visits to see it all and also to see it at different seasons.    There'll be a plant shop too where you can buy treasures for your garden.

Have a look here - 


Harlow Carr

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 17:13

Yes and absolutely worth a visit.

I went in 2007 when Matthew Wilson was still the curator.  It has changed a lot since then with a new visitor centre, projects for schools and all sorts of new plantings.   Plan to spend several hours, if not a whole day, exploring the place thoroughly.

The café/restaurant is excellent too.

I'd love to go again if I'm ever up that way.

If you join the RHS you'll get free entry for 2 and a monthly magazine with articles on gardens and news about plants, methodologies, techniques, trials, nurseries etc plus access to experts who can help with problem solving.

In between raised beds

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 17:02

Depends on your budget.   Chipped bark, slate chippings or gravel laid on a weed suppressing membrane.  If you can get some on freecycle, old slabs would be good too.


Buddleja for just a year.

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 16:58

It is a weed when it sows itself in bombsites and railway sidings and Tube walls and other funny crevices but in a garden it can be beautiful and does attract and feed lots of butterflies who then have the energy they need to lay eggs and keep their cycle going.  

They do need proper pruning every spring - not difficult of onerous - to keep them to size.  I have just been out dead heading one of mine and that wasn't hard either.   It depends on the amount of time you have and your willingness to give each plant what it needs to keep a balance in your garden.

Buddleja for just a year.

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 10:38

It seems odd to me too.  If you cut the dead flowers regularly you won't get unwanted seedlings and then you maintain the parent with proper pruning and feeding.

If you really want something small, why not just grow suitable perennials?  Less expensive than buying shrubs and binning them.   Seems a waste to me.

Buddleja for just a year.

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 08:39

Buy the variety Buzz which is a dwarf form aimed at small gardens and small planting schemes.

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 22:58

I make tarte tatin with red onions and thyme.   Looking forward to some of that when my red onions ripen in a couple of weeks.   Sometimes I put goat's cheese on teh onions before putting on the pastry but the real trick is to cook the onions till caramelised.    Yum!

Help needed!

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 14:06

Hello Katie.

I live and garden in Belgium so the weather info is not applicable.

I like the simplicity of this site and only ever use it with a lap top so have no suggestions or need for other technology applications.   I've only once had problems loading photos and that was soon resolved.   

I never use quotes or smilies - they seem pointless and wouldn't want a lot of new features that make the sight more complex to use and navigate.   It already has everything I need to share and exchange info and opinions and some very knowledgeable contributors.  The Ignore feature is excellent for the occasional troll or eejit.   I've been on this forum a long time now and its former incarnation on the Beeb.  I don't think we need more mods as we police ourselves pretty well, alerting moderators and fellow posters when there's a problem.

I would just ask that the Followed Threads feature be more consistent as it seems hit and miss at the mo and I'd like an easy Search facility for topics.

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 18:23

Today I have finished making some Bengal chutney with some of the purple gooseberries and finished putting all the labels on the jellies and jams and marmalades.  Have had to reorganise my cupboards to accommodate them all and haven't yet started harvesting blackberries or toms or chilies.   Yikes!

I have 3kilos of cooked apples straining to make mint jelly and might do some with rosemary.   Off out to dead head hostas now and get some late afternoon sun.

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