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Chelsea People's Choice Award

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 12:28

My dad was from Newcastle and mum's mob was Seaham.   Belgium is wet like Lancashire but some bits are as wet as the Lakes and we can get very cold and have very hot spells too so sunburn is easily come by.  A lot like most of the UK but with extremes at either end of the scale cos of lack of Gulf Stream.

I can't vote from here but I do hope CB wins.  It's a great garden in both design and form and planting and should also have a great future in its new home in Poplar.

Tomato plants damaged by hail storm...Replace?

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 10:58

This happened to me last year when a hailstone tornado passed through the garden while I was away at Chelsea.    It wiped out my entire rhubarb crop and hostas both in the ground and in pots and also completely wiped out my baby chilies and tomatoes that I'd put outside for automatic watering cos I don't trust OH with plants.

 Rhubarb shredded.

 Blueberries defoliated along with blackcurrants and clematis and roses but they all recovered after I removed the damaged stems and gave them a good feed and pep talk.

Do the same for your toms for a couple of weeks and then evaluate again if they're worth keeping or not.

Clematis help

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 10:43

Feed them.   They are very hungry, thirsty plants so you need to give them a generous dollop of slow release specialist clematis food every spring and occasional liquid feeds with rose or tomato fertiliser from spring to flowering time.

Different clematis have different pruning regimes which keep the tidy and also help promote fresh growth and flowering vigour.  Do you know the varieties or when they flower?

A few more plant ID's please

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 10:41

I wonder if the second one isn't some form of hibiscus.   Need a shot from the side to see the shape really.

Patty - your question has been answered elsewhere.

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

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 22:30

Not uvularia whose stems are more upright and the flowers more yellow.  Lovely plant though.

I have recently seen a small herbaceous clematis a bit like this but can't think where and yes, it does look Solomon's Sealish too.   A mystery.

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

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:45

You could well be right Nut.  

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.

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