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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.

Trees or Shrubs?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:00

A robinia frisia will be fine in terms of size and spread but they are prone to a disease which is gradually killing them all across Europe and now in the UK too.   As with any tree, it's not clever to plant it nearer to a building than half the width of its eventual spread when mature.

In a built up area it isn't really possible to have total privacy in a garden but you could screen off a seating and eating area by building either a pergola or a series of trellis panels or even just posts with wires stretched between to support climbers.

Then your choice of plants will depend on aspect, amount of sun per day plus whether your soil is acid, neutral or alkaline, sandy, loamy or clay and so on.


Leaves turning very pale with dark veins

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 00:22 scroll down.

Bought it to go with Firefox which is deep red. 

Leaves turning very pale with dark veins

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 22:31

Interesting about your lillies. I picked up some new ones at Chelsea that claim to be lime tolerant - Stella Viola and perfumed too.

Mony Don

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 19:29

Scruffy is fine for presenting GW cos there are mucky jobs and plants that can tear clothes.   Scruffy is not suitable for presenting Chelsea.   It's not as though he can't afford a decent suit so it must be a lack of judgement.  Not enough to be a nice chap.  Have to look the part and know what you're talking about to present the biggest such show in the world.

And I still think the original post was a plant.   We've had them before when he's been slammed for the content or style of the round the world series and the ones on Italian and French gardens.

Leaves turning very pale with dark veins

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 19:22

Epsom salts can correct magnesium deficiencies and are very useful for ericaceous plants suffering from an inability to manufacture chlorophyll because they can't access iron and magnesium in alkaline soil or compost or watered with hard water.

Roses will appreciate some Epsom salts as a tonic but need a more complete food to grow and stay healthy.   Dilute 1 tablespoon in one gallon/5mls of water and pour over the plant using the spray nozzle on your watering can so it gets all over the foliage.

Chelsea photos

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 19:15

I think you need to be more open minded and try a new experience.

There are some amazing displays of veggies - one done by veg growers from WG Robinson - - and the others on the Waitrose stand where they mixed fruit and veg with flowers for some amazing.  Both very inventive and there are also potager and mini allotment displays in the floral marquee - and a very good one all done by schools in the RHS school gardening project which is in my photos.

Clematis wilt?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 18:09

I think a good, regular feed will help them get started.  It can sometimes take a year or so before they really get going as they can be busy extending their root system before they get going with top growth.

Leaves turning very pale with dark veins

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:49

Iron is not enough.  All plants need a balanced diet of minerals and trace elements to grow well although amounts and mixes differ between species.   Did you use ordinary garden soil or specialist comost mixes in your pots?   Either way, the nutrients will have been depleted after just 3 or 4 months and need regular topping up by you.

Roses are gross feeders and need nitrogen, potassium, potash, magnesium and other trace elements to grow healthy roots, leaves and flowers.  Give them a weekly feed of liquid rose or tomato feed from spring to mid summer.  Give them a top dressing of slow release rose food or pelleted chicken manure every spring.

Have a firkle and check there are no vine weevil or other nasties lurking in the pots and stand them on feet so they drain properly when watered and aren't drowning the roots.

Clematis wilt?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:33

They look fine to me but desperately in need of a good drink and a feed and then planting in a well prepared hole with a support to cling to.

See this thread for planting advice -


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