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Gardeners world going to try an hour long

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 11:15

Look in the members' handbook and on their website.   They've changed the system since I last used the service.


Posted: 03/09/2016 at 11:14

Aym - if you're on a budget I'd say go for tried and tested every time.   A good new nursery or supplier will soon get a following and recommendations and then be a safe bet for you to try.

You did say you'd had some duffers and can ill afford such mistakes.

Hamamelis "Arnold Promise"

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 11:11

Lots of them have good perfume so the next thing to consider is size and flower colour as well as shelter.  They need to be in a calm spot for the perfume to "pool" rather than be dissipated on the wind and they want to be well drained but not dry out at the roots in summer.

My orange Peel does well and Jelena is supposed to have good perfume.  Danny is another good one with red flowers and Pallida also has good scent and pale yellow floors.


Posted: 03/09/2016 at 10:58

Aym - Sometimes paying extra for quality is cheaper than buying what turns out to be crap - not just wasted money on bad or wrong seeds but wasted money and time on sowing compost, trays, heating, watering etc.

You're near enough to Beth Chatto's garden nursery to go and buy one good plant with known


Posted: 03/09/2016 at 10:54

Sometimes paying extra for quality is cheaper than buying what turns out to be crap - not just wasted money on bad or wrong seeds but wasted money and time on sowing compost, trays, heating, watering etc.

You're near enough to Beth Chatto's garden nursery to go and buy one good plant with known provenance and grow it on to multiply by seed or division.

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Gardeners world going to try an hour long

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 09:54

Bulkerb - if you're an RHS member you have a monthly magazine and a yearly handbook to tell you about the gardens you can visit for inspiration.

Aym - 45 minute programmes are on ITV so they can schedule adverts that make them an hour long.   Try recording GW so you can dip in and out according to your attention span, or watch it on i-player.

I love the idea of an hour of gardening allowing GW to cover more aspects of gardening and types of gardens.   I have always recorded it as the Friday night scheduling is bad for me but that means I can watch again the bits of special interest and FF the ones that aren't.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 09:36

Dry again here and set to get sunny once the clouds are burned off.   Looks like you lot are mostly in for wet weekend which will reach us late tomorrow but we're all supposed to be warm and dry next week.   Good.  I have garden group on Tuesday and it may be my last before moving.   My group but I hope they'll carry on as there are some good friendships there now.

Pot sorting today - moving the big ones - clems, hostas, roses, acers, hydrangeas - to the terrace so I can see which of the smaller ones are coming too and which can be given to good homes on Tuesday.  Off to Malvern to see family for 5 days on Wednesday - excellent timing but planned since Feb and not changeable - so have to get lots of sorting crammed in to the next 3 days.

Hosta - 11 hours!  Yikes!   Used to live near Pinner and do some shopping there but traffic volumes have increased exponentially since we left.   Fingers crossed for our trip from Folkestone to Malvern and back - M20, M25, M4 horrors.

RB - great to see you popping in but won't be "with you" at 9pm tomorrow.  Don't get Poldark.

Have a great day everyone.  Looking forward to Busy's photos.


Posted: 03/09/2016 at 09:17

Ropey plants are to be expected at the end of season in garden centres where staff know little and care less about watering and care.   As LB says, you can sometimes pick up a bargain and revive it.

If you want well cared for plants or plants that aren't the same old mass produced varieties found in garden centre chains you need to find and nurture a specialist nursery where they grow their own plants form seeds, cuttings and divisions and know about how and where and when to plant and care for them.

Alternatively, buy seeds from good suppliers such as Seedaholic, Plant World, Chiltern - no doubt other posters can recommend more - and grow your own babies to get good plants that are out of the ordinary and then you'll also have spares to swap with friends.   Joining a local garden group will also give you opportunities for swaps. 

Gardeners world going to try an hour long

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 22:51

Only saw the last ten minutes cos busy but have it set to record on Sunday morning so I can watch it in peace.

I really like Adam and look forward to seeing his garden develop.  Thought his bit on soil was good and useful.    

Bit dismayed to see time wasted on weather.  We get that with every news bulletin and on Country File.  No need for it on GW surely unless something exeptional is heading our way and we need to batten down the hatches PDQ.

Things I don't get

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 19:38

Well, I have ignored one particularly irritating "know-it-all" who didn't.  He left for a while but now I see he's re-invented himself and come back.

DHR - keep your golf if it makes you happy but do allow we golf widows to have a moan about the long hours wasted and the totally boring conversation habits of their OH's playing crowd - bearing in mind these were weekend golfers with mostly high-powered, international jobs who could have had so much more to talk about than post mortems and blow by blow accounts of taking 6 shots on a 3 hole.  It's actually a lot better now he's retired and does it mid week sometimes and with locals.

I will never get Poldark - watched the original series but not all of it decades ago.   

I don't get tree ferns in UK gardens - all that wrapping to get them through a winter.

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