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Britain's best gardens / Britain's garden revival

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 08:52

I agree Yviestevie about David Austin roses.  I didn't grow roses until a couple of years ago - I have Gertrude Jekyll growing as a climber against a fence and am training it in an arch shape over a seating area and also have Princess Anne in my front garden in the borders. 

Both are really easy to care for. I have muddled through the pruning with no major problems.  Both smell amazing and the Gertrude Jekyll flowered right through to mid December.  Princess Anne flowered early-mid summer then finished and then started again in October through to end of November.

I did try a couple in pots (Queen of Sweden and another I can't remember) but with the wet weather we had for a few summers I got very few blooms as the buds kept balling.  I dont have a large garden and every plant has got to earn their place, so after giving them a few years chance, they had to go.  I now have two Agapanthas in their place (cant remember the name but they are a deep, deep blue with very large flowers).

Britain's best gardens / Britain's garden revival

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 08:08

I have recorded Garden Revival and will only watch the subjects I am interested in.

  With regard to Best Back Gardens, okay programme and quite enjoyed it.  However I have already seen articles or programme segments on at least two/three of the gardens shown in this week's programme alone.  I'm not saying I particularly liked or disliked those particular gardens but it would have been nice to see gardens that have not already been published or filmed before. 

Ones seen before - the pub hanging garden (I think it was featured on a previous year's Chelsea programme on BBC1), ditto the lady with the roof garden (BBC1 Chelsea again) and the couple who spent a large amount of money on a garden designer for their garden (I think featured in either Gardens Illustrated or The English Garden magazine).  I am sure sure that I have seen the competition veg growers at some point too.

Garden programme on Sky 1

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 16:15

I agree, the competitive element and the 'masterclass' elements were completely unecessary.  Like Topbird I didnt notice any snide comments.  I thought they were pretty complimentary about each others patches. 

Nice to see gardens that are not half an acre and larger for a change!  Will be good to see if future programmes feature smaller gardens too.

Liked parts of all three gardens, but the second one was more to my style.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 15:20

Hi Lyn - he looks a very handsome chap, and very sensible staying in during the cold, wet weather!

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 08:59

Thanks Tootles, will do!  Abbie was originally from the RSPCA.  When we got her she was very thin and had no fur on her body as she had pulled it out with stress.  Needless to say, she settled in very comfortably and very quickly!  We had her for a fantastic 10 years.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 08:09

Good to see this thread again.  As my Abbie (see photo above) passed away in February I have really missed her in the garden this summer - she was a real sunbather and would always sit on the bench in the sun with me when I had my morning cuppa at the weekends.  Have half-heartedly kept an eye out for a new kitten but not properly looked.  Maybe after christmas? Our springer spaniel, Murphy, still misses her like crazy (as do we).  He used to wash her from ears to tail and they used to lie side by side in the sun in the garden.

my favorite succulent

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 16:13

Very impressed! I have a few but not that many!  I also have a couple of carnivorious pitcher plants but had to cut the blooms off as they smelled revolting (an unpleasant combination of warm raw meat and cat pee!).

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 16:09

I kept mine in a heated conservatory last year and they looked really worse for wear by the end of the winter - losing the majority of their leaves (no mealy bug though)  I only give them a little water every week or so.  They did perk up when I put them outside again in spring and looked amazing this summer - I also managed to take 6-8 cuttings from one that had got far too tall and lanky.

This year I have put them in my unheated potting shed so they are not wet and cold, but not too warm, and will only water every month or so,when I think they need it.

New Year gardening resolutions

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 16:03

Grow more flowering annuals/biennials from seed so I get a longer season of colour in the garden.  I have already removed some shrubs past their best all ready for them to be slotted in.  Now that I have my potting shed it will be easy to get them started earlier.

Also taken quite a few geranium and penstemon cuttings this year ready to plant out next year.

My garden looks like it's been burgled!

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 15:58

No hard frosts here in Cornwall yet.  However, I did have to cut the dahlia back at the weekend as it had collapsed.  I too only see my garden at weekends in daylight.

Other weekend jobs were to put the tender plants in the potting shed, cover the wooden bench and put other slightly less hardy pots against the house.

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