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Last night's Gardeners World

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:11

Interesting little discussion here. I appear to fall into the majority camp of not enjoying the South African stuff or the hanging thingies - I thought they looked liked a tribal display of shrunken heads hanging in a row from the shed.... No worse than baskets full of clashing pink, orange and yellow flowers though 

I am not very fond of the 'magazine' format of GW these days - all little snippets of things (presumably because we all have reduced attention spans and can't follow a single item for more than 5 minutes  ).  

I much preferred the Geoff Hamilton & Alan Titchmarsh style of programme which spent much more time in the televised garden. My favourite bits now are definitely when Monty is giving practical advice or undertaking a 'project' in his garden. I also quite like some of the garden makeovers they assist with over the whole season - they often cover problems or projects faced by many of us in our own small gardens giving it  a relevance. It is good that there is no sense of 'instant makeover' - more the satisfaction of ' we can see where we've been today'.

I do know that the GW TV programme is not the same thing as the magazine or this forum. The magazine does, however, have the BBC logo on it and this forum is very closely connected to the magazine. GW will never be watched by those not interested in gardening. The BBC GW team would, therefore, be a bit daft if they did not occasionally dip in and out of this forum to see what their target audience think of their efforts.

Chlorotic leaves

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 17:38

I've never, ever had this problem before - but this year 2 amelanchier are suffering quite badly. I am going to try an Epsom Salts spray but I did wonder if it had more to do with the weather?

We had a wet but fairly mild winter. This was followed by very dry but fairly mild weather in early spring (no rain for 6 weeks) and then the current spell of quite wet but really quite cold conditions for about the last 6 weeks.

This seems to have led to a bit of stop / starting in plant growth.

I have seedlings which romped away in March / early April - but have completely 'stalled' over the last 6 weeks. We haven't had any frosts or what could be termed 'harsh' cold weather for ages but - with a few notable exceptions - daytime temperatures seem to have been stuck at around the 10 - 15C mark (often feeling much colder) for weeks. Night time temps regularly down to low single figures.  I haven't turned my central heating off yet & it's June tomorrow..... 

Corriander (Wilting) ?

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 18:24
Nice one Edd & Andrew - It's the first time I've heard of using cinammon - much pleasanter than some of the other preventatives around

East Anglian garden visting

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 10:12

I'd love to come Dove & Wonky but unfortunately I can't commit just now.

We have a painter coming to do the outside of the house 'very soon' (was hoping he would be here by now!) - but it is proving very difficult to pin him down to exact dates as it's all weather & other work dependent. Obviously I can't leave the house unoccupied if windows & doors are open.

Suggest you two arrange the best day to suit you & then, if I can make it, I'll tag along if that's ok. 

If I do come it's no problem to collect Wonky and / or Panda from Stowmarket station if it helps - but it will almost certainly be a last minute arrangement.

East Anglian garden visting

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 10:11

That looks good Nut. I can do most dates except Mondays between now and September (doesn't have to be a weekend for me) - but had better keep 10th - 20th June free for visitors. Wouldn't mind a repeat visit to E Ruston either if the dates fit....

Were we thinking about trying to get to Beth Chatto's this summer after we were rained off last autumn? I think Busy Lizzie wanted to go there too and I believe she is visiting in July - perhaps we could make that fit? 

Summer's coming 

ID for hardy geranium please

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 09:02

Morning Nut - that's a good idea. At the moment my summer is relatively free except for a week of visiting relatives in June. Would be nice to get a couple of trips lined up 

Off out into the garden now - the yellow globe is shining here but the forecast suggests I need to make the most of it!!

ID for hardy geranium please

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 07:19

Ooooh - thank you Dove - I rather like that one. My garden is still very new and, whilst I have most of the major tree and shrub planting done, there is still a long way to go filling in the gaps with perennials. There are some good basics - but this year I'm concentrating on introducing foliage texture and colour. That fern will do very nicely!

Nut - thank you - that's very kind. I would love some G. nodosum seedlings. There are loads of spaces for them in my woodland style border. I hope we do meet up this year - we had some lovely visits last year didn't we?

Such nice people on this forum.... 

ID for hardy geranium please

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 17:16

I seem to remember that G nodosum is a good 'doer' in a woodland style border - must remember to put it on the list.

Not being funny Dove (honestly!) but is the fern in the picture intended to be copper / bronze foliage or is that last years growth which hasn't been cut back? It looks very pretty & I can think of  a spot where that colour would work in my garden.

My ferns go that colour over winter but look very messy after the frosts and never stay nice and upright like that. If it is a bronze fern can you remember the name please? 

My New Garden Friend....sorry I had to come and show off

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 09:44

 It is a very special experience isn't it OL?

This is the first property we've had where we get fairly regular visits from green woodpeckers & less frequent ones from the lesser spotted & we never tire of seeing them. A neighbour has wooden shingles on her roof which the woodpeckers love hammering on (apparently it's her regular wake up call).

We are fortunate to have a lot of visiting wildlife - some welcome - some less so. We hear owls every night but I have yet to see one - that would definitely make my week. Have thought about putting up an owl box - has anybody else done that with any success?

Busy Lizzie's Open Garden

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:29

Congratulations BL - I have always thought you had a fantastic garden & now it sounds as though you are one of the best ambassadors they could wish to have for this new event - hope it goes from strength to strength. 

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