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Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 19:48

Enjoyed the first episode, but did anyone notice a desperately shivering Chris Beardshaw in the closing scene? Me thinks he needs to invest in some thermals.


Posted: 09/04/2013 at 19:07

I don't know why the Tulips you buy don't flower, because a bulb is pretty much guaranteed to flower in its first year. All the work has been done for you, provided the supplier is decent.

After flowering, the bulb needs six weeks of food and water to make a new flower for the following year. It's leaves will die down and the bulb will sit dormant until next year.

Now, bulbs will also multiply in the ground if left alone, so some years, you will see leaves but no flowers among others perhaps that are flowering and these are the baby bulbs doing their thing until they are fully grown and able to flower, which usually takes three years which is why some people treat bulbs, especially Tulips, as throw aways.

Also, Tulips do need sunshine to replenish after flowering, so make sure you plant them somewhere sunny-ish or it could affect flowering rates. Tulips hate to sit in freezing wet soil and will also rot over winter, which might explain you loses some years. So plant with lots of grit to keep them coming up year after year

plants for part shade/ full shade

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:34

Brilliant suggestions from jo4eyes, I would add hebes for evergreen interest, especially the small leaved varieties, ferns ofc any size and brilliant colours, Fatsia Japonica for architectural shape and to light up a North facing corner and Acers (some can stay reasonably small) if you want to contrast with the purple varieties especially. Acers will need a bit of decent soil, but will cope well once established.


Posted: 09/04/2013 at 09:56
Gardening Grandma wrote (see)

I've got seeds for a beautiful looking white foxglove, but I'm a bit suspicious of biennials - 2 years before you get any flowers and then they die on you. I'm wondering about the perennial ones - developed by T and M, incidentally. The pink ones look great.


I've got perennial foxgloves in my garden although they can be difficult to find and are a little less robust than the biennial type. Worth the trouble imo


It's a day off for me today so I will be sowing seeds for the first time this year. I don't have a green house and no spare funds to buy a cold-frame, whilst last year's windowsill efforts were a disaster. Hopefully, an improvement in temps for next couple of weeks will get them off to good start.

It's raining here, but the ground needs it much


What has happened???

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 23:54


What has happened???

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 23:07
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

My daughter had ME throughout her teens and most of her twenties, following a really bad bout of glandular fever -



My husband contracted a virus of some kind with Mumps-like symptons. His cheeks still swell up on bad days and he looks like a chipmunk

He spent the first year working fulltime hours from home because he wanted to keep his job and not live off the state and he thought it would pass. It didn't and probably set his recovery back some as a result, but hey ho, it could be worse.


Well I ran out of space!!!

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 22:57

I haven't sown a single seed this year...yet. I intend to catch up this week .

What has happened???

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 22:54

I know ME by the CFS name, my husband has had it for three years now. He can't get to the end of our road without collasping and barely lasts the day around the house, although he puts a brave face on it.

The garden must be both a source of healing and exhaustion for you Sam. The fact that you can actually complete a gardening job, however small, is an incredible achievement with this condition, I can't imagine the frustrations you must suffer.

My husband sit with me sometimes, he's not an invalid and has surprised me with some monir landscaping before now but as you might well know, its the sort of activity that will put him in incredible pain and fatigue for days after.

I keep telling him not to but its the only way he stays sane. I think the day he admits defeat, will be the end of his incredible spirit. I admire his determination to win.

All the best Sam

No private club

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 21:48

WW, the garden heals in every way it can.

My deepest condolences for your loss.

What has happened???

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 21:42
Lilylouise wrote (see)
I reckon our garden is at least 3 weeks later flowering than last year!
When we do get a bit of warmth the garden will explode with colour
Pam LL x



True for my garden Lilylouise. I keep records every year to chart the progress I make and my garden is about four weeks behind last year.

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