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Geoff Hamilton

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 16:05

What a coincidence Hogweed.  Mine arrived a couple of days ago and I've been watching the Cottage Gardens episodes today.  I've just started 'The Cottage Economy' episode - but had to break off to deal with blocked drains.  Drat!

It's fabulous!  Especially loved the episode where he had the overlarge in-bud chrysanthemum  'Ruby Mound' and transplanted it with no bother with it blooming beautifully three weeks later.  Great stuff!

Greenfly by the million

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 23:51


I've been spraying fairy l. for the last few days having never seen so many greenfly.  What is surprising me, and which I think someone alluded to earlier on this thread, is that they are being found on plants which some of us have never seen them on before.

I went out early this evening and discovered thousands of them on a hellebore.  But, something weird is happening because underneath the hellebore is like a graveyard of thousands.  I had previously thought the white things I photographed were thrips but somebody tells me that the white things in these photos are greenfly at an early stage. I've never seen them near hellebores before.  The pictures are not very clear because they are so small but I've never seen a sight like this before.  Does anybody know what they are doing and why so many have suddenly just died.  Is it that they have bitten off more than they can chew with a hellebore?  Or are the white things left behind as they turn green and go onto the next stage.  I'm confused by all of this.  I'm sure some of you will have a very clear explanation for what is happening in these photographs.  I see there is a dead snail in the middle of it all.  There are (I hate to admit) a handful of  slug pellets around in this small spot.   Is this just a normal 'swarm' type behaviour thing?  I've never seen hundreds of them just lying on top of the soil before.  They ain't moving!

Planting clematis

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 22:07

obelixx, louise392 and Busy-Lizzie.  Thanks so much for taking the time to provide such encouraging, informative and positive advice.  This is absolutely just what I needed.  I shall set about the planting process if the weather is calm tomorrow.


Planting clematis

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 11:54


Hi everyone.  I've just bought a Miss Bateman and a Rebecca.  In the past I've always followed some advice and cut the stems before planting.  This time, I'm wondering if I could get away with not doing this and still have some decent growth and blooms over the summer.

Can anybody advise what would be best?  I'm not that confident with clematis.  Both will be going into the ground to grow up through something.

Thank you. and then

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 20:54

It's interesting isn't it.  I suppose back in Victorian times or pre then, the great plant hunters and nobility collectors coined many of the historical descriptions which lasted for years.   But, really interesting always to read how they learned a great deal from the folk with the cottage gardens who depended on what they produced for medicinal, food, drink, etc etc.

A tennis court ay - blimey!  If we're going to aspire to that, I'd better practice my serve...that will be...a tall glass, couple of inches of ice cubes, couple of inches of ginger wine and topped up with ice cold ginger beer.  Fabulous on a sunny day. and then

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 20:07

I loved most of the coverage but was frustrated that there isn't a whole 20 minute section at the end of every programme which would just show the plants with their names on the screen.  Just so that we weren't reduced to only hearing what a particular presenter specifically like on the day.  It was frustrating watching interviews about one thing when behind them was a magnificent display of stunning plants - but only as a backdrop.

I loved it - but to me it was heavy marketing - business driven with great emphasis on design, design, design for the large gardens.  It's so difficult only having a tv perspective but from what I saw on tv only, most of the judges popular large gardens seemed to have a large expanse of lawn or water, concrete or stone and a pavilion of similar style and shape.  Musn't generalise though.

We often bemoan that gardening programmes seldom cater these days to what in another thread was termed the 'average' (for want of a better descriptive one off word).  My garden is about 20ft long and tapers like a triangle from 20ft wide to 8ft wide at the bottom.  But to me it feels bigger than growing up in the 50's in a row of council houses which had a small square garden at the front and a slightly larger garden for veg and stuff at the back (if you were lucky)   But I felt I was enlightened by the concentration on  modern sell/marketing  on perhaps todays big business target  sector when after they were describing how great an accomplishment the Fresh(?) gardens were at only 3 meters wide and then Sophie Rowarth described her garden as a miniature or small garden at 'only 30 feet'.  So if that's miniature these days, I can see why some programmes and events are a bit overtaken with large and more expensive garden design elements that what we had in earlier threads described as 'average'.  Nothing against big gardens of course (I would love one) - but is it just me or does almost the bulk of the interest and gushing comments tend to go in the direction of the loads of concrete or stone surface with a pavilion?

I loved the bit where people were wandering around with their mothers, in particular Julian Clary as it drew my attention to a stunning pale yellow peony - so for that I'm really glad Julian Clary had an interest in peonies otherwise I would never have seen it.

Good stuff - as far as tv coverage goes.  I liked the format and everyone seemed comfortable and have plenty to say.  More plant viewing needed for tv though.  Much more.  The only thing which made me drift away was the Rachel part about recipes for planting combinations.  Probably all great ideas...but I didn't find it that interesting.

Plant IDing (or have I totally lost it)

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:47

Looks like a young peony to me.   I transplanted sections of one from a neighbours garden last year.  The more mature section has buds and leaves are darker and smoother like your top picture.  The tiny transplanted section looks exactly like your bottom picture. Could be wrong though but looks exactly like mine.

Plant in need of ID

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:44

A bit like wild carrot - although you have a very substantial plant there and the leaves maybe look a bit thicker than wild carrot.  First instinct was nasty hemlock but leaves don't look exactly alike.  Difficult to differentiate for me. Ha ha - in other words, I haven't a clue!

RHS Chelsea

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:32

It's a stunning aquilegia.  The name also is very suggestive of the colour which draws you in.

On similar colour schemes in some of the gardens, when Joe and Monty were having a kind of summary chat - Joe did comment about the similar plantings over different gardens - lot of purple, whites and green everywhere.  I felt that about the 'big' gardens although I only watched on tv so obviously missed a great deal.


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:24

You are going to so love it when they open up.  They will look fabulous!

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