t is fair to say we had no real idea what to expect or how to go about our first attempt – what sort of questions were we going to be asked? How could we prepare for every eventuality? How many books would we need to help us? How dry could we stay? Would anyone have any questions for us?
Our fears were soon banished as people braved the weather and came forward with their questions. There were plenty for Michelle on growing vegetables and fruit which is really encouraging – particularly as this was a food festival! Although some were rather unexpected – Can you grow Apples & Pears in Bangladesh? I bet the real Gardeners’ Question Time never had a question like that! We reasoned that it was probably too hot and that they should stick to citrus!
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As we wait with latent expectation for those wonderful heralds of the spring garden to finally break cover and shower us with golden cheerfulness there are some plants that have been keeping a quiet watch over the winter months.
The Viburnum group is a remarkable collection of varied plants and I often wonder whether it would be possible to design a garden that only featured Viburnum in all of its assorted guises. Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ is a popular choice of many schemes but is rather prone to Viburnum beetle which quickly reduce the leaves to a rather scrappy looking lace skeleton – a problem that is duplicated in others such as the V.opulus.
Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ isn’t affected but since it flowers before the leaves are present this somehow seems less of an issue!
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A wonderful mid to late summer flowering perennial is the wonderfully named Ligularia dentata ‘Desdemona’. This is a brightly coloured flower that rises from a dark swathe of deep red undersided toothed leaves. When they catch the sunlight it really brightens up the whole area and best of all attract the bees and insects that are so important in our gardens.
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My biggest success so far has been the chillies. Perhaps this is because they are being grown in the kitchen and therefore are getting more attention than the plants outside but they are really coming on a treat. They get watered with whatever cold tea is left in the pot! The plants have masses of [...]
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