Episode 13 Gardeners' World


Episode 13

In an hour-long edition, Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Rachel de Thame are at Gardeners' World Live, where they take part in a plant bring and buy.


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Hello, welcome to Gardners' World. And tonight's programme is a full

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hour-long. I'll be working here at Longmeadow, then I'm off to

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Birmingham to join the rest of the team at Gardners' World Live. Along

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with Carol, Joe and Rachel, I'll be bringing you the very best of the

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show. There are show gardens with great ideas to take home.

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Particularly love this mound where there's a tunnel going through

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underneath and it's covered with wild flowers. Children just love it.

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A floral marquee packed with inspirational planting combinations.

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How about this one, great big black holly hocks, contrast so

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beautifully with this salvia. It's really dramatic. And there might be

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time for some shopping. Before I head off to Birmingham, I'm making

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sure that my roses flower for as long as possible. I'm keeping my

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tomatoes growing on the straight and narrow and potting up some

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I'm starting off by planting a number of different dahlias.

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Dahlias weren't fashionable for a long time, but I love them. They

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give a fantastic range of colour and texture from July right through

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doesn't really have any flowers at all, at least not in this garden,

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because it's not hot enough. But it is an astonishing plant for foliage

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and texture. This is a species dahlia. It's a tree dahlia. It

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grows five metres tall. Here it will grow as tall as this hedge. I

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will put one on the other side. That will give real structure.

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This plant is a dahlia in its pure wild form. Its flowers are very

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small and they're only produced if we have a long, hot summer. But

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nevertheless, hundreds of incredible flowers of every shade

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and form are all bred from this original plant.

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Of course, dahlias are fascinating plants, because they were

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introduced from Central America by the Spanish, at the same time as

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potatoes and tomatoes. They were thought of as a food plant. People

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bought them over to eat the Tubeers. You can eat them. They won't kill

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you, but they're horrible apparently. I haven't tried. It

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wasn't until the 18th century that people started to grow them and

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breed from them. There's a Swedish man And ers Dahl, who started work

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on them and they were named after him, zaila. So it was -- the

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dahlias we love are bred from this type, which was a potential food

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crop. Frost will blacken and kill this back. The Tubeers we have to

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protect. They're fed by the foliage and storing up goodness. Then I

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will lift that later on because I can't overwinter them in this

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garden. It is amazing to think that what we grow here would have been

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laid eyes upon by those Spanish adventurers, when they found the

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new world. This is one of these original links

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dahlias in this form, which are plants created from large and

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healthy tubers, which go into the ground and bulk out and produce a

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mass of flowers, completely predictable, because they'll be

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from named varieties. They will give colour right from July through

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to November. I've got a small selection here that will work well

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in The Jewel Garden. Some of them will be very familiar. This one,

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for example, is the bishop of Land aff. I remember when people were

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snoby about dahlias, "We don't like dahlias, but we like the bishop of

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course." It is good. It has chocolatey stems and a Ferny

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foliage. The flowers are a simple intense red with a yellow interior.

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The combination works well in itself and as part of a border.

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Another one I particularly like is this one Arabian Knight. That's got

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green foliage, much more robust, but very intense wine-coloured,

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slightly in-curving flowers. Both of them superb for The Jewel Garden.

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I'm going to take this to The Jewel Garden to plant out. If I can get

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dahlias and various places to put them. The important thing is they

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work in with the garden, but also work for dahlias. I have a few

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obvious spots that I can plonk them in. I know the colour is going to

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work because I picked them right. I've left that area for a dahlia. I

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will balance it on the other side. When choosing suitable places for

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dahlias, the soil's got to be good. They like rich soil. They respond

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much better to a well composted, nice rich, well-drained soil. If

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you've got a sandy condition, beef it up with compost. And also, they

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want sunshine, but not scorching heat. Well scorching bright

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sunshine any way because the flowers can fade. The final thing

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about their positioning is dead heading. Because, you do want to be

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able to get to the plant to dead head it regularly. By regularly, I

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mean every two, three days. If you don't dead head them, they put

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their energy into producing seed and then you lose flowers as a

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result. You keep dead heading dahlias, they go on and on

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producing more flowers. So I need to be able to reach it. About the

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furthest I can get at is in there. Other than that, most of them will

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be along the edge. So, if I put that one there, and

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make that the first I plant. Planting them is simplicity itself.

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Pop them in the ground. The main thing to do is plant them the same

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depth they are in the pot, so the tubers are buried. Chuck that out,

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there you see, a nice root structure, a healthy, good dahlia

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plant. Also make sure there's enough room for it to grow. Most

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dahlias get to between three foot and six foot tall. They need room

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for height and also to spread. Let's pop that in the ground. Now

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I'm not quite ready to go to the show yet, but earlier this week,

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Joe went along for a preview in the pressure is really on. The show

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opens in a couple of days and this marquee will be packed full of

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visitors. Now the exhibitors are putting final touchs to their

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stands and detail is everything. But why go to such extraordinary

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lengths to make your stand, well, stand out? The best stands will win

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a prestigious RHS medal, but for these plants people is a medal the

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icing on the cake or the cake itself? How important is a medal to

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you? Does it matter? The medal, anybody that says a medal isn't

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important is fibbing a little bit. At the end of the day, if the

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public love it, then that's what it's about. They're always

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important. It's recognition of what you've done over the past six

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months. I come to a show like this, I want to go away with the best

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medal I can. It's not always possible because sometimes you just

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don't have the plants available. Wow, you have a stream in your

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exhibit here, running through the middle. That's incredible amount of

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work, with the moss on the rocks. It looks like it's been here for

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years. We always put a lot of attention into the displays. We

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want to put together plant combinations that you can achieve

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at home. And we want to show the right growing conditions to grow

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the plants. Have you won golds at Gardners' World Live before?

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have. We have a lot of loyal customers. They actually get us

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almost as excited as we do when we win a Gold Medal. Let's hope it's

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gold this year and let's hope that the stream swings it. I hope so!

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Now Mike, you're always at this show. You are, of course,

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Birmingham City Council, so it's local to you. You got a silver at

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Chelsea with a similar display. You had feed back from the judges,

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how have you tweaked that to get a better medal? One of the things

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they raised was an issue over a tree Fern, which we made to look as

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if it had just collapsed. We thought the best thing to do was

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take it out all together. What does gold or silver gilt mean to you and

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to everybody who works on it and the council in general? I think

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it's a reflection on everybody who works within the organisation, but

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ultimately, we would like a Gold Medal. Of course, wouldn't we all!

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We would! Exhibitors are always looking for new ways to attract

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attention to their stands. Frank, who has travelled from Germany,

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uses Origami baskets to display his I've never quite known the

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difference between the two. flowers and become more of a shrug.

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The other is more of a tree form. As simple as that? Simple as that.

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You haven't got a medal from the RHS yet, what would it mean to get

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a bronze or even a silver? It would mean a lot, definitely. We'd be

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some of these guys and seeing how much work goes into these exhibits.

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It's about business, of course, it's about pride, but what's

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running through all these exhibits here is the passion, the passion

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for plants and the passion for basil is suffering, I'll tell you

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why. It's because of moles. There's moles get in here in the bed,

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rummage around and -- and very often they collapse when I hit a

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mole hole. He comes in, hits the wood at the edge and turns right or

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left and runs down under the basil. In the morning, when I come in,

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it's as though someone's been pulling the basil out. That darn

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mole is uprooting it. It's never getting a chance to grow properly.

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I don't want to kill the mole. I like the idea of them. But I really

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tomatoes. I do this about once a week, looking to take outside

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shoots. Side shoots on tomatoes are actually very clear. You have a

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leaf and the main stem and the side shoot grows in the gap between the

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stem and the leaf at 45 degrees. There's a good example. You can

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just usually just flick them off like that with your fingers and

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pull it off. Keep a sharp knife with you, if it doesn't want to

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come, cut it cleanly, rather than ripping the stem. The reason you do

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that is because when you're growing a cordon, you want just one stem

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going up, foliage and then truss of fruit. If you have side shoots,

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it's trying to become a bush. Those side shoots are very vigorous.

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Although they can bear fruit, they don't bear as much fruit as if the

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stem is controlled. Now, if you look here, at the back, I've left a

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side shoot. That's no more than about ten days old. It's already

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bigger and stronger than the stem that it's shooting sideways off.

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It's developing its own side shoots. You can see that's a problem that

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compounds and very quickly you can risk breaking the main stem. It's

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falling. The whole thing becomes unruly. So I will cut that O I

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won't attempt to break that with my fingers. Using a sharp knife, get

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across sooner or later. This tomato plant seems to have lost its leader.

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It has stopped at about a foot high. I love just about to pinch of that

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side shoot. If I leave it to grow, it will become the leader. The

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great thing about tomatoes is they are tough and they will regenerate.

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If you break one, met the next side shoot that forms below the break-

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point form past it and there is your new stem. When you grow

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tomatoes as cordons, that is supported by a straight cane or

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poll, it is important to tie them up regularly. Use the soft twine.

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You do not want to cut into the tender growing to sue. If you do

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not tie them up regularly, they bend and it is hard to straighten

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them. I have snapped a really beautiful plant in two. It is a

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regular job. The family vegetable garden is starting to provide

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produce for the table. It is based on a four bed quotation. One for

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carrots and celery, another potatoes, a third brassicas, and

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the last has peas and beans. As for the beans themselves, they have

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been a fantastic harvest. I like to eat broad beans when they are young.

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That is a lovely sized board been! They are really delicious. -- broad

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bean. You can still get the best from it. The secret is to peel it.

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Like that! I think that is too big to cook and eat like that. If you

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parboil it, it has a leathery skin. Peel it off, puree it, add a bit of

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oil, add garlic and pepper and it makes a really nice dip. Even the

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big ones, without the skin, they autumn and winter should be planned.

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If you have not planted cabbage seeds, it is not too late. Once the

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young plants are sturdy, lift and transplant them to their final

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growing position. Now, this bed in the new vegetable garden is for

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brassica. At the cabbages in here. It has had a bit of a compost as

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the dressing. Before you plant cabbage, it is important to make

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sure the soil is firm. If you know you're going to plant them, tread

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it down with your feet. Firm it down like that. What we want to do

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is get the roots really firmly established. It makes a big

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difference to the stability. These have grown well. Take a couple of

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plants out. Where we have a weedy one, we can ditch it. That is fine.

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Do not let these dried out to match. Make a hole, get this in. Put it in

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deep and as firm as possible so the roots are anchoring it in. These

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plants of big and heavy and they can topple over. If it is firm they

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will not be stressed by moving around too much. I find this really

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exciting. We are planting cabbages for the winter - a product of a

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little packet of seeds we had. That continuity is great. As well as the

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pleasure of knowing they are going to be well-grown and we're eating

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them fresh from the garden. You can also see how the runner beans I put

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in a week or two back have mostly germinated and are growing well.

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Where they have not germinated, I can move the second one to fill a

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gap. The one thing to watch out for, in summer, with cabbages or

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brassica or any kind, is the cabbage white butterfly. As soon as

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you see that, you know it is laying its eggs. Caterpillars will eat

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your brassica. Net it as soon as you plant them or just keep an eye

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on it. If you see caterpillars, knock them off. If you do that

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every day there is no problem at all. You do need to be around and

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you need to do it at least every good moments, bad moments, good

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bits and bad bits that you can always correct it. There is always

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next year. With a show garden it has to be perfect, dead right on

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the day. Rachel has been to see the show gardens at Gardeners' World

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Live as they get ready for the gardens are always the big draw

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with visitors. Gardeners' World Live may not have the class for the

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budget of Chelsea. It does have masses of really good inspirational

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ideas that would work in any garden. In his garden There is an

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attractive painted, metal seat which doubles up as a plant support

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with plants going over the arch. In this instance it is a honeysuckle.

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Here is an obelisk with a sweet pea threaded through it. This wonderful

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fragrance will surround you. That is one really good tip. Let me see

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suggesting you should have the supermarket trolley in your garden

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but you could use an old wheelbarrow or a series of broken

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buckets and give them a second life housing a mini garden, planted with

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succulence and featuring lots of Heidi holes for insects. This

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garden proves that sometimes the very best thing you can do is let

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natured get the upper hand. If you can have a wild space like this

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summer in the garden, not only will wildlife benefit because you're

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creating all these habitats, things like leaving a loch where it has

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fallen, children just love it. You do not need plastic toys, you can

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have fun in the garden. This Mount, with the tunnel underneath, it is

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covered in flowers. It looks beautiful, benefits wildlife and

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this is where we nurture the next by all means enjoyed the gardens as

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a whole. Take the opportunity to explore the nooks and crannies to

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see what might work in your own home nowadays, this fits the bill

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perfectly. I think my top tip from this garden is, if you have to have

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the building of any sort, whether it is a shed for your tools or the

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Home Office, make it as attractive as it can be. There is no place to

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hide it. If you can bring the plant right up to the structure, like

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these, so much the better. The show has not opened and I have found

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brose season. It has been quite early this year. Hopefully they

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will last a long time. The worry with early flowers of any kind is

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they will be over early. We need to keep the flowering going as long as

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possible and keep them healthy. I pruned this one on March 11th. It

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is a galloper. I like all roses. I liked them for their style,

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voluptuousness, beautiful. This is single flowering. It will not

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produce any more, even if you cut them off. They will produce hips.

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At the back, we have got the climbing rose. She is repeat

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flowering. It is well worth dead- heading or the old flowers and that

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will stimulate more. If we take a flower head which is going or gone

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up over, that one is one, the petals are all falling off. With

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secateurs prune right back to a junction and take that off. That

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will stimulate more growth and more flowers from beyond that point. Go

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back as far as you need. Sometimes you have to take off the great long

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stem. Dead-heading is a form of pruning. If you see it like that,

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there is a logic to it. I pruned my roses hard and late to their only

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just coming into flower. Two are looking particularly good. This has

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lovely compact, pink flowers. This one manages to combine

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voluptuousness and elegance. As neither needs dead-heading, all I

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need do is simply enjoy them. Mike early-flowering species roses do

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need attention right now. This rose has completely finished flowering.

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It was covered with a mass of primrose yellow, a single, very

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charming flowers. One of my favourites. It has completely

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finished. It would be a very good time to prune it. Early flowering

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roses and species roses are like ramblers. They make their flowers

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on of what they produce in the previous summer. All the New Grove

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-- the new growth will provide next year's flowers. If I prune now, it

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will have flowers. It will help me control where the flowers are on

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the bush. If I leave it, the flowers will get higher and higher

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and the base will get barer and bearer. It is a good idea to

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rejuvenate the shrub. You will get new growth from the base. Buchan

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clear the tangle. The wood is getting cold. We can give it a

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fresh start at the base. That comes out. I would like to get this done,

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partly because it is crowded and tangled and it is old wood. You can

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see it has lost its shape. Because I want to get new growth coming

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from the base, you take the oldest first. There we go! It is all the

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same, whether it is radical pinning -- pruning or dead-heading. It is

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about preparing them for looking magnificent next year. There are a

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number of other jobs are want to get down before I go to the show.

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Now high-summer is nearly here, do remember to give your containers a

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regular watering, even if it has been raining. It is also a good

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idea to feed them regular -- regularly as well. I'm giving these

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liquid seaweed. However, do not be tempted to feed lavender plants.

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That will encourage soft, sappy growth with all sorts of problems

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as a result. Give them a regular water, treat them rough and they

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in flower now is agapanthus. It's great to see the colour of the bulb

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that you're getting. Agapanthus flower best when the roots are

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tightly constricted. But even they need repotting from time to time.

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They need good drainage, so mix a peat free compost 50/50 with grit.

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Pack them into the container. And if you do have to divide them,

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which is a good idea to do every four or five years, put them in a

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pot just the next size up - there's a lovely bee. He's come by my nose.

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That likes it. Put them in a pot a bit bigger. Don't be worried if

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they don't flower the next year. They may take a year or two to get

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sufficiently constricted. If you're growing chilli plants move them to

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the hottest spot you've got. They do like harsh conditions. I use

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terracotta pots, partly because they look good, but also because

:31:54.:31:58.

they're porous. Don't put them in too big a pot. You want the plants

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to grow under a bit of stress as that way they don't produce too

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much foliage, but lots of fruit. Use a free-draining compost.

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A little tip about chillies and peppers, never water them after 4pm.

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That way they go to bed dry and that reduces the risk of any fungal

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infection. OK, it's showtime. I'll get dressed,

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get cleaned up ready to go to the show. I must gather some plants to

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take with me. I have a few tomatoes here. I want to bring a few bits

:32:37.:32:47.
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and pieces for the bring and buy there, see you later. Good boy. No,

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no, wait there. Hello you two. How are you doing?

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How's it going? Nice to see you. I've just got here, dumped my

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plants and haven't seen anything at all. You have been here for ages.

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And the show gardens are excellent. Really good things to see. I've

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been in the floral marquee mainly and the standard is very high.

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it? I'm itching to go in. Did you bring any plants? I bought a plant

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on the train. It wasn't easy. I brought some cash as well. Good, so

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you can buy plenty and take even more home. People are here already

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and they're carrying all sorts of interesting looking bags. Let's

:34:13.:34:23.
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join them. That's fantastic. It's clematis,

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isn't it? Yes. How many have you brought? Four. Are you taking them

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to our stand? Yes, course I am. What are you looking for? Foxgloves.

:34:34.:34:44.
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Do you know what it is? No. It's an astrantia. My wife did. It's

:34:45.:34:52.

beautiful. You have brought these for the bring and buy? I have. I

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have about 40 of these. I have a big streptocarpus that needs

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dividing. It's wonderful. Is this for the bring and buy? Yes. What

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are you looking out for? I don't know. Inspiration. Gardners' World

:35:09.:35:19.
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Live, you can bet your life you Now the place is filling up fast.

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People are pouring in. Before it gets too full, I want to look round

:35:26.:35:33.

myself. There's one garden in particular that I want to see.

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This is a show garden called the Spirit of Longmeadow. It's the

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first time that I've seen it. It's quite an odd thing. It's like

:35:41.:35:46.

catching sight of yourself on the corner of the street. You do a

:35:46.:35:50.

double take and say "I know that person." It's awful live like the

:35:50.:35:55.

one that I've got back at home. Yet, there's no one bit of it that

:35:55.:36:00.

is exactly the same, but it has absolutely caught the basic

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essentials of Longmeadow. Of course, essentials of Longmeadow. Of course,

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it's quite simple. It is formal structure, you have the paths, just

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like we've got and the mixture of stone and brick. Then the hornbeam

:36:11.:36:16.

hedges and the limes behind. I say they're cracking limes, much better

:36:16.:36:20.

than my own in the garden. In amongst that formal structure, you

:36:20.:36:25.

have planting that is allowed to just go free. So you've got

:36:25.:36:30.

vegetables, mixed in with anuals, with grasses, with perennials.

:36:30.:36:36.

We've got bulbs - all working at once. Things like this geranium,

:36:36.:36:40.

running through, sprawling and climbing with those incredible

:36:40.:36:44.

magenta flowers. The chocolate cosmos, they have got one ahead of

:36:44.:36:49.

us with that. Ours hasn't yet flowered. As well as The Jewel

:36:49.:36:53.

Garden, we have hostas from the damp garden. We have the Hazel

:36:53.:36:57.

wigwams, very typical. We use them in the vegetable garden and the

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flower garden. They as a wonkiness that I like very much indeed.

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A lot of these plants you can buy at the show. Some of them will be

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at the bring and buy stall. Bring some plants along, then you can

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exchange them, perhaps, for a piece of Longmeadow. Come any way, come

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and see all the gardens and get a glimpse into Longmeadow, but here

:37:17.:37:27.
:37:27.:37:33.

packed with plants, but for me, it's in the floral marquee where

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you can see plants in their full glory. This year, there are some

:37:38.:37:48.
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particularly exciting combinations combination, but on this stand,

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it's used in a really refreshing and different kind of way. You've

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got this wonderful combination of plants, different textures,

:38:04.:38:08.

different sizes and they're all mingling together. So you come up

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from this glorious one with dark blue Bratz with ak yum, a native

:38:16.:38:26.
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plant this. (echium) It's exquisite with the aquilegia. You feel as

:38:27.:38:31.

though everything is jostling together. They're all doing it

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happily, viing for your attention. Over here, how about this for

:38:37.:38:42.

attention catching? Here the whole idea is contrast. These big black

:38:42.:38:47.

poppies, peony flowered poppies, contrasting beautifully with this

:38:47.:38:56.

glorious salvia. Look at those brachs. This layer makes a sort of

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carpet from which arises these great big black holly hocks. It's

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really dramatic, a real contrast. The combinations on this stand are

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very refined. I think it's exquisite. You've come down from

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this glorious acer, classic plant with these big, dark leaves, into

:39:21.:39:24.

this libertia. What an unusual one too. Normally they have green stems.

:39:25.:39:29.

Here they're dark and they make this lovely contrast with those

:39:29.:39:35.

white three-petaled flowers. Across the little path to this, what can

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you call it, ethereal plant. It's a North American woodlander. It

:39:45.:39:52.

adores a shady site. Then flowing through this lovely soft line is a

:39:52.:39:59.

plant you could never describe as being a fairy -like plant it's a

:39:59.:40:06.

bit of I thug really. It ramps and rambles all over the show. But the

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brilliant thing is how two such different plants can emphasise the

:40:10.:40:19.

quality of their partner. Combining plants isn't just about

:40:19.:40:25.

the way they look, it's about the way they feel, their texture and

:40:25.:40:32.

the wonderful scents that they emitt, as you wander along this

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stand with the melee of beautiful herbs, you could also of on a

:40:38.:40:48.
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Mediterranean slope, drinking in those aromas.

:40:50.:40:54.

It's easy enough buying plants, but the magic begins when you get them

:40:54.:40:58.

home and put them together. This is just such a wonderful arrangement

:40:58.:41:04.

with these flat heads of akilla. And the spikes of purple saflya.

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The whole thing goes together so wonder thri -- wonderfully well.

:41:12.:41:16.

It's set off by this scintillating dahlia. That's a really bold

:41:16.:41:22.

statement. You're not always dependent on

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scent or colour for combinations, occasionally you can do something

:41:27.:41:33.

with just one colour. Gertrude Jekyll said green is also a colour.

:41:33.:41:37.

This stand proves that. Look at these marvellous differences in

:41:37.:41:44.

texture, glorious leaves on this euphorbia. How about this, really

:41:44.:41:50.

prickly, offensive, it's quite violent, this plant, it's a

:41:50.:41:56.

relative of tomatoes and potatoes. And the shiny texture of this one

:41:56.:42:00.

there. The whole ground floor of this stand is just decked with

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Ferns and impatiens, all manner of plants. When your eyes finally

:42:09.:42:16.

moves up to the paddle-shaped leaves of the banana, you realise

:42:16.:42:20.

it's also all about scale. Whatever it is that excites you about the

:42:20.:42:22.

relationship between plants, whether it's their colour, their

:42:22.:42:27.

scent or their scale, you'll find so many brilliant examples of all

:42:27.:42:37.
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were putting their finishing touches to them. Have they changed

:42:46.:42:50.

much? I was here yesterday. It's so interesting to see, now they're

:42:50.:42:55.

looking pristine and perfect, and the judging of course. This got a

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gold. Tony Smith has a raft of gold medals over the year. He gets a

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narrative and he refines it down and he ends up with these amazing

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gardens, like this. This one is about grass and man's

:43:08.:43:12.

interpretation of the word and relationship with the word. We have

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natural grass, plastic grass and rice in the bowl in the middle,

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which is a form of grass. He follows that narrative through.

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It's very good. There are ideas you could take home as well. This idea

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of digging down and having a lower level, I really like. That would

:43:27.:43:34.

work. The quality of the build is just fan tafrtic. It is immaculate.

:43:34.:43:41.

We better go and see some more, hey. Rachel was on Yvonne Matthews'

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garden earlier in the week. She's a regular at Gardners' World Live,

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renowned for zany designs and bright colours. For me, this design

:43:49.:43:53.

is a bit safer than her usual, but the judges obviously liked it, as

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they gave her a Silver-Gilt. Congratulations, Chris, great

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garden, but what exactly is a bother? In my world it's someone

:44:11.:44:14.

who messes things up? A bother is someone who doesn't exist any more

:44:14.:44:18.

really. They used to be a group of about a dozen men who worked around

:44:18.:44:23.

the High Wycombe area, making chair legs for the chair industry, for

:44:23.:44:28.

the Windsor chair industry. Why did you want to create a garden around

:44:28.:44:34.

that concept? I was commissioned to come up a shore garden around a man

:44:34.:44:40.

you'll worker. I was stumped. I was in a local wood at Bolton Abbey. I

:44:40.:44:44.

came across Richard in the wood. I saw his setting, how beautiful it

:44:44.:44:48.

was, the lovely planting, the canvas and tools. Now I thought

:44:48.:44:53.

he's my kind of man you'll worker. You won gold and you won Best in

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Show in a small garden category. Congratulations. Are you here all

:44:56.:45:06.
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gardens because it's a real garden. It's partly the hard landscaping,

:45:17.:45:20.

which uses the good contrast of different materials, but not so

:45:20.:45:24.

many that the whole thing becomes a muddle. I love the simplicity of

:45:24.:45:29.

this pond. And then the planting, you have this pallet of rich

:45:29.:45:34.

purples and bright acid greens, a bit of grey-green as well. That

:45:34.:45:40.

combination of shrub, some of them everygreens, grasses, perennials,

:45:40.:45:46.

roses. It works on so many levels. It won a rich live deserved civil

:45:46.:45:52.

guilt medal. The designer of this garden,

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Rebecca Govier, was aiming for a dream-like quality in her garden.

:45:56.:46:00.

She's succeeded brilliantly, not only in the landscaping, but in the

:46:00.:46:06.

planting, which is a wonderful pallet of soft mofz and silvery

:46:06.:46:10.

foliage. It has unusual plants, this euphorbia, called white swan,

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you don't see very often on show gardens. There's height in the

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planting too. These lovely ones, which are tall, but they're airy.

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You get a sense of transparency that. Height is picked up in the

:46:25.:46:30.

wonderful stems of the trees, which are reflected in the shadows on the

:46:30.:46:34.

wall. The garden won a silver medal for Rebekah, which is a result.

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This is her first time showing a saw it yesterday. I'm delighted

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that it won a Gold Medal and Best in Show. But do you think the

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visitors will be confused by why this type of garden has won that

:46:55.:46:59.

accolade? Yes, possibly. It's because this is so realistic. I

:46:59.:47:04.

feel like I'm back being a cub at the scout camp. It all feels so

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authentic here. That is hard to achieve with wild flowers and this

:47:12.:47:15.

bivouwac. It's the execution that has won the gold and Best in Show.

:47:16.:47:20.

I'm impressed by the show gardens this year. This kind of range from

:47:20.:47:30.
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the conceptual to this is fantastic. chatting to a few exhibitors in the

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flower marquee as they put finishing touches to the stands.

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The judges have spoken and awarded medals. This got the gold and best

:47:48.:47:53.

exhibit. All the hard work paid off. Birmingham City Council will be

:47:53.:48:03.
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delighted and they were awarded a change the blue one for a brown one.

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The that will be very generous of you. Thank you. Anyone bringing me

:48:26.:48:36.
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some plants? Fantastic! Really good for us to have you have cronies

:48:37.:48:47.
:48:47.:48:54.

from seed yourself? Yes. -- grown bees. That is generous. Fabulous!

:48:54.:49:03.

What a well-grown plant. It is one I bought last year. I decided I

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would save the seeds. I have four plants. It is really beautiful. It

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is only an annual. I did not want to lose it because it was so pretty.

:49:17.:49:21.

Those colours are gorgeous together. That goes wonderfully with your

:49:21.:49:31.
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jumper, doesn't care? Just the job! So, you have bought lots of gifts.

:49:32.:49:39.

-- brought. Have you raise these yourself? This one especially. You

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tip cuttings from a plant you bought last year and have grown

:49:44.:49:53.

them on. What are you looking for? Something different. This is a

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cutting I took in April, March. It will grow into quite a substantial

:49:59.:50:09.
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shrub with incredible blue flowers. Lovely! These are geraniums. It is

:50:12.:50:18.

a geranium that will die after it has flowered but it is gigantic.

:50:18.:50:25.

Huge! I am impressed with these. They're really quite difficult.

:50:25.:50:33.

They are difficult. I lost a few. They were tiny. Thank you their

:50:33.:50:42.

match follows. They will get snapped up. -- very much for those.

:50:42.:50:49.

I was looking at the East. I am a horrible people who cuts my plants

:50:49.:50:57.

and uses them in flower arranging. That is a gorgeous colour! What do

:50:57.:51:01.

you think would be a fair contribution? I will give you a

:51:01.:51:11.

fiver for it. That is absolutely wonderful. Thank you very much

:51:11.:51:16.

indeed. I could be here all day. People are coming and going the

:51:16.:51:24.

whole time. To choose the right plants from Longmeadow, I need to

:51:24.:51:34.
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browse around the flower marquee. I have come with a purpose. There are

:51:54.:51:59.

four beds which need planting out. We want the Jewel Garden to drift

:51:59.:52:03.

away to the edge so it becomes looser. Those are the plants I am

:52:03.:52:13.
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right for that piece of the garden. When you are choosing plants,

:52:29.:52:35.

listen to your gut. If a plant feels as if it will be the right

:52:35.:52:42.

thing in the right place, it almost certainly will. The small flowers,

:52:42.:52:45.

and the weight it tangles in through the cornflowers. Exactly

:52:45.:52:51.

that feeling of looseness, abandoned and beauty all coming

:52:51.:53:01.
:53:01.:53:09.

together. The right plant in the exactly the feel and kind of plants

:53:09.:53:17.

award for those bottom beds. They are tall, elegant. These small

:53:17.:53:21.

flowers are on strong stems so they can mingle without crowding each

:53:21.:53:26.

other out. If you are trying to create a gentle, drifting look, it

:53:26.:53:31.

is important not to get too cluttered. You need plants with

:53:31.:53:39.

height and elegance. These worked beautifully. I'm going to get some

:53:39.:53:46.

grasses. That one is going on my shopping list. You have any? Yes, I

:53:46.:53:53.

do. Are they as big as the show plants? They will be. They are

:53:54.:54:03.

�6.50 each. That is 20 quid. That will cover it. Well done! 50 pence

:54:03.:54:13.
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Exactly the right thing. What alike about grasses in a border, if you

:54:25.:54:31.

choose the right ones, they provide a sifting feel. You can see through

:54:31.:54:39.

them. This one is perfect. I want some of those. I can put them near

:54:39.:54:47.

the front of the border then behind, above and through, I can have more

:54:47.:54:52.

colour. We have not got this at Longmeadow at the moment. It is

:54:52.:55:00.

almost the perfect grass. This is very adaptable. It will grow really

:55:00.:55:04.

tall. I love this layered sensation, that will Ide drives through them,

:55:04.:55:14.
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it dodges pass them. -- eye drifts through them. I will definitely get

:55:15.:55:24.

that. Three each please. That is brilliant. Thank you very much

:55:25.:55:34.
:55:35.:55:44.

more, I cannot carry any more. I need to get back to Longmeadow and

:55:44.:55:54.
:55:54.:56:00.

lookout for a good plant. There is lots of shopping in the bring and

:56:00.:56:10.
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takers? This is my tomato plant, grown from seed. It is a heritage

:56:20.:56:26.

tomato. Are you interested? It has a very funny name. It is a little

:56:26.:56:31.

bit stripy and it is very good for cooking. Get mummy and Daddy to

:56:31.:56:38.

cook it for you. Stuff it with something and Phuket. That is for

:56:38.:56:47.

you. -- cook it. Are you bringing a plant? Yes. It is a deja Tardis. I

:56:47.:56:55.

did not have time to put label on it. I have just brought my plant on

:56:55.:57:02.

the train. You have seen it all over Chelsea this year. It is from

:57:02.:57:09.

my garden. I have loved it, nurtured it, potted it on. Where

:57:09.:57:19.
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does it like to grow? In the sand. Good drainage. He drives a hard

:57:21.:57:31.
:57:31.:57:33.

bargain. Lovely! That is a bit snazzy. Are you bringing that? That

:57:33.:57:43.

is lovely. Thank you their match. What Pink is it? -- very much. The

:57:43.:57:48.

parent plant is well over 50 years old. It was growing in my mother in

:57:48.:57:57.

laws garden when I was 15. My plant looked ill last year. I took some

:57:57.:58:06.

cuttings and that is one of ah of them. What colour of the flowers?

:58:06.:58:15.

They are white and purple. How much is that? About 50 quid. I will give

:58:15.:58:25.
:58:25.:58:26.

you that. Is that all right? Put it in the bucket. There are endless

:58:26.:58:32.

retail opportunities at Gardeners' World Live. Hello. Can I just ask

:58:32.:58:39.

you about your roses? You certainly can. Are they the same variety?

:58:39.:58:48.

That is beautiful. I think it is a lovely rose. We had two standard to

:58:48.:58:58.

go with it. Very beautiful. When rhubarb first comes up after the

:58:58.:59:04.

winter, it is really nice. Then it does not really do much after that.

:59:04.:59:11.

They have been and spindly. Next winter, dig it up and chop it in

:59:11.:59:19.

great chunks. Even that will grow again. What have you got? It is not

:59:19.:59:26.

just these. I have brought loads and loads of vegetable seeds. I

:59:26.:59:31.

have got peace for flowers and that covers the flowers. That is

:59:31.:59:38.

beautiful. It is a lovely idea. it is beautiful! I can smell it

:59:38.:59:44.

from here. It is a beautiful rose. It is a modern roads with an old-

:59:44.:59:48.

Special hour-long episode of the gardening programme. Now that the threat of frost has disappeared and the ground is warm, Monty Don plants out his dahlias, tends his roses and offers tips on extending the life of the vegetable garden at Longmeadow.

Monty then teams up with Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Rachel de Thame at Gardeners' World Live, where they view some spectacular show gardens and top class plants, and take part in a bring and buy plant sale.


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