Episode 5 RHS Chelsea Flower Show


Episode 5

Nicki Chapman and James Wong present coverage as the medals are handed out. Carol Klein continues looking at plants of the world, focusing on Asia.


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observing a minute's silence in memory of the 22 people who lost

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their lives here in Manchester and the 59 who were injured. You are

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watching BBC News. Welcome back to the Chelsea Flower

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Show. There are so many wonderful plants

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from all over the world which we in the UK have embraced

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into our hearts and gardens. And James and Arit are taking a

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closer look at them in the Chengdu Garden.

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It's only when you really start looking at our gardens that

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you realise just how many of the plants we grow in the UK

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And they aren't just in the Great Pavilion, there are some

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spectacular examples of them out here on Main Avenue.

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I'm joined by Arit Anderson on the Chengdu Garden which solely

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What has caught your either most? I am always looking around at the

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beautiful rhododendrons, and I see them in Hyde Park, there I am in the

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most beautiful British place, forgetting that they come from

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China. Yes, in Cornwall I was asked, have I seen that incredible China

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Garden, 20% of the world's plants from China. I know this in the UK as

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an ornamental plant, but my grandmother would consider it an

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edible, you buy them in supermarkets, stir-fry ingredients.

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But on the other side of this garden, it is a whole different

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world showing the massive diversity that China offers.

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From a design perspective we are spoiled with all the flowers, but

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look how much interest is here. The grasses, the shrubs that we know,

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and that is what is important. These are the backbone plants within a

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garden design and planting scheme, so it is interesting to see. A

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fascinating use of texture, you don't just rely on colour.

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Absolutely, and I love the contrast, this real sense of exuberance and

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foliage, and we can also focus on that. I am fascinated by this. I

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can't see a single cultivated variety, these are all straight

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species. Yes, and there are so many hybrids and cultivars Alpe d'Huez.

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Man's Hand has created some truly amazing Asian cultivars, and one

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king of those is Jonathan Hogarth. He looks after the UK's national

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collection of small hostas. Frances Tophill will be meeting him

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in just a moment, but first let's find out about his

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path to cultivar glory. Hostas come in all different sizes,

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but the particular type that take my fancy are the Small and miniature

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ones. They are just sweet, and when they start to flower, they look like

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jewels, little wonderful sweet but you want to take home. There is

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always that one plant you can't resist when you are out shopping,

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and you buy it. When I got the collection, it was

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something that was suggested to me that we should split the plants up

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so that should anything happen in one area where the plants were

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displayed that the other area would still save that particular plant. By

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splitting them, that is when the problems started. I took a

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good-sized plant that was six years old and I split it, and both plants

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died. They had lost that sparked a live once you got to a point where

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you were splitting them, they were just too small. I needed to find an

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answer, and quick. Really quick. This is not that expensive, it takes

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a penny a day to run it, but the results are wonderful. The plastic

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cover reveals a trade, and underneath is the water pump. It has

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six little sprayers, and this creates a moist atmosphere

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underneath and dry at the top. This promotes the roots to start growing.

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And that is how the whole system works. There is no secret, it is

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just tap water. The first step is to cut the flowers off. You are sending

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the information to the plant that it's time to make roots rather than

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the flowers. Hold the plant with your fingers and

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tip it out this way. And I will just gently tease out the root system.

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Each one of these can become a separate plant. The genetic

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information that you need for this plant to be this colour and this

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particular type is in fact stored in here, so it's important to grab

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quite a bit of it. Over the next two weeks, buds will start to burst out,

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rude buds, and from there, that will then start to produce the plant.

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Here is your cutting. I am now going to put that into the air, and I am

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going to put it up to its little collar of the top, so the top will

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sit into the water and the damp atmosphere there, the top will stay

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dry, and you leave it for two to three weeks. So this one is now two

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weeks old. The roots are starting to grow again. There were three

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existing routes, they were half that size when it went in before. The

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fact is, that is now ready to pot on. I am going to take the pot and

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put a little soil into it, and then the magic ingredient, the micro

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riser. It is a fungus that grows in the wild and it will extend the

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plant's capability of absorbing nutrients. I will add some grit on

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the top and make it more difficult for vine weevil to lay its eggs into

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my nice new plant, and that is it, there is nothing else to it.

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Well, that's 251, so 251 reasons to actually prove that you can take

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cuttings from small hostas, and here they all are.

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And here are even more reasons to prove it. Just look at your stand,

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Jonathan Fawzi yellow I am very pleased to be here. The RHS have

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been so kind, and we do like to show them off. A lot of hard work has

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gone into making these perfect. There was quite a bit of worry, you

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have to be careful of the leaves, they have to be perfect and the

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best, because this is the best show in the world, so here we are showing

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off, and here are my friends. Any new additions this year? Yes,

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miniskirt is the new one, and it is in the centre of my stand. This is

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the first time it has been available in England. It is a beautiful plant

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with a wide. This is my habit and

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obsession. It looks lovely, congratulations. Thank you so much.

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I do love a hosta, nearly as much as the slugs in my garden do.

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Now all week we're looking at the Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens

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and today we have a feast for the eyes.

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I have just left the listening garden.

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I'm heading over to the Colour Cutting Garden dedicated to sight

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to meet its Radio 2 champion, and TV golden girl, Anneka Rice.

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A keen gardener herself, we caught up with her lending a hand

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What a blaze of colour, this is beautiful. Isn't it just? You must

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be delighted. I am so in my element, I am almost dribbling. To be told

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you were going to have a garden at Chelsea was an amazing shock, and

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when they told me who I was doing it with, and I can't tell you how Sarah

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Raven and Tricia Guild have both been such a massive part of my life.

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The inspiration is the Colour Cutting Garden, the opposite of the

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very formal stylised gardens you might get. This is all about

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voluptuousness and just an Augean colour. Are you a big Gardner

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yourself? I am pining for the garden we used to have which was a

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beautiful Cotswolds garden. Now that you have been here for the bills,

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what do you make of it? When you see Chelsea and you see it so finished

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and manicured, you imagine all of the big trees are always there, but

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every single blade of grass, tree, branch, is brought in, so to see it

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unfold is gripping. Anneka, will you give me a hand with the delphiniums?

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What was your thinking behind this? It is a cutting garden, so

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everything is cut and come again to a certain extent, so in a few

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mornings, all of the flowers you pick will grow back again. But it

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has really come together, I couldn't be happier.

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Anneka, look at you, still hard at it. You are a lady who never stops.

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This has been such a joy. And a little bird has told me you have

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been down here practically every hour that there is. The thing is, I

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couldn't wear to put my name to be involved with something and then

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just turn up at the end, so I kept e-mailing Sarah Raven and saying,

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give me a task. I am such a fan of hers, so to be in her wake doing

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menial tasks, I am very happy to take anything to the skip, do some

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watering, copy runs. And this all starts in childhood. You have loved

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gardening since you were little? My family were great gardeners, so my

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memory is doing that thing little children do, having a toy lawn mower

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and going up and down behind my dad. And at school, we went to an

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inspired primary school that had little gardens, so each child had a

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tiny area to tend, and that plant a seed, literally. It does. How

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important you think that has been from being a little girl to seeing

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it through, to having this passion, and what it does for us as well. I

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think so, because my happiest memories as a child were in the

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garden. I loved it so much, and it is nourishment for the soul. And the

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most gratifying thing has been seeing everyone come to this garden,

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and people yesterday were calling it the goofy smile garden, because it

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reminds people of their life, and it makes your heart sing when there is

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something so beautiful. There is nothing fussy or pretentious or

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formal, and Sarah Raven who is such a genius, we all decided when we sat

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down, her and Tricia Guild and I, we didn't want a polite garden, and I

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think we can safely say this is not. It is an explosion of colour, which

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we know you love. You have a lot of colour in your London garden. While

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you're here, will you have a spare minute to go out and explore the

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grounds and get inspiration? The great thing about being here all

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this week and seeing everything rising from the ground literally is

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getting to talk to a lot of people, so I have got lots of ideas, and

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that's been such a privilege, because usually I just come on press

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day, but now I have been here is one of the workers. Any one thing you

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are looking at for? I am looking out for things that are good for the

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climate change we seem to be having. More Mediterranean? Yes, maybe a fig

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tree or an olive tree, and I have spotted the most beautiful one. You

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are going to be De your homework. Congratulations on this beautiful

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garden. And we'll catch up with Anneka

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to find out how she's got on later in the show but for now it's

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over to Rachel de Thame. This year, she's showing us

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how there is something for everyone here at Chelsea

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whatever your garden or situation. Every day she's picking out a one

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metre square section on a garden border in order to reveal how

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and why it works so well. Today, in-keeping with the golden

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hue of medal's day she's focusing Lots of plants love a south

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facing sunny garden. And I'm not just talking

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about drought-tolerant plants. If you pay special attention

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to watering there are several truly wonderful plants that will thrive

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in a sunny position. I love this corner of the garden,

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this square metre. It's a mixed Matrix planting because they're

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repeated and dotted through the planting. We've got things at the

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lower level, California poppy there, and that lovely bright colour and

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this's picked up here as well. Then we come through the planting with

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these plants which will take a bit of shade, these are astranias.

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They're coming through the softness of this one, which gives you that

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lovely flattened top to the flower, a Pimpinelia. We have these tall

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vertical accent plants just poking through, things like Beaujolais

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which I adore. We have irises coming out into flower and this lovely tall

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spikes pale linkth pink of the Lenaria. The whole thing is softened

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beautifully by plants that mould and bring everything together. We have

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the bronze fennel towards the front and that builds up into this lovely

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grass. Of course, this is Chelsea's show garden planting, so there are

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lots of plants crammed in very closely together. In your own

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garden, you would give everything a bit more space to breathe and

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develop and become bigger individual plants. So to create an effect like

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this will depend very much on how you put the plants together. Here

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they're really very much just dotted through making sure there is a

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lovely balance and flow. If you can achieve that, you'll have this

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wonderful soft, romantic effect. Plants come with their own likes and

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dislikes. If you get that right, you'll enjoy the fruits of their

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labours for many years to come. However, some plants aren't as picky

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as others and one we Brits all know and love that can grow pretty much

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anywhere is the native Primrose. Melvyn Jones reveals they're far

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from commonplace. Primrose I found in Asia and Japan,

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I love the simplicity of them. These Japanese with their love of plants

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are the ones that have made the Siboldians what they are today. It's

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identified in the earliest garden books of Japan, so it's an old,

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established plant form. There is a Japanese flower translating along

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the lines of even grasses have cherry Blossom flowers in Japan, the

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land of the cherry Blossom. The Japanese Gods Jewth used to

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cultivate the most wonderful gardens with the wonderful cherry trees that

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bloomed over the streams and lakes. Unfortunately, the Blossom tended to

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fall too quickly and the Gods were so upset after all their efforts

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that it was such a short blooming that they Creted in future when it

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fell it would come over the grasses and the grasses would flower and

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happen there would be a Primula and that formed this. It's a wonderful

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plant. The blooms are so nice and there is such a nice variation in

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them. It's typical of many of the plants the Japanese like to grow.

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They'll look for the variety. Primulas with good for that, they're

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promiscuous and variable but the Siboldia, it goes from magenta,

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pink, through the blue shades up to the pure whites like this. Because

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they feel almost pastelly in colour, you can put any variety together and

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they'll look as if they're suited and compliment each other. In the

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wild, the closest form we have here is the Sumizomegenji.

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We have tried it in edge of woodland conditions which they thrive in

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because they love the leaf mould and they do well there. Obviously, you

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need a bit of light also for the flowers to come out. Very popular

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form is this one, which is called snow glaik. It looks really delicate

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but they're reliable, happy in our conditions. They'll normally come

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into flower mid to late February. You will have them flowering mid to

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end of June. Don't be deceived by the fact they look delicate, they're

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quite forgiving and if the right place, they'll reward you for years.

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We've been having a bit of an Asian theme running through today's show

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and lo and behold here is another plant with its roots steeped

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How's this year been for you? It's been difficult. The season started

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early, the flowers were in flower about five weeks earlier than we'd

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expect them to be. We have struggled to get here but we have managed to

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bring a display here in a traditional Japanese form. We have

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done it but it's not as nice as we'd have liked. To me this looks

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spectacular, but through March and April I was thinking about the

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exhibitors because there's only so much you can do with nature, you are

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restricted by certain plants. Yes. What did you do in the medal stakes?

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We got to silver. The judges were right. I totally agree with them.

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We'd have liked more, but the season prevented it. Next year we'll come

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back stronger. It's frustrating. I heard you had the most spectacular

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new introduction that you almost got to the show but not quite. Quietly

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fell out of flower four days ago... Four days? ! Yes, it's one that we

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got from Alan Bloom's garden, one he raised many years ago, it's been

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name and is being sold in support of a charity for special Olympics, so

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we'd have loved to have brought it here but unfortunately again we were

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beaten by the weather. You don't have necessarily all the plants but

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you have all the information. I have questions from Facebook. You love

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shady plants. Even else Sa asks, moved into a house with a huge

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conifer, the soil is full of roots and well-established weeds, no idea

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what to plant in the dry shade. What a nightmare. Nightmare having a

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conifer next to you, totally agree. We do have a couple of plants in the

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back of the display which would cope with that. One is the Victorian

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Brooch. That will tolerate dry shade. Another question from Melanie

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Louise Watson, she asks, the opposite problem, a garden backs on

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to a river, very large trees from another garden shading it, nothing

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but nettles grow there. Desperately trawling the Internet for some nice

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colour and ground colour? Again, that selection is a bit close to

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that. Moist shade and semishade. I would recommend things like

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epimediums and nice spider flowers in early to mid spring. If it's

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dapple spring, the Siboldeii would be ideal. They'd be happy there as

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well. This is a plant of food plains. Even if the garden floods,

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they'll survive and produce that colour? In Japan, the rivers flood

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and bring up the silt which covers the plants and then it drains away

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and that's how they get a lot of the new nutrients and keep going.

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Thanks, Melvyn. Earlier on we saw Anneka Rice

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who told us about her desire to bring the Mediterranean

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into her London garden and salt water problem due

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to living by the sea. I've obviously been here a lot

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during the week because our Colour Cutting Garden is just up there and

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I saw all of this take shape, being planted up. There was one thing I

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saw in particular, I think it's over there... When we first met on that

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Tuesday you were here and there was just this olive tree at that stage.

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I have no idea about this, I had no idea it was all going on. It's so

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sculptural. How many hundreds of years old would that tree be? I

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think it's probably 100 years. It's very hard to tell. It's such a

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beautiful character the tree. I'll be keeping my eye open for the right

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tree and each one is like a piece of sculpture I think. It is. It is

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architectural, it's beautiful. In our London garden, the garden is set

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up as a Mediterranean garden with bright orange walls and pots and

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herbs. I think an ancient olive would probably be a good accent. I

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love the way you have contrasted with the silver green with the under

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planting because you have Marguerite and Salvias. That's right. The

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under-planting is important to create a setting for theologiley and

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you can do this in your garden as well. The olive will need large

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planters. There are plenty of opportunities to under-plant.

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Because it's a dry zone plant, we have used Mediterranean plants like

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the culinary herbs and there's culinary sage down there and the

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ornamental sage we have used. The Marguerite love it dry and it's a

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perfect environment for those. This is a very good, dry grass called

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Prairie Fire. We are talking about the dry climate the whole time. It

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will probably rain for the rest of the year! We have to say

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congratulations. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Yes. I

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mean, that is your third? Third, yes. I'm very pleased. They're still

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hard-won, you work very hard at it.iful to think carefully how you

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are going to present your ideas and we are thrilled -- you have to think

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carefully. Monty and Joe will be back tonight.

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They'll be looking at the Best Show Garden coveted award. That is it

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from us, see you tomorrow. Bye.

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It is medals day - Nicki Chapman and James Wong join judges at the crack of dawn to discover who has won what. Carol Klein continues looking at plants of the world, focusing on Asia, while Anneka Rice reveals her gardening prowess.


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