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I joined in a general moan about Gardeners World the other day, but we are obviously not alone as it seems to be much much better.

It was also spookily helpful. I noticed yesterday morning that I have a new perennial coming up and didnt know what it was (a bit like a thuggish persian buttercup). Then I separately thought that I would like to have a go at getting hold of some really good blue aconites.

Yesterday evening I then watched GW on iplayer and found that what I have coming up in a nice big patch were in fact aconites! Hooray! And now is the time to split and it is easy! double hooray!

The main gist of that part of the show was that aconites (and clematis) are just non-annoying versions of buttercups and celandines. And it is true. When you dig them up they fall into nice new divisions each with their own thickened base to provide a good new start to life – wonderful.

So that is what I’ve done, making seven strong little beasties.

I haven’t yet got a cold frame sorted out so the poor little mites have to go back into the rather cold soil, but I have got good hopes. I just hope now that they are a nice strong blue and the weather gets a tad warmer.

Well done Gardeners World. I shall be watching on Friday!

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Fingers crossed for you..

7 Mar, 2010


Thought of putting a plastic drinks bottle, cut in half, over them ? Not pretty but effective !

7 Mar, 2010


Ah Megan you are a star. I shall see if I have any and pop out with a torch!

two mins later - hey that was fun - gardening by torchlight in subzero temperatures. I wonder what my neighbours think of me now! I found three plastic milk bottles so some of them at least will feel a little more snug.

7 Mar, 2010


Well done Sarah, now you just need to warm up again !

7 Mar, 2010


Blue aconites? Really? I haven't had a chance to watch GW yet - I shall have to now! :-)))

Do you happen to know their latin name, please?

7 Mar, 2010


I'll have to watch Gardener's World I think. I haven't bothered with it so far. I never seem to think of the tv these days - so much trash, it's a waste of time. I'll see it on the iplayer ( if I can figure out how to work it lol )

8 Mar, 2010


@Spritzhenry. The latin is v easy - aconitum! A particularly beautiful one is aconitum anthora Bressingham Spire, but I think I shall be happy with any I get. I am hoping to develop a blue, yellow and white border with not a shade of pink.

8 Mar, 2010


I turned GW off almost immediately didnt hold my interest at all.

9 Mar, 2010


having been assured by the BBC that there would be a new format for GW I tuned in this week. I have to agree that the content was better, particularly the item on roses, BUT, why oh why did we have to view all the presenters through a haze of brown twigs, grasses, greenhouse windows and chestnut poles! I found the filming very irritating, looked a bit like they had used an amateur camera man. at the end of the day, I still dont find the lead presenter very inspiring.

13 Mar, 2010

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