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BBC Gardener's World plant list - 16th May 2009


By peter


Hi folks,

Just to mention before the plant list, if you’re going to Chelsea on Wednesday, say ‘Hi’ if you spot us (more at the bottom).

This week’s featured garden (Henstead Exotic Garden) was an exotic garden which the owner described as being a bit ‘Jurassic Park’ with plants towering in to the sky.

At buryfields, Toby talked about creating a tropical, jungle effect with:
Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm)
Phormium tenax (New Zealan flax)

The plants described at Henstead:
Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’ (Ethiopian Black Banana)
Ricinus communis red leaved variety (Castor oil plant)
Begonia grandis subsp. evansiana
Arundo donax (Great Spanish reed)

Toby and Joe were planting up veggies in the Dig In garden, they had some of the free Dig In seeds and also some more unusual varieties:
Dwarf French bean ‘Purple TeePee’
Globe artichoke ‘Romanesco’
Dwarf French bean ’Maxi

Carol’s five minute enthuse this week was all about Euphorbias, including one which was suitable for smaller gardens:
Euphorbia palustris (Marsh spurge)
Euphorbia mellifera (Honey spurge)
Euphorbia polychroma (Many-coloured spurge) – this was the smaller one

Back at Buryfields Toby also planted some more plants in his exotic garden, including a Euphorbia :
Euphorbia x pasteurii
Salvia greggii (Autumn sage)
Ipomoea ‘Blackie’
Geranium maderense (Giant herb robert)
Geranium palmatum (Canary Island geranium)
Geranium yeoi (aka ‘rubescens’) (Greater herb robert)

This week Toby also started his comparison beds, mini versions of the trials fields at RHS Wisley (which I think are really worth a visit). He’ll be adding plants to it but this week added:
Digitalis purpurea Foxy group (Foxglove)
Digitalis parviflora
Digitalis x mertonensis (Strawberry foxglove)

Heuchera ‘Plum pudding’

Toby Also added new plants, some which are available for the first time this year:
Heuchera ‘Tiramisu’
Digitalis ‘Plum pudding’ ‘Goldcrest’

And one which isn’t available until next year:
Digitalis ‘Serendipity’

No Gardener’s World next week as there’ll be coverage of Chelsea Flower Show in its place, the coverage actually starts on the BBC at 6pm on Sunday.

If any of you are off to Chelsea this year, have a fantastic time – and if any of you are there on Wednesday 20th, keep your eyes open for Ajay and me as we’ll be visiting with camera in hand.

If anyone does spot us, please do come and say hi – we’d really love to meet any GoY members. In fact, if you do come and say hi we’ll buy you a drink :o) – is Pimms de rigeur at Chelsea?

Have a great weekend and hopefully see you on Wednesday :o)

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In Wales we have to wait until Saturday night for Gardener's world. Thanks for the preview Peter.
I'm going to look forward to Carol's talk about Euphorbias - I have a smaller garden now and am always on the look out for suitable plants.

16 May, 2009


Have fun at Chelsea.
I nearly bought a Heuchera 'Tiramisu' at Malvern the other week. Changed my mind at the last minute and bought 'Ginger Ale' instead.

I will have to wait for Hampton court. Look forward to seeing your pics.

16 May, 2009


Have a good time boys!! look forward to pics, not going too far not enough pennies!! will look out for you on programme!!

16 May, 2009


Hi, enjoy your day out at Chelsea, i live a bit to far away form there, but next month i'm going to Harley Carr (if i spelt it right), so i'm looking forward to that.

16 May, 2009


probably going to Hampton Court but definitely to the Wisley show in Septermber~may see you there?

16 May, 2009


hope you have a great time there guys. take lots of photos for us please

16 May, 2009


Hywel, I hope you enjoyed the Euphorbias :o)
Thanks folks, I'm sure we'll have a great time and will definitely bring back lots of pics.

Arlene - Which show at Wisley? I went to a taste of autumn 2 years ago but I think that was a bit later in the year. We've nothing planned but it's just down the road from me, so quite possibly :o)

17 May, 2009


She wasn't on for very long was she ? lol
But I'm going to remember the name of the euphorbia. It will suit my garden. ( and if I loose it I can always reffer back to your blog Peter. )
Have a great time in Chelsea.

17 May, 2009


Thanks Hywel, I hope you find the euphorbia :o)

17 May, 2009


~it's the 11th to the 13th of September ~we will be staying at Leatherhead Travelodge again,where we stayed earlier in the year.There is a bit about it on their RHS site.
I will be definitely back at Malvern for their Autumn show>

17 May, 2009


I will be there on wednesday Peter, wear a GoY badge or green ribbon and I will come and say hello. Yes everyone does drink Pimms but at £5 a glass you might not want too many of us turning up!

17 May, 2009


Well, I was all set to fly down for a day Chelsea visit, but had to cancel due to work commitments (Boo Hoo!). Pimms? I'd have wanted the champagne and strawbs, myself!, haha!

Heucheras must be one of our faves at the mo - why are they named after such delicious food/confectionary?

Have a gr8 time! look forward to the pics! And, wear the GOY shirts! :-)

17 May, 2009


I'll check it out Arlene, looks like a weekend so if we're free I'll pop down.

Mageth, we'll be in GoY t-shirts (navy blue polo shirt with the GoY logo on) our tickets are from 3:30 so you don't need to inspect people 'til then :o)

Champagne and strawberries! Arriving in your helicopter too? :o) We'll bring back plenty of pictures and will be on the look out for chocolate & sweet ideas too.

18 May, 2009


Many Thanks! :-)

18 May, 2009


Unable to get to the show, but following it on TV.
Have a great day, look forward to the photo's.

19 May, 2009


Thanks PG, I'm sure we will :o)

19 May, 2009

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