Things we talk about in this episode:
What's in a name
The process of creating a stand at Chelsea
Pitching, competing, submitting
Creating an outdoor living space
Choosing carefully so as not to overload the stand. Making a realistic outdoor space
How to choose a grower
How the process works
Trees and hedging
Having a master plan (or not)
Who is the client? Sponsor? Stand?
It’s all about the medal
Gold medals and good pr
The first job
Faking it till you make it
Not knowing the answer!
Asking for help where you need it
Knowledge and confidence
How to be a good service provider
Selling ideas to a client
Suggesting, steering, guiding
Using FACTS to get your way
A tape measure is your best tool.
Balancing motherhood and a buisiness
Baked beans again
Being there when it counts - sports day etc
Setting a strong example for the children
Garden design creates beautiful spaces for families - it’s one of the nicest things you can do for people
Planting a show garden vs planting a private garden
Shrubs and herbaceous
Clipped shapes and chaos
Scaling up: putting big in small
Getting vertical interest in - wires and trellis to take eyes up
Getting a mirror in! Should be antiqued - bounces light
Being a weekend gardener
Outsourcing the clearing up
Screening and blocking out
Turning the laptop on
Plants, People, links
Gaze Burvill Garden Furniture
Chichester Trees and Shrubs
Colefax and Fowler
The English Gardening School
London College of garden design
Cloudy Bay garden Chelsea 2014
p9’s (0.5 litre pots)
Tulipa 'Black parrot'
Allium 'Purple sensation'
A. 'Purple rain'
The wildflower Turf company
RosaMme Alfred Carriere - flowers on a north wall
Stauntonia hexaphylla- will cover everything but beware
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Episode 5: Butter Wakefield
44:55Things we talk about in this episode:What's in a nameThe process of creating a stand at ChelseaPitching, competing, submittingCreating an outdoor living spaceChoosing carefully so as not to overload the stand. Making a realistic outdoor spaceHow to choose a growerHow the process worksTrees and hedgingChoosing plants Having a master plan (or not)Who is the client? Sponsor? Stand?It’s all about the medalGold medals and good prThe first jobSleepless nightsFaking it till you make itNot knowing the answer!Asking for help where you need itKnowledge and confidenceHow to be a good service providerCommunication Selling ideas to a clientSuggesting, steering, guidingUsing FACTS to get your wayA tape measure is your best tool. Balancing motherhood and a buisinessBaked beans againBeing there when it counts - sports day etcSetting a strong example for the childrenGarden design creates beautiful spaces for families - it’s one of the nicest things you can do for peoplePlanting stylePlanting a show garden vs planting a private gardenSeasonal plantingShrubs and herbaceousClipped shapes and chaosScaling up: putting big in smallGetting vertical interest in - wires and trellis to take eyes upGetting a mirror in! Should be antiqued - bounces lightBeing a weekend gardenerOutsourcing the clearing upScreening and blocking outTrellisTreesMeadowTidying tendenciesBeing braveComputer woesTurning the laptop onDelegationPlants, People, linksGaze Burvill Garden FurnitureDeepdale- hornbeamsChichester Trees and Shrubs Hortus lociRosa'Gertrude Jekyll'Geum'Totally tangerine'Rosa'Munstead Wood'Julia SamuelColefax and FowlerThe English Gardening SchoolLondon College of garden designAndrew WilsonCloudy Bay garden Chelsea 2014p9’s (0.5 litre pots)Alchemilla mollisrosesnepetaSalvia nemerosa'Caradonna'Salvia'Nachtvlinder'Salvia'Amistad'Hydrangea'Annabelle'Hydrangea paniculata'Limelight'Amelanchier lamarckiiMobilaneTulipa 'Black parrot'Fritillaria meleagrisAllium 'Purple sensation'A. 'Purple rain'Gareth KinsellaThe wildflower Turf company RosaMme Alfred Carriere - flowers on a north wallStauntonia hexaphylla- will cover everything but bewareClematis armandiiAkebia quinataTrachelospermum jasminoides
Episode 4: Heather Godard-Key
58:29Things we talk about in the episode:Why we love pelargoniumsscent of leavesmusky stringent smellbad breathtomato foliagethe easiness of themFibrex nurseriesThe National Collection of PelargoniumsHeather’s growing historyLearning about pelargoniums, ferns and iviesThe difference between pelargoniums and geraniumsFamily: GeraneacaeSame family, different genus:Genus: Pelargonium (southern hemisphere, tender, succulent or woody shrubs)Genus: Geranium (northern hemisphere, cranesbill. Hardy, herbaceous perennial)You can’t hybridise between the two - most definitely two different things!Geranium for pelargonium is WRONG because it’s misleadingIf you can’t say pelargonium, just call them pelliesPelargoniums are really tough in the right environmentReplicate SA in the UKLoam based, open, free draining compostWater managementGood light, even over winterNo darkness, no dinginessIn England that’s difficult, but not impossibleGood airflowIn a cool environment - Strip off a lot of the leaves which they don’t need because they’re not growing and you’re not watering.Zonals, decoratives, uniques, scenteds can have majority of leaves lower down taken off, leaving just the growing tipGets rid of mildew, mould, botrytis etc at the same time - bonus!Allows good airflow which is essentialKeeping pelargoniums indoors as houseplantsAvoid a kitchen or bathroom environment - too dampSitting room, living room, porch, Close to window or on windowsill. Natural daylight - doesn’t have to be direct sunlightFeed:Tomato feed like TomoriteFirst feed of season should be a balanced feed but otherwise Tomorite as soon as you see fresh young growthBeddingZonal pelargoniums are still used for bedding - can look stunningKey is to mass-plant with just one colour. Colour match with neighbouring plantsKey group within zonals: Bold series - good chunky, strong growing with short stems and lots of flowers which are shatter-proof.Use decorative, uniques and scented for gap-filling too!Attar of roses, Grey Lady Plymouth in a mixed border - Chocolate peppermint and Tomentosum at Wisley - looked amazingContainers:Potting compost magic formula; John Innes no. 2 and multi-purpose compost half and halfRe-pot in spring and you don’t need to feed for a month because of JI You cant over-feed a pellie!Feed every time you waterIf you want to get flowers like you see in the shows then you have to feed them! They’re on steroidsPinching out.Young cuttings - single stem. Once rooted and growing, pinch out top leaf and newest bud. Leaving a couple of live axils below means it will start to branch out. It’s not about height, it’s about body.Keep pinching outFibrex takes cuttings in August through to April. The pinching out happens throughout, until February. From buds, flowers will appear in six weeks. Pinching out is instinctive and takes practice, but not a lot of time if you’ve got a few pots outside the door.Dead heading.Pelargoniums LOVE to flower. If you take off the untidy ones it will grow more as soon as possible. If you leave them, the plant slows down.Heather deadheads every plant, every week - LOTS of work! Not so for a few pots.Snap bottom of flower stem between fingers and it will come off naturallyOverwintering.CuttingsPrepare your pot, 9 -12 cm Sterile seed compost and perlite or grit for drainage, Pat mixture down and saturate with water. Take cuttings, 2 inches at most depending on variety. Heather takes tip cuttings with one or two leaf nodes. Strip bottom leaves off, leaving growing tip and a couple of leaves at top. After 4-5 days give another drink. 5-10 cuttings in a 9cm pot. Cuttings really do like company. Heather pushes her cuttings straight in - no dibber and no rooting hormone.Heather likes to keep the leaves touching in the nursery.Leaving pelargoniums in pots over winterStart in September to prepare them by feeding them with a general purpose feedStops them from flowering. Take a third off in Autumn and strip the leaves. Re-pot in spring with fresh compost, fluffing up the roots. Water in lightly. After a couple of weeks, general feed and then put outside. Night temps should be around five degrees - leave till mid may or end of may. If you want them to continue flowering in a conservatory then just keep feeding tomato food.Windowsill with radiator is fine as they like a dry environmentBest are dwarves and miniatures for permanent flowering as they won’t outgrow their space.Other overwintering ideas:Hanging the upside-down. Used to be done. It’s a bit extreme and not entirely necessary. You can leave in the compost just ease off on the watering.Pests and diseases. The whitefly clap. Use invigorators rather than insecticides. SB invigorator gives the plant extra and has ammonia which whitefly hate. Good for spider mite too. Spidermite like dry environments Greenfly like the soft young growth. Squish.Pelargonium starter-kit for newbiesScented: Attar of Roses. The gorgeousness of it!Decorative: Ashby. Strong, easy, free-flowering, big and beautiful, and EARLY.Specie: Austral. From Tasmania. Borderline hardy. Dark green, with delicate white flowersPellie cake. What makes a lemon smell like a lemon?Pelargoniums have over 120 volatile chemicals in the leaves. Hence the huge variety of scents and flavoursBest houseplant pelargonium: Fragrans because of fresh fragrance and height. Delicate, pretty, delightful.fibrex.co.ukfibrexnurseries on twitter and instagramMay 1st national collection is open free of charge, but you can visit whenever you like.Pellie party! Smelly pellie jelly! Turn up!Links, Plants and important stuff we mention:Zonal Bold seriesAttar of RosesGrey Lady PlymouthChocolate PeppermingTomentosumTomorite tomato foodSB invigoratorHeather’s top three for beginners:Attar of RosesAshbyAustraleHouseplant favourite: FragransFibrex Pellie Party
Podcast 3: Andrew and Laetitia
31:56Andrew in the greenhouse why a greenhouse?hardening offcold framespotting on and space considerationsoverwintered pelargoniums: feedinghouseplant murderhouseplant care at this time of yearwhiteflymealybugsfeeding houseplants with seaweed extractupping the watering regimevine weevil on pillownemasysrepotting containerised plantsvine weevil vigilancedealing with pot-bound plantsstandardised plantsintuitive gardeningtop-dressingcrocksalpine screedaffodils and yellow snobberyforsythia, the untidy plantdeadheading daffschopping tulipsLaetitia’s amelanchiers and how much she loves themamelanchier - a hard-working plantGarden visiting in winter and early springBox topiary at West Dean gardensClipping your sarcococca into moundshorrifying results post-clippageOn The Ledge PodcastAndrew’s pelargonium tipsLaetitia’s alpine troughThe Garden LogNarcissi ThaliaMiranda Janatka’s article in the hardy plant society blogamelanchier canadensis and lamarkiiWest Dean GardensPlants we talk about and linksOn The Ledge PodcastAndrew’s pelargonium tipsLaetitia’s alpine troughThe Garden LogNarcissi Thaliaamelanchier canadensis and lamarkiiWest Dean Gardens
Podcast 2: Sara Venn
45:11THINGS WE TALK ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:Incredible Edible BristolFive minute gardeningKnitting theoryUsing both sides of your brainKilling begoniasIvy and pelargoniums as houseplantsWindowsill seed sowingBuying seedlingsNot over-sowingAm I a nurseryman?Essential seed-sowing equipmentCompostPlants to grow from seedDividing plants with two forks LINKS, PLANTS, IMPORTANT STUFF WE MENTIONIncredible Edible BristolRon FinleyEmma MitchellCoffee plantScheffleraPeace lilyOn the Ledge PodcastSweet peas (cupani)CosmosChilliesAlpine StrawberriesHydrangea pruning