Plants

Things to do in London during Chelsea week

The gardening extravaganza that is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show kicks off in a matter of days. Make the most of your time in London and consider some other horticulturally themed activities. Here's a selection of things we've noticed taking place at the same time that might be worth a visit.

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The Pothole Gardener is taking part in the Chelsea Fringe c. Kate McAuley

The gardening extravaganza that is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show kicks off in a matter of days. Make the most of your time in London and consider some other horticulturally themed activities. Here's a selection of things we've noticed taking place at the same time that might be worth a visit.

If you’re spending time in London during the week of the Chelsea Flower Show (whether you're attending the show or not), here are some garden-related treats to enjoy.

Nurseryman's favourites – May

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants can't resist Papaver orientale Goliath Group 'Beauty of Livermere' for the stunning red impact it brings to the garden in May. PLUS places to visit to see plants at their seasonal best.

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Papaver orientale Goliath Group 'Beauty of Livermere' c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants can't resist Papaver orientale Goliath Group 'Beauty of Livermere' for the stunning red impact it brings to the garden in May. PLUS places to visit to see plants at their seasonal best.

 

Growing geums

National Collection holder Sue Martin gives her tips on how to grow geums. The image here is of Geum 'Lady Stratheden' a favourite of Sue's and an excellent long flowerer.

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Geum 'Lady Stratheden' c.Leigh Clapp

National Collection holder Sue Martin gives her tips on how to grow geums. The image here is of Geum 'Lady Stratheden' a favourite of Sue's and an excellent long flowerer.

In the April issue of the magazine (issue 184) we feature the garden of plant enthusiast and Geum National Collection holder, Sue Martin. Here are some of her tips to consider when growing these lovely bright garden jewels.

GROWING GEUMS:
• The key to growing geums is moisture retentive soil but the pH of soil is not an issue. Sue Martin’s heavy clay soil has been enriched by years of manuring by the previous owner. Sue adds both grit and compost to the soil when planting a new area of Geum and continues to mulch annually with garden compost.

International Garden Photographer of the Year

Take a look at some of the winning images from the International Garden Photographer of the Year 

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Upside Down c.Magdalena Wasiczek

Take a look at some of the winning images from the International Garden Photographer of the Year 

Here's a selection of images from this year's International Garden Photographer of the Year. You can find out more about each of these images shown at International Garden Photographer of the Year.

Vote for your environmental hero

The shortlist for the Octavia Hill Awards have been made. Now the National Trust are asking the public to cast their vote and decide who the real green heroes in our communities are.

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Octavia Hill - green pioneer c.NTPL

The shortlist for the Octavia Hill Awards have been made. Now the National Trust are asking the public to cast their vote and decide who the real green heroes in our communities are.

Organised by the National Trust, in partnership with BBC Countryfile Magazine, the awards mark the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill, the social reformer and environmental campaigner who helped found the National Trust, who died in August 1912.

Gardens of Scotland - 31 August to 6 September

Join our trip and visit some of Scotland's finest gardens, plus an invitation to stay at the private homes of some of the garden owners

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LIttle Sparta c. Noel Kingsbury

Join our trip and visit some of Scotland's finest gardens, plus an invitation to stay at the private homes of some of the garden owners

Join this one-off trip and not only will you discover some of Scotland’s great historic and contemporary gardens, you are also invited to stay at the private homes of some of the garden owners, giving you a unique view of these properties not normally experienced by visitors.

Nurseryman's favourites - March

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants picks Fritillaria michailovskyi as one of her March plant highlights PLUS places to visit to see plants at their early spring-time best

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Fritillaria michailovskyi c. Jason Ingram

Chris Marchant of Orchard Dene Plants picks Fritillaria michailovskyi as one of her March plant highlights PLUS places to visit to see plants at their early spring-time best

 

Correction to crossword

We're sorry but we've just noticed a mistake in the March issue crossword. We hope this hasn't been too frustrating for you.

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March crossword

We're sorry but we've just noticed a mistake in the March issue crossword. We hope this hasn't been too frustrating for you.

Unfortunately we missed off the clue to 27 DOWN for the March issue (183) crossword. Apologies to anyone who has been trying to complete it. Here is the clue:

27 Down: Sound of Lady Nancy's daisy-like flower (5)

Reader offer - Buy your asparagus crowns now

Asparagus is easy to grow and tastes delicious freshly harvested from the garden. Here's your chance to buy grade-A crowns ready for planting now at a special offer price

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Asparagus 'Stewart's Purple'

Asparagus is easy to grow and tastes delicious freshly harvested from the garden. Here's your chance to buy grade-A crowns ready for planting now at a special offer price

Specialist nursery Pomona is offering two cultivars of one-year-old, ‘grade A’ asparagus crowns at a special price of £14.50 for 12 crowns, or £27 if you buy both cultivars (p&p included). These will establish quickly to give your first crop in just one year after planting.

Spring gardens to visit

Here's a selection of gardens to visit that celebrate the season with fresh ideas and colourful combinations. Writer Val Bourne picks the best

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Pashley Manor Gardens in spring c.David Dixon

Here's a selection of gardens to visit that celebrate the season with fresh ideas and colourful combinations. Writer Val Bourne picks the best

Three themes to inspire your spring planting combinations and 9 gardens to visit that show you how its done.

PASTELS COLOURS

Pastels work at this time of the year because the light is soft enough to flatter milky blues, whites and pinks. Bare earth frames low-growing woodlanders and these could include gentle wood anemones, bright-eyed primroses, smaller crocus and miniature blue bulbs among many others. These woodlanders nestle under an ambient canopy provided by deciduous trees and shrubs.