Category Archives: PlantPlots Soapbox Opinions

Bees V RHS – it’s time for the bees to win

Bees V RHS – it’s time for the Bees to win.   The Royal Horticultural Society is an amazing institution. It’s role is to promote gardening and educate current and future generations about gardening and all things horticultural.   No one can argue that it does not fulfil this role admirably. However, the RHS has created a monster in the world of horticulture

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The Trouble with Flower Shows…

The Trouble with Flower Shows…   What trouble, flowers shows are meant to inspire us, show us how to garden & display amazing plants in wonderful garden settings! Shows are the pinnacle of horticultural achievement, where they lead we should follow….   Or should we?

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Hanging baskets & why you should avoid them

Hanging Baskets & why you are better off without them.   We Brits have always had an obsession for hanging baskets. We spend millions on these displays every year. Beautiful displays sing out the conquest of one’s horticultural ability over the elements. More often than not though, the compost heap quickly fills with thrown away shrivelled and dried out displays.  Should we

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What does your front garden say about you?

What does your front garden say about you –  more importantly does it say what you want it to say?     We believe that everyone can have a lovely front garden even if you can’t afford to spend very much. We have always tried to show you how you can achieve a gorgeous garden with only a small amount of

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Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Can you make a Chelsea Flower Show Garden at home?     It’s show season & the horticultural world is gearing up for the biggest & most prestigious of all…. Chelsea Flower Show 2016.   We, as ‘garden mortals’, are going to look on in wonder at the ability of the professional horticulturalists and garden designers to produce the most amazing and utterly

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Gardens are for life – not for show

Why Gardens should be for Life, not just for Show   Show Gardens are fantastic aren’t they! They represent all that is innovative, stunning (expensive!) and exciting, we wander through garden shows being wowed on every side by picture perfect paradises packed full of colour, scent and cool stuff! And it’s great, but then we all go home and I

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Hedgehog Holes – share and care people!

Sadly the time frame for getting enough signatures on this petition has expired, so you can’t sign this one….but we will have another go shortly. Hedgehogs need our help, just think if we all had holes in our fences they wouldn’t need to cross the road. All you need to do is click the image and add your name to

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Colour enhanced flowers on plant labels

  So many of the images of flowers are clearly enhanced to give a false impression of the vibrancy and intensity of the colour of the flowers, many of the reds are so ‘beefed up’ there isn’t a shade of lipstick that would compare to them!     Now I understand that  growers want the images to stand out, but

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Mixed boxes of colourful planting

You have all seen these, little 6 packs of different conifers or a six pack of multi colours of pansies, or a six pack of little herbaceous plants. You get one of each plant, you buy it, go home and then what? By all means buy a 6 pack of the same variety of plant, that way you can get 

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Hanging baskets!

  I can’t do them, so I no longer even try. You really need to invest in an automated dripfeed watering system, or the spectacular display will not impress!  I have really tried with them in the past, but I think the only plants that would withstand my care regime would be Cacti – and that wouldn’t be nice at eye level! I

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