Category Archives: PlantPlots Soapbox Opinions

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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How can you get ‘inspiration’ from a £250k show garden – really?

Small Garden Design: Show gardens are just for show!   Show gardens are amazing, super expensive, but amazing.  Everything is perfect, most are incredibly beautiful and stuffed to bursting with the most beautiful plants and offset by spectacular sculptures, gazebos, patios and furniture.    It is our glimpse at how those gardens behind elaborate electric fences would (or should) look – and

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House builders planting schemes (usually)

Why do Housebuilders care so little about the gardens they build?   These little front patches are the fault of new house building firms.        You can see what has happened, the site manager has said, get some plants and stick them in here to fill it up. 

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Uber-organised or ‘pop it in’ planting

Many years ago, I was outside my front door, and the lady down the road was planting her bulbs down the side of the drive – she was using a set square and ruler to get everything ‘just so’. When the tulips popped up there was a red one then exactly  9 inches away a yellow one, and so it

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Gardeners can be so dull!

  I like gardening, because I like to have somewhere to sit outside that is beautiful, interesting and colourful.  I dislike the boring bits though, weeding, deadheading and aphid squishing, but they are necessary to do. The only reason I sow seeds or take a cuttings, is because I don’t have the money to buy plants all the time, despite

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Why do we need blue roses?

I don’t know about you, but why is there such an obsession amongst growers to make flowers bloom in every possible colour, it is almost the holy grail of plant breeding to develop the most perfect blue rose – why?   There are hundreds of beautiful roses out there, hundreds, which cover the whole of the spectrum of colour except

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Overly developed flowers

When is a flower not really a flower?   Tulips, Daffodils, Dahlias and Pansies come into this category for me, and I am talking about gilding the lily.  I know growers want to introduce new varieties to sell, which is great, but some of the varieties coming into Garden Centres I think, concentrate on what might make this a real

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Bedding

Just because something has been around for years, it doesn’t mean it is the best or most suitable option.   Take corsets for example, no self respecting lady was seen without one for hundreds of years until someone developed a more practical and comfortable alternative – this is exactly what I think about bedding!     I know Nurseries and

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‘Pictoral’ labelling

  Perhaps I am too much of a plantophile, but I really think the way plant labels have become soulless detracts from the reason you buy plants.  Too often on the back all you get is a pictogram of a sun, half a sun, Roman numerals and  height number in cm’s.  Now these are all very well, I know how to plant

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‘Estate Agent’ plant descriptions

 Small Garden Design: Read plant labels carefully!   I have made many mistakes when gardening, most of which you learn from, but although you do learn, some of the mistakes made can be a right royal pain in the do-da’s to sort out!  The most annoying mistake I ever made, was buying about 20 bulbs of Allium Triquetrum, now I love

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