In this edition of
They also visit a small jungle garden in Runcorn that is bursting with colour that defies the UK’s unpredictable climate, and we meet a couple from Norfolk who transformed an uninteresting space into a garden full of tropical plants enhanced by scrap metal objects washed up on the nearby coastline.
The programme stars with Monty planting out his sweet peas. He planted them in January, February and March so he would et succession flowering through the summer.
Monty grows them up bean sticks which are 8ft tall, well sunk into the garden so they won’t blow over.
If you haven’t already, pinch out the shoots as this will encourage them to bush up and develop side shoots.
Sweat peas like mild damp conditions, so keep them well watered. If it’s too hot and dry they won’t like it at all. Give them a good weekly soak.
Suil Na Mara Bacton, Norfolk
Bev and Bill Kerr have 225 varieties of plants in their North Norfolk garden which is a few minutes from the coast on sandy free draining soil. Many of the plants are exotic and thrive in these conditions.
Back at Long Meadow Monty is putting in supports for roses.
Derek’s Tropical Garden in Runcorn
Derek was inspired after visiting the late Will Giles garden in Norwich, Norfolk a few years ago. He wondered if he could do the same on a smaller scale further North in his home in Runcorn.
One or two big plants in a small garden
Back at Long Meadow and it’s raining!
Monty is now sowing Perennials from seed.
Gardening jobs for the weekend – Mid April.
- Deadhead Daffs but leave the stems and the leaves to die back naturally.
- Prue dogwood – this will stimulate growth and ensure you have plenty of the lovely red stems in winter.
- Plant Melon and Cucumber seeds.