In this week’s Gardeners’ World, Monty Don turns his attention to the pond at Longmeadow. He adds a splash of colour to the planting with some perennial springtime favourites, as well as giving advice on pond maintenance which can be carried out now without disturbing wildlife.
Nick Bailey travels to Lincolnshire to meet a family of daffodil growers who
Why does Rocket have purple leaves?
The programme starts before the opening credits with Monty planting out some Rocket plants. They have been sitting in module plugs for a few weeks. The leaves have turned purple which Monty explains is due to stress in the plant. It’s nothing to worry about and once planted out in the soil, new leaves will be lovely and green.
Around the pond at Longmeadow
Monty has mulched around the plants that surround the pond, to try and keep the ground moist. This is required by the plants selected to border the pond.
Peonies feature, Langport Somerset
Susana Applegate has grown Peonies for about 25 years.
They flower from May to end of June. There are five major forms of Peonies. From the simple single, the imperial flower, the semi-double, the bowl and the triple decker.
For best success, don’t plant them any deeper than 2cms below the soil and pick a sunny spot. (As a rule of thumb they like
Don’t worry about ants on Peonies, they are just eating the nectar
If you’ve never grown Peonies before then Susana recommends starting with this:
Back at Longmeadow Monty explains that it’s a myth that Peonies are hard to grow. He plants some to show how easy it is:
Before you buy, you need to be aware of the 3 types:
- Tree Peonies – actually shrubs, carry large flowers. Need to be planted deep.
- Hurbtious Peonies, they need support or they will start flopping about.
- Intersectional Peonies – which are a mixture of the above two. They are very robust and don’t need any support. They are very expensive, the one below cost Monty £70.
Nick Bailey Taylors Bulbs Lincolnshire Daffodil Feature
When you buy a packet of bulbs they have probably been grown for about 5 years. When planting you should plant, twice the depth of the bulb. They do need a lot of water during the growing season. The biggest mistake people make is to cut back the
Back at Longmeadow Monty explains how he loves his white Daffodil’s.
Growing Veg in a small area feature
Gardening Jobs for the 1st weekend in April
- Cut back herbs – Thyme and Sage can soon get woody, it’s important to cut them back hard at this time of year.
- Harvest rhubarb – never cut, just give it a nice firm tug at the base.
- Clear old growth on ferns