Chelsea Flower Show
Colin Evans Garden Tips
Colin gets frustrated with the changeable English weather in May, just in time for the Chelsea Flower Show. He also warns against growing exotic plants in anticipation of global warming, whatever scientists may tell you!
Why is it that The Chelsea Flower Show is always halfway through May each year? Most gardeners are hard pressed to keep up with the changes in the weather and the night temperatures in their own gardens without having to keep plants looking their best for exhibition purposes.
It's either too windy, too wet, too dry or just too cold. So why do horticulturists inflict sleepless nights and long days on themselves when surely a horticultural show could easily take place in say June or July?
The days would be longer and warmer and we would all feel a little more like getting out into the open.
Yes, I know The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show takes place in July, but why can't Chelsea take place in June and Hampton Court in August? That way we could all be sure of the right conditions.
If you listen to the scientists, you would be hard pressed to know what to do for the best, anyway.
This week an university boffin has test results to prove that eventually only the very wealthy will have lawns as these will be a luxury and our gardens will resemble deserts like those in Spain, since, according to this scientist, water will be at an all time low.
You will at last be able to grow without any bother what so ever, all those exotics you drool over when you are abroad and thousands of miles from Blighty.
If it happens in my lifetime, or yours for that matter, I will happily eat my gardening hat, and if you are convinced, then I suggest you buy a lottery ticket as there is more chance of you winning the big one than growing a vast drift of dracena marginata in your south of England garden.
Better known as the "Calico Bush", Kalmia will reach a height of 3m and is easy to look after with no pruning, just dead head removal after flowering.
1: Keep an eye open for perennial weeds on the lawn like dandelions and daisies as they will eventually take over the garden. Remove the heads of dandelion flowers before they seed and apply a spot weed killer to the daisies.
2: Hanging baskets still need to be kept out of the cold by keeping in
3: Once rhododendrons have flowered, carefully remove each dead
last updated: 08/05/2009 at 17:13
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