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Crookham, Northumberland

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 30 March 2012

Eric Robson and the team are joined by guest panellist Alison Pringle as guests of Crookham Gardeners' Club.
Our Practical March series concludes with expert advice on 'Weed & Pest control'.

Questions addressed in the programme:
My two year-old Magnolia isn't thriving. Could it be in the wrong place?
Which tropical plants will grow in Northumberland?
Suggestions included:
Eucalyptus globulus, Canna, Jacaranda, Phormium, Fatsia japonica, Tetreapanax & hardy Impatiens

Is my lawn feed or weedkiller destroying my 25 yr old daffodil bulbs?

How can I ward off the moles in my garden?

Can the panel suggest plants for a Peace Garden?
Suggestions included: Peace Lily, Pulsatilla vulgaris, Friendship plant or Billbergia nutans, Handkerchief tree or Davidia involucrate, Hydrangea 'Love me kiss, Hairbells, Scottish bluebells

How can I replant some 25 yr old blackcurrant & gooseberry bushes?

If I plant the top of a pineapple in a pot, how long will it take to fruit?

My Rhododendron flowers in winter. Is this normal?

Produced by Howard Shannon
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

  • Ready to bloom!

    Ready to bloom!

    Rhododendrons ready to burst into bloom at Cragside Gardens in Northumbria

  • Hydro power rules!

    Hydro power rules!

    Bob and Alison astride the bridge at Cragside - the gardens renowned for their Rhododendrons and other stunning shrubs were the first in the UK to use hydro power, hence the fast flowing river below.

  • How to ident the good guys!

    How to ident the good guys!

    Bob Flowerdew and the National Trust's Alison Pringle get up close to an early flowering Rhododendron at Cragside. Its ornate flowers means it is not the dreaded Ponticum variety



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