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How do I turn my leaky pond into a beautiful boggy paradise? Eric Robson and panellists Matthew Wilson, Anne Swithinbank and Matthew Biggs advise the attendees of RHS Tatton Park Flower Show.
Questions answered in the programme:
I have concocted a pesticide for outdoor fruit bushes using variety spices and two shots of vodka. Will the vodka harm delicate indoor plants?
My husband has planted a Swap Cypress, Wellingtonia, London Plane in our garden. How will I control them?
How do I convert my leaking pond into a bog garden?
Can the panel advise on choosing compost for container planting?
Which shrubs should I plant between my mature common ash trees? The soil is chalky, well drained soil, low maintenance.
What do I do with my summer fruiting raspberries after they have fruited?
Which small trees could I plant to screen a summerhouse?
Staphyliea or 'Bladdernut'
Cornus controversa 'Variegata' or 'Wedding cake tree'
Ceanothus 'Italian skies', Ceaonothus 'Puget Blue' or Ceanothus 'Concha'
I have a variegated Yucca gloriosa How and when can I prune one of the side branches without killing the plant?
Plants that my wife once hated she now loves. Which plants does the panel once hate and now love?
Plants discussed in the Late Summer Planting feature with Anne Swithinbank:
Kolkwitzia amabilis or 'Beauty Bush'
Leycesteria formosa 'Lydia' or 'Himalayan honeysuckle'
Euonymus europaeus 'Thornhayes' or 'Spindle bush'
Dogrose or Rosa canina
Produced by Howard Shannon
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.
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