The programme comes from the renowned RHS Malvern Spring Festival, otherwise known affectionately as the plants and people show.
Monty Don gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the impressive displays, plants and show gardens on offer.
Meanwhile, Carol Klein seeks out this year's show stoppers in the fabulously scented floral marquee and Joe Swift gets an inside track on the motivation and inspiration behind some of the stunning show garden designs.
Bluebell garden featured
David & Angela Judge
The wonderful bluebells in David and Angela’s garden are at their peak right now. If you’re in the area and fancy paying them a visit, they’re open this weekend for the National Gardens Scheme. Please click on the link below for more information about opening times.
Shuttifield Cottage (www.ngs.org.uk)
Jobs for the weekend: Weed your borders
Now is the perfect time to do some handweeding in your borders. This means getting down on your hands and knees and pulling out what you don’t want. If you’re not sure what is a weed and what isn’t, leave the seedlings to grow on a bit longer and deal with them then.
More on controlling weeds (www.rhs.org.uk)
Jobs for the weekend: Support peas
It’s important to stake peas before they get all tangled. Brushwood is the traditional thing to use, but any twiggy prunings will do the job or even netting. As long as you have plenty of material for the growing tendrils to entwine, they’ll happily support themselves.
How to grow peas (www.rhs.org.uk)
Jobs for the weekend: Deadhead daffodils & tulips
Although daffodils and tulips are fading fast now, it’s important to allow the foliage and stems to die back naturally over the next few weeks. It’s tempting to cut them back as they look so ugly, but resist the urge if you can! It’s a good idea to cut off the old flower heads, however, to avoid energy being wasted in the production of seed.
More on bulb aftercare (www.rhs.org.uk)
|Series Producer||Christina Nutter|
|Series Editor||Liz Rumbold|