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Episode 13

Monty celebrates the midsummer glory of roses in all their forms, plants some statuesque shrubs in pots for year-round interest and deals with a rabbit problem in the veg patch.

At Longmeadow Monty celebrates the midsummer glory of roses in all their forms, plants some statuesque shrubs in pots for year-round interest and deals with a pesky rabbit problem in the veg patch.

Carol Klein revels in one of our most flamboyant seasonal flowers - the peony. Adam Frost finds inspiration for his own garden from the wild flowers that grow near to his Lincolnshire home, and Arit Anderson takes a look into gardens of the future when she visits a garden in Derbyshire designed to capture and use rainwater. Flo Headlam gets involved with a community project that can totally transform a garden in a single day, and we visit an iris enthusiast in Gloucestershire who is attempting to collect all the varieties created by one of her ancestors.

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Fri 13 Jul 2018 08:00

Xylella: More information

Xylella: More information

Biosecurity is a really important issue which we should all be aware of. The main thing is to be mindful of where you source plants from. Experts describe Xylella fastidiosa as one of the most dangerous pathogens worldwide. The RHS is calling on gardeners and the industry to future proof gardens by buying host plants that are propagated from seed in the UK or grown in the UK for a minimum of 12 months. For more information, here are some useful websites.

RHS press release

DEFRA - Xylella factsheet

The Horticultural Trades Association information pack

Forestry Commission - Xylella information

Bliss’s Irises

Bliss’s Irises

About 20 years ago, while researching her family history with a distant cousin, Anne was offered two irises bred by her great uncle. As she had a large garden at the time and quite liked irises, she accepted. Her cousin explained that her mother, Phyllis, used to help Uncle Arthur as a child, and that these two irises were directly from him. Perhaps more significantly, she also had also managed to discover a list of all his irises and the dates of their introduction.  

These two irises turned out to be Dominion and Cardinal. Dominion was a very famous iris, and was particularly known for its unique velvety falls. It was the progenitor of a whole new range of stunning iris hybrids. Anne became fascinated with the story and using Arthur’s list, started to track down more of his creations. From these small beginnings, the National Collection of Arthur Bliss Irises was born.

Anne is interested in finding other Bliss Irises, and would love to hear from anyone who has any information about where any might be growing. There are still over 100 out there somewhere, and any help tracking them down would be appreciated. Anne’s email address can be found on the Plant Heritage National Collections website.


Role Contributor
Presenter Monty Don
Presenter Arit Anderson
Presenter Adam Frost
Presenter Flo Headlam
Presenter Carol Klein
Series Producer Sharon Fisher
Executive Producer Paolo Proto
Production Manager Michael Rogers