BBC Gardeners' World

BBC Gardeners' World December 2020

Gardeners' World Magazine is the authoritative voice in gardening, the clear market-leader since it launched in 1991. The award-winning editorial includes topical, practical advice in the readers' favourite 'what to do now' section, and regular contributions and features from the top names in BBC gardening. Packed with fresh ideas and clear advice - the innovative approach offers creative, practical and problem-solving solutions to all keen gardeners.

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s we count down the last days of this extraordinary year, I know we’ll all have reasons, positive or painful, to remember 2020. In nature, new life so often comes from adversity – and as gardeners, we’ve seen this in action and connected with others through shared experiences. While shortages of plants, compost and seeds couldn’t stop us growing, we welcomed millions of new gardeners to the pleasures of nurturing a patch of ground, however small. And, as Monty observes in his review of 2020, our gardens have nurtured us as much as we’ve cared for them – as witnessed by the stories we share from entrants to our Gardens of the Year competition. Each reveals how gardening in 2020 has restored a vital balance in turbulent times. It’s becoming clearer…

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we love december

“At Christmas I no more desire a rose, than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth”William Shakespeare STAR OF THE MONTH Hedera helix For much of the year ivy gets a bad press: there is grumbling about ivy throttling trees, ivy pulling the pointing out of walls and ivy generally being a bit of an irritation. Until December, when everybody suddenly sees the good things: we have Christmas carols (although admittedly it is second string to holly, which of course bears the crown) and festive wreaths, and suddenly we all love ivy. Seems a bit unfair, as this is a plant that provides a lot, such as insulating buildings and being amazing groundcover in tricky places. Its berries, which are a winter bounty for birds, are seen here with a frost-laced hebe. Easy to…

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expert’s choice hippeastrum

When botanist Carl Linnaeus established the genus geranium back in 1753, he included a wide range of plants. Later, some of them were seen to be so different that they were split off and given a genus of their own, pelargonium, but we carried on calling them geranium anyway. It’s the same with amaryllis. Again, Linnaeus originally coined the name to include a wide range of plants. Some of them were later split off and called hippeastrum, but we continue to call them amaryllis. However, at this time of year we could only be referring to one group – the flamboyant and oh-so-easy-to-grow windowsill hippeastrum. Once seen mainly as an emergency last-minute Christmas gift, hippeastrums are available everywhere from garden centres to mail-order firms to garage minimarkets, but here’s the thing –…

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the full monty

The days are short and the weather grim. As I walk up through the garden to open the greenhouses and let out the chickens, I have the choice of slipping on the paths or squelching on the grass. The Jewel Garden is hunched and humiliated into submission. No words will salvage anything from the Writing Garden and the Paradise Garden is anything but heavenly at this time of year. This is not entirely unexpected – in fact, the bright, cold, crisp days are the unexpected treat that all too rarely lights up midwinter. The less-heralded curse of climate change, aside from drought, flood, storm, melting ice caps, dying coral reefs and a thousand other catastrophes, are the succession of mild, grey, wet days strung like malevolent beads on winter’s thread. You get…

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saving the planet with peat-free potting

The danger for the environment with Monty’s approach [to ban peat] (The Full Monty, November issue) is that it will make gardening less accessible for the new and inexperienced gardener. That will have the effect of them stopping gardening to find an easier hobby. The result is that gardens will be paved over (look at the reduction in the number of front gardens over the last 10 years) and those with just a balcony or windowsill just won’t fill them up with plants. That has a detrimental effect on the environment. If newcomers get into gardening it becomes addictive – people start to grow their own crops and experiment with growing systems and all the things Monty advocates. But don’t take away the simple route in and make gardening an…