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BBC Gardeners' World March 2019

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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Clematis for free! If you have a clematis you love, make more plants with Monty’s guidance, in our popular video from the show, on propagating clematis. Watch it at bit.ly/GW-clematis-cuttings Spring revamp Now’s the perfect time to get your garden into shape, so follow Joe Swift’s Golden Rules of design in our exclusive video, to make a start. Watch it at bit.ly/GW-Golden-Rules Our Cotswolds tour Enjoy our summer 2019 tour to gardens of the Cotswolds, joined for a day by Adam Frost. This tour unlocks several gardens normally closed to the public, so why not treat yourself? See p52. Learn to prune You’ll get more from your garden if you’re confident in pruning, so let us show you how, in our small group sessions. Turn to p100. PHOTOS: EDITOR’S PORTRAIT BY SARAH CUTTLE, TAKEN AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH…

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welcome

The secret is out – the big one we all share about gardening. Spend more than a few minutes in your garden, from planting beans and turning compost, to simply cheering on long-buried bulbs as they limber out of the ground, and you’ve switched off the outside world and switched on to the natural one. Though you may be too busy to think about it, with a mental checklist of spring tasks that’s growing daily, we all know what it means to come in from a gardening blitz and feel as elated as you are muddy and aching. And now, medical experts of every discipline are on board, with the NHS announcing investment in ‘social prescribing’ – including gardening – as a viable solution for a range of health issues. Of…

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we love march for the seduction of early spring

STAR OF THE MONTH Primula acaulis There was a brief moment in my adolescence when I eschewed the traditional teenage allure of both Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd, and instead listened to a lot of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas: with hindsight, a trifle weird I know. I mention it only because this gathering of almost identical pots reminds me of the song ‘Three little maids from school are we’ from The Mikado (sung by the kimono clad Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo and Pitti-Sing). Few would disagree with the aptness of describing these primula as “Pert as a schoolgirl well can be/Filled to the brim with girlish glee”. Happy in semi-shade and does well in both pots and borders, especially if planted with well-rotted manure. Divide every couple of years. Height x Spread 10cm x 10cm FLUFF…

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expert’s choice double daffodils

Gardeners have always been in two minds about double daffodils. One the one hand, they’re long lasting, have real impact, come in some lovely colours and combinations, and have enhanced fragrance compared with the more familiar kinds. On the other hand, some people say that they don’t look like daffodils at all and that those multi-petalled flower heads are so heavy that they hit the ground at the first sign of drizzle or a breeze. Well, firstly, so they don’t look like daffodils – who cares?! Are we saying that if they were not actually daffodils they’d be lovely but because we have a fixed idea in our heads about what daffodils look like then they’re horrid? Oh, please… And while some are weak-stemmed, there are plenty that are not. So, having got…

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the full monty

In the film Being There , Peter Sellers plays Chance, the gardener who becomes a presidential candidate by dint of saying vague horticultural inanities in response to every question. In the light of the current US president, you could argue that stranger things have happened. Or that this pretty much defines the TV gardener. I could not possibly comment. But what if a politician became a gardener? It might be said like this (assumes a serious but caring face): “Austerity has hit Longmeadow. Cuts have had to be made. More are to follow. Some of these are radical and will leave a hole, but bullets have been bitten, nettles grasped and guns stuck to. And I am happy to tell to you that, as a result, everything for everybody will be…

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have your say

Budget feed I read the bird special articles with great interest, but I have one criticism about the piece, ‘What’s in our bird food?’ (January issue). The only bird food I can afford comes from the cut-price outlets and I’m in no doubt it a . However, the number and variety of birds visiting suggests that there is enough in the mix to keep all of them interested. Surely the point should be that, while better-quality foods are great, it’s better to feed the birds with what you can afford rather than not at all. Glenda King, by email Winter colour Wow, how I loved Frances Tophill’s article (My container style, February issue) – those gentle colours, so soft and reassuringly comforting. I am inspired by Frances’s creation, and know that the versatile and robust…

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