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BBC Gardeners' World

BBC Gardeners' World

July 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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more from gardeners' world magazine

Discover... Unsure when to sow or harvest? You need our timely video clips to remind you, at gardenersworld.com/June-videos – and why not sign up for updates and topical tasks from our weekly website newsletter. Learn… ... more about growing, and take your skills to the next level with our online video courses, hosted by expert tutor and associate editor David Hurrion. Choose from cut flowers or pruning, with each priced from £29. Go to gardenersworld.com/ offers for all the details. Save… Our award-winning app lets you read on the move, with extra video clips, too. Sign up for six issues at just £9.99 at bit.ly/GW-digital. Or find us in the Readly magazine app on Apple or Google. Save even more... Subscribe in print today and get your first 3 issues for just £5! You’ll get each…

2 min
welcome

Does anything taste sweeter than a tomato you’ve grown yourself, nurtured and brought to full ripeness under the sun – then enjoyed within moments of picking? We don’t think so! Thousands of you are discovering this joy for the first time this year, reaping the rewards of a springtime spent lockdown gardening. So we’re celebrating summer’s finest and freshest flavours in this issue, with our guide to picking produce at its peak and enjoying it simply, within minutes – to let the taste sing out. You’ll find recipe ideas for all our favourite crops – and we want to hear your tips, too, so do share them with us on email, and social using #freshlypicked. And we celebrate Nigel’s life and good times in these pages, led by Monty’s moving reflections on…

4 min
we love july

“The summer looks out from her brazen tower, through the flashing bars of July”Francis Thompson STAR OF THE MONTH Allium sphaerocephalon In May, we were awash with alliums: white ones, purple ones and pink ones. Some with flowers like sputniks, others with blooms as big as a bundled lemur. They are a big part of our early-summer gardens, but by July, they have faded to handsome but less colourful seedheads. Except they haven’t all gone over, as in July we have the pleasure of the drumstick allium, so called because, if Ginger Baker was ever caught short of a stick, he could conceivably use them for a bit of a paradiddle. Wouldn’t last that long though, so best keep them for a bit of extra colour instead. Plant as bulbs in autumn. Best in…

2 min
expert ’s choice cosmos bipinnatus

They’re like big daisies, right? Well, yes and no. Wild Cosmos bipinnatus from Arizona and Central America is tall, up to 2m in height, its divided leaves cut into thread-like leaflets and big yellow-eyed daisy flowers with white or pink petals. After it arrived in Britain from Mexico in 1799, the seed companies started reducing the height to a metre or a little more, separating the flower colours and bringing forward the flowering time from late to early summer. A hundred years later there were double flowered varieties. Then it took another hundred years for ‘Sonata White’, just 60cm tall, to make cosmos suitable for the smallest gardens. The last thirty years have brought new colours, at least three different kinds of bicolours, three kinds of double-flowered varieties and new flower shapes.…

4 min
the full monty

I once had a dog called Nigel. From day one he was part of the family. He soon grew into a big strong dog, bounding with energy. The image of Nigel in his latter years, quietly plodding around is only half the story. For the first three years of his life he was astonishingly athletic, able to leap and run and swim as well as any dog I have ever had. His reaction speeds were incredible, but this was to prove his undoing. In 2012, when he was just four, he snapped his back leaping for a ball. The vet, the great Noel Fitzpatrick, said that it was not unknown but very rare. To create the force needed to cause your vertebrae to explode in that way you needed to…

1 min
nigel: a dog’s life

WATER LOVELY DAY A strong swimmer, floods held no fear for Digel, as water poured into the Jrchard Beds, last autumn. SCENE STEALER A thick golden coat and endless patience meant Digel always caught the light – just how photographers like their stars! “Nigel was a symbol of the goodness that we all know matters more than wealth or success”Monty Don BEHIND THE SCENES Digel graced many covers – but we can now reveal that a little biscuit bribery was the way to get his full attention. A PERFECT BOND His love of tennis balls and stray snacks was matched only by being part of the action with Conty. ON PATROL An unintended star of the show, Digel’s early appearances were accidental but soon, where Conty went, so did Digel – to viewers’ joy. PARTY TRICK! Digel always belied the old adage…