BBC Gardeners' World April 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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discover more from gardeners’ world magazine

Tour with Adam Don’t miss the last chance to book our Cotswolds gardens summer break, with a guest appearance by Adam Frost. Find out more on page 69. Pruning made easy Master the techniques of pruning, with our new 132-page guide. Order a copy for £6.99 inc. free post, with the subscriber code GWSPRUNING19 from /gwpruningyr19 Snapper’s delight Be among the first to be allowed to take photos at Highgrove on 10 April, guided by our magazine photographer Jason Ingram. Book at Free book by Adam The new book by Adam Frost, How to Create Your Garden, is out now for £20. You can bag your own copy free when you subscribe – turn to p165. PHOTOS: EDITOR’S PORTRAIT BY SARAH CUTTLE, TAKEN AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL ROOF GARDEN, SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON(OPEN MAY-SEPT: SOUTHBANKCENTRE.CO.UK). IMAGE…

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If our summer gardens are like great theatre, then April is the month when we cast our star performers. This is the moment to put dreams into reality and choose your style for summer – and that’s what this issue is all about. Fresh veg on demand? No problem – we’ve foolproof ways to start, and all you need is a pot. Time to turbo-charge your borders? Nick Bailey will put your right with his new series. Or simply longing for quick results that’ll last all summer? Turn to Adam Frost and Joe Swift for their solutions. But the piece I think everyone must read is the first in our Grow Yourself Healthy series, this month on stress (from page 51). We all face more stresses than ever in our daily lives,…

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we love april for bringing on the razzle-dazzle

STAR OF THE MONTH Erythronium ÔCitronella’ This glorious inhabitant of the woodland fringes is overburdened with common names – I really don’t understand the logic of some of them. Dog’s tooth violet? Easy, that’s due to the shape of the bulb. Fawn lily? Um, no idea, it doesn’t seem particularly deer-like. Trout lily? Likewise, not at all fishy. Adder’s tongue? Possibly because of the flickering stamens. Never fear, sometimes we really don’t need to know the whole story and should be happy enough just enjoying the effect that, in this case, is delightful enough to put a sparkle into anybody’s day. Needs shady woodland, although not too close to trees that may vacuum up all the summer moisture. Plant in drifts where they can spread undisturbed. Height x Spread 25cm x 20cm A DIGNIFIED…

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expert ’s choice triumph tulips

There are so many different kinds of tulips that, to help us make sense of them all, they’re split up into 15 ‘divisions’. Some have helpful names like Double Early and Lily-Flowered, but what are Triumph tulips? Well, Triumph tulips are single tulips that flower from about late April, after the Single Earlies and before the Single Lates. The stems are about 40-60cm tall, supporting the flowers well, and the flowers themselves have that familiar, classical, elegantly egg-shaped form. There are over 600 of them in an extraordinary range of brilliant, rich and pastel shades. Slightly shorter than similar types, and with strong stems, Triumphs are more weather-resistant than many other tulips. And although they won’t reliably return year after year, they’re more perennial than most. A Dutch nurseryman coined the name…

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the full monty

Rule number one when writing for a magazine is do not get excited about the weather, because by the time today’s weather (which, for the record, consists of a gale and torrential rain) reaches you on these pages it has become old news. Yet weather is probably the single most significant thing in any gardener’s world. But other than causing a little local difficulty – like flooding, drought and freezing pipes – weather does not matter. It passes. We adapt. But climate is completely different to weather. As was proved so dramatically in Chicago and the northern US states this winter, you can have extremes of cold weather while the climate is still warming up. We are discovering here in the UK that climate change and global warming can mean cooler,…

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Thank you and Monty (Mind, Body and Soil, March issue) for continuing to champion the benefits that gardening brings to mental health. I cannot agree more that gardening heals, and prevents, many of the ills of life. My own struggles with anxiety and depression have gone on for years. For me, my garden has always been the eye of the storm. Gardens are places of sanctuary from the raging winds of life. Mental health often leaves sufferers ruminating over the past or fearful of the future. Gardens are the opposite – they are the beautiful present. Tom Smart, by email As I read Monty’s article in the March issue, I was impressed by the description of the benefits of gardening on our physical and mental health, and the connection made between them.…