BBC Gardeners' World

BBC Gardeners' World December 2018

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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your update from gardeners’ world magazine

Discover the Secret Garden Unlock the subscriber-only area of our website, the Secret Garden, where you’ll find extra features, video and offers created just for subscribers. Find your Subscriber Number on the address sheet to enter and explore! Winter exclusive Missing Longmeadow with the TV show off air? Watch our Secret Garden exclusive video with Monty’s guided tour to the garden in winter, at Highgrove festival Hear Alan, Adam and a host of other gardening experts at the Talking Gardens Festival, held in the private garden of HRH The Prince of Wales. We’re giving readers exclusive access –see page 24. Join a 2019 Masterclass Learn new skills in our exclusive Masterclasses, hosted by the beautiful Savill Garden. It’s the perfect festive gift. Turn to page 61. PHOTO: LUCY HALL. EDITOR’S PORTRAIT BY SARAH CUTTLE, TAKEN AT THE…

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dear subscriber

What do you give a gardener for Christmas? We’ve all had ‘em – well-meant gifts ‘thoughtfully designed for the gardener in your life’ that land wide of the mark. To give you some bright ideas, for giving and receiving, we bring you our festive gardeners’ guide on page 63 (and, as you ask, I’ve got my eye on that pack of twine – who ever has enough?). But in truth, the best gift for any gardener is time. Whatever the season, we always want more hours in the day, to finish a task here, sow something there, or just mooch. It’s never harder to find than now, as darkness creeps in mid-afternoon and festive preparations tug at our elbow. But even just 15 minutes a day, out among real greenery, under…

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we love december for its festive red-and-green finery

STAR OF THE MONTH Cotoneaster amoenus Cotoneasters are generally unappreciated: they are mainly considered worth their place in the garden as background evergreens, small trees, hedges or as big green blobs grown to block off unwelcome views. They are useful in all those roles but, at this time of year, they come into their own. Clusters of Santa-coloured berries scurry along every branch. When cut they make wonderful wreaths and decorations; left in place they carry a frost with great aplomb and they also provide valuable winter food for many of our garden birds. So, let’s all show them some proper Gardeners’ World love. An easy shrub – fine in all free-draining soil types and happy in sun or light shade. Height x Spread 2.5m x 1.5m DOGWOOD SUNRISE I adore a Siberian dogwood: they…

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expert choice’s betula

The birch is one of Britain’s best-loved trees. In the countryside we enjoy its white stems, its spring catkins and its buttery autumn colour, while in garden varieties we enjoy all those features with extra intensity plus its quick growth, light shade and dappled canopy of foliage. The choice from the 35 species, and many varieties, allows us to select plants for wet soil and for dry, and the fact that trees quickly reach a size where they make an impression, yet never cast dense shade, allows a wide range of shade-loving plants to be grown beneath. At this time of year the gleaming white bark of many varieties shines in the low winter sunshine, especially when cleaned with soap and water. The weeping growth of some is elegant year round, while…

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the full monty

I have just returned from a long filming trip in Japan – the second this year – that will result in two programmes appearing on your screens in February. This was my third visit to Japan, and I now feel that as well as loving and admiring Japanese gardens, I am beginning to understand them a little. But Japanese gardens are hard for the western eye and mind. They are, by and large, not hard to like, or even love. But that love is always tempered by a degree of incomprehension. Many years ago, I studied Zen Buddhism but I came to realise that I would have to learn Japanese in order to really understand what was being said. Too much was being lost in translation. In many ways, it is…

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have your say

Running the rule over allotments As a young family with an allotment, I totally agree with Lia Leendertz (Over The Fence, November issue) that allotment rules need to change. We are lucky at our allotment as we are allowed to have a swing and a mud kitchen for the kids. However, when the kids are playing and making a noise, we do get annoyed looks from fellow allotment owners, suggesting that all may not agree with us. James Harding, Kent As an allotment tenant, Rob Smith understands the necessity of having rules on an allotment site (Over The Fence, November issue). We have rules in place to create a site with a pleasant aesthetic appearance. I am sad to say that Lia alluding to young families being the new blood is wishful thinking…