BBC Gardeners' World February 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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Meet Monty Join our exclusive reader trip to Provence this June, and discover incredible gardens, enjoy wine tasting AND meet Monty at one of his favourite gardens. For details of this six-day tour, turn to page 46. Bundles of ideas Treat yourself to our offer of two Gardeners’ World special editions on bulbs and small spaces. Worth £14, subscribers can buy both for £9.98 with the code gwsebundle18. See Home from home If you’re inspired by our houseplant features to be more adventurous in your style, try creating a terrarium. Watch our video at Learn new skills Discover more about gardening techniques in our exclusive GW Mag Masterclasses, hosted by Savill Garden. See the full programme on p55. PHOTOS: EDITOR’S PORTRAIT BY SARAH CUTTLE, TAKEN AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL ROOF GARDEN, SOUTHBANK CENTRE,LONDON (OPEN MAY-SEPT:…

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The countdown to spring is on and the urge to get growing is irresistible! It’s so cheering to see those early plants already out the blocks, shimmying their heads above ground or popping out buds as they soak up every ray of light in our lengthening days. These are the tough guys of the garden – hellebores, witch hazels, clematis and more... hardy as a boot, their roots down in the warmth underground. But while there’s still an icy crust on soil to contend with, I salve the need to get growing by turning indoors – tucked up in the greenhouse or, when it’s really nippy, sowing seeds at the kitchen table, mug of tea and radio close to hand. And if, like me, your resolution this year was to be…

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we love february for its little gang of early blooms

STAR OF THE MONTH Helleborus x hybridus Hellebores are quite – how shall I put it delicately – promiscuous. They happily hybridise and cross with all-comers, which (if one ignores the moral laxity) is a good thing for gardeners, as it means that we now have hellebores in every colour from white to deep, thundery, purple. In the ancient world, they were used to cure madness, notably in the case of the king of Argos’s daughters, who were given to running naked through the streets – very different from the home life of our own royal family. This particular variety is a fabulous winter red. If you want a hellebore identical to the parent, then divide the plant in September. If you feel lucky, sow seed when ripe. Height x Spread 40cm x…

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expert's choice reticulata iris

On the whole botanists are friends to gardeners as they organise the plant world to make it easy to understand. But sometimes… For example: you’d think that Iris reticulata and reticulata irises were the same thing – well, yes and no. Reticulata irises are a popular group of small, early flowering iris species with short flower stems followed by long leaves that grow in dry areas of central Europe and central Asia. Growing from bulbs, the group contains ten species, including Iris histrio and the infuriating I. danfordiae, which usually only flowers well once before fading away. And amongst those ten reticulata irises is: Iris reticulata. The main thing is that though these species are all slightly different, they all need the same growing conditions and we can treat them as different…

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the full monty

I was talking to a psychiatrist about the worrying rise of depression among young people. What was increasingly apparent, he said, was that there was no one cure or treatment. With every patient, you simply found a way that would trigger the process of healing or adaption, and very often this meant a combination of things such as medication, therapy and gardening - but without ever being sure which element was being most effective. Anyone who’s suffered from depression will know the truth of this from direct experience. Drugs can be transformative for a while and then not work at all or more often, as I found, leave you not knowing if they were working or not. Friends, family, and getting out and about can be really important, but sometimes can…

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have your say

Feeding the birds I must disagree with Steve Paddock of the Birdcare Standards Association (What’s in our bird food, January issue), who argues that with bird food, you get what you pay for. As blind taste tests on [human foods] show, price is no longer an indication of quality. Judging by the activity I notice at my bird feeder, my feathered friends agree that quality does not have to come with an extortionate price. Derek Hulme, by email Fresh start Having read What’s new for 2019 (January issue) I was pleased to see the popularity of houseplants increasing. I am new to gardening, but as a 23 year old in rented accommodation, haven’t had much opportunity to pursue this interest. As the article suggests, I’ve been using Instagram as a source of knowledge and…