In the Beechgrove Garden it’s fire and water as Carole and George don waders and climb into the pond to clear the blanketweed, while Jim also wages war on weeds with a new flamethrower.
Brian and George plant up a new alpine wall with blue and white plants that will create sky beyond the alpine mountains. Carole is in the water again as she visits Julia Young’s unique garden in a quarry at Blebo Craigs, near Strathkinness, as Julia has a small rowing boat to weed and plant around the quarry.
In Beechgrove Garden episode 11 2017:
It’s hard to believe that only 2 weeks ago we were taking out the spring bedding and putting in the summer bedding. It’s now time to be thinking ahead and sow
biennials for next spring’s bedding display. Biennial means that they can be sown this year and they will flower next year then it either dies or is discarded.
2. Alpine/Secret Garden
George and Brian were marrying the top of the Alpine Garden with the Secret Garden behind it. The secret gardenstarted off life at Beechgrove as the flower
arrangers garden, when George Anderson came on board he decided to make it a secret garden full of textures and clever planting. It was now looking a little bit tired and overgrown. The thought was to allow plants to do the talking, and create the effect of the top of a mountainside and the blue sky above. Callum has continued the building of the wall out towards the Heather garden end and made it a sloping wall, running down to ground level by the time it reaches the Heather garden. The wall is a double wall with a soil infill where plants will be grown to cascade over and around the stonework.
This week was the first opportunity that Jim has had to check on progress of the tomatoes planted 5 weeks ago. This year all the plants had been planted in the same compost and were looking superb. There were 10 different tomato varieties but it was too early to tell the difference. There were a couple of jobs to be getting on with. Firstly, plants need to be supported as they grow.