The Beechgrove Garden episode 19 2015

In Beechgrove Garden episode 19 2015: Jim and Carole are waging war on pests and take on 4 baddies; vine weevil, whitefly, slugs and snails. They identify the pest and its symptoms and recommend a few cures.



Chris is back with his new-build couple, Jenny and Euan MacLean in Linlithgow. After months of work from Jenny and Euan this is Chris’s final visit and this time it’s the finishing touches – the fun bit, the planting.

George visits Monteviot Garden near Jedburgh. This stunning 30-acre garden surrounds the house and spills out through richly-planted garden rooms down to the River Teviot below.

In Beechgrove Garden episode 19 2015:

 1. Sunflowers

Carole was in the Trials Area reviewing the sunflowers in the heavy rain – there was no sign of it stopping sadly. She looked at the many different varieties growing here. ‘Giraffe’ is the tallest variety which has grown to 3 metres here at Beechgrove. It is advertised as growing to 5 metres in the catalogues. It is not grown for its flowers but for its extreme height.

 2. Hedges

Carole was near the greenhouses, walking through the hornbeam hedge archway. This has been transformed this year as it was cut back hard over the winter reducing its height by 3 feet (1 metre). It has started to recover and put on lots of growth, particularly width-wise.

 3. Monteviot Garden

George visited Monteviot garden near Jedburgh, home of Lord Lothian. George met up with Ian Stevenson, the Head Gardener who showed him around. Ian started the tour in the Winter Garden which was inspired by Peter Buckley and was created between 2008 and 2010. It is planted in drifts with cornus, willow and over 400 trees including Prunus serrula tibetica and Betula albosinensis.

 4. Nasty Trio of Pests

Jim and Carole were in the Conservatory looking at three different pests. Firstly there was the sap-sucking insect pest, whitefly. They explained that this tends to be a pest of indoor plants like cucumbers and fuchsias. They cause damage by feeding off the sap and by excreting a sticky honeydew which then leads to the growth of sooty mould on the leaves.

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