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Gardening, Autumn Colour On A Budget and Garden CSI

Thursday, 1 October 2009

It's Autumn and rather than being annoyed about the end of Summer its time to embrace the nice colour that your garden has coming into it.

Who is the guest?

Eugene Higgins, Autumn Enthusiast

I was born into Horticulture in a plant nursery/garden centre in north Co Dublin started in 1940 by my grandfather, so my excuse is, "that its in my blood". On leaving school I worked in various Dublin radio stations and spent my spare time working in the family run garden centre, this soon reversed after spending an intervening number of years in Australia.

Over the last 12 years I have been combining Horticulture and media work.

In 1999 I returned to retailing opening Colour Green Garden Centre in Malahide Dublin, which won "Best Specialist Garden Centre 2002-Ireland". In 2004 we subsequently moved the business to Tullamore, Co Offaly, where we have a lot more space around us and have concentrated on developing our Colour Green Landscaping Services. Our highlight to date was, being commissioned last year by the Afternoon Show to restore a nursing home's spectacular Japanese garden that had run into serious disrepair (Carrigoran Nursing Home, Co Clare)


Garden CSI

This weeks Garden CSI comes from Victor who is living in Wexford.

Victor was in touch with the show in March of this year. Bamboo was growing wild in his garden. Eugene advised him to try to dig up the roots of the bamboo. He has managed to dig up the smaller roots of the bamboo but is now faced with huge roots in the ground from the bigger shoots.

He's wondering how he can get rid of the big roots in the ground as they have grown wild.

Eugene will be showing us six plants that will bring some beautiful autumn colour into your garden!


. Japanese Skimmia, €7.99

Source for information, http://www.rainyside.com/features/plant_gallery/shrubs/SkimmiaJaponica.html

Japanese Skimmia is a shrub for year round interest with its handsome, glossy foliage that blends well with other shade-tolerant plants and fragrant white flowers in spring, followed by luscious red berries in winter. Since the plant is dioecious, a male and female plant are necessary for producing berries on the female plant. One male will pollinate up to six females-a man's dream plant!
Japanese Skimmia came into cultivation in 1838. This is a beautiful shrub to grow in an open woodland garden as well as in containers. Make sure you site them where the fruit is in view during winter. The berries are not edible, and may cause an upset stomach when eaten.


. Leucothoe, €7.99

Source for information, http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pages/10619.shtml

This is a great beginner plant. This North American shrub enjoys heavy shade, as plants grow wild deep in mountain woods, and most of its varieties prefer similar conditions. They spread slowly via underground shoots to form attractive ground cover. If grown on a rich soil they are good at suppressing weeds. It makes an excellent plant for winter containers, where it looks good with dwarf conifers and winter pansies.


. Prickly Heath, €7.99

Source for information,
http://www.plant-identification.co.uk/skye/ericaceae/pernettya-mucronata.htm
This plant is found occasional on dry moorland or rocky slopes. Originally a garden escape, it occurs far from any gardens and is spread by birds eating the berries. Unmistakable in flower (note flowers can sometimes be pink-tinged). Leaves are dark green, glossy, with sharp spine at tip and very distant teeth along the edge. It also spreads vegetatively by suckers and its berry colour varies from purple to white.


. Reeves Skimmia, €11.99

Source for information,
http://www.monrovia.com/learn/plant_catalog/detail.php?id=1352

This dwarf evergreen shrub displays dense branches and mounded form. A handsome accent with dark green lance-shaped thick leathery leaves; fragrant white flower clusters are self-fertile, enabling plant to bear crimson berries. Partial to full shade. Slow-growing to 2 feet high, 2 to 3 feet wide. This plant can also be grown from cuttings.

. Dogwood, €7.95

Source for information,
http://www.gardeningexpress.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductID=972

Clusters of white flowers in June and mid-green leaves, which turn orange-yellow in autumn before falling to reveal splendid, red-tipped, orange-yellow winter stems. This exciting variety of dogwood provides a bold splash of colour in the winter garden. Excellent near water with other coloured - stemmed varieties of dogwood.


Eugenes plant pick of the week!

. Fascicularia Bicolour

Source for information,
http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pages/10617.shtml

This plant is great for experienced gardeners. Originating from Chile, this exotic looking plant forms attractive rosettes of spiny, tough foliage. The leaves are green on the surface and pale brown beneath, the innermost leaves are usually brightly coloured as plant prepare to flower. Mature plants produce flowers from the centre of the rosette in summer. It is frost-tender needing a well-drained, sheltered spot to survive. Protect plants from winter wet by covering them with a sheet of glass.

Eugene loves these plants, he thinks they are great in any garden. He also has a picture of the biggest one grown in Europe which is growing in an Irish garden!

For More Information
Tully Nurseries & Plant Centre,
www.tullynurseries.ie

. Japanese Skimmia, €7.99
. Leucothoe, €7.99
. Prickly Heath, €7.99
. Reeves Skimmia, €11.99
. Dogwood, €7.95
. Fascicularia Bicolour, €17.99


Garden CSI:

And remember if you have a plant that desperately needs some TLC and recovery please get in touch with the afternoon show team: emails@theafternoonshow.ie


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