Gardening for Penwith, 2006
The Council gardeners' summer report from St Ives
'Here at St Ives and Hayle it's peak season and we are very busy on the run up to Britain in Bloom judging. Although the season got off to a slow start, the plants caught up very quickly and seem to be thriving in the good weather.'
by Chris Bassett
- Bamboos for all Gardens,
by Michael Bell
'It comes as a surprise to many that England, and Cornwall in particular, is one of the best regions in the world for growing temperate bamboos. Temperate bamboos originate from two major climatic conditions, the damp humid mountain areas of the world and the lowland regions of China, Japan and adjacent islands.'
- Gardening by the sea in Purbeck, Dorset,
by John Bickerton
'I have always been lucky to have found myself in 'easy gardening country' in the home counties: so when we arrived in Lulworth I was in for a bit of a shock.'
- Restios and complementary plants,
by John Eddy
'The Restios are still very new to many people in the UK, although this is changing gradually with some varieties such as Chondropetalum tectorum, Rhodocoma capensis and Elegia capensis becoming more readily available.'
- Growing Succulents in Cornwall,
by Ian Facey
'Nowadays, when visiting gardens in Cornwall, one is not surprised to see a number of plants, mainly succulents, which are now grown to form a Mediterranean type of feature. This seems to have happened over the last few years, mainly due to Gardening programmes on the television, and also to the dedication and bravery of our local gardeners to try something new outside.'
- Trees that impress,
by Gary Long
'The trend of using foliage-effect plants with "On the edge" hardiness has become increasingly popular in recent times.'
- Growing Roses in Cornwall
by Vicki Marshall
'New gardeners to Cornwall are often greeted with a head shake, a sharp sucking in of breath through teeth and the solemn declaration 'You can’t grow roses in Cornwall'.
- Gardening 'On the Brink' at a New Jersey lighthouse, USA
by Steve Murray
'I was asked to “do something” with the grounds. The Lighthouse property at this time was just a sandy lot covering less than one acre. It sat right next to the crashing Atlantic Ocean and was almost devoid of plant life.'
- Gardening on the island of Tresco,
by Mike Nelhams
'Drought conditions in the summer, wind and salt gales in the winter! Not the usual recipe for the most ideal of gardening conditions but here at the Abbey Garden on Tresco in the Isles of Scilly the extraordinary collection of plants flourish in these supposedly adverse conditions.'
- A garden in the far west of Cornwall,
by a Penwith gardener
'My idea of gardening is to make it easy to look after, have lots of colour and be able to enjoy it, possibly even have time to sit in it and appreciate it!'
- Growing Clematis,
by Charlie Pridham
'Down here in the west of Cornwall we grow our Clematis with only four inches of top soil, high winds and slugs the size of pythons. It often seems more appropriate to be reading books on survival at sea rather than gardening books.'
- Gardening at Cois Cuain, Ireland,
by Bob Walsh
'The first thing you have to understand is that there is nothing better than gardening by the sea. Those unfortunates who garden in towns, half way up mountains, inland or in the suburbs simply do not know what they are missing.'
- Colour in the Garden,
by Ken Willcock
'We can bring colour into the garden with foliage as well as flowers.'
- Is it all plastic in Taiwan?
by Bleddyn Wyn-Jones
'Taiwan – that is a strange destination to search for garden plants, "Surely there can be nothing that is hardy from such a country, straddling the Tropic of Cancer," we were told.'
- Rediscovery of Cornish Glimmerwort
'The Cornish Glimmerwort was thought to have been extinct from the early eighteenth century, but it has just been found alive and well in the Roseventon fogou near St Meriot.'
- Garden visit: Trevarno
- Garden visit: Trebah
- Book review: "The Seaside Gardener" by Richard Mortimer
- Book review: "Gardening on the Edge" ed. Philip McMillan Browse
- Penwith District's November 05 gardening notes
- Penwith District gardeners' report, July 05
- Artificial Windbreaks
- Windbreak Hedging
- Is it Salt-Tolerant?
- Peniwth District gardeners' report, April 06