Real World Gardener, Design Elements with Box Hedges

August 23rd, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com
The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.

Design Elements:

with Garden Designer, Lesley Simpson.
This hedging plant is grown in gardens all over Europe because it grows in acid or alkaline soils, is drought tolerant, can take deep shade for part of the day, and is easily transplanted.  
There’s many types of Buxus or Box Hedge plants.
English Box or Buxus semperivrens-traditionally used in Europe and is shade and frost tolerant.
Or try Dutch box, Buxus sempervirens “suffruticosa”, a very dense slow growing buxus that is shade tolerant and only grows to 1 metre.
How about Japanese Box, Buxus microphylla var. Japonica? Great for warmer regions and is faster growing than English or Dutch varieties.
For areas with warmer drier summers, Korean Box or Buxus microphylla. Loves sun, part-shade and can even take frost.
So lot’s to choose from for a hedge, or topiary plant in your garden. Let's find out how to design with them...

Real World Gardener Horsfields Bronze Cuckoo is Wildlife in Focus

August 23rd, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com
The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.

Wildlife in Focus

-with ecologist Sue Stevens.
They’re listed as common but migratory, appearing only in Spring and Summer. Did you know that cuckoos only call during the breeding season?
Any other cuckoo won’t have the combination of green sheen on the upperparts, dark eye-stripe, white eyebrow and barring underneath.In Western Australia, some populations may have declined because populations of their host have declined due to land clearance for agriculture.

Real World Gardener, Garden Design with Mobile Gardens

August 16th, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com
The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.

Design elements:

Mobile gardens have been used for centuries when vegetable gardeners would display their gardens in wheeled carts in front of Princes for special celebrations in the Ottoman empire.
In some cities, there is only one metre of green space allocated per person! We’re lucky to have lots of open space but in places like Instanbul, a landscape designer is coming up with the idea of virtual gardens . He’s anticipating that customers would look after their plants that would grow in real time, and have to water them, and prune them all from a laptop and small projector that are used to create garden holograms.
In a way, the latest mobile garden movement has sprung from this, but we in Australia, might have other reasons why we would want a mobile garden. Let’s find out more….

Real World Gardener Designs Romantic Gardens

August 10th, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com
The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.

Design Elements:

Ever wondered if you’re garden is romantic or even how to create a romantic garden? What makes a plant romantic? Is it just the colour, maybe pink and white together, or do you have to plant a lot of red roses?   Let’s find out with garden designer Lesley Simpson.

Real World Gardener Spices it Up with Basil

August 10th, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.

Spice It Up. NEW SEGMENT

At one stage Greeks and Romans believed the most potent basil could only be grown if you sowed the seed while ranting and swearing. In French, semer le baslic (sowing basil) also means to rant.Well I hope you don’t have to swear and rant to get your Basil seeds to germinate, just have your pencils at the ready if you want to know how to grow, use and store Basil in the next segment with Ian Hemphill from www.herbies.com.au

Real World Gardener, Structure with Planting in Garden Design

August 2nd, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com
The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.

Design Elements:

Over the last few weeks, Design Elements has been all about different ways of achieving structure in the garden. So far, it’s been about what is structure, and structure with hedges that some people find boring, but gardeners in Europe think otherwise. Then there’s been built structures, but today, can you achieve structure with everyday plants?  Let’s find out with garden designer Lesley Simpson..

 

Real World Gardener, Book Owls are Wildlife in Focus

August 2nd, 2012

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.com
The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.
Wildlife in Focus: with ecologist Sue Stevens. Boobook Owls are found all round Australia, from forests to desert regions, but need hollows in trees to nest. We can help these birds if we realize that, in the environment, dead trees are as valuable as living ones, and they should be left for homes for wildlife.
Find out more about this wonderful with a rather nice call.