My visit to Wisley

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RHS garden at Wisley 
Recently, I made a quick trip to the RHS garden at Wisley. It's always an enjoyable visit (apart from the food…it's much better taking a picnic!) and there's so much to see and learn. The drought has taken its toll in places but the summer borders were looking spectacular and I came home with lots of pictures (like the one above) and notes of new plants I'd like to grow, including some glorious agapanthus.

In the news recently, I was interested to read Peter Seabrook's page in Amateur Gardening, where he advises feeding plants with high potash feed at this time of year as, "according to trials in Canada, it improves a plant's resistance to frost damage." Intrigued, I rang Peter who told me that he reckons it's a bit like adding anti-freeze to the plant's sap. He suggested I do some trials with Flower Power this autumn, which I'm now doing!

Peter is a gardener's gardener and he also writes the most widely read gardening page in, I think, the world. He's been writing for The Sun for over 30 years and is one of the most interesting and informative gardeners I've ever met. There's a rare opportunity to meet Peter next month. He's talking and doing demonstrations on autumn gardening, followed by a question time session, at Bicester Garden Centre on Thursday 23rd September.

Only 200 tickets are available for the evening, they cost £8.50 each, and this special fundraising evening is in aid of a great cause, Greenfingers, the gardening charity that builds magical gardens for children's hospices. For more information on this unmissable evening, ring the centre on 01869 242248.

Happy gardening!

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