Discover a world of daffodils; from their amazing cultivars, the forgotten story of a man who saved them from a dreaded pest to their modern uses in treating Alzheimer’s disease. Plus, do you know the difference between a bulb, corm and a tuber? An RHS gardening advisor busts more botanical jargon.
Useful links: ►RHS website: daffodils ►Find daffodil suppliers ►Growing daffodils for medicinal use: Agroceutical ►Scamp's Daffodils ►RHS Find a plant ►Search RHS gardening advice ►Daffodil days out at RHS Gardens
Narcissus obvallaris – Tenby daffodil (wild species)
Narcissus pseudonarcissus – Lent lily (wild species)
Ron Scamp's recommended cultivars:
'Rijnveld's Early Sensation', 'Cornish King', 'Jetfire', 'February Gold', 'Rapture', 'Rosemoor Gold', 'Pipit'
Miniatures: 'Baby Moon', Narcissus minor
►Find daffodil suppliers
Growing plants from seed has to be one of gardening’s most profound pleasures, and now is the ideal time to start thinking about what you’re going to grow this year.
Today’s programme is jam-packed with great advice, including a surprising rule of thumb you may never have heard of from our resident allotment guru Guy Barter. Plus RHS Gardening Advisor James Lawrence gives tips on growing houseplants from seed and organic grower Claire Ratinon shares her love of tomatoes.
Useful links: ►How to grow tomatoes ►Claire Ratinon ►How to sow seeds indoors ►RHS houseplant hub ►Search RHS gardening advice ►Get personalised gardening advice online (RHS members only) ►Join the RHS
Love is in the airwaves this week. We’re bewitched by witch hazels, exploring the amorous history of the rose and the forgotten love language of flowers. Hear growing advice on roses and a Valentine’s bloom you can pick from the garden on the day itself, the violet. Plus expert flower arranging tips from florists Putnam & Putnam.
Useful links: ►How to grow witch hazels (Hamamelis) ►Advice on choosing and growing roses ►Putnam & Putnam ►RHS Find a plant ►Search RHS gardening advice
Wildlife is a hugely important part of gardens, and one that we’ve come to appreciate all the more in the last year. This week we discover the secret winter lives of native butterflies, learn how to make a wildflower meadow, and unearth why moles can actually be good for gardens. Plus author and wildlife expert Kate Bradbury discusses wildlife in RHS Gardens with editor of The Garden magazine Chris Young, and reflects on how our animal neighbours are helping humans get through lockdown.
Useful links: ►Butterflies in your garden ►Wildlife gardening ►RHS Gardens ►The Garden magazine ►How to get started with a wildflower meadow (perennials in grass) ►Make a mini meadow (annual flowers) ►RHS Find a plant ►Search RHS gardening advice
Contributors: ►Kate Bradbury, author and wildlife expert ►Chris Young, Editor of The Garden magazine ►Dr Andrew Salisbury, Principal RHS Entomologist ►Jenny Steel, ecologist and writer ►Derek Crawley, The Mammal Society
If you love nature and growing your own fruit and veg – but don't love digging – listen on! This week we're exploring permaculture, an environmentally-friendly way of growing that encompasses both edible, ornamental and wildlife-friendly plants in the same space. Including contributions from grower and forager Poppy Okotcha; Sylvia Travers, Team Leader in the Forest Garden at RHS Garden Bridgewater; and Vera Greutink, permaculturist and author of Edible Paradise.
►Permaculture principles explained
►RHS Garden Bridgewater
►Vera Greutink (Grown to Cook
) ►Search RHS gardening advice
A note on wild plants mentioned: for Solomon's seal (Polygonatum multiflorum) it is the young shoots which are eaten cooked; and for certain species of Aquilegia it is the flowers. Be aware that just because one part of a plant is edible it doesn't mean the rest will be. Never eat a wild plant unless you are 100% sure of its edibility and identity.