Talking Dirty

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Get Gardening's podcast for plant lovers is jam-packed with choice plants.

Hosts Thordis and Alan Gray (of East Ruston Old Vicarage gardens) catch up with their horticultural (or should that be naughty-cultural!) friends to talk about their favourite plants of the moment. It's a bit like a stroll around a fantastic nursery or inspiring garden, but with someone telling you what all the plants are!

There are lots of growing and propagation tips included, and everyone shares their latest FLOMO (FLoral/plant-based fOMO). Check out the show notes or our website ( for a full plant list to accompany each episode.

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137 episodes

Late Winter Flowers & Scent with Tim Fuller of Plantsman's Preference (Part Two)

Last week Tim Fuller of Norfolk nursery The Plantsman's Preference wowed Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis with Ferns, Ivy and wonderful winter foliage. This week - in part two - we turn our attention to flowers, from bulbs to shrubs, most of them amazingly scented. PLANT LIST Sarcococca confusa Sarcococca ruscifolia Sarcococca saligna Sarcococca hookeriana 'Winter Gem' Lonicera standishii 'Budapest' Tellima grandiflora Lonicera × purpusii 'Winter Beauty' Anemone flaccida Corydalis quantmeyeriana 'Chocolate Star' Ypsilandra thibetica Chrysosplenium macrophyllum Ipheion uniflorum 'Froyle Mill' Ipheion uniflorum 'Wisley Blue' Ipheion uniflorum ssp. tandiliense Iris unguicularis Ipheion uniflorum 'Miss Hannah' Ipheion uniflorum 'Hoo House' Ipheion uniflorum 'Rigel' Oxalis semiloba Cornus mas Cornus officinalis Sarcococca bleddynii Anemonoides nemorosa Anemonoides ranunculoides Anemone x lipsiensis

Mar 22
Ivy, Ferns and More with Tim Fuller of Plantsman's Preference (Part 1)

If you're in the market for interesting plants to bring greenery to your garden in winter then look no further than Tim Fuller's latest appearance on Talking Dirty. The South Norfolk-based Nurseryman (The Plantsman's Preference) brings along an amazing array of Ivy, Ferns, Cyclamen and Arums to form a foil to your winter and spring flowers. Next week he's got more of a floral focus in part two and lots of scent to tempt your olfactory senses! PLANT LIST Pittosporum 'Irene Paterson' Linnaea chinensis syn Abelia chinensis Cenolophium denudatum Farfugium japonicum 'Wavy Gravy' Galanthus 'Trumps' Galanthus plicatus subsp. byzantinus 'Trym' Galanthus plicatus 'Golden Fleece' Arum italicum subsp. neglectum 'Chameleon' Arum italicum Hedera pastuchovii 'Ann Ala' Hedera helix 'Buttercup' Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' Hedera helix 'Pink 'n' Curly' Hedera helix 'Erecta' Hedera helix 'Very Merry' Hedera helix 'Silver Ferny' Hedera hibernica 'Rona' Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' Hedera hibernica 'Spetchley' Agrostis gramineus 'Ogon' Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus' Acorus gramineus 'Yodo-no-yuki' Cyclamen hederifolium 'Red Sky' Cyclamen coum Cyclamen hederifolium 'Silverme Pink' Crocus tommasinianus Polypodium cambricum 'Oakleyae' Asplenium scolopendrium 'Angustatum' Asplenium scolopendrium 'Golden Queen'

Mar 15
Orchid Special with Cambridge University Botanic Garden

There are few houses that aren't home to an Orchid. But with 28,000 species, distributed in about 763 genera, the world of Orchidaceae goes far beyond Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium. This week we're joined by Cambridge University Botanic Garden Glasshouse Team Leader Luigi Leoni, and Orchid expert Phil Gould, to see some of the plants wowing the crowds at the moment and share amazing stories behind them. Plus their FLOMO*s for not only the Botanic Garden, but private collections at home. FLOMO = FLoral/plant-based fear Of Missing Out PLANT LIST Strongylodon macrobotrys Coelia bella Polystachya tsaratananae Cattleya Laelia Vanda Dendrobium Miltonia Cymbidium iridioides Cymbidium tracyanum Angraecum sesquipedale Bulbophyllum saltatorium var. albociliatum Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis Stapelia gigantea Erythronium 'Joanna' Calanthe striata Dendrobium speciosum Cypripedioideae Myrmecophila tibicinis Neomoorea wallisii syn N. irrorata Laelia anceps Laelia anceps var veitchiana Coelogyne Coelogyne cristata Coelogyne nitida Phalaenopsis lowii Schoenorchis fragrans Ludisia discolor Phalaenopsis gigantea Coryanthes macrantha Phalaenopsis schilleriana Phalaenopsis stuartiana

1h 14m
Mar 08
Tamsin Westhorpe on 'Grasping the Nettle' and Stockton Bury Gardens

This week Talking Dirty is 'Grasping the Nettle' as Tamsin Westhorpe returns to talk about her new book. Tamsin, who gardens at family plot Stockton Bury in Herefordshire has spent her life caught up professionally and personally in horticulture in almost every way imaginable - from working in Parks and Gardens, to Magazine Editor and everything in between. Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis giggle their way through her riotous stories and indulge in good old planty chat as usual. PLANT LIST Geranium robertianum Geranium robertianum 'Album' Cobaea scandens Eranthis hyemalis 'Pauline' Galanthus 'S. Arnott' Galanthus 'Little Dorrit' Galanthus 'South Hayes'  Galanthus 'Nothing Special' WisteriaGalanthus 'Augustus' NasturtiumIris histriodes 'Katharine Hodgkin'  Iris reticulata 'Blue Note' Iris reticulata 'Pauline' HepaticaGalanthus 'Timms Hill Poë' Galanthus nivalis 'Green Tear' Galanthus elwesii 'Godfrey Owen'  Galanthus elwesii 'Mrs Macnamara' Galanthus 'Rainbow Yo-Yo' Galanthus plicatus 'Wandlebury Ring' Galanthus plicatus 'Wendy's Gold' Galanthus 'Treasure Island' Cyclamen coum Lathyrus odoratus 'Earl Grey' Lathyrus odoratus, 'Prince Of Orange' Papaver rhoeas 'Amazing Grey' Lathyrus odoratus 'Henry Eckford' Rosa 'Tottering-by-Gently' Rosa 'Yellow Mutabilis'  Rosa × odorata 'Mutabilis' Rosa x odorata 'Bengal Crimson' Rosa 'A Shropshire Lad' Rosa 'Munstead Wood' Galanthus 'Mother Goose' Galanthus plicatus 'Golden Fleece' Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg'

Mar 01
Brian Ellis on Arums, Eranthis and Winter Garden Treasures

After last week's Snowdrop extravaganza, in part two of his Talking Dirty appearance, Brian Ellis is wowing Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis with a whole host of Winter Garden plants...ideal bedfellows for this extensive Snowdrop collection. From Arums to Eranthis, Hellebores to Hamamelis and Heuchera, there is SO much inspiration for your garden! Our thanks to Dorset Perennials for allowing us the use of their picture of Brian's FLOMO plant. You can find it on their website here:[product-gallery]/4 PLANT LIST Arum italicum subsp. italicum 'Tiny' Arum italicum 'Monksilver' Arum italicum 'Chameleon' Arum italicum ‘Breiteseite’ Arum 'Hungarian Rhapsodie' Ribes laurifolium 'Mrs Amy Doncaster' Ribes sanguineum 'Koja' Galanthus plicatus 'Amy Doncaster' Hamamelis x intermedia 'Orange Beauty' Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane' Hamamelis × intermedia 'Jelena' Hamamelis vernalis 'Kohankie Red' Lonicera elisae syn. Lonicera infundibulum var. rockii Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' Rohdea japonica 'Talbot Manor' Begonia masoniana Galanthus 'Ophelia' Galanthus nivalis f. pleniflorus 'Flore Pleno' Galanthus plicatus Galanthus nivalis sandersii group ‘Woodpeckers' Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' Lunaria annua 'Chedglow' Hepatica Ficaria verna 'Crimson Damson' Heuchera 'Creme Brulee' Heuchera 'David' Galanthus 'Matt Bishop' Arabis ferdinandi-coburgi 'Old Gold' Carex oshimensis 'Everillo' Sanicula epipactis syn Hacquetia epipactis Sanicula epipactis 'Thor' Euphorbia × martini 'Ascot Rainbow' Adonis vernalis Eranthis hyemalis 'Schwefelglanz' Crocus tommasinianus Crocus heuffelianus 'Shock Wave' Helleborus multifidus subsp. hercegovinus Helleborus x belcheri 'Pink Ice' Helleborus × nigercors Helleborus thibetanus Corydalis popovii Corydalis 'Korn's Purple' Corydalis flexuosa 'Craighton Blue' Corydalis solida 'Gandalf' Corydalis 'Spinners' Eranthis hyemalis 'Winterzauber' Eranthis cilicica Eranthis hyemalis 'Dooze' Eranthis hyemalis 'Lady Lamortagne' Eranthis hyemalis 'Euan Bunclark' Eranthis hyemalis 'Andenken an Johannes Raschke' Eranthis hyemalis 'Schwefelglanz' Eranthis hyemalis 'Pauline' Galanthus nivalis 'Ecusson D'Or' Rosa 'Catherine' Rosa 'For Your Eyes Only' Rosa persica Daphne bholua var. glacialis 'Gurkha' Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori' Dentaria enneaphyllos syn. Cardamine enneaphyllos Wulfenia x schwarzii Eranthis 'Lemon and Lime' Galanthus plicatus 'Colossus' Galanthus 'Sentinel' Galanthus nivalis 'Green Tear' Galanthus elwesii 'Rosemary Burnham' Galanthus 'Trumpolute' Galanthus 'Trym Ingram'

Feb 22
Galanthophile Brian Ellis on Snowdrops

It's peak Snowdrop Season and here on Talking Dirty it looks like we've all caught the fever! Alan Gray has quite the collection at East Ruston Old Vicarage, while Thordis is enjoying her first forays into growing these delightful plants in her small suburban garden. So this week Galanthophile Brian Ellis is back on Talking Dirty to share some interesting varieties and the stories behind them. And next week he'll share great companion plants in the border, from Eranthis to Corydalis, Hamamelis to Hellebores. PLANT LIST Galanthus nivalis 'Anglesey Abbey' Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory' Galanthus 'Wasp' Galanthus 'Lydiard Diana' Galanthus elwesii 'Kermode Bear' Galanthus bursanus Galanthus nivalis 'Blonde Inge' Galanthus 'Schorbuser Irrlicht' Galanthus x valentinei 'Chameleon' Galanthus plicatus 'Glenorma' Galanthus plicatus 'Ace of Spades' Galanthus plicatus 'Trym' Galanthus plicatus 'Trymming' Galanthus plicatus 'Trymposter' Galanthus plicatus 'Trymlet' Galanthus x valentinei 'S. Arnott' Galanthus 'Franz Joseph' Galanthus 'Emma Thick' Galanthus 'Norfolk Yellows' Galanthus 'Mother Goose' Galanthus elwesii 'Lynch Green’ Galanthus nivalis 'Funny Justine' Galanthus 'Lord Lieutenant' Galanthus nivalis ‘The Alburgh Claw' Galanthus nivalis f. pleniflorus 'Walrus' Galanthus 'Medusa' Galanthus 'Icarus' Galanthus 'Glenchantress' Galanthus nivalis 'Wisp' Galanthus elwesii 'Sybil Stern' Galanthus plicatus 'Lambrook Greensleeves' Galanthus x valentinei 'Compu. Ted' Galanthus 'Arto's Secret'

Feb 15
Rekha Mistry on Favourite Allotment Varieties and Her New Book!

This week we're heading to the allotment as Rekha Mistry (author, Instagram star and Gardeners' World presenter) joins Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis to talk about her new book 'Rekha's Kitchen Garden'. Whether you've caught the Grow Your Own bug or not, Rekha is such a joy, as she shares the lessons she's learned and the varieties she loves to grow (plus the tasty dishes she creates with them!) PLANT LIST Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) Calendula Tagetes patula Borago officinalis Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes) Phaseolus vulgaris 'Yin Yang' Edamame beans Capsicum annuum 'Aleppo' Capsicum annuum 'Padron' Sweetcorn 'Glass Gem' Helichrysum bracteatum monstrosum, Mixed Helichrysum bracteatum 'Salmon Rose' Helichrysum bracteatum 'Purple Red' Amaranthus 'Red Army' Broad Bean 'Crimson Flowered'

Feb 08
Val Bourne on Ferns and FLOMO* for her Garden (Part Two)

In the second part of her latest appearance on Talking Dirty, award-winning garden writer Val Bourne has some fab Fern advice, including choice plants to grow. Plus an array of things on the wishlist for 2023. *FLOMO = FLoral/plant-based fear Of Missing Out PLANT LIST Salvia officinalis 'Berggarten' Achillea 'Moonshine' Polypodium cambricum 'Richard Kayse' Asplenium scolopendrium syn Phyllitis scolopendrium Polystichum setiferum 'Plumosodensum' Adiantum raddianum 'Ultragracillium' Adiantum pedatum Adiantum aleuticum Adiantum aleuticum 'Miss Sharples' Galanthus 'Green of Hearts' Cornus officinalis Cornus mas Adiantum venustum Anemone nemorosa 'Robinsoniana' Anemone blanda Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Jingle Bells' Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' Lapageria rosea Clematis napaulensis Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica syn Clematis calycina Amaranthus tricolor 'Early Splendor' Seemannia sylvatica Allium 'Lavender Bubbles' Limonium 'Dazzle Rocks' Veronicastrum virginicum 'Fascination' Veronica spicata 'Christa' Delphinium 'Alice Artindale' Delphinium requienii Lychnis coronaria 'Gardeners' World' Veronica longifolia 'Marietta' Kniphofia 'David Blake' Stipa gigantea Cornus stolonifera 'Flaviramea'

Feb 01
Val Bourne on Roses, Apples and Snowdrops (Part One)

One of our Talking Dirty favourites is back! This week award-winning Garden Writer Val Bourne rejoins Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis to talk about Rose varieties and pruning, the Apples she's picked for her garden in the Cotswolds and - of course - a few choice Snowdrops! Next week even more wonderful plants and FLOMO* *FLoral/plant-based fear Of Missing Out PLANT LIST Galanthus 'Wasp' Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory'Prunus armeniaca Galanthus elwesii 'Mrs Macnamara' Galanthus peshmenii Eranthis hyemalis Corylus maxima 'Purpurea' Malus domestica 'Blenheim Orange' Malus domestica 'D'Arcy Spice'  Malus domestica 'Pitmaston Pineapple' Rosa 'Champagne Moment'Rosa 'Chandos Beauty' Rosa 'Mary Berry' Rosa 'The Generous Gardener'Rosa 'Mrs. Honey Dyson'   Rosa 'Climbing Lady Hillingdon' Rosa 'Peach Melba' Rosa 'Sweet Honey' Rosa 'Bring Me Sunshine' Hamamelis × intermedia 'Orange Grace' Phlox × arendsii 'Utopia' Phlox paniculata 'Bright Eyes' Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' Fuchsia procumbens

Jan 25
Barbara Segall shares Favourite Herbs & Winter Interest (Part Two)

Time for part two of our chat with award-winning garden writer Barbara Segall. After focussing on her new book 'The Secret Gardens of the South East: A Private Tour' last week, this time we've got Show and Tell from Barbara's garden in Suffolk. And - as a Herb expert - you'll be unsurprised to hear she's got some choice Herbs to share! PLANT LIST Sarcococca Salvia rosmarinus Albiflora Group Salvia rosmarinus 'Sudbury Blue' Salvia rosmarinus Prostratus Group Salvia rosmarinus 'Foxtail' Humulus lupulus 'Aureus' Laurus nobilis 'Aurea' Anthriscus cerefolium (Chervil) Coriandrum sativum Ocimum 'African Blue' Schlumbergera Bellevalia paradoxa (Muscari paradoxum) Echeveria 'Mauna Loa' Pulsatilla vulgaris Tulbaghia montana Liquidambar styraciflua 'Slender Silhouette' Parrotia persica Cedrus libani subsp. atlantica 'Glauca Pendula'

Jan 18
The Secret Gardens of the South East with Barbara Segall

Our first guest of 2023 is award-winning garden writer Barbara Segall. Her new book 'The Secret Gardens of the South East: A Private Tour' is out now and packed with inspiring plots. Alongside telling the story behind the book, Barbara shares Show and Tell from her own garden. More of that next week, plus FLOMO. PLANT LIST Ilex aquifolium Ilex latifolia Ilex × koehneana 'Chestnut Leaf' Ilex aquifolium 'East Ruston Gold' Miscanthus nepalensis Malus transitoria

Jan 11
Happy New Year from Talking Dirty!

It's a new year and before we get back to our regular podcasts, Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis thought they'd share some of their thoughts as we start a new gardening year, including what excites them about 2023. PLANT LIST Arum italicum subsp. neglectum 'Miss Janay Hall' Rosmarinus officinalis 'Severn Seas' Rhaphiolepis Dicksonia antarctica Fuchsia procumbens Euphorbia mellifera Phlebodium aureum 'Blue Star' Coniogramme emeiensis Eragrostis curvula 'Totnes Burgundy' Agave montana Lathyrus odoratus 'Juliet' Lathyrus odoratus 'Romeo' Lathyrus odoratus 'Prince of Orange' Lathyrus odoratus 'Matucana' Phacelia tanacetifolia Echium pininana Lunaria annua 'Corfu Blue'

Jan 04
Cleve West talks Chelsea Flower Show 2023 for Talking Dirty, Episode 100

It's our 100th episode and to mark it we're celebrating the return of an RHS Chelsea Flower Show 'Great'. In 2023 Cleve West returns to Main Avenue with The Centrepoint Garden. In this instalment of Talking Dirty - our final one of the year - we hear about the garden and meticulous process involved in creating it, plus feature some of Cleve's favourite plants of the moment. And of course have a real laugh along the way! The podcast will return in 2023, but - in the meantime - thank you for all your support over the past couple of years. Merry Christmas! PLANT LIST Dactylorhiza Cytisus 'Porlock' Thymus 'Porlock' Euphorbia peplus (Petty Spurge) Galium aparine (Cleavers) Fatsia japonica Quercus ilex Sonchus oleraceus (Sow Thistle) Chelidonium majus (Greater Celandine) Pentaglottis sempervirens (Green Alkanet) Euphorbia lathyris (Caper Spurge) Phlomis russeliana Eryngium giganteum Allium nigrum Pelargonium sidoides Glycyrrhiza uralensis Briza media Myosotis sylvatica Cordyline australis Paeonia × festiva 'Rubra Plena' Papaver orientale Sambucus nigra Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Milkmaid' Passiflora quadrangularis Schefflera Aloysia triphylla syn. Aloysia citrodora Diospyros virginiana Artemisia schmidtiana Mespilus germanica Codiaeum variegatum

1h 11m
Dec 14, 2022
Unusual Foliage and the 356-Day-A-Year Flower with Dan Cooper

After an inspiring first instalment, packed not only with plants but Christmas gift ideas, Dan Cooper returns with some inspiring plants to light the garden up at this time of year. There are even species Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) hasn't heard of! And some fabulous FLOMO* *FLOMO = FLoral/plant-based fear Of Missing Out PLANT LIST Entelea arborescens Ochroma pyramidale Sparrmannia africana 'Flore Pleno' Anisodontea 'El Rayo' Pilea 'Tasmanian Silver' Tagetes lemmonii Tagetes minuta Plectranthus ciliatus 'Nico' Plectranthus argentatus Pteris cretica var. albolineata Correa 'Dusky Bells Variegated' Correa 'Marian's Marvel' Begonia koelzii Begonia grandis Nerine 'Mr John' Liquidambar styraciflua 'Slender Silhouette' Amarine belladiva 'Anastasia' Amarine belladiva 'Aphrodite' Amarine belladiva 'Emmannuelle'

Dec 07, 2022
Christmas Gifts for Gardeners and Late Season Interest with Dan Cooper (Part One)

Stumped for what to buy the horticulturalist in your life this Christmas, or perhaps what to put on your own list? Well, look no further!  @The Frustrated Gardener: Dan Cooper has lined up a bevvy of treats to tempt you. And, talking of temptation, he's got planty inspiration aplenty from his own courtyard garden to inspire late season interest in your plot. Next week, lots more lovely plants, covering flowers and foliage. PLANT LIST Setaria palmifolia Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus 'Cosmopolitan' Miscanthus sinensis 'Red Chief' Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus 'Cabaret' Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' Ageratum petiolatum Fuchsia fulgens Fuchsia boliviana Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba'

Nov 30, 2022
Cyclamen and Seasonal Stars with Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery

If you're on the lookout for autumnal stars for your garden, then look no further. Last week, in part one of the podcast, Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery wowed Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis with Chrysanthemums and Snowdrops galore. And this week he returns with a host of seasonal plants from Cyclamen to Crocus, via Alliums and Asters. PLANT LIST Rabdosia effusa Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa' Oxalis europaea 'Plum Crazy' Oxalis corniculata Cyclamen cilicium Cyclamen purpurascens Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen hederifolium subsp. crassifolium Cyclamen mirabile Cyclamen repandum Cyclamen peloponnesiacum Cyclamen hederifolium 'Silver Cloud' Cyclamen hederifolium 'White Cloud' Cyclamen hederifolium var. hederifolium 'Tilebarn Silver Arrow' Cyclamen hederifolium 'Tilebarn Helena' Cyclamen hederifolium 'Tilebarn Shirley' Cyclamen hederifolium 'Red Sky' Crocus goulimyi Crocus speciosus Crocus boryi Crocus pulchellus Crocus tommasinianus Alstroemeria 'Rock 'n' Roll' Arum Sisyrinchium striatum 'Aunt May' Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (syn Aster lateriflorus) Symphyotrichum lateriflorum 'Prince' Aster 'Novemberlaan' Aconitum carmichaelii (Wilsonii Group) 'The Grim Reaper' Chrysanthemum 'Killerton Tangerine' Mandragora autumnalis Mandragora officinarum

Nov 23, 2022
Chrysanthemums and Autumn Snowdrops with Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery

The nights may be drawing in and the temperatures dropping, but our gardens can still be full of treasures as Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery proves in this week's episode. In Part One, Joe wows Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis with Chrysanthemums galore, plus the lesser-spotted Autumn-flowering Snowdrop. Next week, even more delights for the Autumn garden. PLANT LIST Galanthus 'Autumn Beauty' Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Cambridge' Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Rachelae' Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Melvyn Jope' Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp reginae-olgae 'Adamite' Galanthus 'Ruby Baker' Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp reginae-olgae 'Tessera' Galanthus reginae-olgae 'Pink Panther'  Chrysanthemum yezoense Chrysanthemum 'Etna' Chrysanthemum 'Emperor of China' Oenothera fruticosa subsp. glauca 'Erica Robin' Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'  Amsonia tabernaemontana Chrysanthemum 'Esther' Chrysanthemum 'Dixter Orange' Lobelia × speciosa Verbascum 'Christo's Yellow Lightning'  Chrysanthemum 'Dr Tom Parr' Chrysanthemum 'Julia Peterson' Chrysanthemum 'Shining Light' Chrysanthemum 'Gladys Emerson' Chrysanthemum 'Burnt Orange' Chrysanthemum 'Wedding Day' Chrysanthemum 'Milkshake' Chrysanthemum 'Golden Greenheart'

Nov 16, 2022
The Picton Garden's Autumn Stars

Last week Helen and Ross from The Picton Garden dazzled us with daisies, as they shared their favourite varieties of Aster and Symphyotrichum. This week they're wow Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis with a supporting cast of Autumn treasures, from Ferns and Colchicum to Cyclamen and Succulents. PLANT LIST Polygonum scoparium Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm' Kniphofia rooperi Miscanthus transmorrisonensis Dahlia 'Pooh - Swan Island' Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer' Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers' Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Little Henry' Persicaria virginiana 'Painter's Palette' Solidago caesia Aralia californica Paulownia kawakamii Paulownia tomentosa Alyssum/Lobularia maritima Cuphea ignea Salvia 'Joan' Salvia involucrata 'Bethellii' Begonia grandis Cyclamen hederifolium 'Fairy Rings' Cyclamen coum 'Silver Leaf' Cyclamen coum Cyclamen hederifolium 'Red Sky' Colchicum speciosum 'Atrorubens' Colchicum 'Waterlily' Polypodium calirhiza 'Sarah Lyman' Polypodium cambricum (Semilacerum Group) 'Jubilee' Polypodium cambricum 'Hornet' Polypodium cambricum 'Richard Kayse' Polypodium cambricum 'Pulcherrimum Addison' Cyrtomium falcatum x Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' Echeveria 'Mauna Loa' Aeonium 'Zwartkop' Aeonium 'Voodoo' Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Flamingo' Asplenium scolopendrium 'Crispum Bolton's Nobile' Rhodia

Nov 09, 2022
Michaelmas Daisy Special with The Picton Garden - Part One

This week on Talking Dirty, Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis are dazzled by Daisies as Helen Picton and Ross Barbour join them with a host of their favourite varieties. And if you're going to delve into the world of Michaelmas Daisies, who better to introduce you to them than The Picton Garden and Old Court Nurseries, who've specialised in this plant since 1906 and hold the National Collection. No matter the height or shade you're after, this week's Show and Tell is sure to have you inspired. And next week Helen and Ross will sneak in a host of supporting cast members to accompany the Michaelmas Daisies in your garden. PLANT LIST Dryopteris wallichiana Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Beauty of Colwall' Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Marie Ballard' Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Blandie' × Solidaster luteus 'Lemore' Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Sheena' Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Thundercloud' Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Davey's True Blue' Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Rufus' Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Melbourne Magnet' Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Dazzler' Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Rosenwichtel' Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Algar's Pride' Aster amellus Aster amellus 'Gründer' Aster amellus 'Forncett Flourish' Aster pyrenaeus 'Lutetia' Aster sedifolius Aster × frikartii 'Mönch' Aster thomsonii Aster × frikartii 'Wunder von Stäfa' Aster × frikartii 'Eiger' Aster × frikartii 'Jungfrau' Aster peduncularis Aster trinervius var. harae Kalimeris Symphyotrichum 'Little Carlow' Symphyotrichum cordifolium Symphyotrichum ericoides 'Pink Cloud' Gypsophila Symphyotrichum ericoides 'Rosy Veil' Symphyotrichum 'Jessica Jones' Symphyotrichum turbinellum Symphyotrichum laeve 'Orpheus' Symphyotrichum 'Maggie May'

Nov 02, 2022
Kate Bradbury on the Top Trees for our Gardens

This week Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis are joined by wildlife author Kate Bradbury to talk about her new book 'The Tree in My Garden', plus share great planting choices for our plots. From the effects of climate change, to whether to choose a native species, Kate's bound to have you thinking differently about how and what you plant. PLANT LIST Paulownia tomentosa Fagus sylvatica Crataegus monogyna Acer campestre Ilex aquifolium Hedera helix Lonicera periclymenum Quercus ilex Aesculus hippocastanum Aesculus parviflora Koelreuteria paniculata Euonymus europaeus Malus × zumi 'Golden Hornet' Parrotia persica Malus × robusta 'Red Sentinel'  Pinus sylvestris Pinus radiata Rosa glauca

Oct 26, 2022
Creating a Crevice Garden with Paul Spriggs and Kenton J Seth (Part Two)

Time for Part Two of our Alpine Extravaganza with Paul Spriggs and Kenton J Seth. The pair have decades of Crevice Garden experience between them, captured in their book 'The Crevice Garden' from Filbert Press. Last week we took a look at their plots at home; this week we hear about more of their favourite Crevice Garden plants and their FLOMO* *FLOMO = the FLower or plant that gives you a fear Of Missing Out PLANT LIST Eriogonum ovalifolium Delosperma Mesembryanthemum Echinocereus triglochidiatus Trichocereus Opuntia Moltkia petraea Asplenium ceterach Helichrysum milfordiae Dionysia Bolax (Azorella) gummifera Silene acaulis Pleione

Oct 19, 2022
Creating a Crevice Garden with Paul Spriggs and Kenton J Seth (Part One)

Crevice Gardens are on the rise and whether you're creating a small version in a trough or Crevice Gardening on a giant scale, they provide excellent opportunities to grow some amazing plants. This week's guests joining Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis certainly know their Crevice Gardens and their Alpine Plants. Paul Spriggs and Kenton J Seth are the brains behind 'The Crevice Garden' book from Filbert Press. Join us as we not only chat about the book, but take a look at both of their Crevice Gardens at home in Colorado and British Columbia. PLANT LIST Arenaria montana Acantholimon trojanum Achillea ageratifolia Dianthus gratianopolitanus Dianthus microlepis Epilobium canum syn Zauschneria californica Hormathophylla spinosa Globularia cordifolia Agave parryi v couesii Echinocereus Sclerocactus parviflorus Eriogonum heermannii Achnatherum hymenoides Festuca ovina

Oct 12, 2022
'No Dig' Guru Charles Dowding blows your mind!

With the publication of his much-anticipated new book 'No Dig', Charles Dowding joins Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis to share amazing insight into the soil we grow our precious plants in, and also Show and Tell some of his favourite varieties from his plot this year. PLANT LIST Brussel Sprout 'Evesham Special' Celery 'Victoria' F1 Beetroot 'Boltardy'  Tomato 'Sun Heart' Aubergine 'De Barbentane' Snack Pepper 'Flynn' Apple 'Ribston Pippin' Plum 'Coe's Golden Drop'  Tomato 'Brandywine' Melon 'Ogen' Radicchio '506 TT'  Amaranthus 'Red Army'

Oct 05, 2022
Part Two: Mike Clifford from Mike's Rare Plants

Mike Clifford returns with a bumper crop of unusual plants. We've got leaves as big as dinner plates and flowers like ducks wearing bonnets! Plus a FLOMO* inspired by a trip to RHS Wisley. *FLOMO = FLoral/plant-based fear Of Missing Out PLANT LIST Pterospermum acerifolium Aristolochia fimbriata Ricinus communis Hoffmannia ghiesbreghtii Coniogramme emeiensis Brillantaisia ulugurica Lindau Lobelia giberroa Dendroseris litoralis Begonia luxurians Phytolacca americana 'Variegata' Solenostemon 'Redhead' Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Pink Chaos' Solenostemon 'Fishnet Stockings'  Begonia 'Red Undies' Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow' Cereus jamacaru 'Spiralis' Crassula lycopodioides variegata Crassula perfoliata var. falcata Aloe polyphylla Deppea splendens Tithonia rotundifolia Schismatoglottis wallichii Carex trifida 'Rekohu Sunrise' Synadenium compactum var. rubrum Manihot grahamii Brassaiopsis dumicola Brassaiopsis mitis Brassaiopsis hispida Eccremocarpus scaber

Sep 28, 2022
Part One: Mike Clifford from Mike's Rare Plants

Mike Clifford is back on Talking Dirty. The master grower of unusual and rare plants has some fabulous things to show and tell, from rare Strobilanthes to a bleeding flower. And great propagation and plant care tips as well. Part two follows next week with more fabulous plants and FLOMO*! *FLOMO = FLoral/plant-based fear Of Missing Out PLANT LIST Nesocodon mauritianus Lobelia laxiflora var. angustifolia Begonia luxurians Brillantaisia Strobilanthes gossypinus Strobilanthes lactea Colocasia esculenta 'Pharaoh's Mask' Zantedeschia aethiopica 'African Gold' Vasconcellea pubescens Wercklea ferox Cecropia pachystachya Musanga cecropioides Balsa tree - Ochroma pyramidale Paulownia tomentosa

Sep 21, 2022
Special: When Alan met Jimi Blake of Hunting Brook Gardens

Something a bit different this week on The Talking Dirty Podcast. You may have heard a couple of weeks ago Jimi Blake popped to East Ruston Old Vicarage to take a look around with Alan Gray. Afterwards, before Jimi shot off to Beth Chatto's garden in Essex for a Symposium on Rewilding, the pair sat down to share some of their thoughts from the day. PLANT LIST Lophosoria quadripinnata Dicksonia antarctica Pteris wallichiana Ricinus communis 'Blue Buddha' Lobelia tupa Romneya coulteri Brassaiopsis mitis Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Rex' Agave montana Amaranthus cruentus 'Hot Biscuits' Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird' Salvia microphylla Salvia confertiflora Salvia curviflora Meconopsis betonicifolia

Sep 14, 2022
Derry Watkins' Gravel Garden at Special Plants - Part Two!

Time for Part Two of our fun-filled, plant-tastic trip around Derry Watkins' Gravel Garden at Special Plants. Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis are particularly inspired, considering the drought they've both experienced in East Anglia this summer! Look out for some of these plants at East Ruston in coming years... PLANT LIST Potentilla × hopwoodiana Allium senescens ssp. montanum Geranium incanum Limonium latifolium Limonium sinuatum 'Apricot Beauty' Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' Stipa barbata Morina longifolia Nicotiana mutabilis Eschscholzia californica coastal form Zauschneria californica Erigeron karvinskianus Agastache rupestris Tropaeolum polyphyllum Epilobium glabellum Lablab purpureus Erodium 'Fran's Choice' Scabiosa argentea Verbascum roripifolium Scutellaria suffrutescens 'Texas Rose' Dianthus 'Chomley Farran' Euphorbia rigida Eryngium maritimum Glaucium corniculatum Seseli gummiferum Allium schubertii Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues' Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' Verbena officinalis var. grandiflora 'Bampton' Romneya Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' Restio Erythrina crista-galli Spigelia marilandica Ficus carica 'Jolly Tiger' Origanum 'Kent Beauty'

Sep 07, 2022
Derry Watkins' Gravel Garden at Special Plants (Part One)

The Wonder Woman returns! Derry Watkins of Special Plants is always inspiring and this week, returning to chat with Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis, is no different. Last time she appeared we took a tour of some of her garden, but we were left wanting more...we only just glimpsed the gravel garden before phone battery forced us to head inside. So this time round we're dedicating the podcast to her drought-tolerant plants...and what a list of plants it is! Part two arrives next week with yet more inspiration! PLANT LIST Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise' Trachelospermum asiaticum Salvia greggii 'Stormy Pink' Paeonia cambessedesii Salvia rosmarinus 'Green Ginger' Ugni molinae Eryngium 'Pen Blue' Eryngium × oliverianum Eryngium bourgatii Graham Stuart Thomas's selection Salvia yangii (Perovskia atriplicifolia) Cephalaria transylvanica Erythrina crista-galli Albizia julibrissin Iochroma fuchsioides Sonchus fruticosus Verbascum roripifolium Euphorbia 'Blue Dome' Salvia 'Nachtvlinder' Corydalis ochroleuca Stipa gigantea Origanum 'Kent Beauty' Bougainvillea Parahebe perfoliata Geranium incanum

Aug 31, 2022
Part Two: Jack Wallington Shares Some of His Plants of the Moment

Last week Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis heard about Jack Wallington's new garden near Hebden Bridge. This week we're taking a trip through some of his favourite plants of the moment, from those he's grown from seed to new planty purchases. PLANT LIST Monarda didyma 'Panama' Monarda 'Cambridge Scarlet' Astrantia Pittosporum Agapanthus Eucalyptus Foeniculum vulgare Trachycarpus fortunei Verbena bonariensis Ricinus communis Jacobaea vulgaris Leucanthemum vulgare Heracleum sphondylium Vicia sepium Geranium × oxonianum Thalictrum Splendide White Helenium 'Waltraut' Dahlia 'Magenta Star' Dahlia merckii Dahlia 'Waltzing Mathilda' Prunella vulgaris Leucadendron argenteum Ficus carica 'Jolly Tiger'

Aug 24, 2022
Part One: Jack Wallington on His New Garden

A brand new guest this week for The Talking Dirty Podcast. Jack Wallington is a horticultural powerhouse - Landscape Designer, Author and Wildflower lover - he's got heaps of enthusiasm and knowledge to share. This week we get to hear about his new adventures near Hebden Bridge, the challenges of his new garden and how he incorporates Wildflowers into the mix. Next week more wonders from Monardas to Dieramas and extra Wildflowers! PLANT LIST Allium porrum 'Musselburgh' Allium porrum 'Saint Victor' Pastinaca sativa Allium schoenoprasum Allium schoenoprasum 'Pink Bere' Allium schoenoprasum 'Wallington White' Allium schoenoprasum f. albiflorum Allium stipitatum 'White Giant' Allium stipitatum 'Mount Everest' Brassica oleracea 'Red Russian' Brassica oleracea 'Nero di Toscana' Reseda luteola Reseda odorata Veronicastrum virginicum 'Diane' Veronicastrum virginicum 'Album' Persicaria amplexicaulis 'September Spires'

Aug 17, 2022