BBC Gardeners Question Time

When BBC Gardeners Question Time was broadcast from Forde Abbey Dorset UK, I was fortunate enough to be chosen to put forward the following question to the Panel.

“The nearby village of Tatworth has many streams and was once known as Seven Streams. What colourful plants would the panel recommend planting in addition to, say Astilbe and Marsh Marigold, in this very wet fast running environment?”

The Panel comprising Anne Swithinbank,  Bob Flowerdew and  Christine Walkden under the Chairmanship of Peter Gibbs (of weather forecaster fame) came up with the following answers:

Anne Swithinbank initially suggested Primula japonica (Candelabra) a 12” bog plant, going on to recommend Butomus umbellatus a large 4ft umbrella shaped aquatic plant with an AGM (RHS Award of Garden Merit) and, growing even larger to around 6ft, but with a similar shape, the Darmera peltata.

Christine Walkden suggested Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold) a small species reaching about 10”.  Going up in size she suggested Primula denticulatea 18” and Trollius chinensis Imperial Orange a 36” bogplant.

Bob Flowerdew suggested a plant often regarded as a weed but nonetheless very attractive, gold coloured (Golden Dock) Rumex maritimus.

The panel was thanked.

I must say I was very  pleased to have been chosen to ask my question, more especially as I have a fast running stream at the bottom of my garden and it gave me a few ideas to discuss with my neighbours.