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Dig It! Hydrangea macrophylla "So Long Sunny" (20 May 2019)

Dig It! Hydrangea macrophylla "So Long Sunny" (20 May 2019)

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  Hydrangeas are among my favourite flowers for the month of May, and Eric Renault of Sapho nurseries in the north of France, was showing a brand new variety, called Hydrangea macrophylla &...

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Dig It! Jardins en Fete (13 May 2019)

Dig It! Jardins en Fete (13 May 2019)

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The largest outdoor garden show in Switzerland, Jardins en Fete, took place this weekend at the Château de Coppet. Among the many plants, accessories, furniture and objets d’art, some beautiful nat...

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Dig It Listener Questions 6 May 2019

Dig It Listener Questions 6 May 2019

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Our listener Sandy wanted to know why her tulips stop flowering after a few years. You can try digging them up after flowering and storing them for the summer, or choose tulips that re-flower relia...

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Dig It! Begonias (29 April 2019)

Dig It! Begonias (29 April 2019)

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With lots of lovely summer flowering plants in the garden centres, it can be tempting to go crazy and plant them out right now, but traditional gardening wisdom says to wait until the Ice Saints Da...

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Dig It! Organic Seeds (24 April 2019)

Dig It! Organic Seeds (24 April 2019)

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Warm weather and occasional rain make for a perfect start to the veggie growing season in Switzerland. If you haven't already started your veggie plot this year, or are looking for some inspira...

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Dig It Tree Damage 15 April 2019

Dig It Tree Damage 15 April 2019

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A couple of weeks ago most of Switzerland suffered a fall of some heavy, late spring snow, causing damage to trees all over the country. Dig It takes a trip to listener Chris's garden to see hi...

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Dig It! Biodiversity (8 April 2019)

Dig It! Biodiversity (8 April 2019)

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Biodiversity is one of the big buzzwords in the garden right now, and the Meier garden centre show garden at Giardina was packed with easy and accessible ways to make your garden more biodiverse. E...

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Dig It! No more plastic pots (1 April 2019)

Dig It! No more plastic pots (1 April 2019)

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With plastic at the top of many people's lists of concerns for the planet, it's a good moment to ask the horticultural industry what they are doing to reduce or stop their plastic usage. Ji...

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Dig It! How to help the bees (25 March 2019)

Dig It! How to help the bees (25 March 2019)

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We all want to help the bees, but it can be difficult if you garden on a balcony, or are renting your house and can't make major changes in the garden. the Be Conservancy have lots of suggestions a...

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Dig It! Moss Balls (18 March 2019)

Dig It! Moss Balls (18 March 2019)

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The Giardina garden show was on last week in Zurich, and one of the big trends for this year is moss - it was everywhere, as ground cover, on rocks and on walls. The new company Cosmos, make moss b...

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Dig It! Ferns (11 March 2019)

Dig It! Ferns (11 March 2019)

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This week we are joining the delightful Elisabetta Cavrini of Garden Studio il giardiniere goloso, a garden design studio with a nursery based in Bologna https://www.gardenstudio.it/archivio-event...

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Dig It! Ticino Gardens (4 March 2019)

Dig It! Ticino Gardens (4 March 2019)

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This week we are in Ticino, visiting the glorious garden the Parco Botanico Gamborogno and the Vivaio Eisenhut, a nursery packed with fabulous camellias, azaleas, magnolias, as well as hardy citrus...

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Dig It: Rose Breeder David Austin (25 February 2019)

Dig It: Rose Breeder David Austin (25 February 2019)

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This week we're celebrating the life of the British rose breeder, David Austin, who died last December, aged 92. His English Roses, hybrids with the best characteristics of old roses and modern ros...

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Dig It!  Zurich Gessner Garden (19 February 2019)

Dig It! Zurich Gessner Garden (19 February 2019)

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This week we are visiting the wonderful Gessner Garden in Zurich, in the company of Peter Enz, the Curator of the Botanic Garden of Zurich.

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Dig It! Spring Bulbs (11 February 2019)

Dig It! Spring Bulbs (11 February 2019)

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Spring flowering bulbs bring a great touch of colour to any garden or balcony. They are generally planted in the autumn, but if you missed the boat on planting in the autumn, don't panic, you can b...

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Dig It! Lawn alternatives (4 February 2019)

Dig It! Lawn alternatives (4 February 2019)

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This week's show was inspired by a client consultancy from last year. The clients were looking for ways to reduce their watering and drought-proof their garden, and one of the things we looked at w...

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Dig It! Butterflies (28 January 2019)

Dig It! Butterflies (28 January 2019)

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Caspar Bijlevedt, the Director of Papiliorama talks to us about biodiversity and butterflies, and right now is the perfect time to plan ahead for adding plants to your borders or dream up some new ...

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Dig It! Swiss Gardens Book (21 January 2019)

Dig It! Swiss Gardens Book (21 January 2019)

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As part of a new year-long series, this is the first of our shows about Swiss Gardens, to tie in with my new book "Swiss Gardens" which will be published in April by Bergli Books. Caspar Bijleveld,...

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Dig It 11 Jan 2019

Dig It 11 Jan 2019

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In the second of our two-part book review, Tara Lissner and I are reviewing "Terrain", edited by Greg Lehmkuhl. It's packed with stunning images, great, practical ideas and glorious planting combin...

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Dig It! Dahlias (7 January 2019)

Dig It! Dahlias (7 January 2019)

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When it's cold and dark outside in the garden, there's nothing better than sitting down with a great book, full of inspiration for the year to come. A perfect book for any beginner or exper...

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Dig It: Christmas Gifts (17 Dec 2018)

Dig It: Christmas Gifts (17 Dec 2018)

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  This is the second show in our two-part special on Christmas and holiday gifts for gardeners. Last week we were looking at gifts with a little bit of luxury, so this week we are looking a...

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Dig It:  Gift-giving for gardeners (10 Dec 2018)

Dig It: Gift-giving for gardeners (10 Dec 2018)

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  With the holidays rapidly approaching and the season of gift-giving almost upon us, we have a collection of fantastic gift ideas for the green-fingered gardener in your life, of maybe jus...

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Dig It: Expat Expo Q&A (3 December 2018)

Dig It: Expat Expo Q&A (3 December 2018)

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On this week's Dig It, Hester answers your questions from the Geneva Expat Expo. Questions recorded at the Geneva Expat Expo, one from Francesca, of the three co-writers of "The Trailing Spouse Rei...

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Dig It: Clothes (26 Nov 2018)

Dig It: Clothes (26 Nov 2018)

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  What do you wear to do the gardening? Special gardening clothes? Special boots? My trusty Le Chameau boots are great, and I love my Danish clogs too, but I think I've found the perfec...

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