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06 Jan 2017

Garden Lover's Diary - January 2017

Happy New Year! I look back at 2016 with great fondness. I have so many special memories of BBC Gardeners’ World Live including seeing Alan Titchmarsh and Mary Berry live on stage together, stepping onto a totally floating barge in our Canal Garden, watching as florist royalty Simon Lycett presented the brand new Eve Rose, snapping my first selfie with Monty Don and seeing incredible Show Gardens come to life to inspire thousands of gardeners.

The party starts here!

We’re looking forward to a significant year in the history of Gardeners’ World as in 2017 we celebrate 50 years of the BBC2 programme! Special birthdays need a cake – and we’re excited to say a special guest has created an extra special recipe, just for us. Enjoy a slice when you join us in June!

The nation's favourite plants

As part of the anniversary celebrations, Gardeners’ World is on the hunt for the UK's favourite plants!

As a BBC Gardeners’ World Live visitor, you’ll soon be asked to nominate from the shortlist. The final selection will be revealed live by Mary Berry on Thursday 15 June, and filmed for the 1-hour anniversary special airing the next day. Exciting eh!

In season – Horseradish

Horseradish can be invasive so it’s best to grow this fiery ingredient in pots. Have a go at growing from ‘thongs’ in a container full of multi purpose compost and they’ll be sprouting lush foliage in moments. When grown, turn the pot upside down and cut out half of the roots as your spicy home-grown ingredient, replanting the rest to regrow.

Make your own horseradish sauce and use it in BBC Good Food's tantalising horseradish mash!

Plant of the month – Chimonanthus praecox (Wintersweet)

As a deciduous shrub, in summer Wintersweet is a mass of green. But it’s winter when it comes into it’s own, and you won’t find a better smelling plant for your frosty garden. The small waxy yellow flowers, on bare stems, exude a scent even in the depths of winter that’s irresistible to bees, and me!

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