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Make some rooms for improvement.


Short of space in your garden? Then don't miss the Daily Mirror stand at next week's Chelsea Flower Show.

Our Garden Of Rooms is packed with ideas on how to make a small garden seem larger.

Designer John Plummer has divided the garden - on stand MA19 - into three "rooms", each with its own colour scheme and character.

The rooms link together but, because each is so different, one garden feels more like three!

The largest room features a long, formal pool. The colours are creams and whites and include the white climbing roses Felicite et Perpetue, Boule de Neige and Iceberg.

There is also a water clock, designed for us by Tim Hunkin.

The other two rooms have wildly contrasting colour schemes. Oranges, golds and bronzes dominate one. Pink, red, blue and silver are to be found in the other.

The rooms are separated by green heather screening, covered in climbers.

I'll also be on hand on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. So come along and say hello, and don't miss our special Chelsea Show supplement in next Tuesday's Daily Mirror.

LAST chance to sow runner beans and still get a good crop.

CONTINUE to protect tender plants, especially summer bedding, from frost.

SOW direct into the ground nasturtium, mignonette, sweet scabious and love-in-a-mist.

THIN summer lettuce to 9-12in apart.

QMY clematis is producing a slimy substance from the base.

AYOUR clematis is suffering from slime flux, caused by frost, slug or other damage. Sap escapes and is colonised by numerous bacteria. Cut out affected stems, below ground level if necessary, and apply a liquid feed to produce fresh growth.

UNLIKE the common Busy Lizzie, New Guinea Impatiens have a stronger dark or variegated foliage and flower throughout the summer. As a house plant, the blooms will last to Christmas. They reach a height and spread of 12in or so.

Daily Mirror readers can buy six mixed for pounds 5.95 or 12 for pounds 9.95.

(inc p&p and VAT).

Send your order to Daily Mirror New Guinea Impatiens Offer, PO Box 64, South West District Office, Manchester M16 9HY. Make cheques/POs payable to MGN361 New Guinea Impatiens Offer, and put your name and address on the back in block capitals. For credit card orders, call 0161 431 6431 (24hr service) and quote ref: MGN361 New Guinea Impatiens Offer. Offer, open to UK readers only and subject to availability, closes 14/06/96. Allow 28 days for delivery.


LATE-flowering and greenhouse chrysanthemums need attention now.

It's time for third and final potting. Use 8-9in pots and nutrient- rich John Innes No 3 compost.

Soil level should be about 1in below the rim, so there is ample room for watering.

Firm the compost in well, water thoroughly and put the canes in right away before there is any risk of them damaging roots.

Use three 5ft canes per pot and tie the stems in loosely.

This first watering will settle the compost around the roots and there should be no need to water again for seven or eight days.

Huge white flowers, up to 6in across, with a splash of colour at the base of each petal, are the exotic highlight of paeonia suffruticosa, or the tree peony.

The shrub grows typically to a height of up to 6ft (1.8m) and there are many beautiful hybrids to choose from.

They include Duchess of Kent (bright pink) and Mrs William Kelway (pure white).

Although some are obtainable locally, for the widest selection try a specialist nursery such as David Austin, Bowling Green Lane, Albrighton, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV7 3HB (Tel 01902 373931).

Tree peonies are best grown in a well drained but moist soil in either sun or part shade. For best results, dig in well rotted manure before planting.

The junction between the rootstock and the scion should be about 3in (7.6cm) below the surface of the soil. As the flowers are susceptible to frost, choose a site which is not open to early morning sunshine.

SORRY, we won't be running our National Allotments Competition this year. So apologies to those of you who had intended entering.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Greenwood, Pippa
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 18, 1996
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