Right Plants 4 me. Free garden plant advice website

March 19, 2012

A year on and we’ve added and improved the www.rightplants4me.co.uk website.

It’s easy to find and identify garden plants as well as wildflowers and weeds.

Simply select plants by their name, flower and or leaf colour, period of interest, height, aspect and soil type.

You can nor make plants lists. (1) Plants I Have and (2) Plants I want

This is useful when designing your garden to have year round colour and interest.

You can print your plants I want lists and take it with you to the Garden Centre.

Plants I have shows you which plants you have in any chosen month AND it will also let you know which plants you have in any month that need pruning PLUS how to prune them correctly.

You can add your own personal note to any plant. I don’t like labels so I keep a record of my plants and where they are in the garden. This is very useful because for example Clematis look very similar when dormant, with my notes and reminder when to prune my plants I know exactly which Clematis needs pruning, where it is and how to prune it. Some need hard pruning becuase they flower on this years new growth whereas some flower on old wood.

Here is an Iris with a note added

I’ve added time lapses of plants growing and flowers opening. They show some of the fascinating growth and design.

I hope you fine the site useful.

I want to build the site so I’m keen to meet photographers and authors to help the site GROW.

Although the site has UK flowering and planting times, it won’t take too much work to make it specific for the US and European countries. Please let me know if this is of interest.

Best wishes

neil


How can the Complete Gardens CD-ROM help you choose the right plants for your garden

November 23, 2010

Plant Finder. Search by selecting colour, height, season and name

Here is an audio-visual demo to show you how the Complete Gardens CD-ROM can help you choose the right plants for your garden conditions and your choice of garden style.

You can search by any combination of flower / leaf colour, month and season, soil type, aspect, height plus Latin or common name.

The best plants to suit your requirements are displayed within seconds.

Each plant is accompanied with in-depth plant care and illustrated pruning advice

Click here to see further information about the Complete Gardens CD-ROM

The Complete Gardens CD-ROM is British made and PC and MAC compatible.

 

 

I have made an interactive plant finder, identifier and pruning guide web site. http://www.complete-gardens-online.co.uk which I hope you find interesting.

It has over 3,600 garden plants, 10,000 photographs plus time lapse sequences and each plant has in-depth plant care and illustrated pruning advice.

The plant database is continuing to grow.  If you have good quality photographs of garden plants that are not not already on the database I’d like to hear from you with an interest of adding it to the collection.

Contact me on neil@complete-gardens.co.uk


Cleve West writes Independent Review on Garden advice software

October 23, 2008

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold winning garden designer Cleve West has written a review in the Independent Newspaper.  Saturday 25th October 2008

Cleve has written a review about the Complete Garden plant advice and pruning guide encyclopaedia CD-ROM.

Being featured in a National Newspaper and written by such a respected Garden Designer will be a big boost in raising the interactive, visual plant database CD-ROM profile.

Cleve West Independent review http://www.independent.co.uk/life-st…ow-969471.html

The only information missing from his glowing review are the contact details where to buy the Complete Gardens CD-ROM and that the software is both PC & MAC compatible.

Many people will be unaware that such a product exists, so Cleve’s review will be a great help.

A CD-ROM is disc that you insert in to your computer. The CD-ROM allows the user to request information that appears within seconds by a simple a click of a button.

A CD-ROM can hold thousands of images plus data and illustrations which is easily accessable.

In addition you can add your own notes and print them with images plus make plant lists of plants you have and plant you want and the unique calendar lists reminds you which plants will be in flower and remind you which of your plants that need pruning and how.

The CD-ROM is designed to help you find plants for every area of your garden and season.

With this simple yet basic knowledge, the CD-ROM can help garden enthusiasts whatever level of experience find the right plants for the right time and place in order to create a garden with seasonal colour and interest.

I’ve now made an online version, please see www.rightplants4me.co.uk where I can add new plants, images and time lapses.


Scarlet Lily Beetle

July 10, 2008

Scarlet Lily Beetle

Scarlet Lily Beetle

It is an unfortunate twist that many pest are quite attractive and were they not pests they would be welcome and colourful additions to the life of the garden. The lily beetle is such a pest. It is bright red with a contrasting black head and if it were harmless would be a star performer in a line up of garden insects.

 

 

Scarlet Lily beetle larva Unfortunately the same cannot be said for its larval stage because though its grubs are an orange red they cover themselves with their own wet, black excrement.

The adults are 6-7mm long and the grubs 8-9mm long. Both do great damage to plants by eating flowers, leaves and seed pods.

Lily  Fritillaria Their main food sources are lilies and fritillaries and the adults will be seen from early spring onwards with the grubs appearing from midsummer.
To control the grubs you can pick them off and squash them. They are active over a long period which makes even chemical control a chore and not one hundred percent reliable.

Many garden chemicals have been withdrawn over the last few years and more are due to go, so for current suitable chemicals consult your garden centre.

Photography Neil Bromhall. Information taken from Complete Gardens CD-ROM.

Garden advice software


How to keep Deer off your plants

July 3, 2008

 Deer are coming into our gardens because we have such tasty plants for them to eat.

 

Deer are naturally cautious animals and don’t like objects that move as they could be predators. We can use this timid ness to keep deer out of our gardens and off our plants.

 

Sliver CD\'s tpo keep deer away  Hang old CD’s on a string so they spin in the wind. The spinning shiny objects will help scare the deer off entering your garden. Recycle ideas for old CD’s and tapes.

 

Use tape from old VHS tapes. Dismantle an old VHS casset and remove the tape. It’s very strong and can be tied to branches and posts. The movement like the spinning CD will make the deer wary of entering your garden. The tape will last for years (though can get tangled up and will need replacing)

 

Although expensive, a 7ft-8ft high wire fence will stop the deer hoping into your garden. Although expensive, the barrier will last for many years.

A dressed scarecrow with make the deer think that someone is in the garden and so they will stay away. It’s a good idea to move the scarecrow around the garden to keep the deer guessing. Even a deer will work out that the scarecrow is harmless if it stays in the same place month after month.

 

 

I’ve made a British garden plant advice CD-ROM which amongst the 3,500 UK garden plants it includes a list of 917 rabbit proof plants. I’ve made a list of deer proof plants on my website

 

Which garden software reviews to help you choose? There are some imported garden software that you’ll find in garden centres. Our Complete Gardens, British garden advice CD-ROM received top reviews. Complete Gardens CD-ROM


Keeping your garden interesting isn’t difficult or expensive if you choose the right plants.

June 18, 2008

Adding colour and texture plants will keep your garden looking interesting at different times of the year and individual. It’s not difficult or expensive; it’s just knowing which plants to choose.

Ideally gardens should have some plants of interest at different times of the year rather than have a splash of colour in spring and then not much for the rest of the year.

There are so many plants to choose from which suit every colour, height, aspect and season.

 

I use shrubs to give my garden year round shape and colour and then position plants which come into flower, leaf colour, bark, berry or texture to add interest at intervals throughout the year.

 

Some plants are small plants for the front of the border like the viola ‘Bowles Black and iris reticulata ‘Pixie’

small plant with black flowers

 

 

small spring flower

 

Some have colourful flowers like the Arisaema colourful flower or the Aloe Aloe

 

Some have leaf colour like this Acer Attractive leaves 

Some add texture Cordyline australis

Plants for the shade

Plants to attract butterflies Echinacea

Deep ‘blacks’ to dainty whites Black flowers   Dainty white flowers

 

I’ve designed a simple MAC & PC garden plant CD-Rom to help you find plants by colour, aspect, height and month to suit every garden aspect and seasonal need.

It’s not expensive and can help you create a beautiful garden using the right plants to suit your garden conditions. The latest garden software version has 3,500 plants and over 9,000 photographs. Each plant is accompanied with plant care and illustrated pruning advice.


Exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show

May 18, 2008

Plant advice CD-ROMI’m just off to set up my stand at the Chelsea Flower Show.  I’ll be on East Avenue stand 34

If anyone is going please come and say hello and I’d be delighted to show you how my British made garden advice CD-ROM works. Our garden siftware work on both PC & MACs and has 3,500 UK garden plants with 9,000 photographs.

We are launching our multi list plant finder and pruning guide CD-ROM.

The interactive garden plant advice CD-ROM is designed to help garden enthusiasts of all levels of experience to find and select the plants to suit every aspect of a garden and seasonal needs.

We want to support British grown plants so have links from plants on the Complete Gardens CD-ROM to some specialist UK plant nurseries.

The list is added daily so if you you are a plant nursery and want you plants added please contact neil@complete-gardens.co.uk or see the website link

Our Cd’s are not stocked by some large garden centre chains as they want a monoply and don’t like that I link to other nurseries. 

I thinkcustomer choice is important so I’ll continue to be proudly independent, even though this means not being stocked by them.

You can however buy my British made plant advice CD-ROM on my website www.complete-gardens.co.uk