Viagra, Bananas, Aspirin, Vodka and Beer for Healthy Plants, Says David Domoney

6a01156fa075f4970c017c32138d46970b2TV gardener and designer David Domoney has been spending a bit of time in Wales lately and admits that he loves the Welsh Countryside. “It’s breath taking. The Show Gardens and make-over Gardens that I work in are often quite small so I feel tall and in control of those. But I find the Welsh mountains and rock faces humbling and that’s when I realise I’m just a very small part of a stunning natural landscape.”

David, who recently worked with Alan Titchmarsh on Love Your Garden to make over a garden for a Crickhowell family, confesses the weather is often the trickiest part of outdoor makeovers. “Sometimes we experience two completely different seasons in one day. We can be freezing cold and sheltering under umbrellas one minute and the next it is baking hot and we are slapping on the suntan cream. In Crickhowell, we also had to stop filming every now and again when we were being drowned out by the noise of jets and helicopters flying overhead – although they were a pretty amazing sight.”

Renowned for his amazing RHS Show Gardens and TV garden makeovers, David explains, “I like to create smoke and mirror gardens for television but I think real gardens should reflect their owners. If you love gnomes, have gnomes. A garden should make you feel like you are at home with friends. My own garden is eclectic, every shrub or plant has a history and tells a story.”

The dynamic designer started his horticultural career as a ‘plant hunter’ and buyer for Garden Centres. “It was fast paced, entertaining and I travelled the World,” he recalls, “one day I would be buying glazed pots from the Dragon Kilns in Vietnam, the next I’d be choosing bulbs from the fields in Holland and maybe the next, buying garden furniture from Italy. After ten years of buying I decided to trade the boardroom for the shrub border and my suit for jeans and became a born again Horticulturist.”

David is also well known for his eccentric horticultural style and tips, like using bananas, vodka, eggs, aspirin, beer and even Viagra to feed his plants and is well respected amongst the celebrities. “People love something different, “ he laughs, “I’ve trained Brain Ferry to train Bonsai trees, helped Carol Vordaman with her roof garden, advised Sir Cliff Richard on his lawn, given Jerry Hall and Dawn French tips on pumpkins and landscape Philip Schofield’s garden. I just love indulging my passion for plants.”

You can read more about David at www.daviddomoney.com

 

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