Posted: Monday 9 June 2014
by James Alexander-Sinclair
Before I speak with you again it will be time for the great Brummie extravaganza that is BBC Gardeners World Live. I very much hope that I will see lots of you there.
Before I speak with you again it will be time for the great Brummie extravaganza that is BBC Gardeners' World Live. I very much hope that I'll see lots of you there.
There will, of course, be gardens, plants, shopping, food and, I hope, a lot of cavorting on the Gardeners' World Theatre stage. I will be there with Monty, Joe, Carol, Rachel, Diarmuid, the legendary Jim Buttress and a lot of beekeepers.
There are couple of not-particularly-garden-related things that I am looking forward to. Firstly, some of you might remember the amazing knitted garden that was organised by the Creative Moments Craft Group from Kingstanding*, Birmingham. There were knitted vegetables, knitted fruit and even knitted aphids – I still have one that they very kindly gave me. This year they are back with a commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War. I suspect that there will be fields of knitted Flanders poppies. Go and see them.
Having done that, pootle up into the food bit – do not be distracted by Greg Wallace shouting. There will be lots of little stalls offering samples of all sorts of deliciousness.
Having done that, go outside and look at the Birmingham borders – a unique feature of this show. A huge variety of ideas, styles and plants are packed into tiny plots that are only 3m x 3m. Many of them have a local theme – one is based on the orbital motorway system that encircles the city.
There are also larger show gardens and a great big tent full of plants.
BBC Gardeners' World Live, 12th-15th June. Be there. Bring large shopping bags.
* not to be confused with Kings Landing. Kingstanding has less violence, fewer power hungry courtiers and considerably less gratuitous nudity. I think. (That is a reference that will be completely lost on all of you who do not watch Game of Thrones. Sorry.)