Posted: 08/03/2013 at 23:21
I like Monty, but Alan is way out in front for spontinuity and enthusiasm. Joe swift was in his usual slot, as in a 10 minute bit showing that even a fool can garden. I honestly think it's GW trying to get new gardeners to watch with his slots. As someone mentioned, they could have done a whole 30mins on garden design, but no instead, aside from a few things rachel suggested like the daphne and the honeysuckle, the 'pulled -out' everyyear dogwood, some trees which would be unsuitable in most peoples gardens due to size, and them spidery things with the fuzzy stems, again massive unless you need to use a tractor to mow!
We then had 10 mins of galanthus, yes snow drops are lovely, but if you've lived in this country all your life, like 90% of the population have, chances are you know all about them already.
The programme should be a full hour, it would be a lot better, they could cover more things that are of actual interest as well as visiting nice gardens etc. I personally think when they talk about shrubs and plants for borders, they should say, 'if you have a small garden try blah blah, a medium think of so-and-so and if you are lucky enough to have a big garden then consider such-and-such.'
I really think they don't consider what most normal people have as a garden in regards to size. Most new builds basically have a hanky at the back and even less with a drive at the front. I think this is where GW is missing a trick, if they catered for the multitudes, there would be many more viewers.
All in all, nice to have it back on, but 30mins minus the opening and ending credits, then minus the chaff from gardens tended by 40 staff, and you end up with 10-12 mins of actual useful info, once a week. Not really good enough, I'm just glad of the broadband and the net, can find out everything I need to know from people who have experience on forums and in videos.
Bit of a rant, can you tell this cold is still gnawing at me??? :P