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More gardening TV

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 21:15
The BBC is to screen a new historical gardening series fronted by Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don.


‘The Secret History of the British Garden’ will examine how traditional British gardening has changed over time with influencing factors including politics, war, religion, archaeology, medicine and Britain’s evolving tastes in food, design, sculpture and fashion.

The four part series made by Lion TV, begins with Don exploring the sole surviving garden of the 1600s, the world-famous Levens Hall in the Lake District.

The series has four hour-long episodes covering the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. It was commissioned by the BBC’s Mark Bell, and has been executive produced by Greg Sanderson for the BBC and Alexandra Henderson for Lion TV.

The BBC does not yet have a transmission date for the programme.


Cosmos seedlings

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 20:59

Mine always get "leggy" - but bury them up to their shoulders when pricking out and they do fine Especially if you pinch them out to within an inch of their life a la verdun


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 20:40

Verd - agastaches are marked, so will keep a close eye.  The cuttings I took last summer are all sprouting in the GH, but it is a deal more sheltered in there.  Salvias (carradonna) are also slow - maybe a mediterranean thing.  Or they might have noticed that they are not in the Med

Greenhouse nibblers!

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 19:21

Could be mice too - they are my biggest GH pest


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 19:14

Glorious day here. Penstemmon chopped (snap Matty) and another third of the last border mulched .....prob only one more session will finish it off.

still waiting patiently for my agastache to appear - can't believe I have lost all of them, so am convincing myself they are just late to appear.  Fingers crossed

Work tomorrow ...but at least only a four day week

help me choose a new hedge

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 10:19

Hi Bekkie - never seen ceonothus used as a hedge before - does it like being clipped?  Upright ones that I have are Pugets blue and concha


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 09:56

My mulchpile was made by horses And our harddrive is a sky+ box.  We live in a ravine So sky is the only way we can receive TV.  When we moved in the house had an aerial which was on a pole twice the size of the chimney ....but it didn't work well, so got replaced by a dish. More effective, less of an eyesore


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 09:46

Lovely day here today too.  My Mulchpile is calling me

Love our harddrive recorder - mostly because I can work it .....never could get the hang of programming the vcr .....bit like the automatic oven ....not very good at counting in multiples of 60


Posted: 05/04/2015 at 23:43

Looking forward to those sunflowers already

Had a lovely day - a walk on the downs (during which the sun came out and we were treated to wall-to-wall blue skies) and lots of laughs.  My niece made an Easter cake - fabulous


help me choose a new hedge

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 10:19

Fantastic hedge Lily  Never seen hypericum used like that before

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