Posted: 17/05/2014 at 17:49
I do agree with some comments here that at times GW programme since Alan Titchmarsh's era has become a "middleclass" programme and has watered-down or abandoned Geoff Hamilton's era where he made-do-and-mend.
In these thrifty times - even the "middleclass" (yes, I have a well-paid job but we even do the Lidl-run or Aldi-run as well as dashing around Waitrose) need/are saving cash as everything become expensive - it would have been nice to see Monty Don attempt to say "well, I paid £700 (what's the annual £running cost, Monty Don?) for this heated bench but I need another one. You can make it yourself...."
Certainly, Geoff Hamilton inspired from 1979 to his (still) unbelievable death (in 1996) with his real down-to-earth gardening and that's why, every Christmastime without fail, I re-watch his TV series 3-disc DVD boxset to remind me that gardening shouldn't be a chore but a continual life-love affair.
Geoff Hamilton's faultless mantra re-centres me and regenerates throughout.