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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 16:59

Hi Phil, I have grown one called Key Lime Pie which are supposed to grow to 4 ft high.  They are a really nice pale yellow too.  The seed was from Thompson and Morgan but I did buy it in 2010.  They still germinated well though.  

High ther Dovie girl, I have grown Russian Giant too and had the same probs, tall but small heads, must be the weather.

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Posted: 15/08/2012 at 19:14

Haaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa hahahahaha Sorry to disappoint, I'm cutting and running having scored game set and match I think.  

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Posted: 15/08/2012 at 17:15
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Flowerpotty-have you seen Beechgrove?- that might be more to your liking.

No not heard of that one but will try anything at least once.  Thanks 

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Posted: 15/08/2012 at 17:00

The SIMPLE version !  I think GW has been much much better than it now is with MD and at Long Meadow.  Who ever is responsible for content and situation is irrelevant, this is a personal observation and you don't have to agree with me.  Of course there is still some good content, I have never argued with that but anyone living in this century would agree that it's slow and not nearly as good as it was or should be.  Long Meadow is a poor setting because it's, boring, unrepresentative of most modern gardens and old fashioned. The show had strayed into content that has no place on GW and I think it needs a complete rethink.  That's it. AT is irrelevant in any genre.  Point made.   I'm off to do something interesting with my life.  Thanks for the entertainment, I havn't laughed so much on one of these bloggs in my life.  Enjoy your gardens.

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Posted: 15/08/2012 at 16:28

I don't think I suffer from confusion regarding your meaning Dove, and I never ever said that I particularly like AT in any particular genre, you simply assumed. When I responded to Maud who said bring back AT she and I both mean in his role with GW not ground force or any other such show.  I didn't know that he was bringing out another show until you told me so I have no idea what it's about.  As far as "some of us prefer a programme that is about plants and horticultural technique" Havn't you actually been reading what I've been writing?  Staggering


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Posted: 15/08/2012 at 13:23
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Protective and possessive?  I've mentioned his name 3 times in two fairly long posts about the programme he presents in response to specific comments, one of which included a remark that he was patronising - if that's not personal criticism not sure what is?

I think you've made it clear that some people prefer the make-over type of programme that Alan Titchmarsh is presenting, whereas some of us prefer a programme which is more about plants and horticultural techniques.  

Isn't it great that we've now got one of each then?

Dear Dove, if you had bothered to look back you would see that it wasn't me who called MD patronising !  But then your comments re "Make over types of programme" is !





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Posted: 15/08/2012 at 12:42

I've just looked back (quite randomly) at a past GW with Alys Fowler.  In a slot no more than two minutes long she collected some digitalis seeds and told us about the plant attributes and it's slug resistance, took the seed into the green house and showed us how to sow it and talked about the conditions it preferrs.  She then talked about those who don't have seed to collect can get a wonderful choice of seeds by joining a plant society like the Hardy plant society or the RHS and by doing so e.g. the RHS members have a choice of 700 seeds and also get 20 packets free for being members.  The seed list comes out in November and the seeds arrive in January.  She told how to prick out the seedlings and how/where to over winter them and the advantage of sowing in autumn is that they will flower the next year (being biannual).  She also gave some human interst telling us about when she was a student she used to clean the seed whilst listening to audiobooks.  I CALL THAT VALUE FOR MONEY!  Rachel de Thame in a recent GW however, took a full 5 minutes of programme time to revisit the Didcot Barracks most of which was watching her walk up the road, go through the gates, Look at how it used to be and recap on what they did.  She then talked to the wives with their children about how difficult it had  been to plant a few seeds and then she finally took a look at their straggly Dahlias which surprise suprise were planted (under her supervision) beneath the canopy of a huge tree!  The only educational bit was squashing a few black fly and tying in the sweet peas.  THAT'S WHAT I CALL A WASTE OF GOOD GW TIME. I rest my case !

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Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:59

Joslow I never for one minute thought the presenter did control the content.  I don't care who controls the content as long as it gets better than it has been!  

A good idea to take a look at other presenters gardens or just a better garden setting then Long Meadow.  Berryfields was much better.  

Yes I probably will be much happier watching AT's new programme, at least it will be a change from this years offering from GW.

Dove you seem to be very protective and even possessive of MD.  This isn't a personal critisism of him just the programme content and it's setting.


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Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:25

Oh if only Maud 

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Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:23

Dove from above, you missunderstand my complaint. Yes I do understand the principles of composting thank you but they tell us how to do it year on year.  I think it's a waste of programme time when they repeat things so often.  Do you have the space for at least two big compost bins?  I don't, However I would like to use what I can to make compost on a smaller scale (and I do believe I'm not alone in that) but that is never covered dispite it being perfectly possibly, in principle AND in practice... get YOUR facts straight.

As for "new techniques"  I'm actually complaining that they don't show us new techniques, just repeat the old ones, it's tiresome when there is only half an hour. Your way off with "homework" that's just a patronising comment, and you don't know me and what I have achieved.

I wouldn't watch GW if I didn't think it was a good programme but you have just said it yourself, the programme is too short to waste time.  I don't begrudge anything except endless repetition.  I don't like Monty's garden because it just doesn't give any new ideas, it's such a boring garden to look at when ever you see a long shot.

Monty as a presenter is OK and I do like Carol and her infectious style but please ring the changes, that's all I'm asking for.  There used to be more variety in gardening programmes and it's a great shame that we don't have that now, however GW was always a programme for the dedicated gardener as you yourselves demonstrate, I didn't learn anything from the Rachel de Thame creating a garden in a barracks nor from her flower arrangement for the Royal barge. GW seems to have lost it's focus sometimes and just spreads itself too thin.  What the BBC should be doing is making more programmes for those who want those side stories and leave GW to do what it used to do very well.


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