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Did either Jamie Oliver or Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall start from scratch with seeds or tree whips and take the gardener through whay is needed before you have produce you can eat?
I am just trying to gauge opinion ( like the Romans did in their forums!), as have read a lot of complaints about the dearth of gardening programs and the surfeit of cookery programs. I also see lots of unusual fruit and veg. growing at the Bristol Unuv. Botanic garden where I am a volunteer gardener and have to do research to find recipes for them. I think a program such as I suggest would appeal to a lot of new gardeners and cooks and also could integrate a lot of ethnic groups and their growing and cooking too. It could be an entertainment with strong factual bias which would fit the BBC and their strong lead on such programs in educating the public.
Having just given a Xmas luncheon for some friends and introduced them to kohlrabi which I had grown myself, and which they liked, I am on a mission to get more programs about growing fruit and veg. and then recipes for eating it includind salad suggestions and tips about ripeness of fruit to eat raw etc. This will bring in those clamouring for more gardening programmes as well as the multitudes who love the cookery and catering programs. How about it BBC - a "Grow it and Eat it" pprogram!
Yew or holly would be my choice.
I prune mine after the flowers have finished as it sprawls all over the path - deliberately I must say as mine is definitely a naturalistic garden. If you grow it as a climber you need to tie the long pieces in as it does not have tendrils.
You are welcome, Nadolig, did you notice it is featured on the home page at the bottom? click n the picture and you will read all about it.
And of course catkins add interest. This is the length of my Garrya elliptica catkins on 07.12.12.
They will get much, much, longer by the end of the winter.
Heucheras give lots of colour, This is a caramel coloured one .
The value of grey plants is very high in the autmn. T
his is Convolvulus cneorum.