Posted: 25/03/2017 at 20:20
I was seriously fed up with last night's GW. I think Gardeners' World should be about what is or can be going on in our gardens in the week it is broadcast and I also think it should try to be relevant to a majority of its audience.
I note that Barbados did not feature in Monty's Round the World in 80 gardens and I can't see any plant from there being relevant to an average British garden which would need a conservatory to make such plants happy. Much better to spend time visiting places where our grow in the wild - South Africa, China, North America, Europe - but not tropical islands and really a subject for a whole series on garden worthy plants and their origins.
I enjoyed the item on lichens. There are lots in my garden and I never knew they varied according to alkalinity or acidity. Fascinating stuff.
I love pleached hedges on stilts and I'm sure they're a good option for people wanting privacy from neighbours so a relevant topic, if left a bit late in the year for viewers to prepare, order and plant. However, I was inordinately pleased in the first episode of the season when MD announced that he'd finally given up on the box hedges and balls and got rid. along with some large trees. I was hoping he would open his garden out as a result as it always seems to me to be closed in and contained and oppressed yet there he was last night buttoning it all down again and putting in new hedges.
These days I treat GW as a pleasant half hour to relax with a coffee or a glass of wine depending on when I'm watching but last night's episode was just frustrating.
Beechgrove is where I expect to pick up knowledge on techniques, plant comparisons, compost comparisons and more and they offer fact sheets so it's doubly practical.