Posted: 13/05/2015 at 08:33
I'm enjoying it so far. They do make interesting point about horticultural knowledge and, even tho it's a show garden, understanding what plants will do in the coming year and making sure they're suitably placed.
I was rather amazed at their being given £1000 to spend on plants for a 3 x 4 metre plot. That's half my front bed and easily 5 times more than I've spent on filling it with roses and clematis and an acer Sango Kaku and alliums and daffs and ground cover geranium macrorhizum and a box hedge to contain it all.
On the other hand, the box was grown slowly from cuttings and the roses were small, bare rooted jobs and the geraniums are mostly divisions and I haven't had to build and fill in just 3 or 4 days.
I suspect from mistakes being made that some of the competitors have never bothered to watch Chelsea coverage as they would have known about following the brief, using their landscapers well, not leaving bare soil or having roots showing and pouring gravel in last and not making silly, avoidable mistakes.
Anyway. Good programme. I could listen to James A-S talk for hours and in this format Joe Swift is tolerable and even quite useful. Jury's out on Anne-Marie so far.