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Monty Don's French Gardens

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 11:00

I agree about Villandry being a waste and think that, with a bit more effort and research, he could have shown us productive and beautiful potagers such as those mentioned by Busy-Lizzie.    I say again it's not enough to see the thing.  I want information about how it's done by the best.    If his French is no longer  good enough there are interpreters available.  

 Gardening is, after all, a very practical activity and gardeners are practical people who love to share tips and plants and produce.   This programme is missing that spirit - with the exception of the lady on the allotment. 

Safe species for a tall hedge in high density housing estate?

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 14:04

I agree.  Hornbeam is good for a damp site or heavy soil but is less wildlife friendly as pyracantha which can also be kept quite narrow.

Safe species for a tall hedge in high density housing estate?

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 13:16

I have a low box hedge around one of my front beds - 7m x 4m and bounded by 3 trellis panels for climbing roses in one corner and then box hedge for the rest.  It's planted up with Gertrude Jekyll, Sceptr'd Isle and William Shakespeare roses plus geranium marcrorhizum, aquilegias, alliums, oriental poppies, cyclamens and other bulbs plus assorted clematis on obelisks and the hedge just keeps it all together especially in winter.

Monty Don's French Gardens

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 13:12

Yes, to the point of naivety.  Lyon G - i'm all for a sense of place but thought he could have done more to communicate how to achieve that chez nous.

small veg patch

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 12:15

Yes, divide it into 3 or 4 equal parts so you can rotate crops and avoid building up pests and diseases in the soil and then grow what you love to eat and what is expensive in the shops.  A basic book such as the Vegetable Expert will help with soil preparation, varieties and How To info to get you off to a good start.

Monty Don's French Gardens

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 11:31

I don't know how he does it but he managed to make even potagers seem "weary, stale and unprofitable".   Far too much time wasted in that flipping 2CV and tasting food in markets which could have been better spent actually talking to the gardeners about how they grow their fuit and veg and make it tasty and attractive too.    He also missed a trick not asking the oinion man how he manages to grow healthy onions year after year on the same ground without being infested with disease and pests.  I'd have liked more depth on the Potager du Roi and a lot less faffing. 

Gardenia 'Hardenia' - white - dropping blackend and health leaves.

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 11:19

Frostbite?  A plant which lives indoors should not be put outside in cold weather.  Even one that goes out fo rthe summer needs to be introduced gradually to the outdoors and brought in at night to protect it from changes of temperature.

Keep it sheltered and out of direct sun and water with distilled or rain water and some liquid rose or tomato food to give it a boost.


Posted: 09/02/2013 at 11:12

Well done Dove.  I thought it was a dodgy posting and either something like that or our favourite troll.

What are you still eating?

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 18:04

Nothing.  Cavolo nero, purple sprouting, Swiss chard, pak choi and mizuna all frozen to an unsightly mush.

However, the rhubarb is pushing through so we'll be eating that soon enough and I still have some blackcurrants and chillies in the freezer. 


Monty Don's French Gardens

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 17:47

Joe Swift isn't really a vegetable gardener and his allotment lasted only as long as the filming.  There's quite a lot of info and comment here, including from people with allotments on that site -,58912.0.html

I'm looking forward to tonight's programmes on potagers or, as the schedule says, the gourmet garden.    Right up my street along with gardens full of colour and perfume and wildlife.  Can't see there being a lot of buzzing in all those hedges in the very formal hedge and topiary gardens he so likes.. 



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