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Britain's best gardens / Britain's garden revival

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 16:10

Watched Alan again last night.  Again, two gardens I had seen elsewhere on TV before.  The chap who had the organic veg garden (Monty inspected his tomatoes last year I believe) and the garden at the B&B (which was stunning) - also on GW programme in the last 18 months or so I think.

Am enjoying the programme but would have thought that, however fantastic the gardens they chose were, the researchers would have selected gardens which havent been shown on TV or in magazines before from the hundreds of entries they say they received.  Have counted five previously featured gardens over two programmes so far!

Talkback: Looking back

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 16:48

I too used to subscribe, but lapsed as I also think its gone 'samey'.  The only garden mags I tend to read now are the English Garden and Gardens Illustrated (I get them second hand as my mum subscribes!).

Contorted Hazel

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 16:40

Hi Joybell, I have always brushed away a little soil and cut just below the soil level.

Britain's best gardens / Britain's garden revival

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 09:04

I live in Cornwall and some of the most impressive, floriforous and large specimens are ones I see in gardens - I imagine they are quite an age though!

Britain's best gardens / Britain's garden revival

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 09:00

Am definately not complaining (ahtough OH is grumbling a bit)!  Plan to get out in the potting shed for a 'potter'(!) and a tidy at the weekend.  I am also getting itchy fingers too

Britain's best gardens / Britain's garden revival

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 08:52

I agree Yviestevie about David Austin roses.  I didn't grow roses until a couple of years ago - I have Gertrude Jekyll growing as a climber against a fence and am training it in an arch shape over a seating area and also have Princess Anne in my front garden in the borders. 

Both are really easy to care for. I have muddled through the pruning with no major problems.  Both smell amazing and the Gertrude Jekyll flowered right through to mid December.  Princess Anne flowered early-mid summer then finished and then started again in October through to end of November.

I did try a couple in pots (Queen of Sweden and another I can't remember) but with the wet weather we had for a few summers I got very few blooms as the buds kept balling.  I dont have a large garden and every plant has got to earn their place, so after giving them a few years chance, they had to go.  I now have two Agapanthas in their place (cant remember the name but they are a deep, deep blue with very large flowers).

Britain's best gardens / Britain's garden revival

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 08:08

I have recorded Garden Revival and will only watch the subjects I am interested in.

  With regard to Best Back Gardens, okay programme and quite enjoyed it.  However I have already seen articles or programme segments on at least two/three of the gardens shown in this week's programme alone.  I'm not saying I particularly liked or disliked those particular gardens but it would have been nice to see gardens that have not already been published or filmed before. 

Ones seen before - the pub hanging garden (I think it was featured on a previous year's Chelsea programme on BBC1), ditto the lady with the roof garden (BBC1 Chelsea again) and the couple who spent a large amount of money on a garden designer for their garden (I think featured in either Gardens Illustrated or The English Garden magazine).  I am sure sure that I have seen the competition veg growers at some point too.

Garden programme on Sky 1

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 16:15

I agree, the competitive element and the 'masterclass' elements were completely unecessary.  Like Topbird I didnt notice any snide comments.  I thought they were pretty complimentary about each others patches. 

Nice to see gardens that are not half an acre and larger for a change!  Will be good to see if future programmes feature smaller gardens too.

Liked parts of all three gardens, but the second one was more to my style.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 15:20

Hi Lyn - he looks a very handsome chap, and very sensible staying in during the cold, wet weather!

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 08:59

Thanks Tootles, will do!  Abbie was originally from the RSPCA.  When we got her she was very thin and had no fur on her body as she had pulled it out with stress.  Needless to say, she settled in very comfortably and very quickly!  We had her for a fantastic 10 years.

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