Posted: 21/05/2014 at 20:07
I loved most of the coverage but was frustrated that there isn't a whole 20 minute section at the end of every programme which would just show the plants with their names on the screen. Just so that we weren't reduced to only hearing what a particular presenter specifically like on the day. It was frustrating watching interviews about one thing when behind them was a magnificent display of stunning plants - but only as a backdrop.
I loved it - but to me it was heavy marketing - business driven with great emphasis on design, design, design for the large gardens. It's so difficult only having a tv perspective but from what I saw on tv only, most of the judges popular large gardens seemed to have a large expanse of lawn or water, concrete or stone and a pavilion of similar style and shape. Musn't generalise though.
We often bemoan that gardening programmes seldom cater these days to what in another thread was termed the 'average' (for want of a better descriptive one off word). My garden is about 20ft long and tapers like a triangle from 20ft wide to 8ft wide at the bottom. But to me it feels bigger than growing up in the 50's in a row of council houses which had a small square garden at the front and a slightly larger garden for veg and stuff at the back (if you were lucky) But I felt I was enlightened by the concentration on modern sell/marketing on perhaps todays big business target sector when after they were describing how great an accomplishment the Fresh(?) gardens were at only 3 meters wide and then Sophie Rowarth described her garden as a miniature or small garden at 'only 30 feet'. So if that's miniature these days, I can see why some programmes and events are a bit overtaken with large and more expensive garden design elements that what we had in earlier threads described as 'average'. Nothing against big gardens of course (I would love one) - but is it just me or does almost the bulk of the interest and gushing comments tend to go in the direction of the loads of concrete or stone surface with a pavilion?
I loved the bit where people were wandering around with their mothers, in particular Julian Clary as it drew my attention to a stunning pale yellow peony - so for that I'm really glad Julian Clary had an interest in peonies otherwise I would never have seen it.
Good stuff - as far as tv coverage goes. I liked the format and everyone seemed comfortable and have plenty to say. More plant viewing needed for tv though. Much more. The only thing which made me drift away was the Rachel part about recipes for planting combinations. Probably all great ideas...but I didn't find it that interesting.