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Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 10:12

Believe me I'm getting on in years and with disability and illness in the family at a reasonably young age (50's) - I would love to find myself in a cottage in the country with a flower and herb garden taking years to mature and develop things in relative quiet and relaxation. (Another favourite book of mine is Geoff Hamiltons Cottage Gardens which I read with longing on rainy days again and again.)  But as with everything, we have to adapt to what is going on around us and everything in life seems to be a bit of a contradiction these days.  Being in Scotland, I've watched Beechgrove since I was a child - watched it with my parents and it became a habit before I had any kind of garden.  We are such an expanded population these days and in some ways grow farther apart or closer in some directions and then back again.  Gardening sometimes seems to have been hijacked in ways we maybe don't like...and we lose some of the things close to our heart and make do or just strive to adapt and take whatever pleasure we can from things in life.  But when we look at our own gardens, the glass is absolutely full with every ounce of pleasure we make for ourselves.  The enthusiasm for everything is evident in forums like this.  We are lucky.  But I do understand everyone's feelings about the programme.  We do need more gardening programmes and I really believe that gardening is one of the activities, physical and psychological which holds us together as a nation and as human beings.  Look how gardeners communicate.  Fabulous!

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 09:55

Poor Monty.  Stuck between a rock and a hard place.   No wonder he often looks tired.  I still feel that the producers of the programme must dictate what the content has to be and as with everything nowadays everything is so profit and business driven, not least the BBC.  Everyone is struggling to survive and so many of the formats we are used to have to lean now towards where the money is coming from and identifying and homing in on the big buyers.  Of necessity.  More and more of the populace have access now to things they couldn't have afforded or were available years ago...just look at the rise of landscaping, feature planting, designer garden sculptures, flat packs of raised beds.  There are pros and cons to everything for everyone.  Non-gardeners (ie not regular enthusiasts or practitioners) are often pulled into gardening because of its trendy edge and new popularity which appeals to everyone.  More 'things' are available for even the most hesitant and inexperienced individual to create a great 'look' which compliments extremely busy lifestyles where people would just like to try something but don't have the time they wish they could have. 

Years ago many of the things we can easily source and access at garden centres were only available to people who had loads of money but so much is now available for absolutely everyone.  More young people are adorning their flats with exotic indoor plants, growing herbs (the legal kind!) and getting into some kind of gardening activity indoors or outdoors.  Due to internet buying everyone has access to a huge range of things which we never used to see on a day to day basis and so many people are into 'the look'.  Like it or not.

The term 'gardening' and 'gardener' is a huge umbrella now where even the least experienced and who never before were interested have an in-road to possibilities which embrace house decorating, design and involves some kind of planting and creativity.   You used to walk around the countryside and see farmyards riddled with old machinery, troughs which had been lying around for years.  Because of the diversity of tv programmes on design etc...these folks are now making a mint selling off old troughs for hundreds of pounds, as are builders and renovaters taking advantage of the knowledge people now have or whose creativity has been sparked by gardening programmes and are making a mind selling old sinks, buckets, watering cans, chimney pots, guttering and so forth.

The gardening centres must closely monitor what is selling each year, what the majority of enquires and sales indicate and so the gardening programmes have to follow the trend to include everyone.  Years ago, neighbours would be talking about what annuals they would be buying for their baskets, window boxes, front garden small borders and so forth.  Nowadays what I hear is water features, feature plants, patio areas, wild flower areas, a creative impressive area, and so forth.

I suspect Monty has to follow the trend probably as noted by the producers and directors of gardening programmes and businesses.  We note the designer element to the show gardens but also note the nostalgia and consideration for days of yore and wild flower importance with often moral and charitable references.  Despite the recession in some areas, we have to accept that we the public have access to so much more knowledge and produce these days and that a lot of people are encouraged and eager to try things they have never attempted before e.g. exotics.  Even on Titchmarsh's 'Love Your Garden' - there was always the bit at the end on how to achieve the 'look' (which is a public driven trend) and some of the sculptures, garden furniture and accessories were way more expensive than the majority of cars would be to buy.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 09:14

Lavender Lady - how absolutely beautiful and restful.  Lovely!

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 01:11


David S. is that a peony?  Wow!

This is going to be a pathetic post but you know how we say that sometimes little things can make your day.  The wind in our trap of a garden was wild today and I had to rush about staking things.  Then I noticed this little ladybird hunkered down on the flower head of a Cirsium (rivulare atrop.).  I had to hold the plant to photograph it and was overexcited about it because it's the first time I've ever seen a ladybird in our garden.  We are inundated with greenfly on absolutely everything at the moment, more than I've ever seen before and I'd been bemoaning the fact that we never have ladybirds.  So - in raptures over one little ladybird!  Mad isn't it.  But I hope there are a whole lot more around somewhere.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 00:54

Palaisglide - there's nothing like the big band sound.  I recently bought a cd 'Passing Strangers' with Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan and of course I've always loved Glenn Miller.  When I was young though - being around just after the big bad era, I actually thought because of the film that James Stewart was Glenn Miller!   I remember when I was young, on Sunday afternoons my parents and I used to watch the Film Matinee on tv and that's when they used to show so many of the wonderful music and dance films which I love to this day.  The dancers then were phenomenal.  I've been amazed in recent years watching some documentaries of the Hollywood musical years.  What some of these talents put themselves through to show perfection was amazing - but oh how it shows and the performances are timeless

Now Orchid Lady, I'll be listening out for you in Princes Street tomorrow. Have a great time and if you get the chance have a look at the Floral Clock preparations (just opposite the art gallery) and see what their proposed flower display is about this year.  I know they were working on it but don't know what it's going to be.  I suspect something maybe to do with the Commonwealth Games but that's just a guess.

Fishy...ever seen the Australian Pink Floyd?  They were back in Edinburgh this Spring but I took my OH (severely disabled) to see them last year and they were really really good. 

If I'm ever in a bit of a mood or a bit down...the one song which can make me fall about laughing is a memory of student days when someone had an album by the Bonzo Dog Dooda (sp?) band.  The chorus was 'Here comes the equestrian statue...' at which time we would all fall about laughing.  Hilarious album it was on.  We also used to sing a song for a while...and I forget the band and the album...which went like 'Standing on a golf course, dressed in pvc, I chanced to see a golf girl, selling cups of tea'.  Does anyone recognise it?  I could google it of course but much more fun if someone on here knows it.

Again from the late 50's and tv film matinee's - I used to want to be Deanna Durban or sing and dance with Danny Kaye.  I was a dreamer then and still am.


Sorry more plant ID's please

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 00:16

Could the 2nd one be a campion, white campion?

identify please

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 08:57

It looks almost like rhododendron griersonianum - from the leaves and flower colour.

Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 08:52

How fabulous!  One of favourite books from the local charity shop is 'Blooms of Bressingham' (the 1992 publication).

Have a great visit and look forward to seeing some photos.  Hope the weather stays good for you.

Pale yellow or lemon plants

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 10:05

Wow!  What a quick brilliant response.  Thanks so much everyone.  They are all great suggestions.  I've looked up all of them and they all fit the bill.  Have to say Victoria Sponge the artemis EC Buxton is a perfect colour of what was in my mind and I like the idea of the aromatic leaves and - coincidence - I sowed some Yellow Toadflax yesterday.  Tried it last year and no success so more hopeful this year.  I'd never seen a pale yellow scabious which sounds ideal as well.  I also Auntiemand really fancy the phlomis.  And Dove and Victoria Sponge - the achillea Credo looks great too.  It would also be lovely to have Lemon Balm, I've thought about it for a while but never found any locally.  Maybe I will this year because it's so popular there's bound to be some around just now. I am going to have to seek and find locally.

Thanks so much everybody.  This is a great help.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 09:44

What memories have been brought back to me reading through this thread.  Songs and artists I'd forgotten.  Only time I've played music in the garden was when I first dug the whole thing up with the spade my only gardening tool at the time.  A nightmare of 4 days but with headphones on needed inspirational get up and get going stuff.  For ironing as well I always start with Murray Head's 'Say It Aint So Joe' and from influence of son and gift from him Nirvana Unplugged fuels determination. We are mad on music in our house with a wide range of stuff but I'm mellowing into memories of yore more often these days.  Love Mozart, Andrea Bocelli, have a few Lanza (from watching films when young).  Surprising favourite song when cooking comes from the film 'Country Strong' with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw singing 'Me And Tennessee'.  Soft spot for Tom Waits, early Springsteen, Otis, Neil and Joni, Richard Thompson (we love guitar), Eva Cassidy for quiet times, mad about the old musicals - favourite Doris Day singing 'Love Me or Leave Me' from film of same name and loved Reese Witherspoon and Joaquim Phoenix's version of 'Jackson' from the film 'Walk The Line'.  Odd ones I listen to 'Hymn to Red October' from said film.  And someone mentioned the brilliant Callas 'La Mamma Morta' from Philadelphia.  Also for a laugh ironing love Ewan McGregor singing 'Your Song' from Moulin Rouge.  We have a lot of du Pre.  Liverpool fans singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' always brings a tear to my eye.  Paulo Nutini's 'Alloway Grove' is a favourite and I fell for the Only Boys Aloud Christmas album - Paradise and Don't Stop Believin get the dishes washed faster!  Could go on all day on music.  Lovely to read this thread. The Clash oh yeah.  Better stop - could go on all day.

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