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Gardeners World new season

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 01:55

I still love GW - but given that it seems clear that a 30 minute slot has such limitations, and must in itself be a bit of a nightmare for the presenters - I'm imagining particularly that they don't have control over the final editing - and I wonder if some of the stuff the presenters would like to emphasise is just chopped out to make the programme fit the timing. Monty, Carol and Joe often look as if they're having to rush through things  and maybe they don't personally get much choice in the content.  Somebody maybe edits out a great deal and splice it together to' present' what the programme controllers decide fits their' idea' of what the public want.   Somebody must have decided that every Spring what the public needs is to watch someone put compost in a pot, press in three sweet-pea seeds, take them over to the greenhouse, water them and leave them be.  This is no criticism of Monty doing it in this programme at all - it's just that yes, most people will be growing sweet-peas - but could somebody show something additional rather than always this beginning stage - here's how you take seeds out the packet, here's how you put compost in a pot, here's how you press down the seeds and here's how to walk to the greenhouse and water them.   I love sweet-peas and I know there are people who would be encouraged to grow them seeing how easy this is and how little time it takes. Usually the next stage we see is planting them out round an obelisk or a quick view of the cordon system.  If they start with sweet peas - I'd love to see some detail when they're half-way through growth, what experienced growers do to get the best blooms. 

I have nothing against Rachel de T.  and it was nice to see the winter garden place - but if you think about timing of the programme, I'd rather have the gardener at the site they visit talking about the type of plants rather than someone using time describing how they personally are impressed with the colours, the fragrances - I want to see the camera on the plants - not on someone describing the fragrance of this or that.  I want to see plants and see their names come up on the screen - not an arty farty camera angle on something which isn't named with a nice photographers background blur.  But - again, I can understand why they do this.

The little item on Hevers hundreds of roses in the walled area was great to see - but again, the gardener was given the time to talk briefly and noticeably encouraging people to get into roses emphasising the attraction of fragrances.  I looked at that view of hundreds of those roses and was desperate to hear the gardener say 'Now I'll tell you what we do to the soil to make it fit for all these brilliant roses, here's what we find is the best thing to feed them with and here's how we keep all these roses healthy".  Gardening stuff.  We get tantalising views of amazing gardens where they specialise or have a specific astonishing section filled with specific plants - it just comes over to me that the gardeners tips or info which could come out from these gardeners or experts doesn't materialise - which is such a pity.  I suppose part of this section is to drum up visitors - which is absolutely right and fair - but the nitty gritty 'gardener' aspect of it is thin air.  I get the impression too often that there's more advertising places for the public to visit (which of course all gardeners want these amazing places supported - of course we do) - but is the programme scripted to include more pointers to places to visit rather than actual gardening.  It puzzles me sometimes how the time in the programme is used.  I like Monty, Carol and Joe - but feel it must be hard for them to really present at their best with time limitations.


Fear of messing with old roses

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 20:52

If you can bear it people - here are photos of the other roses.  All took a while to settle and a couple had terrible mildew but came on when I cleared everything from around them.  If anyone knows any names - would be great - though as you say Rosa the name doesn't matter.  I'm just so glad that the actually survived being moved from another part of the country to my garden.


Fear of messing with old roses

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 20:29

Hi Rosa.  Thanks for reply.  The first three pictures in the first post are the same rose - which Geoff (like myself) considers past its time.  But, I will scrape and see if there is anything under the dead stems - just in case there's a chance of life!  . It was a surprise last Spring when the one green shoot appeared and later bloomed with the single rose you see in the two pictures. But I suppose as there were only two 'leaves' to speak of under the rose - that it's exhausted itself.  Glad to get 'hybrid tea' description from you.  Thanks.  Glad also Rosa that you suggested cutting the bushy one down by a third - did that a couple of days ago getting rid of a few crossed-over stems and tiny skinny ones as well.   Will be attending to feeding very soon - when I can stand the chilly breezes!  Thanks both of you for responding.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 20:16

Gardengirl - Tresco Abbey pics are beautiful.  The colour combinations are so nice and it's great to be able to visit these places and see how they organise planting flowers and veg together - like the old cottage gardeners used to do - or so I read in books and look at all the gorgeous pictures.  Here's one photo of some flowers which were planted at the edge of a veg bed last year.  Must be good to be able to produce such attractive combinations.

I think there are leeks behind this particular bunch.



Fear of messing with old roses

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 19:59

Apologies for yet another question to you all - but whilst I'm on a rose roll I might as well ask.  Planted two potted up roses from B&Q last week.  They are labelled 'Fragrant Rose 'Snow White', says grows to around 80cm max with 60 cm max width.  I wanted to see what this rose looks like when mature but haven't been able to find it anywhere - though of course I could easily have missed it on net searches.  Does anybody know this rose?  I only have the label picture and I'm assuming it breaks advertising restriction to put photo of the label on here.

Thanks for your patience reading these three posts.


Fear of messing with old roses

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 19:50

This is another rose which came from my late mum's garden.  Planted Feb 2012.  Started blooming late July and carried on until January 2013.  I love it, but wasn't sure how it ought to 'stand'.  It's over 5 foot high and the stems each had around 20 flower buds on.  The stalks from the ground lean over like a weeping willow.  I wasn't sure if I ought to have left them leaning all over the place - so you can see I put a few canes around it to prop it upright.  I maybe shouldn't have done this.  It bloomed heavily but maybe it's supposed to 'weep' to bloom best?  I was told it's a 'floribunda' and having looked at rose books - I'm still not sure.  I don't have a name for it either.  So here's the pics.  Any advice on whether to let it 'weep' - or anyone have type of rose and name - would be really grateful. Pics from earliest bloom in July 2012 - time before it really went mad with blooming.  Was lovely.




Fear of messing with old roses

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 19:44

Help needed from someone who knows roses.  In February 2012 I was lucky to be able to get some old roses from my late mum's garden and so planted them in my garden.  Most of them had been in mum's garden for many many years.  They seemed to settle well in their new home.  I have two questions:  I think one is at the end of it's life and don't know what to do.  The other - I'd love someone to tell me what 'kind' of rose it is (bush, floribunda - whatever).  I know absolutely nothing about roses and to be honest I'm nervous doing anything with them.

Here is the one which I think is at end of life.  It produced one  green stalk with one bloom on the end - it bloomed 27th June 2012, lasted 8 days and that was it.  The other stems look dormant to me.  I'm wondering whether 'that's it' - dig it out and dispose of - or what?  I'm sentimental about having these roses of course - but wonder if it's the real end of the line for this one.

 This is it today.  Would be great if anybody knows what it's called - although I'm supposing roses are extremely difficult to identify.  It only had a very light perfume, nothing that you'd notice.


Thanks for any advice.  Second rose question coming below.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 18:25

Should look very good - it's also not mine - its Edinburgh Botanical Gardens!

Is it still ok to feed dried fruit to birds bearing in mind the young

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 18:09

Lavender Lady - I throw dried fruit in a little bowl then pour over boiling water from the kettle and leave it for half an hour until it's cool and the fruit is soft.  I've never known if it's a daft thing to do or not!  My peanuts, I pour a pile of them onto a tea-towel, cover with the other end of the tea-towel and then attack them with my little mallet or hammer until they're tiny fragments.  Yes - it's mad in this house!!!!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 18:04

And...sorry if this is a bore but I was so excited to see some colour in the Botanics when my garden is so dull dull dull.

Pieris Japonica 'Flamingo'

Hepatica transsylvanica

What are these tiny muscari type things called - I couldn't find a plant label?

 And I love these saxifraga - but missed the label on these as well.

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