BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017 preview

Golden anniversary celebration of TV show

Anniversary Garden
Anniversary Garden vignettes by decade from Prof David Stevens

Gardeners' World LiveBBC Gardeners’ World Live is going to be extra special this year, with Gardeners’ World celebrating its 50th anniversary.

A Golden Jubilee-style summer garden party will be the theme, with presenters past and present Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift, Adam Frost, Frances Tophill, Flo Headlam, Nick Bailey, Peter Seabrook, Diarmuid Gavin, Continue reading “BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017 preview”

REVIEW: new Gardeners’ World format

I loved it – what about you?

gardeners-world-logoCongratulations BBC – you hit the right note with the revamped format of Gardeners’ World tonight.

A bit of a master stroke combing the old presenters (Monty Don and Carol Klein) with the new (Adam Frost, Flo Headlam and Nick Macer.

Also, starting the first quarter of the programme off with the established presenters was unlikely to frighten off the traditionalists, encouraging to them to stay tuned for the newer, more ‘out there’ segments of the show. Continue reading “REVIEW: new Gardeners’ World format”

Gardeners’ World: will new format be a success?

Monty anchoring new hour-long show

Monty Don
Monty Don – still anchoring the new hour-long Gardeners’ World

Tonight, Gardeners’ World is branching out into a new format, with hour-long episodes, in an attempt to increase ratings.

The Great British Bake Off’s ex-producer Paolo Proto, now at the helm as executive producer, is introducing new presenters and less traditional ideas, such as tropical and ‘extreme gardening’.

Don’t worry those who fear change – Monty Don’s still anchoring the show in the new format, which runs until late October.

New presenters include Frances Tophill from ITV’s Love Your Garden (extreme gardening), Nick Bailey (plant doctor), Adam Frost (designer), Flo Headlam (city gardens) and Nick Macer (tropical plants). Continue reading “Gardeners’ World: will new format be a success?”

Why Monty Don’s right about The Good Life

No romance about the toil of self-sufficiency

Monty Don
Monty Don – telling it like it is on self sufficiency

TV gardener Monty Don has kicked up quite a storm by slagging off (as they say in our parts) iconic 1970s sitcom The Good Life, saying it promoted a lifestyle that can cause long-term ill health and ’13th-century malnutrition’.

Before anyone gets their pruning knives out to hurl them at Monty, it’s important to step back from his article in Gardeners’ World magazine.

Firstly, I’ve not always agreed with Monty’s views – I am not a dewy-eyed fan protecting my idol.

Secondly, his comments were voiced in a column – a COMMENT PIECE. The purpose of a columnist is to provoke debate, one way or another. Continue reading “Why Monty Don’s right about The Good Life”

WIN £54 Hydropod Cuttings propagator

‘Results are wonderful’ – BBC Gardeners’ World

Hydropod Cuttings propagator
WIN – Hydropod Cuttings propagator worth £54

Want to take cuttings? Increase your propagation success rate with this 20-unit Hydropod Cuttings Propagator, worth £54, as featured on Gardeners’ World – and you can win one in this week’s competition.

Made in England by Greenhouse Sensation, it’s perfect for softwood and hardwood cuttings including Fuchsias, Chrysanthemums, Pelargoniums, Hydrangeas, Begonias, Dahlias, honeysuckle and many more. Continue reading “WIN £54 Hydropod Cuttings propagator”

Quirky garden recycling and upcycling

Cack-handed gardening DIY

I’ve always had a Heath Robinson approach to making apparatus in the garden.

Fatsia canopy
Daughter dearest reading under the shady ‘canopy’ created by hacking away a huge Fatsia – George photobombing, obviously

My latest idiocy is hacking into a vast Fatsia japonica to make a canopy over the bench – works very well and has freed up some space.

I do recycle everything if I can. If an object is capable of holding soil, then it’s a plant pot.

My old Jelly Belly wellies are home to Sedums, discarded council recycling boxes make substantial vegetable (or tulip) containers.

The blue, 99p stackable boxes from Ikea are big enough to grow tomatoes in – and much cheaper than pots.

The whopping Abyssinian red banana is making a home in an old coal scuttle bought at Tyneside market.

Continue reading “Quirky garden recycling and upcycling”