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Gardeners’ World back on our screens

Monty Don with Nellie and Nigel. Picture; BBC
Monty Don with Nellie and Nigel. Picture; BBC

BBC Two Friday, March 20, 8.30pm, repeated BBC Two Sunday, March 22, 8.05am

Get ready for the first of the season’s fix of Gardeners’ World – on the first day of spring.

Monty Don has sharpened his tools to start the gardening year, accompanied, as usual, by Golden Retrievers Nigel and Nellie.

He reflects on how his garden, Longmeadow in Herefordshire, has fared during an extraordinarily wet winter and gets going on a few essential tasks to get the garden into gear for the seasons to come.

With the huge trend for houseplants, Frances Tophill visits RHS Wisley to find out how to look after the many types of indoor plants now available to gardeners.

For more container inspiration, an enthusiast who has a passion for plants in pots and curates a display of more than 1,000 in her Somerset garden is highlighted.

Adam Frost and Frances Tophill. Picture; BBC
Adam Frost and Frances Tophill. Picture; BBC

Episode 2: March 27, 8.30pm

Monty reveals some new plans for Longmeadow when he shares his ideas for transforming an area of dry shade and enlarging his wildlife pond, as well as getting his borders in good order by dividing some overgrown perennials.

Rachel de Thame discusses her plans to grow her own vegetables and cut flowers.

There’s a focus on the Daffodil Society’s annual show, held last year at Pershore in Worcestershire. The Society’s show this year is scheduled to be held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Saturday and Sunday, 18-19 April (correct at time of publication).

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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