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Does anyone else think Longmeadow looks a mess?

I like Monty Don and he is obviously a top gardener, but his "wild garden style" is OK if you have a meadow. For most of us it just doesn't work.
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  • SuesynSuesyn Posts: 660
    I think possibly the television distorts the reality of Longmeadow. Some people like flat expanses of lawn and others like to cram in as many plants as they can. It's his garden and he can do what he likes.
    We can all learn from others and Montys  enthusiasm for all kinds of plants is encouraging, I don't always like the ideas but we are all different and so are our gardens. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,762
    I rarely watch it now, although I saw it on Friday. I think the chap who is away for long periods of time had a beautiful garden, and was probably more in keeping with the size of garden many people have.
    It's a shame they don't do a series of items based on more realistic plots..
    I like Monty, although I don't care for Longmeadow, but I doubt if many of his projects resonate with the majority of folk gardening in the UK nowadays. Ditto Mr Frost's garden.
    Their veg plots are probably larger than most suburban gardens.   :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,682
    I like it a lot, I don't see why you couldn't import the style of say the Jewel Garden into a typical plot, if you liked that sort of thing: 

    Image result for longmeadow jewel garden

    In fact on reflection I might just rip up my lawn entirely and do just that...
    "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    I wish my garden looked like that!!!
  • I wouldn't call it a mess...but it does feel quite asphyxiating on camera. But I suppose his endgame is different to us urban gardeners, he had an open plot and wanted to create structure with tree and hedges...and in that he has definitely succeeded.

    If you live in a city open space is at such premium cluttering gardens with so many plants goes against what I'd like a garden to be...most of the time a beautiful way to frame the luxury of outdoor space.

    But have been inspired by plants he has put in and seeds that he tried...after all It's not about copying his aesthetic more about learning from his approach and that of other featured plots.
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  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,511
    I wouldn’t call it a mess, I would call it lush and exuberant within a defined structure.

    There are some deliberately wild areas, but much of it is a series of discrete enclosed gardens (each instructive in their own way) and I think of it in those terms rather than trying to make sense of the whole.

    Many of the gardens or garden styles could be transplanted to a typical back garden plot -  the jewel, writing, damp, cottage or paradise gardens, for example. The fact that there is the space to showcase many different styles of garden is a bonus in my book.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,437
    I've always found it a bit formal for my taste. Carol's garden would be more to my liking. A good mix of cottage garden and wilder areas.
    If you can keep your head, while those around you are losing theirs, you may not have grasped the seriousness of the situation.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,422
    I like it. I like seeing the kind of garden that I couldn't have in my own small space.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    It’s nice he has space to try different things in separate spaces.

    If it was the old fashioned, extremely well groomed gardens I would be completely turned off.  Maybe I wouldn’t have got into gardening at all.
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