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Monty don new series

Well the new Monty don TV series sees Monty helping people getting his hands dirty and giving good practical gardening advice now I know people will say you are doing a Alan titchmarch but I disagree for a start Monty gets his hands dirty point two no semi clad babes showing their thighs point three bigger gardens meaning more hands on gardening point three oh look at me I'm playing up to the camera my names Alan titchmarch 



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,460

    Well, I'm not a Mr T fan, but I don't think there's any need for unpleasantness image


    I watched the first of Monty Don's new series last night and enjoyed it.  It was very different to 'garden makeover' programmes as his role was to advise and encourage but then to step back - the gardeners did (most of) their own work and spent their own money.   The visit to East Ruston brought back memories of earlier this summer, but I felt the gardeners could have made more use of  the information they gained.

    I agreed with the comment at the end, that the Portuguese garden had too much gravel and not enough plant,  but the plants they have will grow and colonise the gravel, and in a couple of years' time it'll look much better.  I felt they could have looked at the planting of Cleve West's  most recent Chelsea garden. 

    But as Monty said, the important thing was that the person the garden was made for absolutely loved it image

    I'm looking forward to the next series.

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    It brought me up with a start as to how expensive gardening can be - these folks were spending thousands on their projects.

  • im happy to watch any gardening show, especially as it gets harder to go out in my own with this awful weather!

    enjoyed last nights show, will watch it again, as i  was chatting with a friend and not paying propper attentionimage

    i could never spend that sort of money all at once, i would like to see them do a real garden, and show what actually can be done with time and hard work. there were some great ideas tho image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,460

    I think the difficulty with doing 'a real garden' without spending big money is that it would have to take place over several years - I know that it's three years since we moved here and although we've done a lot that I'm pleased with, there's still lots more to be done.  You can't make a tv programme using that sort of time scale.

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    I liked it. Anything that brings more gardening to the telly is good for me. I liked that it was real gardens and not elitist.  

  • i agree Dove, but these gardens just seem so out of reach, there must be some clever person out there who could come up with something image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,460

    Sorry Bekkie  image, but I can't see how the garden with the raised beds and greenhouse was out of reach - it's just the sort of project we get asked about on here quite frequently.

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • My opinion was the raised beds and open aspect made it to me look like many a display garden centre.

    Mind you my own patch is very similar, but I would never call mine a garden in the true sense.

    Before it was as nature created now it looks quite sterile. Bet very little wildlife exists any more.

    I do not suppose any weeds would be brave enough to germinate .


  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    A garden is in the eye of the beholder, if we all liked the same things then it would be a sterile world. A garden as mine was thirty years ago new build has to develop gradually over years of work and change, or you spent several thousand as the Lady over the road did on a Garden company to make it in one season then come back every year for several days to maintain it, that is when they cost big money though all gardens cost you money in the end.

    I loved the way Monty gently told them some things could be a mistake and others could be managed, the large tree being one of the points, he told them it was wrong but gave them the heart to try another way, jolly hard work and they got there in the end. Any new garden just planted up looks bare and has to mature, there is no rushing nature. The happy faces at the end said it all, roll on the next.


  • i loved that veggie garden image, but could never do all of that in one go, i think if i was new to gardening, it could put me off, some of them employed builders, its not something many gardeners could do, however, i do think the families did work very hard, and were very brave to totally re-do things.

    Frank you are right, all gardens cost lots of money, but its more manageable when its little bits here and there, not so scary, i dread to think how much we must spend over the years!

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