Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Good GYO article and TV gardening

Good article on the Home Farmer magazine web site this week by David Hamilton. Nicely balanced look at what to grow and what to spend money on. Sensible, which is a refreshing change to some of the TV gardening shows where throwing money seems to be their answer to everything - Love Your Garden with Titchmarch being the worst!  Quite enjoying The Instant Gardener which at least is based on doing some basic stuff and explaining that the garden will grow on.  I see that BBC2 are not doing the Allotment Challenge programme in 2016 - pity I enjoyed that they showed growing took some effort and time!!!
Having had some experience of working with young adults with learning disabilities and Asperger's I am enjoying The Autistic Gardener (channel 4), who manages to be fun, develops skills and communication and pokes holes in the whole gardening TV formats!
Having run out of anything interesting to watch on TV (except for admiring the french countryside in Tour de France) I have also run quickly through all the library books. We are lucky to have a well stocked library in Kings Lynn which has a fairly up to date stock. I will have to use my bus pass tomorrow to take my book stash for renewal.
Our bed of antirrhinums are giving us a nice display, they all seem to be pink, despite the mixed colour claim on the packet.


4 comments:

  1. Vera on TV tonight - I think it's a new series. We don't watch much either just quizzes like University challenge and Only Connect and a few crime things - can't bare soaps and don't even like period dramas.haven't seen any of those gardening programmes but they always seem to be just about going out and spending money and having a team of gardeners to do the work!

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    1. Do read the Vera books - they are quite different to the TV. Although I do like Brenda Blythen as an actress.

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  2. The show Alan Titchmarsh produces is all about throwing money at your garden, some of the items they use are so over priced, plus if someone does not have time to sort their garden, how will they maintain the new garden. As for plants, almost every thing is in flower, so what about the rest of the year. This week he put a huge deep water feature in the middle of the garden with small children!

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    1. I agree that that was strange and a lot of the colour came from paint and hangings.

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Afternoon off

Left all the gardening undone yesterday and headed out  for the afternoon in our small boat.  Went up the River Wissey for about 4 miles. ...