Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein
Over the past few years, the idea of making a TV series about the garden here at Glebe Cottage has taken up more and more of my day-dreaming. No longer - now it's become a reality.
We have just finished the last programme in this six-part series where you can join me, (I hope you will) in my garden and travel through the year with me as I introduce you not only to different parts of my garden but also to what happens there at different times of the year.
Each programme will devote itself to a two-month period, where I extol and occasionally become exasperated with what happens during that time.
You'll see what I'm up to; follow each activity through all its stages, seed will germinate, be pricked out and potted on then planted out into the garden. You'll see these plants burgeon and eventually yield their own seed. The cycle continues.
We've filmed almost every week of the year so what you'll see really shows what's happened here throughout the last twelve months. And when a day has been earmarked for filming that's it. If it pours down, hard luck, but at least you see it as it really happens.
It is beautiful though, from the frosted wastes of January and February through to summer's gorgeousness and the gentle slide into glowing golden autumn and beyond. None of the programme is scripted, so what I say is what I feel.
We have gone with the flow and allowed the garden to be the main character - just an acknowledgement of what really happens.
The garden gives us so much material that it's impossible to use everything. It's all first rate stuff but physically it just can't all be fitted in. We filmed pulmonarias in February, talked about their importance to bees for an early nectar boost and discussed how vital it is to ensure that early insects can find succour in our gardens.
Carol's husband Neil with the newly arrived honey bees
Later we filmed our new hive and our honey-bees arriving and traced their progress through the summer and saw preparations for ensuring their successful sojourn through the winter. It's been so cold that Neil, my husband has been wrapping the new top-bar hive in insulation through the last few days and unwrapping it when it has become unexpectedly warm. Hope all is well inside will let you know later. The bees were doing brilliantly well but cold weather is always daunting for a bee-keeper, especially a novice one.
Hope you enjoy the series, it's new and different and hugely exciting. All the team would love to hear what you think. Do post your questions and comments below and I'll be back at the beginning of January with some answers and some more clips from the programme.
The 6-part series features lapsed-time photography which brings a real sense of time and the passing of the seasons in Carol's garden.
Specially shot sequences condense months of borders and plants flourishing in a few seconds. An acer passes from bare winter bones through to its beautiful full fiery red, a lily flowers and areas of Carol's garden change within seconds.
Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein begins on Friday 7th January at 20:30 on BBC Two