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MONTY DON IS RETURNING TO GARDENERS’ WORLD

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    Posted by Lisa (U14598429) on Saturday, 12th March 2011

    Well I thoroughly enjoyed last night's programme. I now know that I can start off my shallots in modules since the ground isn't quite ready for them - especially after all the snow this morning!

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    Posted by moonchime (U14715910) on Saturday, 12th March 2011

    Monty is back, for which I am profoundly grateful. Very pleased to also see Carol. Long may they continue to present the programil.
    Thought the programme very good. Was also pleased with the tip for starting shallots in modules. I normally have to start them under cloches to stop the birds continually pulling them up. This tip will be great help.
    Thanks for the slot about Anglesey Abbey, which is a fantastic garden and the Winter Walk a stunner not to be missed.
    Also good to get some film from a member of the public's garden.
    Friday night is a joy again.
    Wonderful stuff and many thanks.

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    Posted by Henry (U14811962) on Saturday, 12th March 2011

    Lovely the show but why cant the camera work be like that allotment show on sky its so easier to watch www.youtube.com/watc...

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    Posted by nettmick (U14139798) on Sunday, 13th March 2011

    I just wish Alys had been included!

    She brought a lovely breath of fresh air to GW.

     
    What has happend to Toby and Alys. It has come to a shoke when i watched Fridays prog and sure Monty back but would like to no what has happend to the other team and the garden they where working in.
    As for the Fridays prog if thats going to be the format then its going to be a disaster, I think Carol has had her day bring in Alys beter to loomat and makes the whole planting seem so easy and interesting I learned more watching than ever from Carol even when she was in her own garden she put me off.
    Please bring Toby and Alys back in take out Rachel and Carol and please get out of Montys garden it never really worked for me when it was in Alans garden no insperation to get out and garden

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    Posted by lindarocks (U7541949) on Sunday, 13th March 2011

    I missed this news and didn't realise Monty would be back until I settled down to watch Friday's show. I would like to add a message of support to his return.

    There have been many comments about the show's declining viewing figures and would just like to point out that (though I don't have access to figures relating to viewing) probably most mainstream (BBC1,2, ITV 1 and Channel 4) TV shows have seen declines in viewing figures since the proliferation of digital TV because of the vast increase in "choice" for viewers so I suspect that these numbers might/should have been forecast.

    The demise of the gardening channel a couple of years back suggests that there are not huge audiences out there for gardening shows any more - at least not enough to support a whole channel dedicated to gardening so shows like Gardeners World are our only viewing opportunities.

    While the "gardening from scratch" of the last series was, no doubt, useful for those in newly built homes, for me the sight of an established, real garden and the challenges that the gardener faces in management of such a plot is much more inspirational.

    Regardless of Monty's background, he's a likeable and clearly competent gardener - if I can make my garden look half as good as his does after 20 years, I will think I've made a success of it. The fact that he's self-taught enhances this view and makes me feel more positive about the possibility that one day I might be able to achieve some of the things he's done. Let's face it, surely most of the members of the GW audience are also not trained horticulturalists and therefore in the same situation.

    In terms of content, I'd like to see more garden construction projects like path and patio building or new design features to augment the material on planting and management of existing plants.

    I also thoroughly enjoyed the GW special at the end of the last series on the science of gardening and would love to see more of this type of material.

    With regard to Toby and Alys, I did appreciate their skills and ideas but overall I felt the programme did not provide the non-novice gardener with such good material as it had in previous years.

    Whilst an analogy about Top of the Pops may not go down well in this forum, I think that show's demise was down to messing about with the format and time-slot which led to audience disengagement so the youth audience no longer gets the pleasure of seeing their heroes fluff up their miming or performing on the show - all they get now are glossy, expensive promo videos.

    Let's hope that we don't end up losing GW because changes in format means the audience disengages in a similar way. My life would certainly be less pleasurable without GW for Friday night viewing.

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    Posted by Paul N (U6451125) on Sunday, 13th March 2011

    Nettmick

    Was it such a shock? We've known about this well publicised return of Monty since January. A 'disaster'? No it won't because it is what the vast majority of gardening viewers have been crying out for for the last couple of years. The dumbing down of our favourite programme appalled us and it looks now as if our Friday evenings have returned to the enjoyment we once had. Monty's garden looks terrific and even though I've read most of his books, I had no idea it was so large and mature. For most of us, our dreams have come true.

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    Posted by jauntycyclist (U14199772) on Sunday, 13th March 2011

    ...Charlie Dimmock and Alys Fowler are rumoured to be among those helping Titchmarsh on the gardening series....

    www.hortweek.com/new...

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    Posted by jauntycyclist (U14199772) on Sunday, 13th March 2011

    Nettmick

    Was it such a shock? We've known about this well publicised return of Monty since January. A 'disaster'? No it won't because it is what the vast majority of gardening viewers have been crying out for for the last couple of years. The dumbing down of our favourite programme appalled us and it looks now as if our Friday evenings have returned to the enjoyment we once had. Monty's garden looks terrific and even though I've read most of his books, I had no idea it was so large and mature. For most of us, our dreams have come true. 
    ..what the vast majority of gardening viewers..
    ....For most of us.our dreams have come true....

    evidence?

    ..The dumbing down of our favourite programme appalled us ....
    we once had..

    who is this we?





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    Posted by Salino (U2550900) on Sunday, 13th March 2011

    Quite a nice little programme, a relaxed unfussy style, although I'm not keen on Monty's garden, it's all rather masculine for my tastes including all those clipped box into balls, does nothing for me personally. Hopefully will look better later on.
    I was also horrified by his ruthless pruning, at this time of year, of Rosa 'Complicata'. Most of the summer flowers will have been cut off and, as it flowers only for 3 weeks from old wood and you just can't afford to miss a year with it.
    I prune mine immediately after flowering or a bit of dead wood only during winter, and I think it's best to let this rose do it's own thing generally. Quite shocked about that. I don't believe a true rose lover would have pruned it that way.

    Otherwise a good all round mix.



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    Posted by Paul N (U6451125) on Friday, 18th March 2011

    Another delightful programme. To those who prefer the last lot compared to MD, what can a say? Most of us are delighted. I just enjoy the whole calm laid back programme. MD can do no wrong in my eyes smiley - winkeye

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    Posted by JennyK (U14821472) on Friday, 25th March 2011

    Another delightful programme. To those who prefer the last lot compared to MD, what can a say? Most of us are delighted. I just enjoy the whole calm laid back programme. MD can do no wrong in my eyes smiley - winkeye  I completely agree. I watched the first two programmes with a smile on my face - so relaxing and informative, and I'm looking forward to tonight's programme.

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    Posted by Adgethedancer (U14065183) on Friday, 25th March 2011

    I'm not a young gardener but I was so pleased with Toby's presentation and gardening skills when he took over from Monty Don. I always felt that Monty gardened from a book where Toby gardened from his heart. I am shocked that Monty is back and that Alice yhas gone as well. The programmes this year have been a bit of a let down in the main but it's good to have Rachel back on the team with Carol and Joe. Bring back Toby!!

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    Posted by holidayjojo (U9985821) on Saturday, 26th March 2011

    I did enjoy last night's program, Monty seemed much more relaxed and seemed to enjoy it more himself. Watching him in his potting shed, so, so, tidy , I couldn't help thinking about watching Carol in her shed. Her sleeves or scarf were usually covered in compost and there was an interesting assortment of sheddy things around her.
    I am more like Carol, and every now and then I have to have a tidy up, finding all manner of things.The topiary garden although interesting to many people is not my cup of tea but primroses under trees is. I can understand why Monty loves them, they are such a welcome sight after the winter.hjj

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    Posted by Goldilocks (U2169760) on Saturday, 26th March 2011

    Interesting to watch Monty at work if you have a big enough garden to replant 40 divisions of Bear's Breeches (isn't one more than enough for most of us) or you just happen to have a garden full of old gooseberry bushes but no idea how to cut them back and need a two minute demonstration, or or if you can accommodate dozens of dahlias from seed as opposed to being shown how to plant up two or three tubers, (I can even remember if he mentioned the variety.) Or great if you just want to sit back and watch good old Monty at work in a garden that we can drool over but which makes ours look like a window box.

    Just because Monty happens to have thousands of box plants, do we really need to devote quite so much of the programme to box blight. And I would so love to have a potting shed like Monty's, with all that wonderful homemade compost and a great big riddle to cover the freshly sown sweet peas.

    For all the faults of the previous series, it did try to pack in lots of bits of information about things we need to know. This show might be attractive to the eye, and nice to see dear Monty happy and enthusing us, but it is not a patch on the Titchmarsh or Hamilton era in terms of teaching us basic skills that we can all go out and practise the next day. (Where on earth can you buy an Eremurus root the size of the one he showed us????)

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    Posted by Trillium (U2170869) on Saturday, 26th March 2011

    I predicted a couple of weeks back that if I enjoyed the programme that would be a bad sign for the overall popularity of the programme...

    I was glad of the box blight coverage, especially a close up of what it looks like as I've never seen it, and the observations re varieties. I plant a lot of Dahlias in one area and hadn't considered growing from seed.

    There were several references this week to low cost, which is almost certainly a very conscious appeal to the gardening majority. But the question of scale is also relevant. So focussing on a pair of medium sized box balls which a lot of people do have, rather than a lengthy hedge would have related better. Just a thought.

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    Posted by Lowena (U14575314) on Sunday, 27th March 2011

    I have posted my views on the thread with the date in the title, but I just wanted to say that I have an "ordinary" garden and I grow dahlias from seed every year. I grow dwarf ones for containers and "Bishop's Children" to fill late gaps in the border.I didn't realise they came so quickly and easily from seed until a few years ago, so it was timely advicesmiley - smiley

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  • Message 217

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    Posted by Corinna (U11332752) on Friday, 8th April 2011

    How very good to have Monty Don back ! It feels like a proper Friday evening and today I've learned how to prune my fig. Thanks BEEB for having the courage to bring back the best presenter for this essential programme.

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    Posted by Colin (U2252951) on Saturday, 16th April 2011

    Everyone looking forward to the 'Donathon' on 22nd April - 60 mins GW, then 60 mins of Italian Gardens?

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    Posted by spabbygirl (U14721670) on Thursday, 21st April 2011

    I was delighted to see Monty back, I love his integrity and passion, he's like a modern day Gabriel Oak, totally in tune with nature and with ethics to aspire too.

    I think Rachel was more appropriatly dressed last week as she was all in natural fibres which is much more respectful to the environment, they are a product of the soil and will ultimatly return to the soil. There are some beautiful organic and natural clothes now too.

    I do miss Alys though, she had a lovely quirky style and the same passion & committment as Monty & Carol. I hope she makes more programmes or presents other things, she's a real breath of fresh air.

    I love seeing Monty's garden too, you can see how it develops with the seasons.

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    Posted by Lowena (U14575314) on Thursday, 21st April 2011

    How do you know you can see it develop with the seasons??? It's still stuck in the depths of winter!!! smiley - winkeye

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    Posted by Mycowaz (U14848091) on Friday, 22nd April 2011


    yeah.....but, do you not think his garden's a bit boring?

    Zam

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    Posted by lillebeth (U14758370) on Friday, 22nd April 2011

    I too was looking forward to have Monty back but I think his garden is a big disappointment and quite different from what I had expected!
    It is far too formal and "samey" in it's different areas and very little gardening gets done!
    What a shame!
    Lillebeth

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    Posted by garyhobson (U11055016) on Saturday, 23rd April 2011

    There was an interview with Monty in the Telegraph earlier this week.

    Apparently we might getting a new face on the screen at Long Meadow - Monty's 'assistant' gardener (ex-Kew). They are working out when and how to introduce the new face.

    Interview: www.telegraph.co.uk/...

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  • Message 224

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    Posted by darren p (U8518743) on Saturday, 23rd April 2011

    you want patio building? jeez. those things do not belong on tv or in gardens.

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    Posted by Maggie (U14850598) on Saturday, 23rd April 2011

    Having watched Gardeners' World for a very long time, i am very disappointed with the latest series. The amount of actual gardening in each show amounts to about 10 minutes, and this' weeks programme covered planting a few potatoes, pricking out tomatoes, and sewing carrot seeds. Carols talents and expertise were not made use of, instead she was sent to see some rare varieties of camellias, not really relevant to the ordinary gardener.
    The previous series was informative and interesting, consisting of a real "hands on" programme, with well presented techniques from Toby, allotment tips from Joe and educational imput from Carol and Alys
    Please, no more flitting off to large gardens and estates seeing plants that most of us wouldn't be able to grow.

    Maggie

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    Posted by PenylanSue (U13901201) on Sunday, 24th April 2011

    Maggie, I think you and I watched a different programme this week. I thought Monty's advice on carrot sowing was up to date and relevant. He was transplanting tomato plugs, not transplanting seedlings, (Carol was doing that) and I don't remember any Camellias. I loved Carol's look at the hedgerow for inspiration for the planting under her own hedge. I too mix native and garden cultivars in similar places.

    But please don't think 'ordinary gardeners' are not interested in other people's large gardens and plants that 'most of us wouldn't be able to grow'. Most people that I know grow or try to grow more challenging plants. That's all part of the fun, in my opinion, propagating themselves or buying from a nursery is what it's all about. I love visiting NGS, National Trust and other gardens but can't get to them all so I appreciate the visits. I also note those that I would love to see more of and then plan a holiday round that idea.

    And, by the way, I consider myself 'an ordinary gardener'. I do a bit of everything, veg, propagating and redesigning.
    Sue

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    Posted by Goldilocks (U2169760) on Sunday, 24th April 2011

    GW is intended to be a gardening 'magazine', a bit of this, a bit of that, not just a course on how to be a gardener in a typical home.
    I disliked GW when Monty last presented it, because he was so 'proselytising' about organic gardening, rather patronising. From what I have seen this time he is a lot more laid back. I haven't seen much that was practically informative for myself, but it is easy on the eye and ears this time round - not a bad way to relax on a Friday evening.
    He is not going to show us how to compost in Dalek bins, and his massive compost making setup is something less than 1% of us could copy, but it gets us thinking about composting. We can all google for how to do it with dalek bins once we have the motivation.
    One thing I did wonder about - while planting a rose in a spot where he had just removed a Bear's Breeches, he dug up a root that he claimed was bindweed. I wouldn't mind betting it was Bear's Breeches. I am still digging it out from three years ago. If i was planting a rose in that spot I would have done a lot of hunting around for roots before planting the rose.
    Watching his Italian Gardens programme immediately afterwards, i was amused to see him and an interviewee using a Florentine garden as a demonstration that Italian gardens are not all about 'green' and statues - they said it was a myth. And yet every single garden he visited afterwards had not a flower to be seen, just green and statues. smiley - smiley

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    Posted by Pumpkin_Patch_Paul (U14565900) on Sunday, 24th April 2011

    I noticed your last point it was hard not to after his constant banging on about it......

    Also anybody know how to remove a large petrol type mower from a dalek type compost bin...It seems to have got stuck!

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    Posted by Trillium (U2170869) on Sunday, 24th April 2011

    "Watching his Italian Gardens programme immediately afterwards, i was amused to see him and an interviewee using a Florentine garden as a demonstration that Italian gardens are not all about 'green' and statues - they said it was a myth. And yet every single garden he visited afterwards had not a flower to be seen, just green and statues. "

    Yes Goldilocks - that wasn't lost on me either. I get the impression Monty might be surprised at the sameness of the final edit of this programme. I'm usually reading while watching it, but every time I have glanced up during both eps there is statuary, water and something green on the screen. Either that or Monty perched fetchingly on a piece of lichen encrusted limestone and writing earnestly in his notebook.

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    Posted by Lowena (U14575314) on Monday, 25th April 2011

    He really only needs to write 3 words........ green.....stone.....water smiley - winkeye

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    Posted by real_monty (U7742669) on Monday, 25th April 2011

    "Watching his Italian Gardens programme immediately afterwards, i was amused to see him and an interviewee using a Florentine garden as a demonstration that Italian gardens are not all about 'green' and statues - they said it was a myth. And yet every single garden he visited afterwards had not a flower to be seen, just green and statues. "

    Yes Goldilocks - that wasn't lost on me either. I get the impression Monty might be surprised at the sameness of the final edit of this programme. I'm usually reading while watching it, but every time I have glanced up during both eps there is statuary, water and something green on the screen. Either that or Monty perched fetchingly on a piece of lichen encrusted limestone and writing earnestly in his notebook.

     
    It is usually a mistake to respond to any criticism of a programme - after all people have every right to simply dislike it, me, the channel etc.

    However I would like to clarify one thing: In the second programme of Italian Gardens my whole point was that we thought renaissance gardens - and from that, all Italian Gardens - were simply green formality with water features and statues - but it turns out that this was a misunderstanding made 100 years ago by Anglo-American ex-patriots in Florence. All the recorded evidence is that there was a love of and wide use of flowers in all gardens of the High Renaissance. These have not survived and the reconstructions - save those by Giorgio Galletti - are false insomuch that they are still largely devoid of flowers - albeit still stunningly beautiful.
    All this was clearly explained in the programme but perhaps reading simultaneously slightly hinders full absorbion of it.
    I suspect you might be a trifle irritated if people made judgements on your garden and nursery having spent the whole visit on the phone or reading a book....

    The next two programmes go on to look at highly floriferous gardens and also the botanic gardens and nurseries that were ahead of anything in Britain.

    Anyway, the response has been very good, which obviously pleases me a lot as it was a year's completely fascinating work.

    As for GW - I think I am better off applying my energies to doing it, tending my garden and making it as good as I know how rather than responding to responses. But thank you to all who have said kind things about it and I am sorry that it does not please everybody. But it never will and never has.

    Monty

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    Posted by darren p (U8518743) on Monday, 25th April 2011

    monty can i have another coffee please? ta.

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    Posted by Lowena (U14575314) on Monday, 25th April 2011

    Thanks for commenting Monty.It's great to know that we will see flowers in the remaining 2 programmes smiley - smiley

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    Posted by darren p (U8518743) on Monday, 25th April 2011

    see this is what worries me. presenters must be quite resistant in terms of criticism and i love the way that M.D. does not seem to pander to anyone. the strength of this series , i believe, lies in a single vision and followed through with conviction, that seems to me at least , to be monty's way. and all the better for it.

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    Posted by kfgray (U14470933) on Monday, 25th April 2011

    "Watching his Italian Gardens programme immediately afterwards, i was amused to see him and an interviewee using a Florentine garden as a demonstration that Italian gardens are not all about 'green' and statues - they said it was a myth. And yet every single garden he visited afterwards had not a flower to be seen, just green and statues. "

    Yes Goldilocks - that wasn't lost on me either. I get the impression Monty might be surprised at the sameness of the final edit of this programme. I'm usually reading while watching it, but every time I have glanced up during both eps there is statuary, water and something green on the screen. Either that or Monty perched fetchingly on a piece of lichen encrusted limestone and writing earnestly in his notebook.

     
    It is usually a mistake to respond to any criticism of a programme - after all people have every right to simply dislike it, me, the channel etc.

    However I would like to clarify one thing: In the second programme of Italian Gardens my whole point was that we thought renaissance gardens - and from that, all Italian Gardens - were simply green formality with water features and statues - but it turns out that this was a misunderstanding made 100 years ago by Anglo-American ex-patriots in Florence. All the recorded evidence is that there was a love of and wide use of flowers in all gardens of the High Renaissance. These have not survived and the reconstructions - save those by Giorgio Galletti - are false insomuch that they are still largely devoid of flowers - albeit still stunningly beautiful.
    All this was clearly explained in the programme but perhaps reading simultaneously slightly hinders full absorbion of it.
    I suspect you might be a trifle irritated if people made judgements on your garden and nursery having spent the whole visit on the phone or reading a book....

    The next two programmes go on to look at highly floriferous gardens and also the botanic gardens and nurseries that were ahead of anything in Britain.

    Anyway, the response has been very good, which obviously pleases me a lot as it was a year's completely fascinating work.

    As for GW - I think I am better off applying my energies to doing it, tending my garden and making it as good as I know how rather than responding to responses. But thank you to all who have said kind things about it and I am sorry that it does not please everybody. But it never will and never has.

    Monty 
    Hello Mr Don first I am simply loving Italian Gardens. And your presenting of it, the passion you have for the subject shines though. But I think you missed the point of the quotes you choose to amswer. I think that they were alluding to the fact that your own garden seems to many, includeding myself. A little devoid of colour and full of clipped box pleached lime and little flower. Allowing of course for the early nature of the season. And the fact your garden seems behind many in the Central and Southen Uk were most live. And I am sure we would all be mortified to have our gardens and taste in them, put up for public evaluation. But once again can not fault Itallan Gardens and hats of to the camera team looks Gorgeous.

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    Posted by nooj (U13729031) on Monday, 25th April 2011

    One programme simply can't suit everyone, can it - not if those people expect an exact replica of their particular situation, gardening style and preferences?
    Take the chopping up of compostable material as an example.... had Monty been shown feeding stuff into an enormous shredder, lots of people would be complaining that their finances and gardening situation doesn't warrant a great big machine to shred things.
    Instead we are shown an easy way and people still moan!
    Some people would perhaps have liked half an hour watching a poor gardener chop things up with scissors or secateurs!
    Surely its not asking too much of the viewer to take what they see and adapt it to their own garden, or ignore that segment all together.
    Yes, I know I'm a Monty fan, but I felt the same way about other presenters - you can't expect spoon feeding all the time

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    Posted by kfgray (U14470933) on Monday, 25th April 2011

    What are you on about? I gave the man a compliment , But pointed out having learned that formal gardens like those in italy should be full of flowers, as well as box. Would this change his ideas for his own garden? Not asking any one to spoon me anything

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    Posted by nooj (U13729031) on Monday, 25th April 2011

    Talking about the comments on the GW programme!
    No criticism of you!

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    Posted by Pumpkin_Patch_Paul (U14565900) on Monday, 25th April 2011

    I think the lawn mower cost a lot more than a good quality shredder...

    PPP

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    Posted by Mycowaz (U14848091) on Saturday, 23rd April 2011

    ....read the Telegraph article, can't believe Monty's so misguided he thinks people will be put off by technical horticultural instruction...Doh! How stupid does he think we all are?? That's the whole point Monty, you wouldn't be losing so many viewers if you actually taught people something rather than all the over the top oohing and arghing!!!

    Is it just me folks???????????????

    Zam

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    Posted by Trillium (U2170869) on Monday, 2nd May 2011

    Ah - just picked up on this after a few days absence.

    Yes, Monty, fair point indeed re how much attention you pay something having a strong bearing on what you get out of it and affecting one's basis for comment. I receive every day both deeply considered and instant, kneejerk reactions to what I do. In a way, they all have a validity - I try not to 'weight' them. I should just like to add that I almost always read something while watching television - it's just not a compelling medium for me, nothing personal at all.

    Despite my split attention, I believe I followed the essence of your argument perfectly well, and yet, like Goldilocks, the images on the screen for the remainder of the programme seemed to counter that particular line of discussion. It was just an observation.




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    Posted by Trillium (U2170869) on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011

    I may as well 'fess all my sins in one go - not only was I reading (though skimming the Grauniad doesn't really count as reading) I was, as you may have further deduced from the post, just occasionally distracted from the intellectual discussion in hand by your physical presence on the screen. I don't quite know how to break this to you Monty, but you are one fiendishly attractive chap and it's a little tricky for a girl not to notice, especially as the cameraman seems so determined to catch you looking your studious, tousled best. It's not your intention, I'm sure.

    Anyway - I thoroughly enjoyed part 3 (I posted on Sorrento on a different thread) and shall keep my attention firmly on the gardens henceforth.

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    Posted by nooj (U13729031) on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011

    Trillium!!!!
    How very unprofessional of you!
    and hands off, he's all mine (in my dreams).

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    Posted by David K (U14115317) on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011

    Yuk! What unashamed brown nosing...pass the bucket someone!

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    Posted by nooj (U13729031) on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011

    Lighten up David - just a bit of fun!

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  • Message 246

    , in reply to message 245.

    Posted by Lowena (U14575314) on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011

    I was going to post something similar to David. It's no good criticising a programme and then when the presenter comes on here, to then slurp around after them dishing out compliments.....yukky!! Unless the laydees in question really are 14yrs old of course..then it's excusable smiley - smiley

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  • Message 247

    , in reply to message 246.

    Posted by nooj (U13729031) on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011

    Samr comment to you as to David!
    And I think you'll find I haven't been critical of the programme.

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  • Message 248

    , in reply to message 247.

    Posted by Lowena (U14575314) on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011

    Noe would I dream of you ever being smiley - winkeye

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  • Message 249

    , in reply to message 248.

    Posted by Trillium (U2170869) on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011

    Streuth - was only intended to be a lighthearted explanation of why I wasn't entirely concentrating on the finer points of 19th Century Italian gardening history, for which I received a deserved ticking off.

    If he's read it I'm sure he had a laugh over it. Nooj certainly did.

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  • Message 250

    , in reply to message 249.

    Posted by nooj (U13729031) on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011

    I certainly did
    Trillium, now no-ones listening - have you noticed how strong his forearms and wrists look?
    Etc etc
    Just thought I'd give someone something to complain about....
    Of course he will have laughed!!

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