Showing posts with label garden design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden design. Show all posts

Gardening tips ep.2 2017



Gardening tips:
1. Mulches and mulching
Mulching is generally used to improve the soil around plants, but it also gives your garden a neat, tidy appearance and can reduce the amount of time spent on tasks such as watering and weeding. Mulches help soil retain moisture in summer, prevent weeds from growing and protect the roots of plants in winter.
2. Bulbs
Drifts of daffodils, snowdrops and crocus in open grass are one of the classic signs of spring. Although they look like the work of nature, they are simple to create and will last for many years.
3. Rose pruning: general tips
These general tips for rose pruning will help you improve the health and lifespan of any rose.
4. Ornamental grasses: cutting back
Ornamental grasses fall into two main groups, evergreen and deciduous. Deciduous grasses need cutting back annually so that they will look their best. Evergreens just require a tidy-up.

Gardening tips ep.2 2017
Gardening tips ep.2 2017


Gardening tips ep.1 2017




1. Bedding plants and displays
From elaborate public garden designs and street planters to the smallest front garden, bedding plants provide a temporary decorative seasonal display for beds, borders, containers and hanging baskets. Bedding can be grown from seed, bought as young seedlings (plug plants) or purchased as pot-grown specimens, often in multi-packs and cellular trays, ready for planting.
2. A Quick Guide to Clematis Pruning
There is a very simple rule of thumb that can be applied to pruning clematis if you have lost a plant label and/or don't know what the plant is called.
Don't prune clematis which flower on the previous year's growth (ie before June in central England)
Hard prune clematis which flower on the current year's growth (ie from June onward)
As always, there are exceptions to the rule but they are few. If you garden further north in the British Isles or elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere you need to adjust pruning times accordingly. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere your adjustment needs to take account of the reversed seasons.
3. Grapes: indoor cultivation
Although some varieties of dessert grapes can be grown successfully outdoors, they are more successful under glass, even in warmer locations. With a little attention to watering, feeding, pruning and training, it is possible to get a good crop year after year.

Gardening tips ep.1 2017
Gardening tips ep.1 2017

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.6

Monty Don helps gardeners transform their outdoor spaces. Monty visits two sets of ambitious gardeners, each facing challenges on a very different scale.

This time, our two gardeners each living on their own are hoping Monty can help them bring something special to their small spaces. In Blackpool, young accountant Alex dreams of turning her boring back yard into a magical enchanted forest, complete with fairy lights and luscious woodland plants. Monty comes up with a big and daring idea and to illustrate his point, sends Alex to visit the ancient trees of Holker Hall in Cumbria. But will this young dreamer feel Monty's suggestion is too ambitious to take on?

In Bristol, Ross has taken on a very overgrown allotment. But with no experience of growing edibles, he is feeling overwhelmed. A few months before, he had lost his job, broken up with his partner and found himself with nowhere to live.


Now, happily, Ross's life is getting back on track - he has got a job and a flat. With his newly acquired allotment, he wants a space to relax in as much as a vegetable garden. Can Monty help Ross build up his confidence as well as his gardening know-how and build his dream outside space?

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.6
Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.6

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.5

Monty Don helps gardeners transform their outdoor spaces. Monty visits two sets of ambitious gardeners, each facing challenges on a very different scale.


One is a tiny urban courtyard in Hackney. Its owners, Karla and Stuart, dream of transforming it into a miniature urban jungle, inspired by Karla's childhood in the Philippines. With Monty's encouragement and a visit to tropical garden in Leeds their hopes run high. But can they ever squeeze all their ideas into their tiny space?

Monty is also called in to help a whole community create the outdoor area of their dreams. It's the play area for a local primary school in Bury, Lancashire. Three mothers with children at the school are keen to make the most of this valuable asset, dreaming of a play space, a wildlife area and a place to grow vegetables and herbs. But with no serious gardening experience, and the hopes of the children and village at stake, can they every create something which will please everyone?

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.5
Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.5

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.4

Costa shows us how to bring balance and harmony to our gardens by visiting Cowra's magnificent Japanese Garden and transforming a suburban front yard into a Japanese-inspired sanctuary.
Costa's Garden Odyssey is an Australian television gardening program hosted by landscape architect Costa Georgiadis. Costa takes a holistic approach to gardening and horticulture, emphasising the importance of water and its management and the benefits of sustainable living. Costa spreads his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community.



Costa is a man of the people. A man who can connect with all. His infectious character and passion for his subject puts people at ease and makes them shine. A Landscape Architect with an all-consuming passion for plants and people - Costa knows how to find the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. Costa’s Garden Odyssey is a groundbreaking magazine style series that allows this unique Greek Garden Guru an opportunity to do what he does best - spread his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community in a way never seen before on Australian television.

In Series 2 of Costa’s Garden Odyssey, Costa continues his exploration of the urban gardens and rural landscapes of Australia, and the passionate people and communities who nurture them. Along the way he unearths insights, approaches, outlooks, tips and techniques that will inform, delight and inspire. Series 2 also sees Costa introduce the Backyard Revolution, his step by step guide to creating an ideal backyard that is productive, practical, pleasurable and completely eco-efficient. Get your hands in the soil with Costa – he’ll bring out the best in your garden, and you!

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.4
Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.4

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.3

On a pilgrimage to reconnect with his childhood passion for cherries, Costa visits Young, Australia's cherry capital, and investigates why cherries and other produce do so well in the area.
Costa's Garden Odyssey is an Australian television gardening program hosted by landscape architect Costa Georgiadis. Costa takes a holistic approach to gardening and horticulture, emphasising the importance of water and its management and the benefits of sustainable living. Costa spreads his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community.


Costa is a man of the people. A man who can connect with all. His infectious character and passion for his subject puts people at ease and makes them shine. A Landscape Architect with an all-consuming passion for plants and people - Costa knows how to find the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. Costa’s Garden Odyssey is a groundbreaking magazine style series that allows this unique Greek Garden Guru an opportunity to do what he does best - spread his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community in a way never seen before on Australian television.

In Series 2 of Costa’s Garden Odyssey, Costa continues his exploration of the urban gardens and rural landscapes of Australia, and the passionate people and communities who nurture them. Along the way he unearths insights, approaches, outlooks, tips and techniques that will inform, delight and inspire. Series 2 also sees Costa introduce the Backyard Revolution, his step by step guide to creating an ideal backyard that is productive, practical, pleasurable and completely eco-efficient. Get your hands in the soil with Costa – he’ll bring out the best in your garden, and you!

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.3
Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.3

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.2

Costa visits Brisbane to share inspiring stories from one of the most severely drought affected cities in Australia.
Costa's Garden Odyssey is an Australian television gardening program hosted by landscape architect Costa Georgiadis. Costa takes a holistic approach to gardening and horticulture, emphasising the importance of water and its management and the benefits of sustainable living. Costa spreads his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community.


Costa is a man of the people. A man who can connect with all. His infectious character and passion for his subject puts people at ease and makes them shine. A Landscape Architect with an all-consuming passion for plants and people - Costa knows how to find the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. Costa’s Garden Odyssey is a groundbreaking magazine style series that allows this unique Greek Garden Guru an opportunity to do what he does best - spread his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community in a way never seen before on Australian television.

In Series 2 of Costa’s Garden Odyssey, Costa continues his exploration of the urban gardens and rural landscapes of Australia, and the passionate people and communities who nurture them. Along the way he unearths insights, approaches, outlooks, tips and techniques that will inform, delight and inspire. Series 2 also sees Costa introduce the Backyard Revolution, his step by step guide to creating an ideal backyard that is productive, practical, pleasurable and completely eco-efficient. Get your hands in the soil with Costa – he’ll bring out the best in your garden, and you!

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.2
Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.2

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.1

Costa travels to Dromana to show us how we can create beautiful and sustainable gardens from fruit and vegetable plants.
Costa's Garden Odyssey is an Australian television gardening program hosted by landscape architect Costa Georgiadis. Costa takes a holistic approach to gardening and horticulture, emphasising the importance of water and its management and the benefits of sustainable living. Costa spreads his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community.


Costa is a man of the people. A man who can connect with all. His infectious character and passion for his subject puts people at ease and makes them shine. A Landscape Architect with an all-consuming passion for plants and people - Costa knows how to find the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. Costa’s Garden Odyssey is a groundbreaking magazine style series that allows this unique Greek Garden Guru an opportunity to do what he does best - spread his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community in a way never seen before on Australian television.

In Series 2 of Costa’s Garden Odyssey, Costa continues his exploration of the urban gardens and rural landscapes of Australia, and the passionate people and communities who nurture them. Along the way he unearths insights, approaches, outlooks, tips and techniques that will inform, delight and inspire. Series 2 also sees Costa introduce the Backyard Revolution, his step by step guide to creating an ideal backyard that is productive, practical, pleasurable and completely eco-efficient. Get your hands in the soil with Costa – he’ll bring out the best in your garden, and you!

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.1
Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.1 

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.4

Monty Don travels around the country helping amateurs to create the garden of their dreams. This week, he comes to the rescue of two couples in need of help transforming their rubble-filled back gardens into havens of peace and tranquillity.


In north London, Ian and Rose have recently moved into their new basement home and are hoping to create a wildlife-friendly space. Currently it is a building site - neglected by previous owners. They also need expert advice since their plot is surrounded by four large trees blocking a lot of natural sunlight. Even if they manage to clear their space, can they ever create the garden of their dreams? They are in serious need of help and advice, but can Monty set them on the right track?

Meanwhile in Stockport, Jo and Steve's equally large garden has become a dump as they build a new extension. The couple lead busy working lives with Jo travelling the globe as an air hostess and Steve working long night shifts at a bakery. Their longed-for dream is a haven to relax and get away from it all in. The problem is Jo has so many exciting ideas about what she wants to do and Steve is rather more pragmatic. Can Monty help the couple work out the best of their ideas and give them the advice they need to get going?

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.4
Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.4


Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.3

Monty Don travels around the country helping amateurs to create the garden of their dreams. This time, Monty meets two sets of gardeners who have unimaginable ambitions for their outdoor spaces.
In Essex, Denise has never ventured beyond the decking area behind her house.


But she dreams of having an altogether dreamlike garden, including building the ruins of a mill to remind her of her childhood. Her husband Dave isn't quite as enthusiastic about any of it, not least the amount of work involved, so Monty is called in to mediate.
Meanwhile in Ipswich, father-and-daughter team Rob and Jo run a family charity together and are no strangers to hard labour. It's just as well, because their plan to build a productive terraced allotment on a treacherously steep slope in the middle of a wooded wasteland leaves Monty lost for words. But with a bit of advice and the help of an army of volunteers, can they go from mad to possible?

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.3
Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.3 


Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.2

Monty Don travels around the country helping amateurs to create the garden of their dreams. This time, Monty meets two sets of ambitious amateur gardeners who have huge ambitions for their outdoor spaces.


In Leyton, Tariq and Sairah want to turn their dumping ground of a back yard into a sumptuous award-winning garden, suitable for entertaining friends and family. Both have competitive jobs in the banking sector and are used to winning at work but when it comes to gardening, they don't know where to begin. With an inspirational trip to the gardening event of the year, the Chelsea Flower Show, Monty tried to put them on the fast track to developing their own personal style but can they put the work in to earn the approval of the country's top gardener?

Meanwhile in Bath, Ant and Jake want to replicate the Japanese gardens they have visited all over the world and set themselves the added challenge of creating three very different sections in their L-shaped plot. However, after a visit from Monty, events take a dramatic turn when they discover an underlying problem with their soil that calls for an extreme solution. Will they be able to complete their dream garden on time and on budget?

Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.2
Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.2 

Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.1 - Brighton/High Wycombe

Monty Don comes to the rescue of two sets of gardeners in desperate need of feel-good spaces. In Brighton, determined duo Helen and Dax have their hands full with twins, one of whom has special needs. Their current garden is a building site, but armed with advice from Monty they attack the challenge head on. With so many requirements from one small space, it feels their garden might burst at the seams. A trip to the Chelsea Flower Show soon has them focused on what's really important, but do they have enough energy left to get the work done?


Meanwhile in High Wycombe, newly single Valerie is looking for a fresh lease of life, but her 'concrete driveway' of a garden has brought her plans to an abrupt halt, as she has no idea how to plant in or on it! A visit to an inspirational pottery puts her back on track, but with so many choices can Valerie decide on the right ones?

Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.1 - Brighton/High Wycombe
Big Dreams Small Spaces - Brighton/High Wycombe

Capability Brown's Unfinished Garden

Capability Brown is known as the founder of landscape design. Three hundred years ago he created some of the most magnificent landscapes in England. He travelled the length and breadth of the country, improving more than 200 of the greatest estates in the land, for some of the most influential people in the 18th century.


But there is one plan that never got off the drawing board. The only land he ever owned was in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, but he died before he could carry out any plans for his own garden. Today it is a piece of flat land, bisected by the A14 dual carriageway.

Landscape designer and Gardeners' Question Time regular Bunny Guinness travels across England to some of Capability's finest landscapes - Blenheim, Burghley, Milton Abbey and Castle Ashby - to understand what he might have created. Rediscovering plans and letters, and using the latest technology, Capability Brown's unfinished garden is brought to life.

Capability Brown's Unfinished Garden
Capability Brown's Unfinished Garden

Gardening and Horticulture ep.20 2016

Whether you are staying at home or going away on holiday, Monty has plenty of tips for how to keep the garden looking good and remaining productive during August.



Joe Swift pays a visit to the Northumberland garden of Chris Mullin who, after over 20 years as a member of parliament, has turned his attention to the renovation of his walled garden.
And National Trust head gardener Alan Power catches up with the transformation of Shakespeare's New Place garden in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Gardening and Horticulture ep.20 2016
Gardening and Horticulture ep.20 2016

Gardening and Horticulture ep.19 2016

Now that rambling roses have finished flowering, Monty turns his attention to pruning and tying in new growth for a good display next year.



On the 20th anniversary of the death of Geoff Hamilton, Adam Frost returns to the famous G' W location, Barnsdale, to pay tribute and to revisit some of his own early gardening memories.
And we travel to Abergavenny to visit the garden of a sweet pea enthusiast, to get her top tips for growing the best blooms.

Gardening and Horticulture ep.19 2016
Gardeners World

Britains Best Back Gardens - Challenging Plots ep.1

Britain’s Best Back Gardens 


Alan Titchmarsh has been on a year long search for the best back gardens in Britain. In this brand new series he travels across Britain taking us over the hedges and through the gates of his 30 favourites.


To celebrate his 50 years as a gardener, Alan has appealed to the nation to nominate their gardens. Over the past twelve months, he has received more than 600 applicants from which he has chosen his top 30. Many of them are gardens that have never been filmed and Alan’s search has taken him from the northernmost point of the UK to the heart of Britain’s biggest cities, discovering people from all walks of life doing amazing things with their outdoor spaces at every turn. Alan takes us behind the nation’s ordinary properties, into a world of jaw dropping sights and sounds.

Britains Best Back Gardens - Challenging Plots ep.1
Britains Best Back Gardens - Challenging Plots ep.1

Alan has always said that if you really want to understand Britain’s obsession with its backyards you have to go beyond the stately homes and national trust properties, and instead look at the suburban gardens, inner city spaces and country village plots of the average Brit. No matter what size, shape or location of our gardens, or size of our budget, we go to extraordinary lengths to make the most of them.
Each episode counts down 10 gardens from 10 to 1 and Alan has divided up his choices into three categories.
 In this episode, Alan reveals his 10 favourite challenging plots – amazing gardens that have been created despite restrictions in size, location or circumstances. From the tiniest pub garden to gardens that survive the harsh conditions of the UK’s most Northerly coast, these are the backyards of the most determined and obsessive British gardeners.

Gardening Australia ep.9 2016



Costa explores a large Queensland hillside garden; Sophie demonstrates three easy soil tests; John explores a historical, scientific garden and Jerry profiles unique edible perennials.

Gardening Australia ep.9 2016
Gardening Australia ep.9 2016

Edible Perennials
Jerry profiles a unique range of kitchen garden perennials and explains how to grow them
The Perfect Package
Costa explores a large Queensland hillside garden with stunning ornamental and productive areas
FAQ's - Washing Organic Vegies | Pelargonium | Leafs as Mulch
Josh explains the importance of washing organic vegies, Jane discusses how to improve pelargonium flowering and Tino tells us how to get the best out of autumn leaves
Know Your Soil
Sophie gives us the low-down on three easy soil tests for the home gardener
What a Tool - String!
Jerry shares the virtues of using string in the garden
Garlic Shoots
Josh shows a great use for small garlic cloves that are usually discarded
In a Class of It's Own
John Patrick explores a small, historical garden at Melbourne University that's still used by students as a living laboratory
Plant Profile - Shrub Rose
Sophie profiles the hardy shrub rose
Swales
Tino shows us a clever way to trap water on sloped ground

Monty Don's French Gardens - ep.1

Gardens of Power and Passion



Monty Don visits some of the most famous and interesting gardens in France.

Monty Don's French Gardens -  ep.1
Monty Don's French Gardens -  ep.1 
Monty Don tells the stories behind France's most important historic gardens. These include elaborate walled gardens designed to please the mistress - and then the wife - of a king, magnificent displays of flowers and fountains that involved thousands of soldiers moving tracts of land and incited violent jealousy in another monarch, and a modern-day chateau garden that came close to bankrupting its owner. Monty sees how throughout history the French have used gardens as a public expression of money, power and passion.


British Gardens in Time - Nymans ep.4

Nymans, one of the most fashionable and romantic gardens of the Edwardian and interwar years, was the creation of a family of German emigres of Jewish descent. The Messels arrived in Britain in 1870 at a time when both anti-semitism and anti-German sentiment were rife. Nevertheless, Ludwig Messel succeeded in establishing a successful stockbroking firm and creating at Nymans the quintessential English garden with rare plants and a theatrical herbaceous border inspired by William Robinson.


 His children and grandchildren would continue to develop the garden and the family's spectacular social trajectory reached its apogee with Ludwig's great-grandson Antony Armstrong-Jones's marriage to Princess Margaret. However, Nymans was to repeatedly face disaster as a fire devastated the house leaving just a romantic ruin to dominate the garden, while the garden itself came close to total destruction in the Great Storm of 1987.

British Gardens in Time - Nymans ep.4
British Gardens in Time - Nymans ep.4

Series which explores four iconic British gardens, from Christopher Lloyd's Arts and Craft Great Dixter to Georgian Stowe and from Victorian Biddulph Grange to the quintessentially English Nyman's.

British Gardens in Time - Biddulph Grange ep.3



 Biddulph Grange, the best-surviving Victorian garden in the country, takes the visitor on a whistlestop journey around the world from China to Egypt in a series of gardens connected by tunnels and subterranean passageways.
 Biddulph was created at the height of the British Empire by James Bateman, the son of a wealthy industrialist. Bateman was fascinated by botany and the emerging technologies of the Victorian era, filling his garden with rare specimens tracked down by the Victorian plant hunters laid out to designs that purported to come from around the world but were actually inspired by the Great Exhibition and painted plates from the Potteries.
 But Bateman's fascination for all things new would come into conflict with his deeply held religious beliefs, leading him into open conflict with Darwin, financial ruin and the eventual loss of his beloved garden.

British Gardens in Time - Biddulph Grange ep.3
British Gardens in Time - Biddulph Grange ep.3

Series which explores four iconic British gardens, from Christopher Lloyd's Arts and Craft Great Dixter to Georgian Stowe and from Victorian Biddulph Grange to the quintessentially English Nyman's.