Sunday’s gardenwatch assistants (newly arrived and exploring Woodpigeon and Mum to be Great tit) want to ask you about how your garden grows. They will also tell tales on their resident gardener through a brief garden tour…
Do you own a national plant collection?
Nope… I can’t see one here. Mind you, there’s only just enough space to tiptoe through the borders especially after the resident gardener has been moving plants around again! She has no hope whatsoever in keeping a national collection. Have you ever thought about one – if so which plants would you choose?
Is your garden a pristine tranquil retreat?
Nope… I can’t say this one’s pristine. Although we still like the grass/moss paths edging the busy borders and the forest bark below the bird feeders. We don’t mind the old paving slabs or the crunch underfoot over gravel paths (okay maybe we do sometimes). Yep… to a tranquil retreat though - especially since the addition of that new wildlife pond :-)
Is your garden a totally tropical paradise?
Nope… I can’t see the tropics here. Although those stunning yak hybrid rhododendrons bring the colours of the tropics into the garden very well. These plants are likely to have come from a faraway place through plant hunting trips by local rhododendron specialist Kenneth Cox. The resident gardener really should email him to ask the names of these beauties – yep those lost plant labels again ;-)
Does your garden boast a prize winning veg patch?
Nope… absolutely no sign of a veg patch here. However, this garden patch looks like it will feed a growing nestbox family with enough insects (when the time comes) by the supply being brought in by OH Great tit since incubation began. Yay… we have eggs :-)
We have heard that many moons ago, when there were two young girls growing up in this garden, there was a tiny Potager next to a wooden Wendy house. I bet previous OH Great tit's would have found lots of food around the windows there.
We are to believe that this year, the resident gardener is attempting to grow salad veggies in her tiny greenhouse – no prizes expected there though. We have also heard, our resident gardener knows a few bloggers with a lot of serious experience in growing veggies like VP and Sue if you want inspiration or tips. Out of interest, do you know anyone with a prize winning veg patch?
Would you like the chance to show off your garden?
Through this garden blog, our resident gardener enjoys sharing garden views, creative ideas (to her eyes anyway) and thoughts on garden styles. She is always honest in opinions of garden visits too. However, despite her considerable blog chat we know her to be shy when it comes to showing off her garden.
Are you a passionate gardening enthusiast?
Is your garden your pride and joy? Yep… our resident gardener is both! Would you like the chance to prove you’ve got the best garden in town? Nope… our gardener isn’t competitive enough for that but this does sound like it could be fun and a bit of a challenge too. Perhaps you might be interested - yes? Please do read on...
"The makers of BBC2’s ‘The Great British Garden Revival’ are looking for green fingered fanatics to take part and compete in a brand new prime time TV series. They want to showcase some of the most stunning, imaginative and unique gardens in the country."
The email from the assistant producer of the programme added that it would “celebrate Britain’s beautiful private gardens and the individuals tasked with creating them.” Now… that is a programme our resident gardener would love to watch so please do consider taking part – the more the merrier I’m quite sure the producers would say too :-)
And finally… our resident gardener’s email included the flyer above listing information on the series alongside contact details and told she could pass it directly on to anyone she thinks might be interested. Consider this passed on to all regular gardenwatch followers here in the UK. Please share it in your blogs - the birds and wildlife appreciate all this garden publicity too :-D
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in May 2014.