It’s been a bizarre and genuinely exciting time for us. Ever since we heard from Lion TV that the BBC were finally going to show the series we took part in last year we have been on a bit of a media ride. Hence this blog, it had to be done.
Take today for example, we were stopped in the street by a lovely little old lady. I say lovely, she might not have been of course but she at least seemed it. She came out of nowhere, grabbed Glenn by the arm and said to us “You’re the gardeners! Well done!”. We were bowled over, thanked her and carried on our way laughing in disbelief. We have both been recognised separately in the last week, today was our first joint outing so we could enjoy the experience together.
We have had many emails from old friends who happened to see us on TV. Many lovely comments from colleagues, friends and of course, family. Social media in all its forms has been incredible, so much positivity, encouragement, new contacts and opportunities. We have been in the local and national press which has cost us a small fortune as we have bought each one we appeared in and now have a great stack waiting to be archived. Local BBC radio has been to interview us and we were asked for our tips on garden design. This totally floored us and we had to fumble for a decent answer as it was for an RHS competition, no pressure. Most exciting has been the invitation to give some talks and a demonstration at the Salisbury Home and Garden show on March 20. We cannot wait! The demonstration side of the day will need some thought. Based on our experience we could demonstrate endless hours of digging and soil shifting with some sleepless nights and tortuous discussions on planting schemes thrown in. Not sure how well that will go down with the gardeners of Salisbury though.
The weather though cold has been less dreary and we have been feeling refreshed and enthusiastic for a looming growing season. Probably spurred on by the fact we have applied to open our garden via the National Garden Scheme. Today we went to Baskets and Blooms in Fordingbridge to buy hellebores and primroses. We also found a lot of summer bulbs we were planning on buying via mail order. They were so cheap we couldn’t walk away, always an eye for a bargain. The last time we went there it was to panic buy as many plants as we could fit in the car but more of that another time….
We have planted many annual seeds this week, determined to make a proper impact with our cutting garden. Sweet peas will feature heavily as will all our favourites from last year. I am also trying out some varieties we didn’t have time to grow; ammi, gypsophila, echinacea and large quantities of cerinthe are a priority. The trees at the bottom of our garden had a much needed trim. Glenn had his eye on the logs as potential mushroom growing hosts. It turns out almost any wood is good apart from ash and sycamore. Guess what the trees are we had chopped? Plans B, C, D; wildlife homes, structure in garden, burn in outdoor woodburner.
The next few months are set to be busy but a lot of fun. Our new found passion has taken our lives in a direction we hadn’t considered a year ago and it all began with an email.
Next time on Sowing, Growing and Cups of Tea; It’s All Glenn’s Fault