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Saturday, 17 April 2010

Alice in her garden wonderland.

Good morning, hope all is well in your patch.
This beautiful weather has had me inspired to get stuck in with my garden, and, If like me you love gardening, you wont fail to be captivated by the lovely Alys Fowler (of gardeners world), presenting her own new show 'The edible garden' on BBC2 @ 8pm every wednesday.

Like me Alys, 30, grew up in Hampshire, but thats the only real similarity! She has been gardening since her early teens, and began her training at the Royal Horticultural Society and spent a year as an intern at the New York Botanical Garden.WOW! If only i had my time again(!)

I wont bore you with the ins and outs of the programme,but Alys' garden is pretty, cottagey, simple.

Her 60ft by 20ft plot sits behind a Victorian terrace house in Kings Heath, a leafy suburb three miles south of Birmingham city centre, No mansion and team of gardeners here to keep things spic and span.

I think they way she comes accross is really lovely -id love to have her as my neighbour and natter over the garden fence, maybe swap a cucumber for some strawberries?

Isabelle the jack russell is so sweet and trots about the garden watching her and her two hens. She doesnt have a huge patch, but crams in allsorts of different things....she may even inspire you to create a pea martini!(i kid you not).
Gardening, she says, should be done slowly. 'Build a little, dig a bit, plant a little, and harvest often,' she advises. 'Make your world around you, rather than buying someone else's bland version. There is nothing more satisfying than being able to say, "I did that"
-Well, personally, i could not agree more.

(If you get time to watch it-do, you can catch the first two episodes of this 6 part series on iplayer now!)


Emma said...

Oh that's quite funny I just finished watching two episodes on iplayer, I really enjoyed them both. Shame about her toms.

THIS'N'THAT said...

Hi, I agree entirely! What a delightful and informative series!
Lesley X

funkymonkey said...

I agree. It's a wonderful, inspiring programme.


periwinkle said...

checking it out right now :-)

Pea Green Kitty said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show, She has wonderful style, I love the overgrown chaotic cottageyness of her garden.
It is also followed by the equally fabulous 'Cracking Antiques' show!

Andi's English Attic said...

I'd bet she thinks it's a pain, but I DREAM of having hair like that. Wow!
We landed back home yesterday after disruption because of the volcano. The first thing I did after putting the kettle on was go into the garden which was, heavy with the scent of hyacinths and crowded with daffs. I'm so pleased to be home!

Kitty said...

Wow, I watched this programme on Wednesday. I also live in Kings Heath - she could be living in my road !! Maybe i could get a few gardening tips or cuttings from her.