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‘The Wild Gardener’, a really heart warming programme (2 episodes) on BBC2 at 8pm, first episode shown last Friday 19th November, then episode 2 this Friday 26th November.

It features a piece of land in Ireland, owned by the family of a wildlife cameraman, Colin Stafford-Johnson, where the clearing of brambles, planting a wild flower meadow and building a pond encourages wildlife.

It is a slow paced, relaxed and informative hour, and, in my opinion, knocks spots off most gardening programmes.

So, get yourself comfy and sit back to relax in this lovely hour of TV!

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Oh, I agree with you - it was wonderful! It should be compulsory viewing for all gardeners. (Eat your heart out Monty Don).. He did a programme just recently that I caught by accident about Indian tigers. That was fabulous, too. So sensitive a cameraman.
Did it encourage you to try and do more gardening for wildlife, Shirley? It has done for me.

23 Nov, 2021

 

I shall have to look for this programme on the BBC iPlayer.

23 Nov, 2021

 

Thank you,Shirley....I will watch it on one of these forcasted ice days...sounds very relaxing.

23 Nov, 2021

 

Anget, I do have a log-pile where Stag Beetles have been living, seen three or four over the years. Also used to have a small pond but it became such a murky, green and stinky one that it was drained, filled in and became a planted area! There were some huge Frogs once upon a time, sadly no longer in this garden. Bees have used a Bee box and a Blackbird built a nest in the Grapevine one year. I do plant single flowering plants, not many doubles and love to see the Bees and Hoverflies on them.

23 Nov, 2021

 

David, it is definitely worth searching out.

23 Nov, 2021

 

Julia, you will love watching it, I'm sure!

23 Nov, 2021

 

Just finished watching it! I found it very interesting but it's so totally different to Gardener's World, the two can't be remotely compared.

GW is a kind of audio-visual magazine on gardening, very much like the printed magazine of the same name.

This programme is more of a documentary showing how a garden was made from scratch with wildlife as it's focus.

Rather like comparing milk & cheese!

23 Nov, 2021

 

I think I caught the end of it on repeat the other day, I will also watch it, thanks

23 Nov, 2021

 

I saw the 1st episode by accident & yes it was very good.
What a pity I didn't remember to watch it on Friday, so thank you for reminding me. I will get on catch up tonight.

23 Nov, 2021

 

I take your point, Balcony, but it depends what you want from your garden.

Shirley, I've all but given up on my teeny-tiny pond as the wretched cat keeps catching the frogs - breaks my heart to see her. Never had one that had penchant for frogs before, it seems cruel to encourage them. We have log piles too and bee holes but nothing exotic using them at the moment. I've also ditched most double flowers, particularly the roses!

23 Nov, 2021

 

Thanks Shirley for suggesting this one as it completely passed me by.

23 Nov, 2021

 

Yes, I enjoyed the first episode.

23 Nov, 2021

 

I do agree Shirley, we loved it and look forward to the second programme.

23 Nov, 2021

 

Shirley- I’ve just watched it, it was so magical, peaceful and like a step back into time….. thank you for bringing it to our attention. Looking forward to second episode.

23 Nov, 2021

 

thanks for the heads up. I will search it out. sounds like my kind of programme.

23 Nov, 2021

 

Anget, our late cat was never interested in the Frogs, but loved chasing the Mouse around the pots on the patio!

I did notice Leafcutter Bee notches on some of the Roses this year, also Bees going into the lawn.

24 Nov, 2021

 

It seems many of us have enjoyed the first episode . . . :o)

24 Nov, 2021

 

Thanks Shirley. As I missed one, I will look on bbciplayer.

25 Nov, 2021

 

Thanks, I'll have a look on iPlayer during the frozen weekend due

25 Nov, 2021

 

I missed it too,as we had been away,and just got back on Friday evening,so I will look on Iplayer too..thank you .:o)

25 Nov, 2021

 

Loved it!

25 Nov, 2021

 

Thanks for the info, Shirley. I’ll have to pop onto ‘catch-up’ and download this one! 😊

25 Nov, 2021

 

Did anyone see last night's second part? What a transformation in 2 years! We could all take something from it, I think..

27 Nov, 2021

 

Yes Ange! Loved it, and am inspired to make some changes in the Spring … if I can persuade OH that we “need” a small garden room to use as a Hide …

27 Nov, 2021

 

loved it, thanks for pointing it out.

27 Nov, 2021

 

Just to say,if anyone missed last nights episode, like I did..again ! It is repeated tomorrow ( Sunday )morning on BBC 2 at 8'30 AM ! I have pre recorded it to watch at my leisure. I still haven't watchd the first one on I player,which I will do this afternoon,seing as it's a cold windy day,but storm Alwen has now passed by,and all snow,thunder ,lightening has gone with it What a night !

27 Nov, 2021

 

Last night was such a rewarding episode to see all the hard work come to fruition. He’s such a gentle soul…. Would love to chill out in his garden and just sit and watch the wildlife. Certainly something to aspire to.

27 Nov, 2021

 

Just watched episode one,and agree with you all,it was wonderful .Thank you Shirley,for bringing it to our attention.. :o) x

27 Nov, 2021

 

And thank you Shirley for inspiring us with such a lovely photo of a wildflower meadow :)

27 Nov, 2021

 

Loved the repeat of part 2 this morning, what a riveting programme,and how things have progressed. I had recorded it ,but we were able to watch it ,and at some point,I can watch it again, just wonderful .A truly 'wild Gardener ' ..:o)

28 Nov, 2021

 

I am so pleased we have had the opportunity to see this delightful two part programme. I watched part 2 last night and was just as thrilled as Colin was to see the wildlife in his garden. I wish more roadside verges, roundabouts etc. would be planted up with wild flower seed as I feel sure it would benefit so many insects. My urban garden is too small for a meadow though!

28 Nov, 2021

 

I agree about the areas being planted up with wildflower seeds too,Shirley.This year,we were pleased to see some areas going into town and various other places,weren't mowed last year,so we had an abundance of wild flowers ,to enjoy.also our local park has been leaving areas too.It seems the message is getting through to some,which is great.
Alfie and his class were given little packets of wild flower seeds at the end of the summer term,so he had to sow his in a planter, and they have been so pretty.He loved watching them grow :o)

28 Nov, 2021

 

That's a lovely idea for Alfie, Sandra. I would never have thought of it but of course many children could enjoy doing that. He did well to make them grow ... I've never had any luck with sowing wild flower seeds!

28 Nov, 2021

 

So glad you enjoyed it Shirley, I found it fascinating the best I`ve seen for a long time.

28 Nov, 2021

 

I thought it was a lovely idea too,Sheila. he was quite good at remembering to water them as one of his 'jobs to do '.He loved watering mine this summer,as Thomas used to do.I think anything to do with water,is always enjoyable to children, if a bit over zealous at times ! lol .

28 Nov, 2021

 

Sandra, I love the idea of giving the school children packets of wild flower seed to sow!

29 Nov, 2021

 

Hello Phyl, I'm pleased you enjoyed it too. Hope you're keeping safe, well and warm ... :o)

29 Nov, 2021

 

Shirley, it would be a lovely idea if this was taken up with all Primary school children, wouldn't it? I bought a packet of mixed annuals for Thomas,when he was younger,which he sowed in a pot at our house,and they were beautiful..He still remembers them.:o) x

29 Nov, 2021

 

Sandra, I remember Thomas sowing those flowers ... :o)

Perhaps we should ask the Secretary of State for Education to table a motion for the school children to sow wildflower seeds!

1 Dec, 2021

 

Great idea,Shirley .! x

1 Dec, 2021

 

When I was a boy in primary school, in London (many, many moons ago, Lol!😂),we were given Mustard & Cress seeds to sow at home. We also had Nasturtium & Candytuft seeds & for the winter we had Daffodil bulbs. When the plants started to flower we had to take them into school so they could be judged! I never got more than a well done certificate! 😭

2 Dec, 2021

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