10.26.2007

BBC's Gardener's World


So this is my secret gardener crush, except that I'm married and er...straight. Maybe I wish she was a friend? Who am I kidding-it's envy. Pure and simple. I want her hair, I want her job, I want her dog. Isn't that just lovely. She is one Alys Fowler, the garden manager at Berryfields, the garden where the BBC's Gardener's World is filmed. Have a peek at her blog, which is interesting and well-written. Watch her video on winter pruning- she knows her stuff. And tell her Rosa sent you. We're old friends.
"One's television is brilliant...."
Everyone always says that British TV is more interesting, and I'd have to agree, but then again, I like TV shows about British garden history and period reality shows like Regency House Party, as well as cute little shorts like 'What The Romans Did For Us' which has that distinctly public television/shapeless-cardigan-with-holey-elbows feel. Yep, I'm getting old.
Hobbits, All
One more reason to love the Brits is for their centuries-old love affair with gardening. Case in point, Gardener's World, which is prime time, (Friday nights, I believe) and watched by everyone. Not just old people and crunchy yuppies, but everyone. The Gardener's World presenters are all good-looking and rugged as they put poly-tunnels over their lettuce beds and create little habitats for hedgehogs at the edges of the garden. They appear so at ease as they pot up cuttings, create wildflower meadows and do a hundred little things that would utterly confound me. While B and I lived in Scotland, the Chelsea Flower Show in London had live coverage, all weekend long. Can you picture that happening in the U.S.? I can't.
And strangely, a lot of these gardening superstars have names that sound like stage names, so well are they suited to their jobs: Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood, Alan Titmarsh, Bunny Guiness. But then again, the British are known for their propensity for silly-sounding names, as evidenced in my next post.........

1 comment:

Camille said...

I think I may have a crush, too!

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.