Well what an exciting few days it’s been -we’re going to be on TV with Alan Titchmarsh! First we had a phone call from a very nice young man from the production company (he had a hyphenated name, as in Ponsonby-Merryweather. I think you have to be hyphenated to get into tv?) asking if a producer could come and visit that day ( yes, that very day!!!!!) to see our cottage garden with a view to Alan ( yes, the tv gardener Alan Titchmarsh) using it as his ‘expert garden’ .
Well, the garden was in a complete state as we’d barely touched it over winter so we told a bit of a porky pie and said we were busy that day and could they come tomorrow? That gave us 8 hours to get the garden Titchmarsh ready- yes, only 8 hours! So we pruned, clipped, swept, laid more gravel and chipped bark, planted, watered and then finished 20 minutes before the producer was due to arrive. Mr fruitygardener collapsed in a heap into a chair, covered in mud with twigs in his hair and ripped trousers. ” What are you doing?!” I screeched at him. “Resting” he said. ” You can’t rest and look like that! You’ve got to wash and change! We’ve got to be Titchmarsh ready!”
The lovely producer man came and I’m happy to say he liked the garden – and he liked our dog Ted too apparently and might film him – just imagine if he does…… from being abandoned on the streets of Romania to starring on prime time tv!
Anyhow, here are a few photos of how the garden is looking now. I’ll keep you posted on future developments.
The parting shot from Mr. Ponsonby-Merryweather was “Oh, and I presume you’ll want to titivate the garden a bit before we film?…….