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Travel / Places to Visit / Re: Arduaine Garden- 13 June 2019
« Last post by Maggi Young on Today at 11:22:24 AM »
I'll offer  some  of the easy answers!   In «Reply #4 on: June 23, 2019, 08:24:11 PM » you show an Olearia and I think that's a Philadelphus, with those  soft, opposite  leaves -  if it  smelled  lovely  I'm right!

And the  first  in « Reply #5 on: June 23, 2019, 08:26:46 PM » is  Menyanthes trifoliata, Bog  Bean.  and the  variegated strap-leaved  one  is  Phormium tenax.
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Lovely display Ashley
Thanks David.  I find them interesting too when not in flower.

Ashley, thank you for showing us your treasures, Rebutias are great, floriferous with many species and hybrids and they need only little space in the collections.
Likewise your beautiful plants Rudi.  Do they overwinter outdoors there in southern Germany, and do you need to protect them from rain?
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General Forum / Re: Beechgrove Garden - TV programme in UK
« Last post by Graeme on June 23, 2019, 11:35:16 PM »
It is my understanding that with the onset of the new BBC Scotland channel the opportunity to 'opt out' of the standard BBC 2 schedule has reduced dramatically and programmes such as Beechgrove that might otherwise have been shown on BBC2 are now to be shown or can, if so desired, be shown on BBC Scotland.  However, the viewing figures for BBC Scotland have seemingly been low and the channel's budget is being used to bolster its online activity so as not to diminish its presence. Accordingly, the channel may have to show cheaper programming such as repeats hence the reduced number of gardening episodes.

The BBC has said: “BBC Scotland has the youngest age profile of any BBC TV channel in Scotland, excluding those channels specifically for children. This tells us that our offer is distinctive and the fact content can also be consumed on our online and social media platforms is helping to attract a younger, more socially diverse audience. These are early days for the new service and the indications are positive. Beechgrove is a well-loved part of the new channel’s schedule and the programme also continues to get an airing on BBC Two network. In its new format Beechgrove offers more online and social media content, available at any time.”

The average age of viewers for BBC1 is 61 years and for BBC2 62 years. Though I'm an occasional viewer (of below average age for these channels) of Beechgrove perhaps we are all just being nudged (or pushed) by BBC Scotland to gain our gardening information and entertainment via other means. I do wonder when the programme returns in late summer when viewing figures are likely to be seasonally low (and particularly so on a minority channel) that the decision will be taken to move all content next year to online because of seemingly poor viewing figures (which will be construed as a lack of interest).

Beechgrove always reminded me of Garden Time that was on ITV years ago - it is real gardening and very informative

When Jim went they then introduced a new woman who did recipes and cooking - she lasted 2 weeks - then off air - where was Chris Beardshaw?  What went wrong

Gardeners World is just a joke - I often ask the OH what did we learn from Veg Growers weekly?  Zilch

With the amount of cooking programs is it not about time they made a decent gardening program - tool reviews etc.
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General Forum / Re: Beechgrove Garden - TV programme in UK
« Last post by Graeme on June 23, 2019, 11:22:32 PM »
Before coming on to Beechgrove I'll at least get my ten 'pennorth in about Gardener's World. The people who devise these programmes and the words which their presenters use in them are obviously certain that 98% of those watching have the attention-span and learning ability of a somewhat poorly amoeba and feel in the main that their presenters are somewhat similar! I think most of us, even those who rarely garden, would be able to make a 'stab in the dark' at making a hole and popping a cabbage seedling into it. I feel very sorry for the chap in the wheelchair, resplendent in a bright pink scarf, who was given few words to say other than helping some of the other presenters to poke into people's shopping bags in the last programme I saw. He was given nothing to do and must have felt he was only there because he was in a wheelchair. Similarly, the statuesque black lady is given so little to do...... To top everything else Joe Swift, who is only paraded occasionally, was set to interview the singer (who, in fact has a new record out!) Will Young, who obviously knows far less about gardening than he does about the inner workings of the Hadron Collider. It is to Mr Swift's credit that he was able to mask Mr. Young's lack of gardening skill and knowledge by his own depth of presenting skill.

I had a lot of time for Jim McColl and the programme is much worse for his loss in my view. I think none of the presenters have come across well in this series and this must be to do with the pedestrian production of the programme. Like Gardener's World it needs a shake up and needs to become a programme about gardening for gardeners.
Exactly
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General Forum / Re: Beechgrove Garden - TV programme in UK
« Last post by FrazerHenderson on June 23, 2019, 10:18:32 PM »
It is my understanding that with the onset of the new BBC Scotland channel the opportunity to 'opt out' of the standard BBC 2 schedule has reduced dramatically and programmes such as Beechgrove that might otherwise have been shown on BBC2 are now to be shown or can, if so desired, be shown on BBC Scotland.  However, the viewing figures for BBC Scotland have seemingly been low and the channel's budget is being used to bolster its online activity so as not to diminish its presence. Accordingly, the channel may have to show cheaper programming such as repeats hence the reduced number of gardening episodes.

The BBC has said: “BBC Scotland has the youngest age profile of any BBC TV channel in Scotland, excluding those channels specifically for children. This tells us that our offer is distinctive and the fact content can also be consumed on our online and social media platforms is helping to attract a younger, more socially diverse audience. These are early days for the new service and the indications are positive. Beechgrove is a well-loved part of the new channel’s schedule and the programme also continues to get an airing on BBC Two network. In its new format Beechgrove offers more online and social media content, available at any time.”

The average age of viewers for BBC1 is 61 years and for BBC2 62 years. Though I'm an occasional viewer (of below average age for these channels) of Beechgrove perhaps we are all just being nudged (or pushed) by BBC Scotland to gain our gardening information and entertainment via other means. I do wonder when the programme returns in late summer when viewing figures are likely to be seasonally low (and particularly so on a minority channel) that the decision will be taken to move all content next year to online because of seemingly poor viewing figures (which will be construed as a lack of interest). 



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General Forum / Re: Beechgrove Garden - TV programme in UK
« Last post by David Nicholson on June 23, 2019, 09:16:04 PM »
Before coming on to Beechgrove I'll at least get my ten 'pennorth in about Gardener's World. The people who devise these programmes and the words which their presenters use in them are obviously certain that 98% of those watching have the attention-span and learning ability of a somewhat poorly amoeba and feel in the main that their presenters are somewhat similar! I think most of us, even those who rarely garden, would be able to make a 'stab in the dark' at making a hole and popping a cabbage seedling into it. I feel very sorry for the chap in the wheelchair, resplendent in a bright pink scarf, who was given few words to say other than helping some of the other presenters to poke into people's shopping bags in the last programme I saw. He was given nothing to do and must have felt he was only there because he was in a wheelchair. Similarly, the statuesque black lady is given so little to do...... To top everything else Joe Swift, who is only paraded occasionally, was set to interview the singer (who, in fact has a new record out!) Will Young, who obviously knows far less about gardening than he does about the inner workings of the Hadron Collider. It is to Mr Swift's credit that he was able to mask Mr. Young's lack of gardening skill and knowledge by his own depth of presenting skill.

I had a lot of time for Jim McColl and the programme is much worse for his loss in my view. I think none of the presenters have come across well in this series and this must be to do with the pedestrian production of the programme. Like Gardener's World it needs a shake up and needs to become a programme about gardening for gardeners. 
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Ashley, thank you for showing us your treasures, Rebutias
are great, floriferous with many species and hybrids
and they need only little space in the collections.
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Ferns / Re: Ferns 2019
« Last post by ruweiss on June 23, 2019, 08:59:25 PM »
Shelagh, many thanks for the pictures of your beautiful ferns, you must have an enormous
collection of these fine plants. It was not my plan to send you to the garden for taking
pictures, but I like these resulting photos. Asplenium fontanum grows very well in the open
garden, young plants from spores appear on some places, especially on tufa.
Cheilanthes grow without any problems in the open garden, especially on dry walls and
tufa - maybe influenced by the climatic change. A friend raised Cheilanthes persica from
spores of collected plants, so I keep these goodies in the alpine house for the next time.
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Plant Identification Questions and Answers / Re: Orchid ID
« Last post by Graeme on June 23, 2019, 08:43:57 PM »
It's the Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera
thanks Gail - there are hundreds of D fuchsii - but its the first time I have seen one of them up there
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Plant Identification Questions and Answers / Re: Orchid ID
« Last post by Gail on June 23, 2019, 08:37:00 PM »
It's the Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera
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