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How is everyone finding it this year? I am quite frustrated. I’ve watched every episode so far and yet I havent seen very much of the show gardens at all. Certainly not enough to vote on one for the People’s Choice award.

And what on earth have they done to Carol? When did she become completely berzerk eccentric loony woman? Even her clothes are freaky! Lol!

There have already been far too many repeated items, and yet the coverage is all far too rushed. Poor Rachel only managed to get half her plants in that container this afternoon.

On a positive note, I do enjoy the ‘Instant Gardener’ giving people some ideas for their own plots. That seems a lot more useful than these ‘Celebrity Guests’ gabbling through a really rushed description of their own plots at home. I do like the celebrity spots…but please…why the rush all the time? I mean, its not like they have loads to show us. I’ve seen about six items repeated already.

I could go on, but I have to go and water my containers! What do you all think? Oh, and any recommendations for the People’s Choice?

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I totally agree have been watching it again today and so much is repeated, so boring I walked away from it. Oh and bye the way I find Carol like that all of the time. lol. completely over the top but at least she knows her stuff well appears to do. Will look in again tomorrow and see if things have improved though. Just proves how addictive gardening is!!!

25 May, 2016

 

I hope we dont have to watch that Jordan video diary again! Lol! And how many times are we going to see Chelsea being set up with Sophie? So dull.

25 May, 2016

 

Our solution to all these problems is simple - we don't have a telly...

25 May, 2016

 

I agree totally with Olive about Carol! Only watch the evening coverage, so enjoying it on the whole . . . just wish I could walk inside Cleve's garden - that'll be my 'choice' if I work out how to vote :)

25 May, 2016

 

Yes, well its certainly true that Carol has always been exuberant. But this week she's crossed a line!! Lol!

25 May, 2016

 

I agree I've been watching it over the last few days, as for Carol I've always thought she maybe liked a wee dram or 2 lol

25 May, 2016

 

Karen, I watched an evening episode where Cleve West and his youthful days were featured, very interesting and relevant to his Chelsea design. Then, yesterday afternoon the same feature was aired, annoying when so much more could have been broadcast.

I heard Carol Klein talking on the radio on Saturday morning, she said she 'even has a dress with bubbles on' to celebrate the Queen's 90th but I can't say I thought much of the green and yellow outfit. Ooh, saucer of milk for me, the catty one!

Not seen any coverage today due to being at A&E with Mum, she took a tumble but has not broken her hip, just badly bruised it.

25 May, 2016

 

Hmmm I agree Karen, it could be better. Just watching now - Grayson Perry just featured?? I turned over, not my idea of gardening.

25 May, 2016

 

Hi Karen, I haven't watched any of the programmes, and don't intend to, it's just like gardeners world, it's just like gardeners world, it's just like gardeners world, it's just like gardeners world, you get the idea, so boring, I don't want to see some overpaid presenters showing people what they could have, with only 5 or 6 thousand pounds, it just turns me off, Derek.

25 May, 2016

 

I was wondering if it was only me who found it a bit boring, especially the repeated bits. Did the BBC really need to go out to Jordan to film a bit about copying the landscape. I do enjoy the bits they do about the small exhibitors, especially today where a couple of them grew all their own plants. They should be commended for that rather than the fortunes spent on getting a representative to tour Spain, Portugal, the rest of the World to find plants for an average cost show garden of £250,000:00! Half the people in this country don't have a house worth that much! And.. what about the air miles and carbon footprint for them, how do they 'offset' that?
Many this year seemed to replicate landscapes, which though impressive, is hardly your normal garden. I know it's meant to impress, but can't we see more small gardens, artisan's garden and what should be the main attraction - the plants! It seems to me that the programme is turning into another 'celebrity' fest.
Rant over, will wait until tomorrow to see what that brings.

25 May, 2016

 

Thanks everyone...I like a good rant too! :))

25 May, 2016

 

This is an ever-increasing problem with documentary programmes. The constant repetition and recapping drives me mad. "I'm on a journey through Britain, by train, calling at request stop stations, visiting small villages and blah blah blah". Yes, I know Paul. I've been watching for half an hour, and this is the third time you've told me... and I've also watched the long introduction which is shown at the start of each programme.

It's all down to the director and editor, you know. They think we have the attention span of a toddler, and they are terrified we'll switch to another channel; which, if they're not careful, we will.

I like Carol Klein, and she knows her stuff, but she always sounds as if she's on the edge of hysteria. Interestingly, I heard her interviewed about her views on some subject or other, and she didn't talk like that at all.

25 May, 2016

 

I only watch it in the evening Karen so I don't get so many repeats. I won't vote as I don't think I really know what the gardens are like. There was one simple garden with rust painted structures that got a gold award that I thought was awful. It had a painting in a enclosed structure. I got the feeling the presenters thought the same as me.

25 May, 2016

 

What about Diarmuid Gavin's garden ? not for me It's been described as the Chelsea's Marmite moment, and I can see why.

25 May, 2016

 

I am disappointed that 'celebrities' are drifting back into the programs. There was feedback a couple of years ago that we didn't want to watch them and there were less of them last year, but now we're getting a full dose again. Oh dear.

25 May, 2016

 

I treat it like the Cup Final. I watch it with the sound
turned off. Keeps one' s brain fresh and selective.
Recommend.

26 May, 2016

 

not bothered with it for a few years now. too repetitive.
as for recapping its supposedly because people have an attention span of about 15-20 mins. its the same in teaching. but most of the little darlings can stay focussed for 2+ hours on a computer game/face-book so really its a con. less tv for same cost.
the David Attenborough programmes don't repeat every 15/20 mins.

yes I enjoy a rant too.
never liked Carol Klein, met her years ago and she didn't come across as a 'nice' person. perhaps she was having a bad day but the impression has stuck.

26 May, 2016

 

Sbg - my 'meeting' with Carol was the complete opposite. We were building a courtyard garden back in 2001 (Carol was still exhibiting in the marquee in those days). She arrived on the Friday, came to look at the small gardens, and offered us any of her unused plants if we needed them. Lovely lady.

26 May, 2016

 

Steragram did not watch it because she does not have a telly. I do not watch it either, although I have a telly. I pay the TV licence and never watch anything. It is there for my daughters, when they visit.
Never been to Chelsea show, although I have visited hundreds of real gardens. I don't like "artificial" things.

26 May, 2016

 

I so agree with this blog....but then gardeners world does the same to me
Carols coat looked like the skin of reptile, her gushing overemphasis it downright apalling

Did enjoy a bit I saw about hepatica.....such a lovely enthusiastic man who cried when he recieved his gold.....

Then grayson perry arrived and I left.....

Dreadful dumbing down .....surely the company that produces the Attenborough programmes can do better.......

26 May, 2016

 

I record it all, a.nd fast foreward the repeats, not much to watch after that, but I liked the bit on Birmingham and Willard Wiggins.

26 May, 2016

 

Have been looking all week,but recording it so I can fast forward many of the items......Carol's fight about her compost heap must have gone to her head! I agree the yellow and green outfit was ghastly........infact I don't think she really knows what style suits her.One thing I wish they would enlarge on is the new plant introductions in the Pavillion.
The two presenters who are interesting are Chris Beardshaw and Monty Don.......Seen very little of Chris sadly.

Ah well,there's always Hampton Court in a few weeks.....

26 May, 2016

 

Pamg - yes, it was John Massey who cried over his Hepaticas, and my eyes watered too! Several times a year his own garden - "John's Garden" is open at Ashwood Nurseries, somewhere west of Birmingham . . . it's a real treat to visit :)

You've really started something, Karen! It's good, isn't it, hearing what everyone thinks, whether we agree or not . . .

26 May, 2016

 

Yes! This is a great blog! Not because of me...your comments are all fascinating. I have to agree about John Massey's Hepaticas. And what a lovely lovely man! I love Hepaticas, so i thoroughly enjoyed that item...and Rachel is such a professional, warm and genuinely passionate presenter. More of her Please BBC! I have finally seen the show gardens watching last nights show on catch up..phew, thank goodness. My favourites are the Mathematical Garden, Cleve West's beautiful trip down memory lane, and Chris Beardshaw's shade garden. All beautiful! I didnt mind Grayson Perry..he has been the most interesting of the celebrities for me..probably because he has a genuine interest in design and craft. Off to watch the Artisan Gardens now...pleased that the coverage has improved a little, and now I am watching it recorded so I can fast forward through all the dull stuff!

26 May, 2016

 

I also liked the exhibit in the marquee where people could walk through a train carriage. They went through an English garden to get in, and came out in an exotic one - very clever idea.

26 May, 2016

 

It made our day to see the lovely John Massey of Ashwood Nurseries one of the nicest and unassuming men you could wish to meet win again at Chelsea he, deserves a medal for all the hard work he has put in to his nursery over the years, it was our second home for a great many years....
We have watched every episode, easier to record and fast forward the many repeated scenes..
We preferred it when you went round the celebrities gardens......
Personally I have grown quite fond of Carol, she has always been slightly hyper!! but she knows her stuff, I thought the dress and jacket matched her whacky personality!!
I would like to see more plants, my OH says the same every year...... what about the plants!!? but we do enjoy the gardens be they large or small........they are gardens ......
I shall go on Twitter and voice my opinion, not that it will do any good, but left it too late to vote, my vote would go to Jo Thompson, and OHs would go to Matthew Wilson, or Cleve West..
Andrew I agree we both liked the train exhibit!!

26 May, 2016

 

Andrew I am glad that she [Carol] must have been having a bad day. :o)

27 May, 2016

 

Costas is back ! Yippee !

27 May, 2016

 

Yes, good to hear from Costas again. You all inspired me to look on line to see what I've been missing but all I could find was various shots of buildings , patios etc and pics of people wandering round. Not a single proper garden at all.
I hope the telly is better than that!

27 May, 2016

 

Yes, I was really glad that Costas popped in too! :)

27 May, 2016

 

This afternoon's Chelsea was a real SNOOOOOZE.......Repeats again.......I don't think I've learnt or been inspired by anything this year viewing the show.

27 May, 2016

 

Yes far too many repeats, I went out to make the tea, I do not understand the BBC at all.....
I would like to have seen more of Geoff Hamilton sons garden, as Geoff was our inspiration all those years ago, but that was rushed, also the flower arranging, very badly put together, but Carol showed us her caring side......and she looked very pretty!!

27 May, 2016

 

I've given up on the afternoon slots. I like James Wong, but he's not a great presenter.

27 May, 2016

 

No he isnt comfortable......

27 May, 2016

 

Yes, thats it exactly. He will get better in time no doubt. Tonight was a whole lot more repeats. Im afraid I didnt enjoy Matthew's garden myself. I dont like gardens with massive hard landscaping features that draw the eye away from the plants. I did like the stained glass, but not all that stone. Same with Andy Sturgeon. That central pointy shaped walkway with two massive trip hazards on it...yuck.

27 May, 2016

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