Thursday, 27 March 2014


You can imagine how my little heart did a tiny leap the other day when I read an email addressed directly to me that began like this

"My name is Janet and I work for an independent TV production company called Spun Gold TV. We are currently making a brand new ITV series with Alan Titchmarsh called “Britain’s Best Garden”. Our new series aims to find the best private / domestic gardens in Britain."

The 5 seconds of excitement I felt at the possibility of my garden having gained some attention was quickly followed by terror at the thought of how naff my garden actually is and then embarrassment as I realised that this was a generic email going out to many garden bloggers stating 

"We are seeking applications from the length and breadth of Britain with an array of horticultural wonders from the outrageous to the draw-droopingly beautiful, the grand and opulent to the small and perfectly formed, from the wildest to the most the meticulous - this is the series that opens the gates to gardens that are works of art, labours of love, flights of fantasy and feats of engineering.
All private, domestic gardens are eligible for entry and I am hoping that you will be able to help me find some really extraordinary spaces. Does any garden specifically come to mind? Can you think of someone who has created a truly staggering and original outdoor space? We are looking for a variety of different types, styles, sizes and themes and at this stage have no pre-conceived idea of what Britain’s best private gardens looks like.
If you were able to help our campaign and spread the word about our series that would be much appreciated. If you have a mailing list or twitter account please do spread the message and include the link below to the application form. If you have someone’s garden in mind who you think could be right for the series please do let them know and pass on my contact details. If you have any other suggestions of ways you think we could find some of Britain’s best gardens then please do let me know as we are always open to suggestions. Please also forward this information onto any who you think would be interested.

Feel free to contact me at any time on 02070656929 or at with any questions.

I hope to hear from you soon with some prospective private garden suggestions.

Many Thanks,

Janet "

So if you can help then the contact numbers are there for you to get in touch with Janet Atkinson.

Every year I promise myself that I will remember to take some photos of a particular grass bank in Wick that is a riot of yellow as the Daffodils bloom and every year I forget. This year though I just happen to have been to the hairdresser opposite the bank and got the opportunity to those pix, they seem to be thinning out in some places but the most of it still looks bright and vibrant.


  1. The daffodils are beautiful. You don't really want men with large feet a cameras invading your garden and demanding coffee and biscuits do you?

  2. Lol...I got this too and thought exactly the same thing. I love my garden, wouldn't have it any other way & then suddenly was filled with HUGE doubt about its perfectness (in my eyes).
    Can't wait to see those who do enter, wish I had the courage.


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