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Follow head gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain as they reveal exactly what it’s like to be professional horticulturists leading busy teams on large, private estates. Lucy and Saul have a decade of Head Gardening experience and it soon became clear to them both that life as a Head Gardener ca…

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    Ep. 149 - THE EXOTIC EPISODE (Part 2): Saul is back, machete in hand, to take you on another tour of his jungle-like back garden - foliage has made way for floral delights as his garden reaches its autumnal peak.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2022 35:24


    Autumn has arrived on the shores of the UK - a slight freshness to the mornings and a waning of the light signal that subtle change to the season. In the garden the peak colour and growth is starting to give way to the texture and autumnal colours that signal the slow, but beautiful descent, into a period of more dormant reflection. Autumn can be one of the most beautiful times of year and also a celebration of what has gone before, the present harvest of abundance but also the future excitement of gardening plans and work.Saul returns with another episode from his back garden - at its peak of lushness much of what was foliage has now turned floral. Gingers, Brugmansia, Salvias, Begonias have burst forth with a range of hues and scent that makes September the month for the lush jungle gardens around the UK, and a last hurrah of many gardens before the colder weather begins the slow work of pruning and protection for the winter.  Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Support the show

    Ep.148 - The Talking Heads team have been let loose on Audley End House and Gardens for #BBCGardenersWorldAutumnFair and bring you some of the sights and sounds from a wonderful weekend

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 39:06


    Long summer days, high temperatures and maximum sunlight are the hall marks of a good summer (lets hope for a little rain though!). The Summer of 2022 is eagerly awaited by all the keen gardens up and down the UK as herbaceous borders, roses, veg gardens and meadows are awash with new plantings, flower and a general sense of abundance that only Summer can bring. Whereas Spring is a steady ramping of growth the Summer is a time for 'peak  plant' followed by the mellow and relaxed waning into Autumn - so slap on that sun scream, stick on your favourite summer hat and get out and enjoy all the hard work you've undertaken in your garden!Lucy and Saul are out and about again. This time working at BBC Gardeners World Autumn Fair held at the beautiful Audley End House and Gardens. The pair have been given the run of the amazing 2.5 acre Walled Garden and along with the gardening team of Louise, Gemma, Kelly, Ursula and Angi they've been waxing lyrical on Fruit and Veg to many of the shows visitors. So sit back and enjoy a few of the sights, sounds and highlights from their weekend. Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Support the show

    Bonus Episode #17 - Lucy and Saul are joined in conversation by Head Gardener Louise Ellis, Kitchen Garden Supervisor Gemma Sturges and Senior Kitchen Gardener Kelly Fowler from Audley End House and Garden in Essex.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2022 49:15


    From time to time Lucy and Saul decided they wanted to record conversations with other Head Gardeners, Curators, Garden Owners and fellow horticulturists across the UK, these will be published as Bonus Episodes alongside their usual format of chatting about their gardening lives. We hope you enjoy.For the Bonus Episode #17 we are joined by Head Gardener Louise Ellis, Kitchen Garden Supervisor Gemma Sturges and Senior Kitchen Gardener Kelly Fowler from Audley End House and Garden, and English Heritage managed estate in Essex. Both Lucy and Saul along with Louise and her staff will be at BBC Gardeners World Autumn Fair (2nd-4th September) giving tours of the walled garden and appearing on the various stages giving insights into their work and lots of gardening advice. So we find out about how they got into gardening, some of the crucial elements that go into managing an extensive garden and two and a half acre walled kitchen garden, as well as a few insights into their favourite gardening jobs!Twitter links:Gemma @gemma_sturgesSaul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCInstagram links:Gemma madamtuberistKelly fedbyplantsLucy headgardenerlcIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Support the show

    Ep. 147 - Come on, rain! Whatever falls from our skies over the next few weeks and months will be sorely needed by the plants under Lucy and Saul's management. So, how best to conserve and harvest our water? Let the two head gardeners share their thou

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 33:32


    Long summer days, high temperatures and maximum sunlight are the hall marks of a good summer (lets hope for a little rain though!). The Summer of 2022 is eagerly awaited by all the keen gardens up and down the UK as herbaceous borders, roses, veg gardens and meadows are awash with new plantings, flower and a general sense of abundance that only Summer can bring. Whereas Spring is a steady ramping of growth the Summer is a time for 'peak  plant' followed by the mellow and relaxed waning into Autumn - so slap on that sun scream, stick on your favourite summer hat and get out and enjoy all the hard work you've undertaken in your garden!The sporadic nature of summer thorms is testing the patience of Head Gardeners, Saul and Lucy. Rain may be falling locally, but not on their respective Devonshire and Essex estates. So, how do the pair contemplate managing such erratic water supplies, and what can home gardeners do to emulate the same thinking? Water storage tanks, domestic dwelling planning regulations and grey water recycling all get the Talking Heads treatment - plus, we get an insight into what can happen in a head gardener's bathtub!Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the showSupport the show

    Ep. 146 - Lights, camera, action! Garden media is extensive from mainstream TV, local radio and online influencers - both Lucy and Saul dabble from time to time and thoroughly enjoy using their voices to promote the gardening world.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2022 37:07


    Long summer days, high temperatures and maximum sunlight are the hall marks of a good summer (lets hope for a little rain though!). The Summer of 2022 is eagerly awaited by all the keen gardens up and down the UK as herbaceous borders, roses, veg gardens and meadows are awash with new plantings, flower and a general sense of abundance that only Summer can bring. Whereas Spring is a steady ramping of growth the Summer is a time for 'peak  plant' followed by the mellow and relaxed waning into Autumn - so slap on that sun scream, stick on your favourite summer hat and get out and enjoy all the hard work you've undertaken in your garden!Gardening is portrayed in all sorts of media - from Monty on Friday nights, local radio garden phone-ins to YouTube influencers providing the latest gardening trends. The world of Gardening Media may seem glamorous but it is wide in its breadth with many outlets providing a space for the Horticultural voice to be heard. Lucy and Saul thoroughly enjoy using these platforms to  promote their beloved career and pastimes, and give a few tips and advice if you too want to give a little media work a go yourself.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show

    Ep. 145 - LET'S EAT! Kitchen gardens are a grow your owner's dream during August, so what are Head Gardeners, Lucy and Saul, harvesting? And what can you sow now to ensure crops roll in year round? Take a 30-minute break this weekend to find out.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 37:43


    Long summer days, high temperatures and maximum sunlight are the hall marks of a good summer (lets hope for a little rain though!). The Summer of 2022 is eagerly awaited by all the keen gardens up and down the UK as herbaceous borders, roses, veg gardens and meadows are awash with new plantings, flower and a general sense of abundance that only Summer can bring. Whereas Spring is a steady ramping of growth the Summer is a time for 'peak  plant' followed by the mellow and relaxed waning into Autumn - so slap on that sun scream, stick on your favourite summer hat and get out and enjoy all the hard work you've undertaken in your garden!We're all so much more aware of the benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables these days, and if you're a Head Gardener on an estate with a large kitchen garden, it's happy days during August. Saul and Lucy both love growing food for their employers, so what have they been harvesting over the past few days? Hear tales of courgettes, French beans, salads and agretti (plus, don't forget the fruit!). August is also a key month to start off hardier crops to yield during the cooler months, so Lucy urges you to utilise your glasshouse to the max this autumn and winter. In essence, get sowing!Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the showSupport the show

    Ep. 144 - It's the lawns episode! They should be green, but most are brown - what are the consequences of this present prolonged dry spell, and do we need to re-think the quintessential UK lawn? Head Gardeners, Saul and Lucy put their thinking caps on

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 32:36


    Long summer days, high temperatures and maximum sunlight are the hall marks of a good summer (lets hope for a little rain though!). The Summer of 2022 is eagerly awaited by all the keen gardens up and down the UK as herbaceous borders, roses, veg gardens and meadows are awash with new plantings, flower and a general sense of abundance that only Summer can bring. Whereas Spring is a steady ramping of growth the Summer is a time for 'peak  plant' followed by the mellow and relaxed waning into Autumn - so slap on that sun scream, stick on your favourite summer hat and get out and enjoy all the hard work you've undertaken in your garden!Whilst May might have been unseasonally rainy for many UK gardeners, June and July have proved characteristically dry, especially for Lucy in Essex. This prompted the Head Gardener duo to assess their lawns, and ponder what the future might hold for them. Should we just accept that summer droughts equate to brown turf, or are there other planting or management options that will give us the desired green growth between our bare summer toes? Listen in to their thoughts as Lucy and Saul discuss ryegrass, Bermuda grass, and a re-think of brown grass.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the showSupport the show

    Ep. 143 - 'Scorchio'! Well you couldn't avoid the heat this week, but one of the Talking Heads pair had adapted herself by taking a Mediterranean holiday the week before, so Saul and Lucy take a look at how we can adapt our gardens to a warmin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2022 34:16


    Long summer days, high temperatures and maximum sunlight are the hallmarks of a good summer (lets hope for a little rain though!). The Summer of 2022 is eagerly awaited by all the keen gardens up and down the UK as herbaceous borders, roses, veg gardens and meadows are awash with new plantings, flower and a general sense of abundance that only Summer can bring. Whereas Spring is a steady ramping of growth the Summer is a time for 'peak  plant' followed by the mellow and relaxed waning into Autumn - so slap on that sun scream, stick on your favourite summer hat and get out and enjoy all the hard work you've undertaken in your garden!Summer hit the UK (and a lot of Europe) square in the face this week, the heat of Monday and Tuesday was very unusual with England, Wales and Scotland all breaking their record high temperatures. Gardening in the heat is not pleasant, but in a warming world and longer periods of heat in the summer predicted for our usual temperate climate, Gardeners will have to adapt, not only in their working practices but in some areas their plant palettes too. Luckily Lucy had (for the sake of the podcast) just returned from a holiday in Rhodes, where she assures Saul she did plenty of botany to research the topic of todays podcast! Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show

    Bonus Episode #16 - Lucy and Saul are joined in conversation by Deborah Lambkin, Botanical Artist, and get talking about orchids, the artistic process and why Botanical Art is so important.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 42:07


    From time to time Lucy and Saul decided they wanted to record conversations with other Head Gardeners, Curators, Garden Owners and fellow horticulturists across the UK, these will be published as Bonus Episodes alongside their usual format of chatting about their gardening lives. We hope you enjoy.For the Bonus Episode #16 we are joined by Deborah Lambkin, Botanical Artist. Deborah is an award winning artist who has worked for many botanical institutions around the UK and Ireland including primarily at RBG, Kew and for the RHS Orchid Committee as well as journals such as Curtis Botanical. Luc and Saul have an in depth conversation about Botanical art, how Deborah approaches the process and why it is so important.Twitter links:Deborah @DeborahLambkinSaul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCInstagram links:Deborah deborahlambkinLucy headgardenerlcIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Support the show

    Ep. 142 - July might be here, but Head Gardeners Lucy and Saul haven't really talked about how June has been in their gardens; Bindweed, Bio-fumigants and Meadows all feature in some gardening chit-chat.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2022 34:08


    Long summer days, high temperatures and maximum sunlight are the hallmarks of a good summer (lets hope for a little rain though!). The Summer of 2022 is eagerly awaited by all the keen gardens up and down the UK as herbaceous borders, roses, veg gardens and meadows are awash with new plantings, flower and a general sense of abundance that only Summer can bring. Whereas Spring is a steady ramping of growth the Summer is a time for 'peak  plant' followed by the mellow and relaxed waning into Autumn - so slap on that sun scream, stick on your favourite summer hat and get out and enjoy all the hard work you've undertaken in your garden!The Summer is in fall swing, as the summer solstice has been and gone and warm (even hot!), long days are ahead. Head Gardeners Saul and Lucy realise they haven't seen each other for quite some time, let alone chatted about tales from their respective gardens! So in this episode let the garden chit-chat begin as they Lucy brings stories of bindweed success, bio-fumigant experimentation and meadows that are both Poppy-less but none the less beautiful.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show

    Ep. 141 - The garden is open! Well, Lucy's is, anyway. Listen as she takes you on a journey via village halls, church wardens and - finally - into her Essex garden. The big question is, will she be tempted to do it again...?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2022 29:47


    Long summer days, high temperatures and maximum sunlight are the hallmarks of a good summer (lets hope for a little rain though!). The Summer of 2022 is eagerly awaited by all the keen gardens up and down the UK as herbaceous borders, roses, veg gardens and meadows are awash with new plantings, flower and a general sense of abundance that only Summer can bring. Whereas Spring is a steady ramping of growth the Summer is a time for 'peak  plant' followed by the mellow and relaxed waning into Autumn - so slap on that sun scream, stick on your favourite summer hat and get out and enjoy all the hard work you've undertaken in your garden!Have you ever thought of opening your garden for a charity fundraiser? That's exactly what's been on Lucy's mind for the past few months. But what does it take to get your own personal garden ready for the masses, and are you prepared for what folk might say about it? Thankfully, Lucy lives in a lovely village containing generous folk with a healthy appetite for tea, cake and Granny Ann's scones. If anyone dares to criticise those, they'd better be able to run fast...Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show

    Ep. 140 - THE EXOTIC EPISODE: Saul takes you on a small tour of his own back garden looking at some of his plant passions and giving you a little glimpse into a the tender end of the UK plant world.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 33:10


    Long summer days, high temperatures and maximum sunlight are the hall marks of a good summer (lets hope for a little rain though!). The Summer of 2022 is eagerly awaited by all the keen gardens up and down the UK as herbaceous borders, roses, veg gardens and meadows are awash with new plantings, flower and a general sense of abundance that only Summer can bring. Whereas Spring is a steady ramping of growth the Summer is a time for 'peak  plant' followed by the mellow and relaxed waning into Autumn - so slap on that sun scream, stick on your favourite summer hat and get out and enjoy all the hard work you've undertaken in your garden!With Lucy's family visiting from Down Under, Saul takes a solo look at his Exotic back garden, focussing on some of his plant passions and those plants he believes need a wider recognition in our Botanical lexicon as gardeners. Brugmansia, Gingers, Bannanas and his recent interest in Proteaceae all feature, as he tries to keep his thoughts on a small section of his plant collection to half an hour. So enjoy an episode of big leaves, fancy flowers and dreams of more tropical climes.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show

    BBC GWLive 2022 Bonus Episode: Saul and Lucy are released from being Head Gardeners for the week and have camped at The NEC in Birmingham for BBC Gardeners World Live - so join them as they take a look around the show.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 38:58


    Saul and Lucy are at BBC Gardener's World Live 2022 as the Plant Experts. The show spans the 16th-19th June and is back to its usual sprawling best after the pandemic years - a smorgasbord of plants, gardens and the latest horticultural products (as well as the BBC Good Food Show) bringing some beautiful gardens and wonderful plants to see and buy. Saul and Lucy take a good wander around the show both inside the Floral Marquee and out in the Show Gardens and Beautiful Borders taking a look at a couple of the exhibits and catching up with some friends - both old and new - that have come to see the show as well.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Support the show

    Ep. 139 - With the start of June, Kitchen Gardens set themselves to turbo as Fruit and Veg really start to grow and most of our precious plants can be planted outside, so Saul and Lucy take a look at how they cope with so much going on!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 35:54


    Long summer days, high temperatures and maximum sunlight are the hall marks of a good summer (lets hope for a little rain though!). The Summer of 2022 is eagerly awaited by all the keen gardens up and down the UK as herbaceous borders, roses, veg gardens and meadows are awash with new plantings, flower and a general sense of abundance that only Summer can bring. Whereas Spring is a steady ramping of growth the Summer is a time for 'peak  plant' followed by the mellow and relaxed waning into Autumn - so slap on that sun scream, stick on your favourite summer hat and get out and enjoy all the hard work you've undertaken in your garden!Lucy realised that its been quite some time since we talked Fruit and Veg, which Saul thought was impossible with the Queen and Fruit and Veg - so its time to set the record straight as we bring you up-to-date with what is going on in our respective Kitchen Gardens. Expect tales of the acceptance of mice, blooming large artichokes and catch cropping to the maximum. June is always that time when the Kitchen Garden seems to be running at full steam and soon enough tasty Veg and Fruit will be the norm from our productive plots.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the showSupport the show

    Ep. 138 - It's the perfect excuse to buy plants! Saul tells Lucy how he's been splashing the cash at a recent plant fair, and the duo shed light on what it's like to be a nursery owner on the 2022 garden shows circuit

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 32:54


    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!Lucy and Saul are thoroughly enjoying the 2022 growing season, especially as society gets used to opening its doors again. With Chelsea under their belts, the duo are excited to visit their favourites gardens and plant fairs this summer, but what does it take to be a nursery owner on this relentless shows circuit? Long working hours and excessive time on the road can make it tough, so we think we owe these unsung heroes of the plant hunting world a well deserved pat on the back.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show

    Ep. 137 - Lucy and Saul were both privileged to attend press day at the most famous flower show of them all, RHS Chelsea, so here's a few highlights and thoughts from the first May show in 3 years!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 42:19


    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!So after a 3 year hiatus, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is back in its usual May slot with all the pomp and ceremony you can expect from what is the world's most prestigious gathering of flowers, gardens and horticulturists. Both Lucy and Saul were very privileged to be able to see the show on its traditional Monday Press Day, and although the spent a very busy day in conversation with many garden friends they hadn't seen for quite a while, the pair discuss their highlights and memories from a day outside their own gardens.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show

    Ep. 136 - Learning on the job is so rewarding, and that's exactly what Lucy's done this week as she tells Saul how she's had help to solved three mysteries in the Hall's gardens

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 30:47


    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!Unusual yew hedge dieback, bluebell conundrums and box moth developments - it's all in a week's work for the modern Head Gardener! Saul listens on as Lucy tells him how, with a little help from her friends, she's solved three mysteries at the Hall this week. As experienced as we might be,  it still gives us a buzz to research and discover the latest findings in the horticultural world. Talking of worlds, Saul and Lucy are also incredibly excited to be visiting the world famous Chelsea Flower Show early next week - it's time to scrub down and spruce up!Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show

    Ep. 135 - Join Saul for five days at Stonelands, as he leads you through a typical week of gardening at Stonelands House, expect highs and lows as he manages flowers, vegetables, garden tours and a rather annoying tyre!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 35:21


    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!Join Saul for a week in the life of a Head Gardener. Lucy is having a rest this week after our latest hectic schedule of shows and some overdue holiday, so Saul takes you on a five day look at how his week at Stonelands goes, including the highs of a beautifully flowering Spring to the lows of tyre punctures! For the week Saul gives you a little insight into what working as a Head Gardener is all about, and why its a career both Lucy and him love so very much. Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show

    Ep.134 - Saul and Lucy have been let loose in Beaulieu, Hampshire at BBC Gardeners World Spring Fair - leading tours of the Victorian Flower Gardens and the Vegetable Gardens.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 30:57


    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!Head Gardeners Saul and Lucy have left the relative comfort of their own gardens to travel to Hampshire to spend three days at Beaulieu, not only the venue for the National Motor Museum but also venue of BBC Gardeners World Spring Fair and the permanent setting for both the Victorian Flower Gardens and a beautiful Walled Vegetable Garden. The pair have been leading tours of the gardens all week with Kelvin and Dan from the gardening staff, and have enjoyed chatting away to the visiting public and giving them all sorts of gardening advice.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)

    Ep.133 - The Highs vs. The Lows of Gardening - Saul and Lucy talk the wonderful Easter Break and Adoring Garden Owners vs. Box Moth and falling Hanging Baskets - there's always an emotional rollercoaster in the garden!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2022 31:52


    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!We've all had triumphs and tragedy in our personal gardening adventures, and professional Head Gardeners Saul and Lucy are no different. Over Easter there have been some wonderful moments for the pair including saving the Easter Bunny and the generosity of Gardening peers when deliveries of Plants and Horti-books. But as with all the natural world disasters to occur that can send even the most hardened Head Gardener into a world of despair. So buckle up as we explore the highs and lows of our gardening lives! Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)

    Ep. 132 - Get yourselves outside! With this Easter weekend's glorious weather, Lucy and Saul discuss the technicalities of sowing directly into the earth. Plus, there's exciting flame gun news!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2022 38:07


    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!Sowing directly into the soil is a forgotten skill, so Saul and Lucy jog the memories of their podcast audience to remind them of the different way to get this technique right. Plus, discover why Saul is relying on the stimulatory effects of wild garlic, after a tour around Hampshire. Lucy reveals how the first firing up of her Sheen x300 flame gun went, and the duo also launch the second of their exciting prize draws.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)

    Ep. 131 - Saul's back has healed, which, along with Lucy, makes them appreciate how important their bodies are to their careers. The pair also take a look at the recent frosty weather and bring some of the delights from their meadows.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2022 31:40


    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!With Saul 'back' upright and in the garden, Lucy and him have a small chat on how important looking after your body is when it comes to having a long and healthy horticultural career. The pair also talk about the sudden, and in most cases damaging, frost that the whole country experienced - trying to control temperatures in the Greenhouse is an especially challenging task. We also see how our meadows are progressing with some timely intervention by Lucy to remove a thuggish problem. So tune in for more gardening waffle!Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)

    Ep. 130 - With Saul out of action due to a bad back, Lucy gives you a guided tour of her home kitchen garden. Expect ambient gravel sounds, discussions about the cold snap, a sneak inside her beloved greenhouse - and a grand rhubarb reveal.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2022 30:00


    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!Ouch! Mr Walker is out for the horticultural count with a bad back, so Lucy goes solo this week by giving you a guide of her kitchen garden. At 40x40ft she's packed a plethora of crops into this area (blueberries, raspberries, pears, apples, cherries, peaches, gages, rhubarb, asparagus - the list goes on and on) so in this episode she gives you an insight into what any respectful grow-your-owner would be doing on their spring plot. With the weather yoyo-ing, her thoughts are dominated by how her fruit flowers will deal with this chilly spell - only time will tell how her precious crops fare.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)

    Ep. 129 - Saul and Lucy are in Essex visiting Audley End Gardens - so when the pair are together the Horticultural waffle is off the scale - expect trained fruit, biofumigants and we announce the winner of our Supporter's competition.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2022 32:39


    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!Saul and Lucy are on the road in Essex again - this time visiting Audley End Garden on a secret mission to do some filming. So seeing each other again promotes some more entertaining Horticultural waffle, as they bask in the glorious Spring sunshine and warmth that has characterised the last week or so over most of the UK. The pair chat about trained fruit, their meadows waking up and Lucy's new experiment with Bio-fumigants. We also announce the winner of our first ever Supporters competition for a pair of Niwaki Secateurs and cleaning kit. Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)

    Ep. 128 - Machinery, hand tools and compost are in every gardener's essential kit, so Lucy and Saul reveal some must-haves for their respective potting sheds. Plus, we have Niwaki to thank for our first ever exciting prize draw.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 34:31


    Spring 2022 has arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the early tufts of seedlings and herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever-accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - it's a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever, Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!With Lucy being poorly, and Saul tied up with the post-storms clear up, both Head Gardeners admit to being a fortnight or so behind their usual timetable. Mulching needs attention, and so the duo crack on with various spring jobs. Lucy also visited the Garden Press Event, looking for new peat-free composts and securing a beautiful pair of Niwaki secateurs as a thank-you to the podcast's Buymeacoffee supporters. Saul also talks shredders, observing how these substantial machines have improved in design and quality over the decades. Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)

    Ep. 127 - Seed packets are being torn open up and down the country, as we germinate both Veg and Flower plants for the year ahead. Prompted by one of our listeners Saul and Lucy talk about storage and some sowing tips.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2022 33:29


    Spring 2022 has just arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the beginning tufts of seedlings a herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - its a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!If there is one guarantee in March is that the nations gardeners are splurging their money on seed packets for both the Vegetable Garden and for annuals and perennials in their flower borders. One of our listeners, Nikki Parsons, is one such gardener who got in contact with us to ask about how we store our seed and what we do when we don't have a seed packet's crucial sowing instructions in front of us? We also give a few tips on watering, talks Blood Oranges and Rhubarb and give a huge amount of thanks to our Buymeacoffee supporters!Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)

    Ep. 126 - Time for some horticultural spring chatter - Lucy and Saul are buoyant that Magnolia is flowering, Garden musings are filling the airwaves and many of those Spring plant fairs and shows are about to occur.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2022 31:30


    Spring 2022 has just arrived and a new chapter in our gardening lives has started as bulbs, early blossom and the beginning tufts of seedlings a herbaceous perennials speak of the year ahead. As days in spring seem to tumble one after another in an ever accelerating list of garden jobs, plantings and hum of mowers - its a great time to shake off the winter slumber and start to engage with the natural world around us, enjoying the spectacles of spring that lie within. As ever Saul and Lucy will bring you their waffled musings and exciting revelations as this most joyous of seasons unfolds!Meteorological spring has passed and we can officially look forward to longer days and temperatures slowly creeping upwards (no frosts please!). For Lucy and Saul this means more than ever we can engage with those jobs that all gardeners love and shake off the waterproofs and thermals that characterise are winter wardrobe. Magnolia is flowering,  the last of the over-wintering vegetables are being consumed, Spring fairs and flower shows are on the horizon and were even looking at our budgets to see what planty delights (and occasional bit of kit) we can afford. So join us for some more Talking Heads Horti-waffle! Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)

    Ep. 125 - Weathering the storm - in the aftermath of Dudley, Eunice, Franklin and Gladys how did Saul and Lucy's respective estates fare? And what on earth are weather bombs and sting jets? Listen in to find out.

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 34:34


    We are now firmly in winter, and you might be thinking that Head Gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain are taking things easy on their respective estates. But as these latest episodes will show, the two are fervently working away as busily as ever. With jobs such as planting, pruning, clearing and renovating on the cards, Lucy and Saul are at no risk of getting cold during this chillier season. The gardening friends are also busy thinking of the year ahead, so expect plenty of discussions about the weather, biscuits, buying new equipment, mowing, spreadsheets vs. lists, (more biscuits), and what plans they have for their own private gardens.When warm air and cold air do a merry dance about the North Atlantic waters, it concludes with turbulent times over the UK. Storms Dudley, Eunice, Franklin and Gladys wreaked their havoc last week, and now gardens up and down the country are clearing up the resulting damage. Lucy and Saul discuss the effects of these "once in a generation" wind speeds on the Donyland and Stonelands estates, plus they get to grips with a few impressive meteorological terms. Remedial pruning is also on the menu, and the duo achieve an optimistic attitude towards the opportunities this brings.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

    Bonus Episode #15 - Lucy and Saul are joined in conversation by David Turner, Marketing Services Manager at Mr Fothergills Seeds, where we talk about retailing flower and vegetable seeds and how they coped during the pandemic.

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 20, 2022 44:16


    From time to time Lucy and Saul decided they wanted to record conversations with other Head Gardeners, Curators, Garden Owners and fellow horticulturists across the UK, these will be published as Bonus Episodes alongside their usual format of chatting about their gardening lives. We hope you enjoy.For the Bonus Episode #14 we are joined by David Turner, Marketing Services Manager at Mr Fothergills Seeds. David has spent many years around the retailing and marketing of many horticultural amenity products and has spent the last decade with Mr Fothergills as their PR Contact and liaising with both the industry and the public on its various seed products. We have a good chat to him about his job, the seed industry in general and also an in-depth look at how they coped with the pandemic when Seed orders increased 500% almost overnight!!Twitter links:Mr Fothergills Seeds @MrFothergillSaul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TalkingHeads)

    Ep. 124 - Prepare yourself for discussions on spring colour, new trailers and garden visits. Also brace your brain for a full-blown explanation on potato chitting, as Saul and Lucy get their teeth into another episode of the Talking Heads Podcast.

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 31:00


    We are now firmly in winter, and you might be thinking that Head Gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain are taking things easy on their respective estates. But as these latest episodes will show, the two are fervently working away as busily as ever. With jobs such as planting, pruning, clearing and renovating on the cards, Lucy and Saul are at no risk of getting cold during this chillier season. The gardening friends are also busy thinking of the year ahead, so expect plenty of discussions about the weather, biscuits, buying new equipment, mowing, spreadsheets vs. lists, (more biscuits), and what plans they have for their own private gardens.Saul reveals that the tell tale signs of spring are emerging in Devon, whereas Lucy still waits patiently for Essex to catch up on its floral displays. Forced bulbs, new purchases and a cunning plan to thwart mice damage all get the attention of Lucy and Saul this week, as Saul admits his sticker addiction to the masses and Lucy claims that Essex mice have definitely watched Mission Impossible. The duo also discuss the excitement that visiting new gardens can bring. Saul has already begun his 2022 road trip, whereas Lucy is still sitting on the starting grid. Spring, it seems, is definitely around the corner.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

    Ep. 123 - The excitement builds at Stonelands and East Donyland, as Saul and Lucy are beginning to see the signs of the garden stirring for the new season ahead - but there is still the potential for some cold, so stay wrapped up warm.

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2022 31:58


    We are now firmly in winter, and you might be thinking that Head Gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain are taking things easy on their respective estates. But as these latest episodes will show, the two are fervently working away as busily as ever. With jobs such as planting, pruning, clearing and renovating on the cards, Lucy and Saul are at no risk of getting cold during this chillier season. The gardening friends are also busy thinking of the year ahead, so expect plenty of discussions about the weather, biscuits, buying new equipment, mowing, spreadsheets vs. lists, (more biscuits), and what plans they have for their own private gardens.Head Gardeners Lucy and Saul are starting to get excited - the new garden season is almost upon us, days are getting longer and early spring flowers, bulbs and blossom is starting to appear. They have lots to chat about as the work begins to focus towards the coming year from the benefits of storing your precious harvests to the very unseasonable need to mow your lawns in mid-winter. They also emphasise that although it may get cold out there gardeners are still working hard and what you wear and how you work is essential to prevent one's toes and nose from feeling the frost!Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

    Ep. 122 - It's snowdrop time! Saul and Lucy discuss their favourites, and we also chat about box moth controls, hedge laying and using plant-based biofumigants in the garden.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2022 38:26


    We are now firmly in winter, and you might be thinking that Head Gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain are taking things easy on their respective estates. But as these latest episodes will show, the two are fervently working away as busily as ever. With jobs such as planting, pruning, clearing and renovating on the cards, Lucy and Saul are at no risk of getting cold during this chillier season. The gardening friends are also busy thinking of the year ahead, so expect plenty of discussions about the weather, biscuits, buying new equipment, mowing, spreadsheets vs. lists, (more biscuits), and what plans they have for their own private gardens.One of Saul's many tasks this winter was to organise a snowdrop festival - so after its success Lucy wanted to pick his brains about this diminutive bulb's allure, it's cultivation and Saul's must-grow varieties. In return, Lucy reveals to Saul that her flame gun is on order (exciting!) and she also discusses her plans to use plant-based biofumigants in the walled kitchen garden at East Donyland Hall. Listener, Ian, also has his question about box moth answered. Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

    Special Tribute Episode: Peter Seabrook - a titan and ever present champion of the horticulture industry sadly passed away a week ago - here we pay tribute and replay our precious interview with him from January 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2022 60:38


    Last week, Friday 14th January we lost one of the Horticultural world's icons in Peter Seabrook - for six decades he relentlessly championed the sector, gardens and those gardeners he worked with. His sudden death has saddened many people including Saul and Lucy who had the honour to get to know him in their gardening lives. On this special tribute episode we pay tribute to him and replay our interview with him from the beginning of last year. RIP Peter.

    Ep. 121 - The seed sowing season is almost here - have you made your seed orders yet? In this episode, Head Gardeners Lucy and Saul discuss what prestigious varieties are lucky enough to make it onto their respective order lists.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2022 35:50


    We are now firmly in winter, and you might be thinking that Head Gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain are taking things easy on their respective estates. But as these latest episodes will show, the two are fervently working away as busily as ever. With jobs such as planting, pruning, clearing and renovating on the cards, Lucy and Saul are at no risk of getting cold during this chillier season. The gardening friends are also busy thinking of the year ahead, so expect plenty of discussions about the weather, biscuits, buying new equipment, mowing, spreadsheets vs. lists, (more biscuits), and what plans they have for their own private gardens.The thought of cracking open the first seed packets of the year whets any gardeners appetite, but what varieties make their way onto Saul and Lucy's order list? In this episode the duo explain what parameters persuade them to order specific seeds. Large estates have the luxury of space allowing us to run our own trials, plus estate owners have their own benchmark 'must-grow' crops. But influences such as RHS AGM varieties, improvements in disease resistance - and even the lure of a catchy name - all help Lucy and Saul whittle down and fine-tune their orders.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

    Ep. 120 - It's the start of a new year, so the two Head Gardener hosts, Lucy and Saul, catch up after the festive break and discuss what's been happening in their horticultural lives

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2022 31:50


    We are now firmly in winter, and you might be thinking that Head Gardeners Saul Walker and Lucy Chamberlain are taking things easy on their respective estates. But as these latest episodes will show, the two are fervently working away as busily as ever. With jobs such as planting, pruning, clearing and renovating on the cards, Lucy and Saul are at no risk of getting cold during this chillier season. The gardening friends are also busy thinking of the year ahead, so expect plenty of discussions about the weather, biscuits, buying new equipment, mowing, spreadsheets vs. lists, (more biscuits), and what plans they have for their own private gardens.It's the New Year, so Saul and Lucy are feeling well rested after their Christmas break. Both received gifts that any green-fingered person would enjoy, and both admit to putting on a little festive weight. So, with intentions to crack on with their gardening teams, Saul tells Lucy what he's been up to at Stonelands this week, and Lucy reveals what's been keeping her busy at her keyboard these past few months. This Head Gardening duo are certainly not resting on their laurels - it's still a busy and exciting world that they live in!Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

    Ep. 119 - As the end of 2021 beckons, Saul and Lucy become reflective and begin to think about the gardening resolutions they wish to make for the coming year.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 34:35


    The mellow fruitfulness of Autumn has been heralded by the subtle change in temperature and darker mornings and evenings in the garden. For Lucy Chamberlain and Saul Walker this starts one of their favourite times of year as Lucy's vegetable patch is at maximum yield producing food for East Donyland Hall and Saul revels in the changing colours in the canopies of his precious treescape at Stonelands. So join us throughout the season as we bring tales of crispy leaves, hibernating plants and plenty of pumpkins!The year is almost out as Christmas and the New Year celebrations begin! A perfect time for Head Gardeners Lucy and Saul to have a ponder about the last year (or the last two years really!) and define how the wish to approach their gardening practice for the coming season and those resolutions that will stoke some energy and joy into the horticultural spaces where the love to linger. This is the last episode of this year, so to all our listeners we both wish you a very Happy Christmas and look forward to talking (waffling!) to you all again in 2022.Twitter links:Saul @GardeningSaulLucy @HeadGardenerLCIntro and Outro music from https://filmmusic.io"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)