Gardeners’ World episode 5 2011: By the first week of June, plants are growing with such speed that some have a tendency to flop. Staking is the answer. As well as sharing his tips, Monty Don shows how to make stakes that can be used for many years to come. Now the nights are guaranteed to be frost free, Monty plants out the tender annuals he’s raised from seed.
Carol Klein visits a Wiltshire gardener and bee keeper who wants to make the most of a shady area by planting nectar rich plants. Carol helps by choosing plants with flowers which will not only attract her honey bees but will give much needed colour. Rachel De Thame discovers the benefits of The Chelsea Chop from the experts at RHS Wisley. Here some flowering perennial plants are cut back to trick them into flowering later.
Back at Longmeadow, Monty turns his attention to his citrus trees and shows how, with a bit of TLC, they will spend the summer in tip top condition.
Gardeners’ World episode 5 2011
Gardeners’ World is a long-running BBC Television programme about gardening, first broadcast on 5 January 1968 and still running as of 2019. Its first episode was presented by Ken Burras and came from Oxford Botanical Gardens. The magazine BBC Gardeners’ World is a tie-in to the programme. Most of its episodes have been 30 minutes in length, although there are many specials that last longer. The 2008 and 2009 series used a 60-minute format as did the 2016 series from episode 23, for eight episodes in total.
Monty Don was born in West Berlin to British parents Denis Thomas Keiller Don, a career soldier posted in Germany, and Janet Montagu (née Wyatt). Both of his paternal grandparents were Scottish, through whom he is descended from botanist George Don and the Keiller family of Dundee, inventors of a brand of marmalade in 1797. On his maternal side, he is descended from the Wyatts, who were a prominent dynasty of architects. Both parents died in the 1980s. Don has a twin sister, an elder brother David, and two other siblings. His twin suffered a broken neck and blindness after a car crash, at the age of 19. Don describes his parents as being “very strict”.
Don was educated at three independent schools: Quidhampton School in Basingstoke, Hampshire, Bigshotte School in Wokingham, Berkshire, and at Malvern College in Malvern, Worcestershire, a college he hated. He then attended a state comprehensive school, the Vyne School, in Hampshire. He failed his A levels and while studying for re-takes at night school, worked on a building site and a pig farm by day. During his childhood he had become an avid gardener and farmer. He was determined to go to Cambridge out of “sheer bloody-mindedness”, attending Magdalene College, where he read English and met his future wife Sarah. He was a Cambridge Half Blue for boxing.