with Jo Thompson
Beginning with a kleptomaniac fox, I’m taking a look at how the wildlife that we find in our gardens fails to recognise the distinctions between properties which we humans are so keen to enforce. There’s a reading from Kate Bradbury’s The Bumblebee Flies Anyway, where Kate considers how, in spite of this, we can still get in the way. It’s a powerful passage from a wonderful book, beautifully read by Rachel Coldbreath.
And then, of course, the interview with Jo. I’m always hugely grateful for folk making time to come and talk to me on the podcast, particularly when they’re in the middle of several projects, and having the opportunity to talk about the Springwatch garden just as Hampton Court began was a bonus. We manage to cover gardening with neighbours, rewilding, whether or not a wildlife garden has to look messy and – no surprise for anyone who knows Jo’s work – roses!
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Gardens, weeds and words podcast, S01E12show notes
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The fox who ate my socks.
Micro book review
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury, published by Bloomsbury 2018
Extract read by Rachel Coldbreath
Interview with Jo Thompson 07:46
08:27 The BBC Springwatch garden at RHS Hampton Court Flower show
17:05 Talking to the neighbours
17:44 Does a wildlife garden have to look messy?
21:45 Letting nature find its balance
22:46 A conversation with nature – a cooperative way to garden
26:12 An ongoing relationship between a designer and her gardens
30:42 The concept of “rewilding” in garden design
34:08 Jo’s planting style
38:21 Jo’s love for roses: what’s the attraction of roses?
Arne Maynard’s head gardener Steve Lannin on roses
An article by Sarah Raven in the Telegraph on growing roses at Sissinghurst
Light touch gardening – a winning situation for all
Thanks also to Rachel Coldbreath for reading the extract from The Bumblebee Flies Anyway. You can find Rachel on Twitter at https://twitter.com/chiller.
And I’m indebted as ever to Richard Chivers, for giving voice to the Garden Jargon Buster. You can find Richard’s blog here http://sharpenyourspades.co.uk/, or seek him out on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sharpenyourspades/ or Twitter https://twitter.com/spadesharp.
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