Re posted by popular demand, I had pulled it to tweak it, one or two people preferred it as it was.
The chap next to me on this train is watching the Chelsea Flower Show on his iPad.
This programme appears to be 95% design, lifestyle, aspiration and other forms of organised showing off. The main flower on show seems to be the narcissus in its various forms.
Overall this show has very little to do with growing things. I’m told the event itself, while being perhaps a little overly about being seen, is essentially about growing things.
I got really into gardening in my 20s. I am living my life in reverse and will spend my later years being recklessly hedonistic, perhaps I’ll move back to my parents. Anyway, I was lucky enough to own a house when I was 24 but was consequently a bit skint. Growing things was my bungee jumping.
I drifted away for lots of reasons, I got busy in other ways. We had our wonderful children and we bought another house, one that was falling apart. My drift also co incided with the evolution of gardening in popular culture, away from growing things to design and construction projects, from the doing, to the stuff and being seen to have it.
I’d have thought there was room in the vast TV schedules for some programmes about how to actually do things and how things work.
– How to grow things, there are none I can see in the schedule.
– How to cook, to be fair, there are some of these, buried on channel 619, but prime time limits itself to the tearfully elaborate, time pressured, gamified dross that’s all about me.
– A programme about cars would be a great idea. I’m told lots of people, especially men, are very interested in cars. There isn’t a single show I can find that’s about this huge topic. Bizarre.
I’m going to tend my daffodils. Actually I’m going to tend some PowerPoint, it’s much the same thing.