Rufus, canine star of German television
My gardens (my old garden in London and the new one in the Cotswolds) have been featured on two television programmes, and I'm always intrigued by what the director wants to show, and what they don't show.
Unfortunately, the BBC Gardeners' World episode is no longer available, but it featured garden designer and television presenter Joe Swift, talking about exotic, or sub-tropical gardens.
Filming was great fun, partly because Joe (seen here in my London garden with the BBC film crew) is very friendly and funny.
The latest programme, MDR Garten, which is like a German version of the BBC's Gardeners' World, hardly showed anything of my garden in the Cotswolds, precisely because they had used long lingering shots of the Oxford gardens, and wanted something a bit more hands-on and active by the time they came to me. So there are lots of shots of me supposedly planting and/or weeding, or pottering around with the dog.
You can't actually hear much of what I am saying because the German translation drowns me out, but you do get a glimpse of my friend Claire Jones (below) who happened to be visiting my garden at the time, leading a tour from Maryland, USA.
Here are the MDR Garten crew at work (above). They were incredibly unobtrusive and I really enjoyed having them in the garden. They were much more critical of my scruffy appearance than they were of the plants ("Perhaps you might like to powder your nose, Victoria - your face is very shiny"). But I think my dog Rufus is the real star of the programme.
I've tried unsuccessfully to upload the episode here, so if you want to see it, here's the link instead.