Episode 6 The Instant Gardener


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Garden transformation show. The team transform a Manchester back garden into a time travel-themed dream space for Doctor Who fan Shirley.


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There are a few sites more satisfying than a beautiful garden.

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But what do you do if your outdoor space isn't quite

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so picture perfect and you're short on time?

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Well, meet the Instant Gardener.

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Ta-da!

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Danny Clarke is an expert at transforming gardens.

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Here's my plan. I'm going to rejuvenate this garden.

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Each time, our gardening guru will show you how to create

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gorgeous garden makeovers.

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That's the art of garden design, delegation.

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Each transformation will be packed with brilliant ideas and tips.

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It makes it easier to cut through.

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To help you get to grips with your own outdoor space.

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It doesn't feel unnatural, but take your time.

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With his magical ideas...

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These flowers will look like they're floating in amongst the grasses.

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'..and advice on spending wisely on a budget.'

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That's why Danny makes me bring a list!

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OK.

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Oh, my word! This is amazing.

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'And because he's the Instant Gardener,

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'everything you see will happen in just one day.'

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Oh, my gosh!

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That looks so much better.

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This time we've come to Manchester, one of Britain's biggest

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and most vibrant cities

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with more than half a million residents.

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Located in the northwest of England, Manchester has

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a rich industrial heritage

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and is the third most-visited city in the UK by overseas tourists.

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The garden we're visiting today is slightly neglected

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but its Manchester-based owners are fun loving

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and want a space they can enjoy.

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Let's help them make an instant improvement.

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-Hello!

-Hello!

-You must be Shirley.

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-I am. You must Helen.

-Good to meet you.

-Great to meet you.

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-Come on in.

-Thank you.

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Charity worker and Doctor Who fan Shirley Proctor

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and her husband, Kev, have recently downsized

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from a house to a bungalow.

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Shirley could no longer manage the stairs as she suffers from ME,

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or chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Joint pain, headaches and dizziness are just a few of its symptoms.

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It took them years to get their previous garden just how

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they wanted it, but with the progression of her illness

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and her energy levels at an all-time low,

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Shirley has decided there is only one thing for it,

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to call in The Instant Gardener.

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Shirley is unable to do any physical work, which means

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she can't really do much in her garden.

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In fact, she hasn't really made a start.

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The old deck leading out of the house is a bit faded

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and in need of a reviving

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and the central lawn is tatty and neglected.

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There is also a giant Leyland cypress

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which Shirley can't stand.

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It dominates the garden and creates deep and dry shade.

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But the garden does have potential

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and Danny is hoping to get some ideas from the owners themselves.

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-Danny!

-Hello, Helen. How are you?

-I'm good.

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-Hiya, how are you?

-Good, thank you.

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-So how long have you guys been in this house?

-Six months today.

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And what was the motivation behind the move?

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Cos you've been in your old place for nearly 30 years.

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Yes, we had. It was Kev's idea and I got really cross

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when he suggested we move to a bungalow,

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but it was because I can't manage stairs any longer.

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So once I'd calmed down...

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-THEY LAUGH

-..we started looking

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and then we found here and it was perfect for what we needed.

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Have you been a keen gardener in the past?

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I try. I can't do very much now because I get very tired.

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You don't have the time.

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No. I'm working full-time and I'm a local councillor

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and I do lots of things in the community as well,

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so I don't really have a lot of spare time.

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So, a really manageable garden would actually be fantastic.

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Forgive me for being nosy, but seeing through your window

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over there, it looks like one of you is a bit of a painter.

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Yeah, that's me.

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So, would this sort of double up

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as a bit of creative space for you maybe?

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I have sat out on the decking and painted when it was warmer

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last month, and that's just lovely to be able to do that.

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And I can see there's a couple of TARDIS over there.

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-You're Doctor Who fan clearly.

-I am. Kev humours me.

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You are Doctor Who fan, you are clearly a very colourful character.

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Would you like your personality to be reflected in the garden?

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Yes, I would.

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I've already said I'd like my shed to be a TARDIS

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because that would just be so cool.

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So what would you like to do with this space?

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We want to make it more manageable really, I would say.

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Easier to maintain. I think the lawn is not too fantastic.

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It gets quite waterlogged, so maybe a change of the lawn will help us.

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I hate the leylandii with a vengeance.

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I think they should be made illegal.

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But I now it's too much to do in one day.

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It does give you good privacy though, doesn't it?

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And it is quite private, isn't it?

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I think we'd quite like to maintain that.

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-Yes.

-All right.

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Danny, in the past you were always a little bit nervous about not

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going too far in a garden

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and kind of making sure somebody gets what they want.

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I think you can go as far as you like with Shirley's garden.

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-Can I do whatever I want here?

-Yes.

-OK. Are you sure about that?

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Well, we have two provisos.

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-What's that?

-No concrete.

-I'll have to rip up plan A then.

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Yes, OK. And no privet.

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-No privet?

-No privet.

-OK.

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Beyond that I think you've got free rein.

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-Bit of privacy, bit of fun and easy to get around.

-Yes.

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Right. We're going to get out of your hair

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-because you got a lot to get on with.

-OK.

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-I believe, Kev, we are offering you...

-Yes.

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..like a sacrificial lamb to Danny as a bit of a grafter.

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You just jump in here. OK, what are we doing?

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Before you go...

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..mustn't forget to give you this.

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Because he doesn't like us to go off and have too much fun,

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so we get sent with the shopping list to get one or two plants.

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-We can manage that, I'm sure.

-Yes.

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-Have fun, chaps.

-Have a good day.

-Don't work too hard.

-Take care.

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Bye-bye.

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Whilst Shirley and I set off on our research mission,

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Danny has only ten hours and must bend space and time

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to get this garden finished in a day.

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But Dan's got a plan.

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And this time he has got the theme in mind to personalise this space.

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This garden is going to reflect the personality of its owner.

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She has very geeky interests.

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She is into Doctor Who and computer games,

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so I plan to build a garden to reflect all this.

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I'm going to paint a strip of that decking TARDIS blue

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and it will make a nice little landing strip

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just in case Dr Who wants to pay Shirley a visit.

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That decking is raised, which is great,

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so she has got a viewing point down onto the garden.

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And when Shirley comes from her landing strip down these steps,

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she's going to be in another world.

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She's going to see these concentric circles.

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The centre circle, which is made from slate, it's going to be a black hole.

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Offset from the black hole it's going to be a hexagonal

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arch which she can walk through

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and disappear into another world.

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Now, we've got to imagine what Doctor Who might see

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while his travelling through time.

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And I think the sort of things he would see would be primeval.

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Plants that are timeless.

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So they are the sort of things we're going to put in this garden.

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So what we've got here...

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it really is a conceptual garden.

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Now, it's full of hidden meanings, so it's got planets,

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it's got all sorts of interesting sort of mystical stuff going on.

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And I think Shirley would really like that.

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Well, let's hope she does get Danny's hidden meanings

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or she may send him to another dimension...

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if the weather doesn't do it first.

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As usual, the instant garden team, AJ and Lou,

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are ready and able to help with the task.

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And Kev and family friend Stuart are on hand to help as well.

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Fingers crossed there's enough muscle power to finish the job.

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Time to get cracking.

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-Hello, you must be Stuart.

-Hello. Yes, I'm Stuart.

-Good to meet you.

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-Nice to meet you.

-So you are the helping hand for the day.

-Yes.

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That's great. Well, I reckon we should just make a start.

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-OK, let's get on.

-Shall we do that?

-Yes.

-Great. Let's go.

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The first thing we are going to do is to measure our centre circle

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because we are going to have three concentric circles here.

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-All right.

-OK.

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-So AJ has got a trusted tape measure.

-We need a...

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-centre point.

-And we need a centre point.

-Will one of these do?

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-Roughly, I don't know where we're going to...

-I love you, Danny.

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DANNY LAUGHS

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I know you do, AJ.

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-And I love you too.

-Can I just borrow it for a minute though?

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Yes, you can.

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Right, now, Kev, you stay with me and can give me a hand with that.

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-OK.

-And, Stuart...

-Yes.

-..perhaps you could do the decking for me.

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As you can see, it's seen better days and it could do with the jet wash.

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-Yes.

-So if you can crack on and do that, that would be great.

-OK.

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Whilst Stuart gets to work sprucing up the old decking,

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it's time to mark out the circle that will represent a black hole

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in space.

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Can you just hold on to that for a minute?

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Danny and AJ choose and mark the centre point of the circle

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and attach a tape measure to it,

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then, keeping the tape at a fixed length,

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they mark the circumference with spray paint. Following it so far?

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-That's it. Have you any idea what we're doing?

-No.

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Nor do we. We haven't got a clue. We're just making it up as we...

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We're just making it up as we go along.

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-Do I need to give an explanation? Do you want an explanation?

-Yes, please.

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-Do you?

-Yes, please.

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This circle is going to be a hole.

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So at this point, Shirley is going to disappear into a black hole

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and go to another dimension. KEVIN LAUGHS

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You shouldn't be laughing.

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Why are you rubbing your hands together?

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-You should have tears in your eyes.

-She will be coming back.

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-We'll make sure she comes back.

-Right, OK.

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So she's going to disappear into a hole.

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She's also going to walk through a dimension, which is going to

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be in the shape of a portal here,

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which she steps through and then she goes off into another world.

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Yeah, I think she'll absolutely love it.

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Do you think she'll like it? Well, that's a relief.

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Just one thing we haven't brought with us today is a lawnmower.

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-Kevin, do you have one?

-I do. Yes.

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Brilliant. Cos we need to cut the grass...

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And the other thing we need to do is to edge this inner circle

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-cos we need to dig it out.

-Yes.

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So how about if I give you the task of mowing the lawn

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and we'll take this centre circle out?

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-That seems a good idea.

-Great.

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Come on, team, the clock is running.

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How about less conceptualising and more constructing?

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Mowing the lawn beforehand will make lifting

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and taking away the unwanted turf a lot easier.

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Danny has got the team working at warp speed now,

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but there's a little problem of his own making which needs

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dealing with before the team get bogged down.

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Stuart's done lovely clean decking over there.

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But the downside to that is this.

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So we've got a flooded area here.

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So I'm going to try and assist the drying out process.

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And what I'll do is I'll just make holes in the lawn with my fork.

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And just lift it.

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What a lovely sound that is.

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Like a sponge, a lawn is a natural soak away.

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But if your lawn is extra soggy,

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an ordinary garden fork can be used to increase the effect.

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Either lift areas of turf to drain surface water or simply make

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holes 15 centimetres deep all over

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and fill these with horticultural sand.

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Meanwhile, Shirley and I are seeking inspiration in a garden in Didsbury.

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It has big shady trees like Shirley's

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but this is also a garden full of ideas and meaning,

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created by a gardener expressing his personality and interest

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in a quirky way.

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-Well, here we have...

-Oh, wow.

-SHIRLEY GASPS

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-Look at that! That is gorgeous.

-Do you like it?

-I do!

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It's clever. I love driftwood. Absolutely love driftwood.

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And that's really weathered wood.

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I believe this is part of an old wheel that they have

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turned into a sort of tiered bedding shelf.

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It's gorgeous.

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-In this garden there are quite a lot of large trees...

-Yes.

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-..offering a lot of shade, a bit like your garden.

-Yes.

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I think it adds to the sort of mystery. How do you feel about it?

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I think because the middle has got lots of sunlight on it

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it works so that you've got the contrast between the two.

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And then it's got... Oh, it's got a love seat.

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-Ah!

-It's got really quirky stuff in here. I love it.

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Very much like your garden, Shirley, this isn't a massive space

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-but there is so much going on in here.

-There is.

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There is so much to see. I mean,

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you kind of don't know where to look, do you?

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Do you think you could learn to love your big trees if you could

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make the most of the shade and what is underneath them?

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Seeing the big trees here

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with how they are, that's fantastic.

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So, yes, because that works really well.

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-Let's head down here...

-OK.

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-..because there is even more to see.

-Great stuff.

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While Shirley and I explore this personalised paradise,

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Danny is already two hours into today's garden journey.

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And there is a big task lurking in the corner, the garden shed.

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Danny has got an idea that should keep the job on theme and on time.

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-Hi, Kev.

-Hi, Danny.

-How are you getting on?

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All right, yeah, I'm just removing this branch which has kind of

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been in the way, blocking the way through to the shed.

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I think that's a great idea. I've been thinking,

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I know that Shirley would like a TARDIS in the garden.

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-She would, yes.

-All right.

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We use the blue paint that we were going to use on the decking

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and also paint this shed.

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So she'll have her TARDIS.

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That would be fantastic.

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If we've got time, we'll paint the whole shed.

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-But we'll make a start on the front.

-Yes.

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The only other thing I won't be able to do, unfortunately,

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I won't be able to make the inside of that shed bigger.

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All right? THEY LAUGH

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You'd be a very clever man if you could.

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Yeah, yeah. I'd be worth a lot of money if I could.

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In the meantime, what we'll do, we'll go off and get some paint.

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And once you finish that, you can make a start on the shed.

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-How's that?

-Sounds a good plan.

-All right? So let's go and get it.

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Sounds like a great plan.

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A lick of paint will transform and freshen up anything.

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Don't forget to use all-weather paint to protect it.

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Time travel transport organised out back,

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Danny's catching up with handyman AJ

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who seems to be taking up a little space of his own out front.

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He's working on Shirley's inter-dimensional portal,

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or hexagon to you and me.

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-Hello, AJ.

-Hello, mate.

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-How's it going?

-You know this hexagonal shape...

-Yeah.

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..this sort of portal shape, as you can see here

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-marked off a couple of lines here.

-Yes.

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Around here. Cut it all off and then we then sort of put it together

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and sort of got a little bit of a hexagonal shape.

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Yeah.

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I now quite like the idea of having these sort of tails sticking up,

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-sort of like fireworks at the moment or something like that.

-Yeah.

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So then, we're going to have to come back this way a bit

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because most of this has got to go in the ground with cement around it.

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-But actually, I'm glad you're here.

-Yeah?

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Cos I could actually get some proper sort of measurements.

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Could you lie down there for me, please?

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-You want me to lie down in the road?

-Come on, I'm serious, I'm serious.

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You're all right.

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You've got a sort of protection with the wood round you.

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-Plant your bum.

-The things I have to do for the cause.

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Ah, take your time, mate. Take your time.

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So, ground level is going to be around about where your knees are.

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DANNY SNORES

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OK, right then. Now we've got ground level,

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can you just creep yourself up that way a little bit...

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..and see if you hit your head...

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..on...

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I would say there's a good, what, 18 inches?

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At the moment, you're about six inches off the ground.

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-You're floating.

-DANNY CHUCKLES

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-That's it.

-We know it is going to work then, don't we?

-We do.

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-So, we've got about two feet to spare.

-Are you happy with that?

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-I'm very happy with that.

-OK, then. Well, you can carry on, then.

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Can I carry on sleeping?

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-Mate, I'm really enjoying this.

-Yes?

-Yeah.

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-Wake me up in about half an hour.

-OK, right then.

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Quiet, please. Shh!

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Joking aside, I think AJ has come up with a great idea there.

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I like the idea of these overhanging sides to this hexagon.

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I think it's going to look really great

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and it's going to look really space-agey.

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Brilliant.

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Danny had better use that portal to step back in time.

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There's still a lot to do.

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The next job is getting rid of a bit more turf,

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so less lawn maintenance for Shirley.

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Now to get the rest of the turf up.

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And we've made a start nearer the inner circle.

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We've taken that strip up.

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I don't really want to do all this by hand

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because it's quite laborious and energy sapping.

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So, I'm going to use this trusty turf cutter. So, here we go.

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Whilst Danny and the team get on with lawn lifting,

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Shirley and I get the chance to question the gardener

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who dreamed up this shady and unusual sanctuary in Didsbury -

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musician Peter Clare.

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Peter, talk us through your garden.

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Well, when I arrived, it was flat and full of trees and a mess

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and I had to take some trees out because it was nothing but trees.

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I decided which ones I was going to leave and then

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I sketched a plan with lots of paths and a circular lawn in the middle.

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I feel like I'm in an aviary.

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There are so many birds here and they're so loud.

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Have you tried to attract birds?

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My partner is animal mad. She just feeds them constantly.

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Talk us through some of the many quirky features in this garden,

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because the mangle just the tip of the iceberg, isn't it?

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Well, we have an old shed that is made of an army ambulance

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that my dad appeared with when I first moved in.

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"I've got your shed, son."

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THEY LAUGH And this thing appears.

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It feels like you've got a lot in a relatively small space.

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-Has that been quite a complicated plan?

-Yeah.

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One of the things I'm most pleased with is that

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it doesn't look too busy, because I was very afraid that it would.

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I think because the garden breaks up into sections

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and there's quite large shrubs that divide it,

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you get a sense of just entering another room rather than a garden.

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And what about the level of maintenance?

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Can Shirley have some of these exciting, interesting plants

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without it being too much hard work?

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Yes, I think she can.

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One of the advantages of having a lot of trees, of course,

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is that it keeps away weeds.

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So, if you can get the ground to be covered in the kind of plants

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that like living under trees,

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then you won't have a great deal of weeding to do.

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Looking at this garden, is there anything you're thinking,

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"I'd like to try that,

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"I'm going to think about doing that in the future"?

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I love the idea of putting something in a garden

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that you wouldn't expect to see in a garden

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and then having stuff around it.

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I think that's it - things that you wouldn't expect will work.

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Walking down the high street, you stick your nose in a charity shop.

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If there's something there that will fit a plant in that can be used,

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-give it a go.

-Yeah.

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It's been really useful to visit a garden where shade is regarded

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as an opportunity rather than a problem,

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and which also reflects the owner's personality in a unique way.

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Peter's garden has gone through an incredible transformation

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to become the secluded idyll it is today.

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It is clear from the outset, Peter worked with the feature trees

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and shady areas in a positive way, using them to shape the garden

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and set its style.

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Be bold and delineate different spaces in your garden,

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such as the separate lawn and pond areas that Peter has created.

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This creates an illusion of greater size.

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Use underplanting beneath trees to cover the ground.

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This will keep weeds at bay and reduce maintenance.

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Take a leaf out of Peter's book

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and look out for interesting, quirky objects,

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such as his old army ambulance.

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Go hunting in charity shops, reclaim yards and car-boot sales.

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Someone else's cast-off could be your garden treasure.

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Keep an eye out for the National Gardens Scheme,

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which lists hundreds of private gardens

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that are sometimes open to the public,

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so you can have a look around for yourself.

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Meanwhile, back at Shirley's garden,

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a difference of opinion has brought proceedings to a halt.

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Have we not got any long silver?

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-No, well, the thing is, the long silver is...

-Long John Silver.

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..is harder to bend.

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Yeah.

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Well, I'll watch you, but a longer piece, you get a better curve on it,

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-because you're not going to have so many to join.

-It's harder.

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With this, you can bend it.

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Do you know what I mean? Like that.

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-I know.

-And a longer one, it's harder.

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It's harder to get that bend all the way round.

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Not in my world, not in my world.

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-But yours... But carry on.

-DANNY CHUCKLES

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-I'll tell you what, shall we put it to the test?

-Yeah.

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-The loser buys the drinks...

-OK.

-..this evening at the bar.

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-All right.

-How's that?

-Cool, yeah.

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Cos you and I like a bit of competition, don't we?

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-We do like a bit of competition.

-OK.

-It keeps the blood flowing.

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I hope I'm wrong, Danny, because I haven't been wrong yet.

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-Do you know what? I hope I'M wrong.

-Why?

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Cos I just want to help you out.

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Well, I'm trying to help you out.

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Right.

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Being totally impartial, I think it will be smoother

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because where you're going to have the silver,

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you've got more joints together and it's not going to be smoother.

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-The look.

-OK. The look.

-It's all in the look.

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-I agree with the look, but I think...

-You know me,

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-I'm all about the look.

-You're all about the look.

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AJ, I would like to concede defeat.

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I'll get him next time.

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Well, if everything is going to take this long,

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we're never going to get the job done!

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He might have admitted defeat over the edging,

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but Danny can't resist a little dig at AJ.

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Just a little tip.

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There's something I spotted AJ doing

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is he was kneeling on the lawn.

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When you kneel on the lawn like that,

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what you're going to do is put indentations in it.

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So, it's an idea either to squat like this.

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Or even better, if your lawn is soggy...

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..use a board to lean on.

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And that way, you won't get little indentations.

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And you wouldn't want that, would you?

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Whilst Danny cracks on with the edging,

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Kev and Stuart are busy painting the shed TARDIS blue.

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Colour is a great way to refresh your space.

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A lick of paint on a shed or deck is a cheap and simple way

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to instantly transform your garden.

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On the other side of the garden,

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Lou is getting ready for replanting frenzy.

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But she's come up against an immovable object.

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Listen.

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FORK CLUNKS

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-My plan is to find a pocket...

-OK.

-..where there isn't concrete.

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Ah, the dreaded block of concrete. Every garden's got one.

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Because plants that grow in dry shade

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are used to, you know, harsh conditions.

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-Yes, sure.

-So I think if I do that,

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-then they will spread anyway as good ground cover.

-Yeah, absolutely.

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-And they'll thrive.

-OK. Sounds like a great idea.

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-So, I think that's only thing I can do.

-Great idea, yeah.

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-And hopefully, we'll both find one or two pockets there.

-Yeah.

-Yeah, OK.

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Problem solved thanks to Lou. But now the team faces a real dilemma.

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How does one place an inter-dimensional time portal

0:23:470:23:50

in one's back garden?

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So, what I'm doing is having a look to see

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where the focal point is going to be having walked through the arch,

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because I need something to draw the eye.

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And the focal point is going where that tree is.

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So, I'm walking through it now

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just to give it a little road test.

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Our arch is here, so if I keep walking.

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Diddly, diddly, diddly, diddly, diddly.

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Diddly, diddly, diddly, diddly, diddly.

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Do you know what?

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I think we've got it just about right here.

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With that decision made and the day almost halfway through,

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it is time for some hole digging....

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..screwing, and hey presto.

0:24:270:24:30

-Danny.

-Yes?

-I need a little bit of help, mate.

-OK, just coming.

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-This arch is ready.

-OK, brilliant.

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-We need to make a little bit of a...

-A bit of room.

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-A gangway.

-OK. Let's move this out of the way.

0:24:400:24:43

This is the most exciting bit.

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This is the bit I've been waiting for, this arch, cos I know that AJ

0:24:450:24:49

has made a great job of this and it's going to look absolutely fantastic.

0:24:490:24:53

-Right in the holes? Straight in the holes?

-Yeah.

0:24:530:24:56

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

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OK. Bit more.

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Right, let's just put it down a sec.

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Look at that. Doesn't that wonderful?

0:25:100:25:13

Do you know, it's bigger than I imagined it to be?

0:25:130:25:16

But that's great. It's fantastic.

0:25:160:25:18

-What do you think?

-I think it's great!

-Do you like it?

-Yeah.

0:25:180:25:21

-Do you think Shirley will like it?

-I she'll love it.

0:25:210:25:23

Is it wacky enough for her?

0:25:230:25:25

I think it's pretty wacky and it's wacky enough for her, yeah.

0:25:250:25:27

-Good.

-Yeah.

0:25:270:25:28

Well done, Danny. The portal is in position,

0:25:290:25:32

but there's still loads to be done before Shirley returns.

0:25:320:25:35

Come on, guys. Time is flying.

0:25:350:25:37

As the team get to grips with their ground work,

0:25:370:25:40

I want to get further below the surface, too.

0:25:400:25:42

I take the chance to find out more about Shirley

0:25:420:25:45

and why it is she needs our help.

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You and Kev have recently moved to a bungalow,

0:25:480:25:52

mainly motivated by the fact that your ME

0:25:520:25:54

-is quite difficult to deal with.

-Yeah.

0:25:540:25:57

So, how bad has the ME got?

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When we lived in the old house, some days it would take me

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around two hours from waking up to getting downstairs.

0:26:040:26:08

I couldn't walk down the stairs because it was just too difficult,

0:26:080:26:11

so I'd slide down them on them on my bum.

0:26:110:26:13

Some days, I couldn't go to work. And...

0:26:150:26:18

..it's had a massive impact on my life.

0:26:200:26:22

How well understood is ME? Because it is chronic fatigue, isn't it?

0:26:220:26:26

I think people understand it more than they used to.

0:26:260:26:29

It used to be believed it was a psychological problem,

0:26:290:26:32

not a physical problem,

0:26:320:26:34

whereas now the research has shown it's more like

0:26:340:26:37

an autoimmune disease.

0:26:370:26:39

And I take stupid amount of drugs every day just to function.

0:26:390:26:44

-Clearly the ME has clipped your wings.

-Yes.

0:26:440:26:46

But you are a woman who has lots of interests and passions

0:26:460:26:50

and I've noticed lots of Doctor Who paraphernalia around your house.

0:26:500:26:54

Yeah. I've watched Doctor Who since it first came on.

0:26:540:26:58

I asked my mum recently, "What on earth were you doing

0:26:580:27:02

"letting such a small child watch Doctor Who?"

0:27:020:27:04

Cos I remember not just having a cushion,

0:27:040:27:07

but hiding behind the sofa when the Daleks came on.

0:27:070:27:10

I was so scared!

0:27:100:27:11

Shirley, there are so many different aspects to your personality.

0:27:110:27:15

I really hope that we can create a garden that has got

0:27:150:27:20

a bit of a reflection of that, that's got a bit of interest,

0:27:200:27:22

a bit of intrigue, because I think you more than deserve it.

0:27:220:27:25

-SHIRLEY CHUCKLES

-You deserve another playroom.

0:27:250:27:29

Oh, yeah.

0:27:290:27:30

And speaking of Shirley's playground,

0:27:300:27:32

remember that black hole?

0:27:320:27:34

Danny and the team are getting on with

0:27:340:27:36

the new slate areas he's creating.

0:27:360:27:38

The next job is the membrane.

0:27:390:27:41

Which is going to stop the weeds coming through.

0:27:440:27:46

So, this allows moisture to go through,

0:27:460:27:49

but stops the light, which suppresses the weeds, stops weed growth.

0:27:490:27:53

Well, that job's a good 'un and things seemed to be going smoothly.

0:27:540:27:57

But don't count your chickens.

0:27:570:27:59

With time running out, Stuart has come up against a big problem

0:27:590:28:02

that might scupper Danny's plans.

0:28:020:28:04

Danny, all the slate's been brought round from the front now,

0:28:060:28:09

there's none left at the front, and all the bags have been emptied out.

0:28:090:28:12

-OK.

-So, we are short of slate.

-We are short of slate.

0:28:120:28:15

Even with your ingui... What's the word?

0:28:150:28:19

-Ingenious...

-I'll tell you what I'll do,

0:28:200:28:22

I'll make that even more ingenious, all right?

0:28:220:28:24

I'm going to make this area even smaller.

0:28:240:28:27

So, if someone can go and get me another one of those black strips,

0:28:270:28:30

what we'll do is rake this back and we'll make it work.

0:28:300:28:34

-We'll rake it back?

-Yeah. If you can get me another black strip.

0:28:340:28:37

Yes, ingenious.

0:28:370:28:38

The Instant Gardener comes up with another instant solution.

0:28:380:28:41

Problem solved and the extra planting space created

0:28:410:28:44

is a bonus for Lou.

0:28:440:28:45

What we can do is put some more plants in here, Lou.

0:28:450:28:48

-Oh, yeah?

-Yeah.

0:28:480:28:50

-Which will make you happy.

-Oh, Danny to the rescue, as usual.

0:28:500:28:53

But there isn't long left. Get a move on, team!

0:28:530:28:56

With things hotting up in the time travel garden,

0:28:590:29:01

Shirley and I have come to a local community garden centre in Hulme

0:29:010:29:05

equipped with Danny's shopping list,

0:29:050:29:07

which has just one specific item on it -

0:29:070:29:10

thyme.

0:29:100:29:11

Very funny, Mr Clarke.

0:29:110:29:13

This garden centre was set up by a group of local residents

0:29:130:29:16

as part of the regeneration of this once rundown area.

0:29:160:29:20

At its heart is an ethos of recycling and sustainability.

0:29:200:29:23

We've come to meet one of the gardeners, Tim Knight,

0:29:230:29:26

who is a bit of a thyme lord himself.

0:29:260:29:28

-Hello, Tim.

-Nice to meet you.

-Good to see you. This is Shirley.

0:29:300:29:32

-Hiya.

-Hi, Shirley.

-Good to meet you, Tim.

0:29:320:29:34

We are after some thymes.

0:29:340:29:36

Well, you're in exactly the right spot

0:29:360:29:37

because we've got several different varieties just here.

0:29:370:29:40

-I didn't know there were so many varieties.

-Yeah, there's loads.

0:29:400:29:43

Some are more upright and have the deep gold foliage, like this,

0:29:430:29:47

that smells of lemon.

0:29:470:29:48

Then we've got these very low-growing, mat-forming ones.

0:29:480:29:51

Then there's one here that smells of pine

0:29:510:29:54

and you can put that in hot water and use it as an inhalant

0:29:540:29:57

if you've got colds and sore throats.

0:29:570:29:59

So, is the main attraction of thymes that they smell?

0:29:590:30:02

Yeah. And they're attractive in their own right

0:30:020:30:04

and they have little flowers which are loved by bees,

0:30:040:30:07

so they're really good wildlife plants as well.

0:30:070:30:09

But of course, yeah, you use them in cooking,

0:30:090:30:11

lots of medicinal uses as well.

0:30:110:30:13

I absolutely love the smell of this.

0:30:130:30:16

-It's a really nice smell.

-That's one of the nicest smells.

0:30:160:30:18

This is probably the strongest one, the common thyme,

0:30:180:30:20

and this is the one that is most commonly used for cooking.

0:30:200:30:23

Oh, yeah.

0:30:230:30:24

-Yes.

-Would you like something in your garden

0:30:250:30:28

that you can use in the kitchen?

0:30:280:30:29

Oh, yeah. That'd be really good. Yeah.

0:30:290:30:31

Because I use herbs when cooking, so instant bouquet garni.

0:30:310:30:35

OK. Well, let's get a couple of those.

0:30:350:30:37

What else would you recommend?

0:30:370:30:39

Well, we've got this creeping thyme here,

0:30:390:30:42

which has really nice pink flowers.

0:30:420:30:44

This one can grow a mat on the floor and you can walk on that

0:30:440:30:47

and as you walk on it, it releases its scent.

0:30:470:30:49

Love the idea of walking on...walking on thyme.

0:30:490:30:53

Across the open space of Manchester,

0:30:550:30:57

Danny is also contemplating where Shirley's feet might tread.

0:30:570:31:01

But he's running out of time quickly.

0:31:010:31:04

Doesn't seem to be worrying him, though.

0:31:040:31:06

The effect here is...we're thinking about outer space, that's the idea.

0:31:060:31:12

So, Shirley walks down from the TARDIS's landing pad,

0:31:120:31:16

which is over there,

0:31:160:31:17

walks through this portal and she walks, disappears,

0:31:170:31:21

and suddenly she's in space.

0:31:210:31:23

And she's surrounded by these planets.

0:31:230:31:26

So, we've got the rockets here and we've got the planets here.

0:31:270:31:31

Here.

0:31:310:31:32

Here.

0:31:320:31:33

Here. And here.

0:31:360:31:37

Danny is using three types of plants for Shirley's interplanetary theme.

0:31:370:31:42

These round-pruned standard laurels and box balls represent planets,

0:31:420:31:46

and these pointy, upright yews suggest skyrockets.

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These will be easy to look after.

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Just a clip every so often so they can keep their shape.

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And the same with this yew.

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Just clip it every so often so it keeps its rocket-like shape.

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Very, very easy to do.

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I can imagine myself flying through there, flying through space,

0:32:040:32:07

and rockets whizzing past my head, planets all over the place.

0:32:070:32:12

Yeah, it really does look like a galaxy.

0:32:130:32:15

I think this really is going to work well.

0:32:150:32:18

Brilliant. But he is running out of time quickly.

0:32:200:32:23

He needs to get a move on now!

0:32:230:32:24

Back at the garden centre, Shirley and I

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are still busy choosing more goodies for Shirley's garden.

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I had a disastrous attempt at growing herbs couple of years ago.

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They just died.

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It's always good, when you buy a plant,

0:32:430:32:45

I always tell people look at where it comes from around the world.

0:32:450:32:48

These are Mediterranean, so they are used to being baked by hot sun

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and in a very free-draining soil.

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So if you just try to recreate that as much as you can

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and then they should thrive, should be more than happy.

0:32:580:33:01

How well would these cope in a pot?

0:33:010:33:03

They're actually better in pots.

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Because they're Mediterranean plants, the need really good, sharp drainage,

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so often our ground is too wet.

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So put them in a pot, mix a load of sand and grit in with the compost

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and put them in a nice, sunny spot and they'll be more than happy.

0:33:130:33:16

So they are quite easy to look after, then, if they're hardy?

0:33:160:33:19

They're really tough. Yeah, they're really tough plants.

0:33:190:33:21

Got a bouquet of smells here.

0:33:210:33:23

-Ooh, yes.

-Oh, that's delish.

0:33:240:33:26

-Shirley, I'm going to get you some of these...

-Oh, lovely.

0:33:260:33:29

..peppermint chocolate herbs,

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because it wouldn't be an instant garden

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if we didn't go off-piste, would it?

0:33:320:33:34

Thyme lord Tim has given us some wonderful advice

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about how to look after these little gardening gems.

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You can also fill your garden with plants that have meaning

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to personalise it and express yourself.

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For example, thyme actually symbolises purity

0:33:490:33:52

and roses stand for eternal love.

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It is well worth picking the brains of staff

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and fellow gardeners for horticultural tips and ideas.

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Advice is free and people love to share their experience.

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And don't forget to look out for community projects like this one.

0:34:040:34:07

They are well worth supporting.

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With our shopping trip over, it is time to make our way home,

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and that can only mean one thing.

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Round at Shirley's house,

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Danny and the team have less than an hour to go.

0:34:160:34:19

Do you know what? I wish Doctor Who was around now

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because he can make time stand still, can't he?

0:34:220:34:26

Or can't he even make time go backwards?

0:34:260:34:28

Because I think we could do with another, maybe, hour or so

0:34:280:34:32

just to get this job complete.

0:34:320:34:34

Anyway, better get going and see if I can make up some time.

0:34:340:34:37

Warp speed's needed, Danny.

0:34:380:34:40

You've still got the planting and the landing strip to finish.

0:34:400:34:43

-Kev, can you do us a favour?

-Yep.

0:34:450:34:46

-Could you paint that landing strip?

-Yes.

0:34:460:34:48

-If you can just do this strip here, from here to here.

-Yeah.

-In a line.

0:34:480:34:53

And if you could, you know, obviously keep it as...

0:34:530:34:56

-And do the steps down?

-Um...

0:34:560:34:58

-Yeah. But do that first. If we've got time, we'll do the steps.

-OK.

-Yeah?

0:34:590:35:03

-Yeah.

-Brilliant.

-I will crack on with that.

-Yeah.

0:35:030:35:06

The deck has already been washed and prepared,

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so a stripe of all-weather blue paint and it should be good to go.

0:35:080:35:12

One of the big issues for Shirley was her hated Leyland cypress,

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which dominates her garden.

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But Danny has come up with

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an on-theme plan to make use of the dry, shady space below it.

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This part of the garden represents a very ancient time

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and for that reason, I have picked these ferns

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because they've been around

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a hell of a long time

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and they will tolerate dry shade.

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Now, this tree sucks up all the moisture.

0:35:350:35:38

Many people think that you can't plant in the dry shade,

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but these ferns will do the trick and they will be at home over there.

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Many hands make light work,

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so whilst I leave Shirley to take the weight off her feet,

0:35:490:35:51

I head back to the garden with an armful of thyme

0:35:510:35:54

to see if I can help Danny meet his deadline.

0:35:540:35:56

I'm so happy about this. Danny!

0:35:570:36:00

-Hello, Helen.

-Oh, my word!

-How are you?

0:36:000:36:03

-You have been so busy.

-We have been busy.

0:36:030:36:06

This is amazing.

0:36:060:36:08

So, you've painted that blue, which I'm really excited about.

0:36:080:36:11

Yeah. It's great.

0:36:110:36:12

I didn't want to bring her back here and there be no TARDIS.

0:36:120:36:14

I know that was a requirement of hers. She really wanted a TARDIS.

0:36:140:36:18

So we though we would paint it blue for her.

0:36:180:36:21

I love what you've done to the lawn. You've got rid of a lot of it.

0:36:210:36:24

-Yes, we have.

-What is this?

0:36:240:36:26

Well, this is a portal, a time portal.

0:36:260:36:29

So when Shirley walks through this,

0:36:290:36:31

she disappears into another dimension.

0:36:310:36:34

-These are her planets, OK?

-Ahh.

-Here and here.

0:36:340:36:38

And these are her rockets.

0:36:380:36:39

Oh, I thought you just put them in in a quirky, unusual pattern.

0:36:390:36:42

No, that's kind of the symbolism behind what we're doing.

0:36:420:36:46

-I love that! There is a lot to look at.

-Yeah, there is, isn't there?

0:36:460:36:49

What is great is that your eyes bounce about, don't they?

0:36:490:36:52

-Definitely.

-You don't know where to look next.

0:36:520:36:55

And I think if you can create that effect in a garden,

0:36:550:36:58

you're halfway there.

0:36:580:36:59

-I have brought the thyme. I get it now.

-OK, brilliant, yeah.

0:36:590:37:02

-Thyme, yeah.

-Doctor Who.

-I put it on the list, didn't I?

0:37:020:37:05

-Time Lord.

-So, you understand that.

0:37:050:37:07

-So, this is a Doctor Who themed garden.

-Absolutely.

0:37:070:37:10

-Totally reflecting her personality.

-Yeah.

0:37:100:37:12

Interesting, it's different, it's quirky.

0:37:120:37:15

While your eyes are bouncing about,

0:37:150:37:17

I'm going to protect this mint from you cos it wasn't on your list.

0:37:170:37:20

-LAUGHING: OK.

-Get it over here and put it in a pot.

0:37:200:37:22

Do you know what? I hadn't even noticed it.

0:37:220:37:24

-Yay, brilliant.

-Just as well.

0:37:240:37:26

Speed is of the essence now and it is time to get my thyme planted.

0:37:260:37:31

Right, this one is for the peppermint

0:37:310:37:35

that Shirley and I snuck onto our shopping list.

0:37:350:37:40

She likes it!

0:37:400:37:41

I think you should have whatever you like in your garden.

0:37:410:37:43

I tell you what, Helen, you're doing the right thing there

0:37:430:37:46

by putting the mint in a pot, cos the last thing we want to happen

0:37:460:37:50

is to put that in the ground and it runs riot throughout the garden.

0:37:500:37:54

Everybody keeps saying this about mint. Is it that bad?

0:37:540:37:57

If you put it in, it's going to take over?

0:37:570:37:58

It can take over your garden.

0:37:580:38:00

-I mean, have you ever seen it growing in cracks in pavements?

-Yeah.

0:38:000:38:03

You see what I mean? It is a very invasive plant.

0:38:030:38:06

It is almost like a weed.

0:38:060:38:08

It smells better than a weed, though.

0:38:080:38:10

Yeah, it smells better than a weed,

0:38:100:38:11

but it can be classed as a weed because some people can spend years

0:38:110:38:14

trying to get rid of it out of their gardens.

0:38:140:38:16

So, if you want it, put it in a pot?

0:38:160:38:18

Put it in a pot and it's

0:38:180:38:19

-absolutely fine.

-My thyme, however...

0:38:190:38:22

..which has got plenty of drainage

0:38:230:38:25

because I've mixed

0:38:250:38:26

what I'm putting it into...

0:38:260:38:27

-..is far from a weed.

-Exactly.

0:38:290:38:31

That's absolutely fine.

0:38:310:38:32

As with other Mediterranean herbs,

0:38:340:38:36

combine horticultural sand with compost

0:38:360:38:38

to keep thyme thoroughly drained.

0:38:380:38:40

My thyme may be fine, but Danny's is nearly up

0:38:400:38:43

and he's got one more very special plant to launch.

0:38:430:38:46

He makes a slit in the membrane under the slate in the black hole

0:38:460:38:50

and pops the trunk in at a jaunty angle,

0:38:500:38:52

the kind of angle it naturally grows in.

0:38:520:38:55

The piece de resistance - this tree fern.

0:38:560:39:00

Dicksonia antarctica, my favourite plant.

0:39:000:39:02

And the reason I've chosen it, just look at these fronds.

0:39:020:39:06

They are just unfurling like gorillas' knuckles.

0:39:060:39:09

And they look like, when Shirley comes down these steps,

0:39:090:39:12

they're going to reach out and grab her.

0:39:120:39:15

They are also alien-looking and very ancient,

0:39:150:39:18

so they fit in with this theme.

0:39:180:39:20

Someone grab Danny, please. There is no time to lose

0:39:200:39:23

and it is all hands on deck for one final, magnificent push

0:39:230:39:27

as the team complete Shirley's time-travelling dream.

0:39:270:39:31

The moment has come to reveal the garden to Shirley.

0:39:360:39:39

But first, a big thanks to Kev and Stuart.

0:39:390:39:42

Kevin, Stuart, thanks very much for pitching in today.

0:39:430:39:47

We could not have done this without you.

0:39:470:39:50

So, here is my heartfelt gratitude.

0:39:500:39:53

-You're welcome.

-Cheers. Thanks a lot.

0:39:540:39:56

Stuart, you've earned a cup of tea

0:39:560:39:58

and you probably want to wipe the blue specks off your face.

0:39:580:40:00

Let's go inside. You two, brace yourself because I'll get Shirley.

0:40:000:40:04

KEVIN CHUCKLES

0:40:040:40:06

Before, this garden was a neglected space with overgrown shrubs

0:40:060:40:10

and a worn-out patio.

0:40:100:40:12

The lawn was tired and shapeless and too much for its owner to cope with.

0:40:120:40:16

Beneath the trees was an overgrown, untended muddle of plants.

0:40:160:40:19

But in just one day, it has been entirely transformed

0:40:190:40:23

by Danny and his troops.

0:40:230:40:24

The lawn has been reduced and given shape and form

0:40:300:40:33

by using flexible edging and slate chippings,

0:40:330:40:35

which should give Shirley the low-maintenance garden she needs.

0:40:350:40:39

Shirley's quirky personality and love of Doctor Who

0:40:410:40:43

has also been reflected in Danny's design

0:40:430:40:46

by painting her shed TARDIS blue

0:40:460:40:48

and by creating her very own time portal

0:40:480:40:52

to walk through right at the centre of her garden.

0:40:520:40:55

And finally, the planting, chosen to enhance the time-traveller theme.

0:40:550:40:59

A selection of standard laurel, box balls and upright plants

0:40:590:41:03

represent planets and rockets,

0:41:030:41:05

and her large conifers are under-planted

0:41:050:41:07

with dry, shade-loving plants.

0:41:070:41:09

With its themes designed to reflect the passions of its owner,

0:41:110:41:15

Danny has striven to take this garden to another time and place,

0:41:150:41:19

all in the space of just one day.

0:41:190:41:22

But the moment of truth has arrived.

0:41:220:41:24

Will Shirley appreciate Danny's off-the-wall design?

0:41:240:41:27

It has been an exhausting day for Shirley, who needs to sit down

0:41:290:41:32

to take in the incredible transformation before her eyes.

0:41:320:41:35

OK. I think this is the moment, Shirley.

0:41:370:41:40

You have been very obedient and kept your eyes closed.

0:41:400:41:44

But now is the time to open them and take in your brand-new garden.

0:41:440:41:47

SHE GASPS

0:41:480:41:50

Oh, my goodness.

0:41:520:41:53

It's fabulous!

0:41:560:41:57

-Oh, I've got the...

-OTHERS LAUGH

0:41:580:42:01

-I've got slate. I love slate.

-You like slate?

0:42:010:42:04

-I love slate.

-Just as well. DANNY CHUCKLES

0:42:040:42:06

-Is that a tree fern?

-That's a tree fern.

0:42:060:42:08

SHE GASPS You like tree ferns?

0:42:080:42:10

-I do.

-You know, that is my favourite plant.

0:42:100:42:12

-Is it really?

-Yeah, I love them.

-Oh, wow.

0:42:120:42:14

But don't you think it kind of looks like

0:42:140:42:16

it's going to come out and grab you?

0:42:160:42:18

-Yes.

-And take you through...

-Triffid-like.

0:42:180:42:20

Take you through that portal there, because that's what that is.

0:42:200:42:24

-That is a portal.

-That is awesome!

0:42:240:42:26

When you go through that, you go into another dimension. SHE LAUGHS

0:42:260:42:29

-So, this slate represents a black hole.

-Right.

0:42:290:42:32

-All right? And that is a time portal.

-Yeah.

0:42:320:42:35

-And see these plants here?

-Yeah.

-These standard plants?

-Yeah.

0:42:350:42:39

-They represent planets.

-Oh, wow.

-OK?

0:42:390:42:43

-Fabulous idea.

-There is a planet there, a planet there.

0:42:430:42:47

-And see those plants there, those yews?

-Yeah.

0:42:470:42:50

They're rockets. SHE CHUCKLES

0:42:500:42:53

-Look at your shed.

-And there is your TARDIS over there.

0:42:530:42:57

Oh, that is awesome!

0:42:570:42:59

But also, look behind you. That is where...

0:42:590:43:01

That's a landing pad for the TARDIS. SHE LAUGHS

0:43:010:43:04

-All right?

-That is brilliant.

0:43:040:43:06

So when you walk out from those doors, you walk down these steps,

0:43:060:43:10

you then disappear into this hole

0:43:100:43:12

and then you go into another dimension.

0:43:120:43:15

-Oh, that is fantastic.

-Do you like it?

-I do.

0:43:150:43:18

-Good.

-I love it.

0:43:180:43:20

And under the bane of your life - what WAS the bane of your life -

0:43:200:43:23

we've used ferns because they tolerate dry shade.

0:43:230:43:27

-They'll do well in this kind of garden, won't they?

-Yeah.

0:43:270:43:29

How much work is Kev going to have to do?

0:43:290:43:31

It's going to be very low-maintenance.

0:43:310:43:33

All you need to do is cut the grass and just clip those planets...

0:43:330:43:37

-HE CHUCKLES ..once in awhile.

-Yeah.

0:43:370:43:39

-QUIETLY:

-Thank you.

-Oh, that's OK.

0:43:400:43:42

-It's lovely.

-Right.

0:43:430:43:45

Danny has really let his imagination run riot and in just ten hours,

0:43:470:43:51

has given this unique individual

0:43:510:43:53

a personalised and practical garden she can truly escape into.

0:43:530:43:57

It is a low-maintenance space, packed with interest and ideas

0:43:590:44:03

where she can truly imagine she is on another planet.

0:44:030:44:07

It's gorgeous.

0:44:070:44:08

It is so nice to see such a big smile on that face.

0:44:100:44:14

And this face! That is a smile of relief. Good job, Danny.

0:44:140:44:17

You've done it. Another personalised transformation in just one day.

0:44:170:44:21

It is a playful garden for a playful lady.

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Join us next time for another instant garden challenge.

0:44:250:44:27

The team transform a Manchester back garden into a time travel-themed dream space for Doctor Who fan Shirley.