My work is in the public sphere and I have a private life. And those two things are separate." So no, definitely don't ask him about that "I Heart T. But off-the-peg polycarbonate greenhouses start at less than £200, have improved considerably in appearance and can easily be assembled by two people in under a day.Over the years I have been aware of the drawbacks of polycarbonate but now, with new coatings and processes, its qualities in many respects are superior to glass.
I love what I do and I dedicate myself with absolute commitment to making great art and great entertainment and in my mind I don't conflict the two.I suppose I am a bit of a traditionalist at heart and if challenged would defend glass as the best material for greenhouses, cold frames and the like.Any ''working’’ garden with a brimming and beautiful greenhouse and some cold frames complete with clusters of plants in various stages of training or development gets me far more excited than any shop window in Hatton Garden. Many gardeners in Europe (especially Germany) are using polycarbonate rather than glass, while over here we remain largely unaware of its many virtues.With the massive trend in ''grow your own’’, many more gardeners are finding that if you have some permanently covered space, you can raise plants in an environment where they can establish to a stage where they are less vulnerable to the vagaries of weather or peckish pests.The payback period for a traditional pukka greenhouse would, if assessed in purely financial terms, probably make it cheaper to have your vegetables shipped from Fortnum’s weekly.What other photo opportunities involve risking life and limb to capture that all important selfie?