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Nasturtium and thyme


by Jekka McVicar

It's now May, and we're just 12 days away from building our display at the Chelsea Flower Show. We've had a few bouts of sunshine in the last week, during which I could literally feel the plants growing.


Nasturtium flowerIt's now May, and we're just 12 days away from building our display at the Chelsea Flower Show. We've had a few bouts of sunshine in the last week, during which I could literally feel the plants growing.

The new Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus 'Black Velvet', will certainly be included in the display. Its petals, true to its name, have a wonderful velvety texture. The French lavenders, Lavandula stoechas are also perfect, so my plants with brown, purple, deep reds and gold colouring are all present and correct. I chose these particular colours to complement the Hare and Moon sundial.

 Thyme flowerI'm still not certain that some of my herbs will make it to Chelsea. The woad plants are in full bud so they just might make the show. Equally the Jekka's Thyme plants, Thymus Jekka are looking perfect, but I don’t know how they will hold.

We have produced some great plants for Cleve West, who has designed the BUPA garden. He will have some giant angelicas, Angelica archangelica in full flower. I love this herb; it is not only a spectacular structural plant, it is also a beneficial medicinal herb, a culinary delight and one of the main ingredients in Gin.

For Tommaso del Buono and Paul Gazerwitz, who are creating the Daylesford garden, we have some eye-catching sages which will just be in flower, and some beautiful thymes and white flowering borage plants which are absolutely perfect.

I get the distinct impression from the emails and telephone requests I've received from other exhibitors that they're having difficulties getting stock. They'll be no sign of such difficulties at the show; the live BBC 2 programme will reveal exquisite blooms and perfect gardens, which is just how it should be at the best flower show in the world.

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    Gardeners' World Web User 01/01/2009 at 22:33

    doesn't seem that long ago the Chelsea flower show, comes around so quickly, you will be dashing off again to show all the wonderful herbs you grow, wish you luck hope there is another gold for all your efforts.

    Gardeners' World Web User 01/03/2009 at 04:49

    Could you advise me whether there is a herb which I could use in an infusion perhaps, to help the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis? Also something to minimise the effects of stress as I find the condition is aggravated by it. Thanks, and good luck for Chelsea - your stands are stunning at GWL, I haven't been to Chelsea - too busy getting stressed at work!

    Gardeners' World Web User 08/06/2009 at 18:19

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    Gardeners' World Web User 24/08/2009 at 20:31

    I have and old butler sink in my garden (shallow type)which I hope is suitable for growing Thymes. I have lined the bottom with gravel as a start and would love some recommendations as to what varieties to look for. I get a lot of slug damage in the area am I right in thinking they would leave Thymes alone? Thanks

    Gardeners' World Web User 10/06/2010 at 14:22

    I have always loved nasturtiums, starting with the fact that I could eat them as a young child and moving into their delightful, peppery taste as an accent in salads as an adult. And now, I love nasturtium vinegar!

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