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Cosmos seedlings

Posted: Yesterday at 07:35

As an experiment I have actually put  a few out already into the more sheltered areas of the garden. I found last year they seemed to lack strength from being inside to long..  Im also only bothering to pinch 50% of them as well for a change.


Posted: 20/05/2015 at 16:09

As Nutcutlet says.. Be careful you not adding extra soil onto the crown or the peonie basically thinks its time to take a year off.. A few cms generally does no harm on an established plant  in my experience but dont shovel it on like a mulch

Chelsea People's Choice Award

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 11:25

Dans garden is quite rightly the best in show, however the corner spot and his garden are not ever really meant to be what I would call nomal: Nor would you say its what the peoples choice is about - which is perhaps bringing Chelsea back down to earth and congratulating those that have something we can aspire too at home.

Having seen them in the flesh I have to say Chris is my peoples choice for several reasons. It works as a semi formal garden as a whole or as  a "room" in an even  larger garden. It also works in its own right and size as a semi formal contemporary garden. However whats utterly wonderful about it is every single plant in each of those miniature buxus rooms could be taken away and fitted into almost any garden weather its a cottage scheme or a small border along a lawn.  Utterly wonderful and one of the few designers yesterday who was on site a lot of the time talking and explaining to the crowds what to underplant bulb wise with for spring and winter and what . (I have to agree with the steel tree though).

Re Shauns garden - it may be just myself (though my wife agreed which is unusual) but it was very disappointing especially as he had professional help. In the flesh its just a little empty looking and very grey and dare I say it slightly depressing.  The scale of the planting seemed wrong for the scale of the landscaping and the idea -however he did have the largest crowds most of the day so who knows.

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 09:05

Fun day yesterday.. Bit of an early start to meet the Northern Belle at Victoria but what an absolute luxurious way of travelling - and the food (divine). The carriages are immaculate and it was like riding the whole way in the the most comfortable armchair in the world. Some nice touches were having a bag of goodies at the table including your souvenir programme - lunch reservation tkts and some sponsor items (though too much L'Occitane being sprayed early in the morning is enough to make anyone sneeze)

We didn't go to Chelsea last year but this show seemed better than what I saw from the TV coverage and was certainly better than 2013. Dan Pearson's probably is deservedly best in show. Need to catch up on the TV coverage but the scale and beauty of Chatwsworth is flabbergasting. The corner plot really does need someone to take hold and make his mark but he has done it with such beauty its hard to believe you are not staring at a bit of the Yorkshire moors.

I have a few hundred photos to edit through so will probably do another post in a  cpl of days but my absolute hits and misses were. "A Perfumers Garden" (and not biased with the freebies) - its beautifull - just perfect a deserved Gold.  The Healthy Cities Garden  - of the more "semi formal" to "formal" planted gardens this one really works though I have to say at the same time I really didn't like  the telegraph garden or the Brewin Dolphin - in fact I felt they were dishing out too many golds and it felt hard to understand why some had even reached gold.

Show gardens I really didn't like (apologies for not  remembering the proper names)- Viking Cruises which was pretty poor -I'm guessing they paid a lot of money to be there and didn't think beyond that - the concept was like a pre teen had designed it. Canada Bank - Felt very empty and lacking in any scale.

None of the Fresh Gardens really seemed that interesting and I hate how this area is just a sort of thoroughfare so I probably  didn't really give them much attention..

Artisan gardens were a bit of a mixed bunch but this area was far to crowded when we got there "Trug Makers" had a lovely feel about it though I did feel it reminded me of that Chelsea TV show where less is more when it came to detailing was an issue and more had won.

Speaking of which the winners garden from that show seemed to have gone the opposite way. It looked like the plot was either too big or they had forgotton to order enough plants . Very empty and very boring but weirdly with the largest crowds!

Couple of new Roses pre ordered for the barn along with some Irises. Lunch was excellent and a bit of a "semi" celeb fest. Dinner on the train was superb (as was the wine )

Coffee now needed - whilst I do a TV Chelsea catchup.


Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 09:55

If you arrive early and especially if  its raining TBF it does take a few hours to fill out... Going in style this time tomorrow via the Norther Belle so hopefully a few glasses of breakfast champers will blurr the crowds

Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 16:49

quick spray with electrical alcohol (Isopropyl) cleans it in one wipe. £2 for a spray that will probably last a life time if thats all your using it for.

Frosts ?

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 13:49

Dont forget to take into account how exposed  you are or how rural and the altitude

Which Clematis?

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 09:20

If your tanks dbl bunded you may find a solution is to wire across the top removable part and not bother with a trellis (not the bottom or your defeating the point of the bund). We let Clematis Niobe grow across ours and let delphiniums and  verbena bonariensis grow in front. Its not a winter early spring solution as Niobe needs cutting back and obviously the delphs and Verbena die back though that means the tanks easy to inspect..

What do you underplant your Aliums with

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 09:12

Yes I do intend to use perennials or grasses Fairy.. I was just looking for an instant solution for this season as well. But good suggestion as actually you have just made me realise I have masses of Geranium Magnificum "Rosemoor" in beds on top of the stone walls that surround the woods. I wonder if I could split it at this time as its just started putting on a growing spurt.

What do you underplant your Aliums with

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 07:53

Thanks. Some great ideas.. I like the idea of some prarie type planting and grasses as this border connects to the fields though I am slightly worried the horses will also enjoy some exotic grasses to much. They seem to ignore the Aliums - must be the onion smell.

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