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Gravel garden

Posted: Yesterday at 23:42

I think what struck me most about Beth Chatto's garden, in the dry garden, canal garden and woodland, was the amazing use of green in all its shades, forms and textures with colour and added texture and form from flowers as highlights.    

I think that could be done in a smaller space and with a limited palette to keep it cohesive.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: Yesterday at 23:26

 It's the Chelsea Flower Show, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.   It's supposed to be about horticultural excellence with plants as the main course, not as an afterthought once all the concrete, stone or whatever are in place.

We've had British quarry gardens feature on GW and also in the RHS magazine but they are nothing like the drab, arid mess of that Maltese pastiche.  They are lush with trees, shrubs, water - because the UK has rain - and all sorts of plants that will glory in the conditions and make you forget it's essentially a hole in the ground.

I also think the Beeb should spend more time in the marquee showcasing the remarkable plantsmen and women who grow and develop such amazing plants in all their variety and to such high standards.

I can't be the only person not remotely interested in celebs or what they think about it all or what they do in their own gardens.   The place is heaving with experts.  Let them speak and inform.

Last edited: 26 May 2017 23:27:04

Demon cat

Posted: Yesterday at 22:37

Certainly not Papi Jo.  They're so entertaining and cuddly too.

Gravel garden

Posted: Yesterday at 22:30

You need to go to the library and get a book by Beth Chatto called The Dry Garden.  It describes how she transformed a former car park for garden visitors into a dry, gravel garden.   Lots of serious weeding and soil prep beforehand then plants that suit the conditions, one watering and then thrive or die.

The results are fabulous.  OH and I visited last May, after Chelsea, because we are hoping tohave a dry gravel garden feature here.   Some pics -


Last edited: 26 May 2017 22:31:00

Demon cat

Posted: Yesterday at 21:24

One of our kittens had a thing about the asparagus fern and either chewed it or dug in it so it has had to be moved.  In previous feline times, I had one that nested in a tradescantia.   

I have also had cats completely ignore catmint planted for their entertainment.  Who can say what cats think?

Allium bulgaricum stems

Posted: Yesterday at 21:12

I fnd that if grown on their own, their stems develop snake-like flexibility and ends.  When I grow them up through other planting they stay straight - at least I'm assuming that's a plausible explanation as I have had straight stems for several years now but, in this new garden, I planted some in an otherwise bare bed and voilà - bendy bits.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: Yesterday at 21:09

I fail to see why the BBC should not aspire to excellence rather than regurgitating the same old same old every year.   

I also fail to see why the RHS section that organises the show thinks it's OK to have main gardens that are more about hard landscaping and water than plants.  It's a horticultural society after all and a flower show.  Me thinks they may have forgotten.  I shall be writing, as a concerned member, to remind them.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: Yesterday at 20:36

Investor panics over Brexit meant fewer sponsors for main gardens, hence there being only 8 this year.  pretty late on the RHS did a deal with Radio 2 to celebrate their birthday by having gardens to represent the 5 senses.   They've done really well to get them together in a very short space of time so I reckon congrats all round to the designers, the  garden builders and the Radio 2 DJs who got involved.  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: Yesterday at 20:32

Yum Dove.  Haven't had any asparagus this year.  Saw some proper green stuff just once in April and far too expensive.  Decided to wait till the price came down but there was no more.  Just the white stuff I don't like.

Have spent ages moving pots round to teh shadier north side of the ruin and then starting the planting of the new bed.   Just stopped and am filthy so a quick shower and then some dinner.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: Yesterday at 19:01

That's a good idea FB.

It is true that AT is better at Chelsea than MD because he's a natural performer and likes people and also knows what it's like to do a garden (Gold medal to boot).  However, even when he was there it was very repetitive so clearly the producer and director need a rocket up their behind.

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