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Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 16:10

Hello Liri.  I have made a start.   Too many to load here so I've begun to make albums on Photobucket sp anyone who wishes to can peek at leisure.

Here's the first - small gardens, both artisan and fresh:-


I really wanted to take the whole Japanese style garage for the mini home with me - but not the mini itself.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 14:19

Friends of mine called theirs the Randy Rector, such were his roaming habits.   They ended up hacking him down because he became uncontrollable.   My Kiftsgate needs a bit of a hack and training session too as it's wrapping itself round window shutters.   Going to look fabulous soon when all the buds open.

Punkdoc - entirely not your fault.   Verdun has presumably gone to ruminate, maybe on why he gets in so much trouble, so often and with so many different people.   He'll be busy in his garden too since things will be growing thick and fast in his balmy climate.

Still raining here but I refuse to do any ironing on principle.   OH's job whilst watching sport on TV.  

I have seen a heron giving a crow what for after it got too close to the nest - circling higher and higher and making lots of noise.   Here we have jackdaws starting to nest on our old chimney pots.   This could get interesting at the feeding station if they succeed and breed.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 12:35

Unfortunately we had no choice, given Chelsea dates, and we assumed everyone would be on the roads on Friday evening.   The stuff in London was normal Saturday traffic and roadworks.  How do people live with that?

Log store sounds good.   We were in an Oxfam shop On Friday and I picked up a DR Hessayon book on DIY garden structures which is going to come in very handy for just that kind of thing.........

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Posted: 29/05/2016 at 10:14

Morning all.   Home now after spending a great deal of time in mobile car parks yesterday.   Had a fabulous day on Friday visiting Beth Chatto's garden and then Flatford Mill.   Photos of harden will follow but OH got quite excited about plants and combinations.   A first.

Yesterday we had to go from Colchester to Dover via West Ealing because OH forgot my haul of Chelsea goodies - plant lists, catalogues, seeds, lily bulbs - when he packed the heavy metal into the car (peony supports and a crane sculpture.   M25 solid in places, west and south London solid, M25 fairly solid when we joined it again and then the motorway down to Dover became a lorry park for the last 10 miles creeping along at walking pace at best.

5 and a half hours!  Should take 3.  Ferry delayed because of all the revolting French but apparently the NF had been in Dover all day and they'd caused disruptions.   Then there was a "medical emergency" so all engines stopped while we waited for an ambulance.........   No bovver at all in France and hardly any traffic.  Finally home at 11:45pm having left Colchester at 8:45.

Today is grey and a bit drismal.  There's a big pony games competition at the riding school and farm over teh road so the dogs are barking a lot.   I have to go and buy ice cream because Possum has eaten it all and then I shall get to the lily bulbs and then all the photos from Chelsea, Hyde Hall and Beth Chatto.

WW - that carex Ice Dance makes great ground cover and will spread slowly or quickly depending on how happy it is.   I have mine in dappled shade in my woodland corner and it's doing well against the nettles invading from the field behind.

Hugs to all who need them and happy gardening to those who can today.

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Posted: 26/05/2016 at 19:12

Checking in again after Hyde Hall today.  Huge plot of land but still a fairly new RHS garden so lots "under development" or "coming soon".   The first thing we saw was a very entertaining gathering of the local walkers and trainers of Guide Dogs for the Blind puppies sat at on the terrace having coffee and tea.   After our own coffee and sandwiches we set off to explore the dry garden and the hill and the modern and cottage style country gardens and the rose borders and so on.  

Took photos and smelled roses and made notes and discussed our own future plans.    Took just over 2 hours and then we were done so we headed off to Colchester and had a walk through Castle Park and then round the old town centre.   Just about to download the photos, have a shower and head out for dinner.

I have over 400 from Chelsea to sort out and  100 or so from Hyde Hall so a fest coming up for me.

So sorry you've had storm bovver Busy.  Hope it gets sorted soon.  

We all use paper tissues here so I often have bits all over the kitchen when I sort out the washing.   

It's been sunny today.  I may be a little bit pink after such a cold day at Chelsea yesterday.

Beth Chatto tomorrow and more sun if we're lucky.

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Posted: 25/05/2016 at 16:17

Afternoon all.   Just got back from Chelsea and am exhausted.  No pics yet cos the camera battery gave out just as I got to Chris Beardshaw's garden.  Fortunately I had my phone with me.  Just need to get home so Possum can help me download them.   As soon as the camera has juice again I'll share those photos.   Loved Diarmuid's garden.  It's mad with its twirling trees and up and down sliding window boxes and the clockwork model of inventor in his shed.   Good planting too.

Loved Cleve West's garden except for the toy globe which was a jarring note.   Loved CB's garden and a couple of others.  Hated the Provençal garden - tatty and arid and weedy looking.  Might be fine as a wild landscape but not what I want in a garden.   Liked the Berber inspired garden which was also arid but looked thought about and considered and had good plants.  Mathematical garden very interesting.

Andy Sturgeon's garden was clever but sooooooooooooo dull with its planting.   The Yorkshire garden is sumptuous.  Lots of glorious planting in other gardens too and the Pavilion was really interesting this year .  We did not queue to go through the train and we did not queue to peer thru the hole in the granite block but we did peer thru telescopes at the eye of the needle sculptures at the Birmingham city garden.  Absolutely mad but wonderful.

I took my secateurs to the Felco stand for restorative surgery.  They spent 6 months over wintering in a compost heap after Possum tossed them in with the pelargoniums she'd been dead-heading.  All seized up and the blade has chips in it.  Chappy said he'd never seen anything like them but they'll be delivered, fixed, to SIL in Lancashire in 2 weeks' time.   I bought spare blades and springs for my other pair.

Also bought seeds - fancy primulas, pollinator attractors, clematis koreana and herbs plus some lily bulbs and a Zimbabwean metal crane and 3 rusty peony supports.  Great fun in the tube back out to friends' house in Ealing.  Glad I don't have to do that more than once a year!

Off to put my feet up and have a zizz while the camera charges.

Progress update

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 15:05

Well I've just loaded up several photos of hostas for Hostafan and it went without a hitch.   Quicker than the previous system.

Still waiting for an improved background and screen colour scheme though.  This pale grey and off white with spidery text is not comfortable.

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Posted: 23/05/2016 at 14:43

Well, it doesn't look like the sun will shine before I leave so here are some hostas for Hosta.

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Posted: 23/05/2016 at 11:21

I'll be there on Wednesday too Liri.  Get there early to beat the crowds to see the show gardens up close and take lots of photos.  People are good-natured about letting people thru to see.   Don't forget to take a plastic bin bag to sit on for lunch unless you're treating yourself to a sit down in one of the fancy restaurants.  The seating around the bandstand and refreshments area goes very quickly.

It's still cool and damp and grey here.  I have to feed Possum who is on a tight revising schedule with set meal times.   Yikes.    This pm I have errands to run and people to see and shopping to do so we're all set for our trip tomorrow.

I watched the Chelsea show while cooking dinner and have set up the rest to record, just in case I don't get to see them in the week.   .Camera battery is on charge too.   

Wallander recorded too.  I prefer the Swedish version but have to watch intently to read the sub-titles so can't knit or embroider as I usually do when watching TV.   Dog cuddling maybe.   Idle hands and all that.   

Have a good day everyone.

Beautiful 'weed' - but what is it?!

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 11:06

Not a weed.  I reckon it's aquilegia.   Self seeds when happy but any excess is easily pulled up or transplanted to where you want it.

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