RHS Hampton Court 2015

Hampton Court Palace flower show 2015 could not have gone better for our first show garden appearance.  Being awarded a Silver Gilt medal and having the honour of receiving the People’s Choice Award for best small garden was truly the icing on the cake.  Here’s a few pictures of the finished garden.

 

 

 

 

 

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Take a look at my RHS Hampton Court pintrest board to see its progress

Take a look at the recent article published in Landscape & Urban Design (page 60 & 61)

Take a look at the RHS article for the garden

A Few favourites from RHS Chelsea 2014

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 …

I love my yearly visit to Chelsea, so even with a broken foot I managed with the help of some friends to spend an afternoon topping up on design inspiration.  Due to limitations I had to plan my time and focussed on the show gardens only, I wasn’t disappointed.  The patinated copper archways of the Brewin Dolphin Garden by Matthew Childs were magical, the elliptical pond filled with dyed black water in the Tour de Yorkshire garden by Alistair Baldwin was contemplative and my favourite along with the peoples choice was the Hope on the Horizon garden by Matt Keightley with granite blocks symbolising the soldiers’  physical being and the planting to reflect their psychological wellbeing.

Take a look at my RHS Chelsea pintrest board to see a few pictures of my 2014  favourites 

What’s your style?

Garden design is all about personal choice…

So do you prefer straight lines to curving arcs, traditional planting to minimalist blocks of colour, contemporary stainless steel planters to terracotta pots?  Whatever your desire, there are designs, materials and plants to create the perfect space for you.

To help you realise what your likes and dislikes are please find links below to pinterest mood boards to reflect various different styles which will hopefully make your decisions easier.

Formal

Informal

Contemporary

Cottage

February jobs to be done

Here’s what you need to do…

  • For early vegetable crops its essential to warm the soil before sowing, cover seedbeds with polythene or cloches.
  •  Complete pruning of climbing roses and rose bushes before new growth becomes too strong.
  •  Cut back ornamental grasses and other perennials left for winter interest, pulling out dead flower stalks.
  •  If weather is mild enough to allow the soil to be worked, lift and divide clumps of herbaceous perennials replanting immediately wherever possible.
  •  Prune Mahonia once flowering is finished, by removing spent flowers at their bases.  Overlong shoots can also be cut back at this time of year.