Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Orchids




Despite being split and moving house, the orchids have survived and have burst into bloom - some nineteen flower heads at the last count.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Underwater magic?



The Cayman Islands staged this wonderful underwater reef garden, using plants all grown in UK at Newington Nurseries and everything else was sourced within the perimeter of M25. The backdrop is a composite photograph (from 300 images) of Little Cayman's Bloody Bay Wall, which is a world famous dive site. (The photo is said to be 1.7 gigapixels - how big is that!!!)
This display in the Great Pavillion, won a Gold medal in the floral category and the "President’s Most Creative Award".

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A rare wetland garden at CFS



This unusual garden combines English irises and American pitcher plants with many other bog plants. This is not just for Chelsea as the garden is going to Suffolk after the show. How exciting that we can plant the strangely beautiful sarracenia in British gardens.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Copper and glass



Early morning sun shines through the blue glass of this copper sculpture

Friday, May 22, 2009

Midnight colours!



More dark colours in the biker's garden 'Ace of Spades'. These zantedeschias have a unique mulch of nuts - the metal kind.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Monsters in the flower beds



The biker's garden was full of bike bits, including this lovely monster peering through the aquilegia.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Real flowers at CFS



There were plenty of iris in the planting schemes, but these alliums looked lovely among the grasses and the cornus.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Plasticine at CFS



At Chelsea Flower Show, James May made a plasticine garden, with a tree for all seasons in the centre. It was fabulous! And RHS gave him a plasticine medal. If this encourages more people into gardening, then maybe he deserves a real one too.

Friday, May 08, 2009


This is a picture of Jeanne Argent's sculpture of Alice Through the Looking Glass and it can be found in the grounds of Guildford Castle near the Chestnuts, the house that Lewis Carroll leased for his six sisters after their father died in 1868.
Through the Looking Glass was published in 1871 as a sequel to Alice in Wonderland. Through the looking glass, Alice finds a book of poetry, which includes Jabberwocky, plays chess against the Red Queen, and meets many other characters.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Alice through the Looking Glass in the grounds of Guildford Castle, near where Charles Dodson (aka Lewis Carroll) lived.

Saturday, May 02, 2009


At last, after three years, our Meconopsis 'Lingholm' is flowering. The long - about 60cm, stem pushed up from the leaves, which as usual are breaking in half, and this lovely flower is emerging.

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