Chelsea Flower Show Show Gardens, part 1

Chelsea show gardenMy favourite show garden at RHS Chelsea has to be the Window Through Time garden designed by Roger Platts to capture “the design trends and themes of Chelsea shows past and present”.  I just loved the planting, the framing sculpture, the domed topiary at one end (above) and the more natural victorian cottage garden style at the other (below).  It was a delight to photograph.Chelsea show gardenchelsea show gardenshow gardenI love the green wall in this roof garden by Nigel Dunnett, the designer of the London Olympic Park wildflower planting.  You can’t tell from this photo, but the garden used water beautifully.  show gardenchelsea show gardenThe Laurent-Perrier Garden by Ulf Nordfjell is a bit too stuffy for me to really, really  love it, but the work that has gone into creating it is frankly impressive.  More show garden photos to follow very shortly!

RHS Great London Plant Fair

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I popped over to the RHS Horticultural Halls last night after work to check out the RHS Great London Plant Fair. Got to say, with all of this dreadful weather it was such a pleasure to see all the spring bulbs on display and the scent really hit you as you walked into the halls.  I wish I could have made a night of it as they had a brilliant band playing, the Gin Garden were there and there was so much to look at.  But, I had another appointment so off I went just as things were getting going.  I took a quick vine video but can’t for the life of me get it to embed, so please do click here to see it.

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RHS Hampton Court Flower Show: Best of the rest

Here are our final photographs from RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.  The lovely people at Badger beer were serving samples of their delicious range (Hopping Hare, a fave).  Their garden and beer fountains were lovely, but jam packed with people, so no photos.  Excellent sign though.

I love wildflower meadows…

The Garlic Farm‘s exhibit was my favourite in the Growing for Taste marquee.

Pennard Plants vegetable display.

Lovely Sussex hens at the Flyte so Fancy exhibit.

Rose of the year, You’re Beautiful.

Cacti in the Floral Marquee at RHS Hampton

I have done my Floral Marquee round up in an earlier post, but I wanted to make special mention of Craig House Cacti‘s stand as it was my absolute favourite. They won a Gold award for their display and helpfully wrote down the name of the Consolea Falcata that I rather liked for me to order later on their website (carting around bags and cameras is not conductive to delicate plant buying!) and their online range looks to be rather extensive.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2012 – Floral Marquee

We were so lucky.  So so lucky.  We went to our first Hampton Court Flower Show this year and amidst weeks and weeks of rain, the sun shone. It was glorious and sweltering and I was rather inappropriately dressed (work dress, incl. black 60 denier which I laddered – hot!).  Fortunately for me, we found a beer tent upon entry and I had packed sunglasses.

As newbies we were mystified by many things, number one being the countless people pulling along their purchases with box carts – after an entire afternoon on site we were still none the wiser as to where people were purchasing these things.  Also the Plant Heritage Marquee completely passed me by and we missed a number of show gardens.  Amateurs.  But anyway, I loved it.  We took an awful lot of photos.  Here are the best of the floral marquee.