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 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.

Friday Scout: Gardening Inspiration

Happy Friday!  Every week I will be sharing the best outdoorsy and gardening blog posts for your distraction and pleasure.  The above instagram is a wildflower mix from the floral marquee at RHS Hampton Court.  This weekend I have lots of work to do, a lawn to mow and an exciting garden to visit.  Hope yours are excellent and the sun shines.

The DIY Light Bulb Vase on the Free People Blog.

Locally Grown: Portraits of Artisanal Farms From America’s Heartland, a post on Design Sponge about Anna Blessing’s new book.

Hackney Shed by Office Sian (I would love this in our garden).

Butterfly Illustrations by Joelle Wehkamp on Lottie Loves Blog.

Slottsträdgården Ulriksdal, a visit to this lovely nursery on the Frolic! blog.

Harvesting radishes on Soule Mama.

Not strictly garden or outdoor related, but The Busy Trap is an interesting read.