Helsinki

I am currently in Finland at the moment. I am currently in Helsinki for 1 night and I have been struck by how green this city is. There are small gardens with grass, trees, benches and paths every where sometimes just a few meters square. It’s amazing whst you can do with such small spaces and Helsinki definitely uses thst to its advantage.

Below is a picture of a tram line I saw that grass is being grown between the tracks. How amazing! Definitely a creative way to separate the road.

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Fruit tree pruning

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Today’s job was fruit tree pruning. In the garden we have 6 apple trees, 2 plum trees and 1 gooseberry tree thst all needed pruning today. ( we have other fruit trees too)

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We do this job with the 2.5 meter tall tripod ladde show above and cut with secateurs or loppers. We use a small step ladder for the smaller trees too.

Above is a before and after of a tree pruned. They have to be pruned st this time of year so the branches don’t obscure the apples so with no branches the apples will ripen better. It also smartened up the trees. All the apples from the 6 trees go to make our own apple juce.

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Very exiting day today

Today I visited Great Dixter again to see the garden and to say hello to some of the people I know there. One of the people I chatted to was Aaron Bertelsen who wrote the Great Dixter cook book. I also found out that Aaron had been to our garden a few years back before we bought it. Another notable person who has been here is Beth Chatto.

Below are pictures of the gardens at Great Dixter hope you enjoy them as much as I do the colour combinations and the number of each plant in a cluster is truely spectacular.

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The Pond – maintence

Today’s job in the garden (besides watering of cource) is to tidy the pond by trimming all the leaves that have become too tall and are prevalent if light from getting to the flowers and other leaves. If we did not do this the leaves would become yellow and the flowers would die. They would then begin to break down and decay and become slimy and black.

The picture is off the ladder across the pond when the maintence was in progress. The later helps us get to the centre without falling in. We make sure the stems are cut below the water line so it does not look messy when completed.

Penstemon’s

Today’s job is planting 32 penstemon’s in the top garden (that is 8 per bed). We also have the sprinklers going up there too as it’s so hot and there has not been buch rain for ages. We will relocate the sprinklers to other areas of the garden too  during the rest of the day.

HCFS – Floral Marquee

The floral Marquee is the largest marquee on the show ground and contains displays of plants that have been grown to perfection.

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Plants in defender 

This was not in the floral marquee but I included it because it is so fun. It was created by a nursery offering a delivery service at the show.

Primroses in Mini

This was in the floral marquee and is a wonderful fun display full of colour. This was my favourite display in the marquee.

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Sweet pea

This is excellently put together and a wonderful shape with he green behind bringing out the colours of the flowers.

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Lavender 

Lavender planted in oil drums. This is an excellent example of what up cycling can achieve.

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Lillie’s

This was a spectacular display not only because of the diverse range of colours but also because the hight of the display you cloud almost see it from the other end of the marquee.

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Alliums

This is a good display as it has a good structure with the different levels of the plant make it look like steps. The stalks are also so straight it adds to the effect. The verity of heads of the allium is also spectacular as it really shows the verity in the species.

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Eremurus

I had not come across this plant before I went to the show and I find the colour spectacular. I am now in the process of finding a place to put some in the garden as they will add lots of hight.

Agapanthus 

We have this plant in the garden in blue. This is one of the plants i love as it love how the flower head is full of loads of flowers that are spaced out so each are individually recognised. They are also read bright and go very well with grasses. This can be seen in Perennial Sanctuary Garden designed by Tom Massey that was entered as a garden for changing world in the right hand side of the picture

Some displays can look a lot like gardens

This is a display made in the marquee that looks much more like a garden that a plant display. I love the figures and the planting style around them so had to share it on here. Hope you enjoy it too.

HCFS – Gardens

Today I went to the Hampton Court Flower Show and this post will be on a selection of show gardens I saw at the show. Naturally I did go round and see all of them but I have picked a selection to show on this blog post.

 

RHS Kitchen Garden designed by Juliet Sargeant 

Theses are two pictures I took in the RHS Kitchen Garden where the Hairy Bikers do a show at 11 O’clock every day where they cook in it using produce from the garden. They were also doing  Aquaponics In a few tanks inside a greenhouse in the garden too.  The designer of this garden was Juliet Sargeant who got a Gold medal at RHS Chelsea in 2016 for her modern slavery garden that is a true contrast to this garden showing true garden design skill and talent.

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Miracle / Elements of Life designed by Bill wilder

The next garden is a conceptual garden. Its key theme is portraying all the elements that go into growing plants and enable them to survive. It also brings a focus to other small elements that are less well known and brings about the issue that if some of these elements were gone plants would find it diffract to survive and the world would be changed for ever. The box that fits on the base if filed with water and emits air bubbles up to the plants above. This together with the hight of the garden makes it quite a spectacle and it is definitely my favourite conceptual garden at the show this year. However, I would have loved to see the planting as it looked spectacular from the ground  so I expect it will be amazing if you look at it form above. If you think this too you can see it on BBC 2 at 9:30pm tonight (5th June) on the first episode of three programs the BBC are doing to broadcast the Hampton Court Flower Show.

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Colour Box designed by Charlie Bloom and Simon Webster

This is one of the show gardens at the show. It is on one of the smaller plots at the show. it has some very colourful and vibrant planting at ether side of a path with water on ether side. The three colourful boxes add an interesting focal point to the garden and combined with the planting create a lot of theatre to the design. The message behind this garden is about helping people with horticulture and though this good things can be achieved. All the plants in this garden were donated to it via a page that was set up of the Internet calling for donations. It is reaky amazing of whst must have been a bit of a brick a brack of plants has turned out to be a beautiful garden with a very bright and vibrant planting style.

 

Blind Veterans UK: Its All About Community Garden designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and David Bowyer

This is a garden that has been created for the charity Blind Veterans UK. It is in the show garden category and has some wonderful planting. This is what i have included pictures of. It was difficult to get a picture of the whole garden as there was filming and press activity going on in the garden at the time I was there. Many of the parts in this garden are for stimulating the senses and put together in a way for everyone to enjoy.

 

Not for Sale designed by Mark Whyte and Sharmayne ferguson

This garden is a conceptual garden it is surrounded by 80 tusks that symbolise the amount of animals that will be killed for ivory every day. It is definitely a thought provoking garden with the barren dessert landscape in the centre and bones and skulls of dead animals add to the image.

 

Brownfield – Metamorphosis designed by Martyn Wilson

This garden is part of the gardens for the changing world category and is a conceptual garden. It symbolised the transition from a brownfield site to being regenerated. The planting transitions form being brown with little colour to being green and vibrant in colour as it is regenerated. I particular like this garden as it shows a verity of different materials and the use of rusty metal is interesting gas it blends very well with the panting style.

Hope you enjoyed these few gardens – Tomorrows post will be on the Floral Marquee