Comment on Chelsea.

Soft landscaping.

Natural planting is still very much in vogue.

 Foxgloves, Alliums  Lupins and grasses were popular plants.

Box squares have been seen often in recent years.

Hard landscaping.

Metal is still evident .

Metal edging, metal bridges and metal  panels were everywhere.

Granite and marble make beautiful features.


Both formal and informal designs took awards.

The anniversary of the First World War gave inspiration for some super gardens.

This could be a great summer for RHS Flower Shows!



Chelsea Flower Show 2014.

The grounds of the Chelsea  Pensioners’ Home will once again provide the setting for The World’s Best Flower Show.

This year celebrates 50 years of Britain in Bloom.

Alan Titchmarsh will be building a garden for this.  It is not in the competition.

Monty Don is the new presenter.

Coverage is on the BBC all week.

As a designer I will be interested in:

The most popular plant of the show.

The new trends in design.

I am sure that plants will be important again.

Young designers include:  Hugo Bugg ,Brewin Dolphin,Harry and David Rich,

I am sure that Clive  West and Adam Frost will also be there.

Let us hope that the weather is perfect for such a wonderful event.




The Botanic Garden ,Wollaton Hall, Nottingham

The Nottingham  HPS  have their own garden at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham.

It is located near the Coaching Courtyard.

The Open Evening was an opportunity for members and guests to view this lovely walled garden.

As  you might expect ,the garden was beautiful.

The beds were labelled according to plant types.

Members were at hand to talk to people .

Refreshments added to the relaxed atmosphere.

I saw quite a few plants I had not seen before.

Of course I visited the plant sale.

There was also  a chance to see the Camellia House.

This is what gardening is all about.

Horticulture , conversation and  gaining a knowledge of new and interesting plants.



A new venture in planting–summer bulbs.

The seeds are germinating well in the propagator and outside in the cold frame.

I have never planted Summer bulbs.

This year will be different.

Mine have arrived .

They include: Anemone,Acidanthera, Galdiolus, Oxalis and Liatris.

I am sure that they are going to provide and wonderful burst of colour later in the year.

To make the most of gardening it is a good idea to bring in new ideas into your garden.

By doing this the enthusiasm is regenerated.

Enjoy your garden.