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Monday April 19 , 2021

Blue Daisy Blog

Blue Daisy blog written by Nicki Jackson & Jules Clark - for news, views, garden design, gardening and plant observations and thoughts.

Design Competition Update

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Design Competition - Update

Last week I attended a full day workshop with the other semi-finalists.  It was a long day that started with the challenge of getting to the Malvern Show Ground in freezing fog and -7 degrees but I made it by 9.30am with a little time to spare for a mingle and a quick cup of tea!  Including myself there were 17 semi-finalists and 9 members of the sponsorship teams representing Chris Beardshaw, The Three Counties Show Ground and Bradstone.

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Lawns Gone Wild!

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I recently read an interesting article by Frank Ronan in Gardens Illustrated (May 2010) called ‘Live and Let Grow’ which has inspired me to write another lawn related blog.  It is something that I really like the idea of and have recently seen some great examples.  Some people can be quite obsessed about their lawns ensuring they are highly manicured, if you recognise yourself the following may be quite a scary concept for you!

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Orange and purple for a planting scheme?

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We're loving oranges and purples together right now - to some it may sound a bit garish and not quite their cup of tea but you can get some fantastically striking looks and from some of our more commonly chosen garden flowers too, you don’t have to stray too far into the unknown to get some great effects (see these pictures for proof!).

orangepurple1 Here at Blue Daisy we like this colour combination; it's striking, it's bold and a little bit out of the ordinary!  These colours make you take notice, make you feel like you want to linger and really see how well they work together.

Our favourite oranges of the moment are:

  • Helenium 'Waldtraut'
  • Knipofia 'Royal Standard'
  • Echinacea 'Arts Pride'

And our favourite purples to go with the oranges above are:

  • Verbena bonariensis
  • Geranium 'magnificum'
  • Geum 'Prinses Juliana'
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