We use cookies on this website. To use the website as intended please accept cookies.

Wednesday November 14 , 2018

Blue Daisy Blog

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

Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in RHS Hampton Court

Hampton Court Palace RHS Show 2013

Posted by on in Garden Visits

hamptoncourt2013-1What a day this turned out to be, I’d been looking forward to going since booking the tickets back in February, it was the hottest day of the year so far!  People who weren’t able to cope with the searing temperatures were being carried out on stretchers!  We had gone prepared...shorts, hats, sun tan lotion and plenty of water – but it just wasn’t enough.  I did, as expected, thoroughly enjoy myself but the heat did zap energy and it took away some of the sparkle, the specialness and sheer indulgence of the day.

The show gardens were amazing and never fail to impress, as a designer though I do always look at them with a critical eye and however much I like them I always feel that they are a snapshot in time which of course is the point.  It is the ‘snapshot’ that concerns me though - the planting whilst so beautiful, for the most part, can often be unrealistic or not transferable back in to the average garden.  One reason is the plant spacings so many plants so closely planted that would in a real garden be a haven for mildews, moulds and no doubt a few pests too.  Also some flowering plants will have been forced or delayed so they flower at show time when, in reality they might flower a few months apart, which in itself is an art I agree but perhaps not realistic for the average gardener.  I also question some of the hard landscaping materials used - while beautiful in a show garden - I often wonder how practical they would be and whether they would have lasted a year after the garden was built in a normal home environment.  I could probably write a whole article on this point but I would like to see show gardens that are as inspirational but completely practical too so that the average person can replicate some of those ideas in their own space more successfully.

Continue reading
Hits: 2798 0 Comments

Blog Categories

Tag Cloud

winner Trees Taxus Laurel Wisley Cosmos astrosanguineus Herb Events & Shows garden Alan Titchmarsh paving Berberis Jekka McVicar water conservation green spaces Snowdrops Spring shrubs kerb-side appeal August garden garden design tip New York Highline John Massey ornamental grasses autumn garden Cloches cottage gardens topiary water feature saving water roof gardens Chelsea Flower Show Capability Brown kitchen garden Blue Daisy RHS Absorb pollution gardening on tv water ha ha Matt James heatwave Horticultural Wildflowers September garden plant pots recycled materials gravel acer Chelsea Physic Garden RHS Chelsea July garden hard landscaping watering sweat peas Glasshouse colour in your garden reclaimed materials eco-friendly lawn care Fleece Perennial Malvern Hills garden advice at home Cut flowers productive garden London Decking Urban Heat Island Effect doddington hall basil stonemarket Moss Bank Park patio Ilex deer snow Rachel de Thame elm roof garden spring garden herbs movement in the garden Crocus front garden twitter February garden Toby Buckland Urban Heat Island rococo courtyard December garden Garden Planning garden design June garden April garden Echinacea Mrs Loudon pond CorTen BBC National Gardening Week Horticulturalist James Wong Winter shrubs Buxus November garden unity repetition pollinators composting Great British Garden Revival Levens Hall Kelmarsh Hall February rainwater harvesting grow your own Charlie Dimmock Chris Beardshaw build Hidcote Herb garden Greenhouse bulbs garden room water butt NSALG Cambridge botanical garden Alys Fowler Narcissus RHS Tatton Park wildlife Phyllostachys nigra Horticulture birch Floating Paradise Gardens of London sorbus October garden house plants Achillea January garden Shrubs Bamboo Geranium plants Highgrove hosepipe grey water watering can show gardens Berginia Birmingham Library hydroponic alpines edible garden show pests HNC sound in the garden May garden RHS Hampton Court women and work award Lawrence Johnston vertical garden Joseph Banks Stone Lane Gardens legacy gift Briza maxima March garden Stoneleigh Malvern Spring Show poppies RHS Malvern Hosta form sunflowers career in horticulture Euphorbia terracota Kew Gardens scented shrubs herbaceous borders Daffodils pollinating insects Ashwood Nurseries rock gardens Sophie Raworth timber Tom Hart-Dyke Acuba garden design trends bees rosemary Prince Harry wild flowers National Trust ash Seed sowing Monty Don planning your garden Lantra Kensington Roof Garden Joe Swift Nicki Jackson garden focal points cottage garden summer garden surfaces traditional style Carol Klein spring bulbs Futurescape winter garden cyclamen structure drought GYO blue Selfridges Roof Garden Gardeners World HTA Coastal plants Joanna Lumley bulb display contemporary CorTen steel

Welcome to Blue Daisy Blog

Our Promise

promiseWe work hard to keep our customers happy.  We work to a voluntary customer charter.

Peace of Mind

simplybusinessWe take our responsibilities seriously so we're insured through Simply Business.

Click on the logo for our Garden Design insurance details. For Gardening details see our gardening services page.

Proud Members Of...

landscapejuicen... The Landscape Juice Network where we interact with other professional gardeners, designers and landscapers.