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

Sunday December 05 , 2021

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: 4799 0 Comments
0

Blog Categories

Tag Cloud

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

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.