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Sunday May 09 , 2021

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

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Is Prince Harry taking after his father for green fingers?

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helicopterseedsYes, you read it right Prince Harry, it seems, has applied to the RHS to exhibit in Central Avenue of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013.

Details are still to be confirmed but it appears the garden has been commissioned by the children’s charity Sentebale which was founded by Prince Harry. It is thought that B&Q will be sponsoring the garden and Prince Harry will be having help from a former Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Jinny Bloom.

Rumours abound that Harry has a passion for Tulips and Begonias, an interesting concept considering some of his latest media altercations and his passion for the Army Air Corps. It’s great for horticulture that someone his age who is third in line to the throne is getting involved, it can only be a positive thing....although I am finding it difficult picturing him planning his garden whilst in Afghanistan!


Latest Update 5 February 2013:

The garden that has been desiged by Jinny Blom with input from Harry while he was serving in Afghanistan is to feature the hearts and crown motif on a stone terrace which was Princess Diana's favourite motif.  It will include Trifolium repens 'William' which is said to be a tribute to his brother and he has requested forget-me-nots. 

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RHS Malvern -v- RHS Chelsea

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Following a survey conducted by Which? Gardening Magazine it appears the RHS Malvern Spring Show is preferred over the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show by its readers.  People have said a huge plus for it was it being in a 'lovely location' at the Three Counties Showground at the foot of the Malvern Hills.  Other draws were its ease of access and parking, the excellent variety of products on sale, reasonably priced plants to buy, porter and creche facility all scored high.  

So if you have never been, now is the time to give it a try!!

Take a look at the RHS website here.

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2012 - A Strange Year!

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flooded-daffodilsI have to admit that 2012 was a pretty strange year and I don't think that I am the only one who thinks that. It has been classed as the second wettest on record yet we saw hosepipe bans in the southern parts of England. We also saw a few other things that would impact our industry for example, an increase in VAT, proposed relaxation in the laws covering building extensions and domestic rear gardens and the government imposed yet more spending cuts which threaten our public spaces making them at greater risk of decline.
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Just a thought

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christmastreeIf you haven’t bought your Christmas cards yet or are in need of some inspiration for the gardener in your family and are looking for a charity to support this Christmas, please do consider Perennial the Gardener’s Royal Benevolent Society.   Established in 1839 it is a national charity for those people who have worked or are working in the horticultural industry and are facing difficult times including illness and financial difficulty.  
They sell cards and gifts and here is the link to their shop http://shop.perennial.org.uk/home.asp  please take a few minutes to have a look around and see if anything catches your eye!
Thank you :) 
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Joseph Banks (1743-1820) - A Brief Introduction

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Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) - one of the most important figures in British horticulture of the 18th Century.

Sir Joseph Banks

Joseph Banks was born into a wealthy family of landowners in Lincolnshire; his father was also a Member of the House of Commons. Banks’ love of nature and botany started at an early age as a school boy at Eton, later he studied at Oxford University where his ambition to become the leader in all areas of natural history and in particular botany began to flourish.

In 1761 Banks’ father died, he inherited an immense fortune and became the Squire and a local magistrate.  This meant he spent a lot of time travelling between London and Chelsea where his mother lived; he continued to visit the Chelsea Physic Gardens and the British museum keeping his interest in science alive.  During this time he began to network with other scientists listening and expanding his understanding of science.  He also began to correspond with Carl Linnaeus who devised a method of plant classification for people around the world. It was these men who in April 1766 were so impressed by Banks, nominated him as a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at the age of 23.

Also in April of 1766 Banks set sail on HMS Niger with an old friend from Eton, Constantine John Phipps now a navel lieutenant who was very interested in exploration.  He jumped at the chance to join Banks and it is said it was he who negotiated passage with the naval vessel to Labrador and Newfoundland.

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