It’s been an interesting summer so far to say the least. One which will be remembered for its heat and lack of rain. It has felt like August since June, except hotter. Here, we are scratching our heads wondering if its a blip or a sign of the times.
Congratulations to both Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the Experian volunteer team who did a great job building the stand for RHS Chatsworth flower show.
In the good old days, children played outdoors for hours, only coming home when they were hungry – isn’t that the story? Well it’s not quite how I remember it but apparently now, the majority of children today spend less than 60 mins outside a day, which is less than prison inmates.
We spent our sunset walk picking up plastic bottles, lids, toothbrushes, toys and straws, some of it was broken and unidentifiable. It was food for thought. This coincided with another big push in the media about the single use plastic issue and ocean pollution. They say every bit of plastic that was ever made still exists – somewhere. The irony of gardeners, nature lovers, producing a material which is not digestible by the earth makes me ponder the plastic plant pot issue which plagues the industry.
Back in August I visited Piet Oudolfs, Millennium Garden at Pensthorpe Natural Park in Norfolk. It had been on the wish list for a long, long time and it was well worth the journey. Huge swathes of colour & texture guide you around the garden down to the lake, and you can see the parallels to other […]
A perfect example of old meets new, formal meets informal. Working from an existing traditional Italianate structure, from the 1800’s and filled with modern, naturalistic palette of plants. In 2004 it was planted with 80,000 perennial plants in 70 different flower beds. The box hedging, and topiary combined with many grasses, and architectural perennial plants provide year round interest.
I visit lots of gardens, and I learn something from each one. Then there are those which I love so much that I don’t want to leave. Piet Oudolf’s abundant drifts of perennials towered around me, the bright, bold colours as valuable as the tiny subdued seedheads. I felt immersed in colour, texture, scent and the busy […]