Well the week has finally caught up with me, having spent a long weekend trying to reclaim parts of the garden at Tumbledown Farm, rushing up to London to Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday and working in the world of archaeology in Oxford for the remainder of the week I am oficially shattered! I was hoping to talk a little about my visit to the Flower Show but my energy levels are at a very low ebb.
I've decided to post a few pictures of my favourite show garden. I'm afraid I must clearly have no taste as I was totally uninterested in both this years gold wining show gardens. Instead my favourite was The Sandolin Nature to Nurture Garden designed by Philippa Pearson. I really loved the vibrant plantings and the idea of having a wild edge to the garden with uncut grass and wildflowers.
Whilst this is essentially a town garden I can see elements of it that could be applied to Tumbledown Farm. I particularly liked the idea of leaving the outer edge of the garden as a wildlife area. This concept would work well at Tumbledown Farm where it already has corridors of approximately 5m in width around the perimeters which currently comprise of strips of grass/wasteland edged by willow and hawthorn hedges or apple trees backing onto large drainage ditches. I would like very much to encourage a greater variety of wild flowers into these corridors as everything is being dominated by cow parsley at present.