Thursday, 9 July 2009

Nature to Nurture at Hampton Court

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.


Juliet said...

Well, I was a bit worried when I saw all the pants ...

I actually won 2 tickets to Hampton Court flower show in a competition earlier in the year - but not being well enough to go, I gave them to R's mum and stepdad.

So I'm glad to see there were some flowers there for them to look at ... I had visions of them wandering round surrounded by people in their underwear, wondering quite what I'd given them tickets for ... :o

Rothschild Orchid said...

I hope R's mum and dad enjoyed the show and didn't get rained on too much. There were rather a few pants on show I have admit. Next year I will go to Malvern or Chelsea instead and see what else they have on offer.

Juliet said...

They said they quite liked the pants! - not that they'd want pant hanging baskets in their own garden, but the way they were displayed gave them ideas about what to do with their washing line in the winter!!

Rothschild Orchid said...

Blimey! I'd be careful not to leave any undies behind when you stay with them Juliet or the next time you visit you might find a bunch of petunias in your bra :oP