Sunday, 19 July 2009

Pots of gold!

Sempervivum calcareum from Triora, Italy (Fernwood Nursery).

I expect many people went to this years Hampton Court Flower Show hoping to bring home a treasure or two for their garden. For some it was the latest Heuchera from Heucheraholics or rose from David Austin. For me the gems of the show were the Sempervivums. I was blown away by the display in the floral marquee from Fernwood Nursery. It won a gold medal and quite rightly so, it was inspiring.

Fernwood Nursery at Hampton Court 2009.

I've been building up a selection a succlents all summer with the view to making my own little display at home and after seeing Fernwoods display I couldn't help but get a few Sempervivums for the project.

Sempervivum 'Rosie'

Sempervivum 'Mulberry Wine'

So at last I have made my first little display of succulents in the garden. It's not quite up to Hampton Court standards, but I'm relatively happy with it. Plus, I found smashing up a couple of old terracotta drainage pipes with a hammer to be immensely theraputic.

My first succlent display :o)

Of course, I didn't do it all on my own. I had help...

Stilton has been overseeing my playtime in the garden as usual!


Amazing said...

Stilton is so gorgeous:

Amazing said...

I've some of these in my garden and one of them is sending out a flower on a stalk: I will do a pic later today:

Sempervivum calcareum

Rothschild Orchid said...

They are wonderful aren't they. I think there is a pic of one in my blog about Barnesdale, it looks like a tiny mouth reaching out!

Martyn Cox said...

I'm rather fond of sempervivums as well. If you haven't been there, visit Fernwood's Nursery in Devon - you'll be amazed at the sheer number of different varieties and how they are displayed. I last visited about four years ago and came away with a bootful of the little beauties. Mr and Mrs Fernwood (Howard and Sally Wills) have also published a good book for identify the many varieties - I'm sure they probably sell it from their website.

Rothschild Orchid said...

I must admit I scooped the book up at Hampton Court when I saw it. Now I've had a look at it and their website I have added Fernwood to my list of places I really have to visit when next in Devon.

We have some large sleepers leaning against the side of one of the hay stores here at Tumbledown that I'd like to reclaim and plant up with more sempervivums.

So many projects and nowhere near enough time!