One of the quirkier things that the RHS is doing to celebrate the centenary of the Chelsea Flower Show is to temporarily lift its ban on gnomes – and to mark this historic occasion Scarlett Jewellery has made a silver Chelsea Pensioner Gnome charm. On a larger scale, it will be interesting to see whether there are hoards of the critters hiding in the showground shrubberies or just the occasional tasteful antique terracotta gnome decorating a designer’s garden. To view the collection of silver charms, including gardening and flower charms just visit www.scarlettjewellery.com
Hopefully 2012 was a good year for you. Here’s a look back at some of our favourite posts from the last 12 months.
Earlier in the year it was fascinating to see Great Dixter out of season – just look at the bare of foliage and precise pruning of this fig. As the season came to life there were some extra special plants :
Those delectable delphiniums at Wisley. The frothing Anthriscus in Nogel Dunnet’s garden at the Chelsea Flower Show :
and the laugh out loud moments :
This toilet was given a makeover at Chelsea. It wasn’t just the show’s that provided inspiration though. This buried treasure was a treat.
These lovely sunken gardens are a consequence of exploratory digs that have uncovered the remains of the previous cellars.
More recently one of the most popular posts was this Hobbitable Home, perhaps because we’re a nation of home owners. You can probably guess the main highlight of the year, I dare say that a few of you would agree. It has to be :
The Olympics. Everything about it was fantastic and that includes the planting. What a fantastic year. Here’s to 2013.
Every Chelsea has its own unique atmosphere, its dominant themes and colour palettes – and particular plants that crop up time and again. After last year’s austerity, it was good to see that the Show was vibrant and optimistic once more, if a touch safe. Not that I miss the vulgarity of blue glass mulches and multicoloured plastic baubles of earlier years, but there was definitely a feeling of restraint to most of the large gardens. This actually resulted in designs that most of us could happily live with – which really is no bad thing.
But there is a little bit of me that enjoys being challenged by a touch of outrageousness.
The Luxembourg Gardens in Paris mounted their first ever display of their collection of rare orchids
I’m not very keen on some of the foliage colours of heucheras and heucherellas but this display did make me smile
This interesting and informative display in the Great Pavilion explored historic gardening techniques.
I’d never heard of hot bed growing described as French Gardening
Medwyn Williams grows vegetables like no others – and has now been joined in the business by his son and grandson
Avon Bulbs make bulbs irresistible
More temptation from Avon Bulbs
The luxuriant and fragrant Alhambra-like display at David Austin Roses
Garden Organic are promoting their One Pot Pledge in the Great Pavilion
Proof that insect hotels can be modernist as well as rustic
The wirework sculpture was so realistic I can imagine that it trotting round the Great Pavilion checking the other displays at dawn
Caramba! Dahlias have evaded the taste police and are back in the Great Pavilion
Hilliers Nurseries explore various colour themes of which this was the prettiest
Hilliers star new introduction – although its name will take some learning
Single white paeonies are much in evidence
Roger Platt’s garden is sure to please the crowds but was a bit lacking in drama for my taste
The stream in Kazuyuki Ishihara’s garden feels as if it has been there forever
Fleming’s Nursery garden is always a hymn to the outdoor life in Australia – and very masculine
A woodland area behind the building in Tom Stuart-Smith’s garden
Monday’s weather created the perfect setting for L’Occitane’s Provencal garden