Two hundred years of gardening history in Ambleside and over forty years of running a garden centre means that Hayes Garden Centre is pretty expert in most areas related to gardening. One of the first generation of Hayes family members actually lived next door to William Wordsworth – perhaps they discussed daffodils?
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Although Ambleside is not on my doorstep and I am unlikely to be able to call in and buy plants in the near future, they do sell many other things online. They have a vast range of outdoor furniture to choose from – with lots of terrific discounts right now – and their nationwide delivery cost is a very reasonable £7.95, so instead of getting hot and bothered buying locally, check out their website.
The scale of these gardens means that they are an excellent source of inspiration for our own gardens. Among the details that caught my eye was the ivy panel in a timber wall  in the ‘Urban Serenity’ garden.
In the ‘It’s Only Natural’ wildlife garden a curved wooden bench doubled up as a log habitat for insects.
This garden was alive with bees and hover flies so the designer clearly knew what he was doing.
Hadlow College’s ‘Food 4 Thought’ deservedly won the Best Small Garden medal. Beautifully designed and planted with a mix of ornamental and edible plants I was particularly taken by the table with a central trough in which strawberries were growing.
‘A Lost Loved Garden’ was a garden gone wild with abandoned metal bedheads artfully arranged and an attractively dilapidated shed. It was well done and I did like the detailing.
The ‘Garden Lounge’ stopped me in my tracks. I’m not sure that I liked it (too elaborate for my taste) but the craftsmanship was extraordinary. The slate lamps were a tour de force and the quality of the hard landscaping was stunning.
‘Food For Thought’ (different spelling and a different garden) had created an attractive log wall. Maybe I’m drawn to these because I do admire nicely stacked logs and do my best to create something similar in our own log store.
Off to the year’s third major RHS Flower Show yesterday and walked myself to a standstill. Despite spending 7 hours at the show, I left feeling that there were a few things I would like to have returned to, but by that time my legs had other ideas and walked me firmly towards the car. I took loads of photos and I’ve selected some of my favourites of the gardens, details and people, as well as some that I thought were worth commenting on. There’s something for everyone at Hampton Court from the serried ranks of perfect leeks [Attention!] to the finely detailed not-so-soft furnishings of The Garden Lounge with its working lamps and cushions made from sun and moon-proof (?) fabrics.
Fairies seem to be obligatory – thankfully there didn’t seem to be any goblins this year (I loathe those pokey-fingered pointy-eared critters) and I was actually quite charmed by the fairy in the clump of heartsease in the Midsummer Night’s Dream Garden [Midsummer Night’s Dream/A fairy at the bottom of the garden]. To buy tickets for the rest of the week or see which gardens won the medals go to www.rhs.org.uk