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Saturday, 1 June 2019

Looking Good Now It's Early Summer In The Garden Reflecting On Chelsea

Foxgloves are in fashion and we have lots of variety.
Where do we being when its a time of year with so much flower and we have just had a week of the biggest and best flower show in the world. Obviously with the favourites and look no further than the stars of Chelsea Flower show. Always lupins, alliums, foxgloves, poppies, bearded iris, ragged robin always pops up and delphiniums.

This year I spotted pockets of euphorbia, hesperis, geranium macrorrhizum, which  I think is a star geranium. It battles against my ditches nettles and shady spots creating perfect ground cover. More on useful garden thugs.

Geranium macrorrhizum in Chris Beardshaw's garden
Lupins are a hot favourite every year. the West Country lupins which have just got their third Chelsea gold are nock out plants as the powerful names suggest. this is Gladiator we have planted out in pots.Whilst the West Country lupins are taller bolder and stunning both the Gallery and Russel Hybrids are still firm favourite plants.

Lupin Gladiator
Hesperis is pretty and very natural looking. This is in Chris Beardshaw's garden. I've just planted it in a similar position earlier this year in my garden. Hopefully it will look this full next year.I need it to self seed, which it is supposed to be good at.
Hesperis (bi-annual)

I've never seen a Chelsea show without  Cornus Kousa and it's not surprising when you see how fresh it look this time of year. Its a small tree with character. It is a good hardy tree for a small garden.

Cornus Kousa

Ragged Robin appearing wild to the right in Mark Gregory's West Yorkshire garden
Lychnis flos-cuculi is a short lived perennial or bi-annual. Again it needs to seed and naturalise. It is the perfect look for wild gardens. I would add a bit of achemilla mollis and loosetrive (Lyrethium) Wild garden are increasing popular. Naturalising scabious and primular vulgaris and veris (cow slips) is a must for early spring. Always add a few foxgloves, daisies and achiliia but I am not sure if I want nettles!

Mark Gregory's Yorkshire garden
I love the finishing touches the little plant that just makes a feature have character. This a little bit of alpine pink thrift with possibly some thyme giving the old style steps a natural high light.

Kate Gould's harmoniously planted garden.
The Greenfingers Charity Garden by our Kate Gould was the best expample of harmonious planting and perfectly illustrated that harmonious colour planting does not always need to be in pink shades. These colours are so fresh. We hope to have Kate back here at the Nurseries next year for another inspiring workshop.

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