Given that this week has been the Chelsea Flower Show with all its media coverage I thought I’d take a look at my garden to see how the views compare. Of course we all know that the show gardens are precisely that. For show. Not for copying except some of the planting ideas may inspire you to replicate them. As usual irises, alliums, lupins are in evidence, not so much foxgloves this year which I suspect is due to the cold spring. Even the wild foxgloves here are only just beginning to open. And weeds. Apparently we all need to be less tidy in our gardens and embrace not only the S&S but also weeds. I have numerous reservations about the show gardens, how much they cost, the huge carbon footprint of all that heavy machinery being brought onto the site, transporting huge blocks of concrete etc. and I much prefer the smaller gardens for ideas and inspiration.
I can happily say that I am not a tidy gardener. Leaves simply get left on the beds and borders to die down, weeds such as daisies freely decorate my lawn and cracks in the patio and gravel paths, speedwell and scarlet pimpernel are mostly left to roam and Ivy-leaved toadflax is welcome to scramble up the rocks. Herb Robert happily thrives in the shade. My bug-bears are cinquefoil, bindweed, hairy bittercress and cleavers (goosegrass, sticky willy), brambles and dandelions which I will try to eliminate. Living where I do it is impossible to prevent weeds being blown in from the lanes.
I’m now going into my 8th year with this garden and somehow I have ended up with an English Cottage Garden though that was never my intention. I’m still lacking a water feature though I do have a shallow dip in my huge flat rock which I constantly fill up for the birds to drink from and bathe in. They seem to appreciate it.
Jim of Garden Ruminations is now our host and as a former nurseryman has a lot more than the SOS happening over on his blog so well worth following. As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to his site where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world. See here for the participant’s guide.
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Your garden is looking wonderful Jude, definitely a winner. I particularly like the photo of the Lupins with the ClamTis in the background