Chatsworth RHS Flower Show

Where do I start.  I know I have neglected this blog this year, but then life takes us all along its path. And I am called to spend time out in Nature, rather than sitting behind my computer screen.. Life is to enjoy.. And especially now I feel inclined to be within Natures embrace more and more.  So I follows the flow, and know those who read will understand if they also feel the flow and follow their own particular pathways through this rhythm called life as they connect to nature.  

So I will share some of what I have been up to as I share my day from my visit to  RHS Chatsworth House Flower Show on the 8th of June, a beautiful day. 

 

This is Chatsworth House in Derbyshire .
In front in the show ground was planted a sea of Cosmos I think they said 12,000 Cosmos had been planted.. Just beautiful

If you click into each photo it will take you to the carousel where you will find I have written more about each photo. 

 

This is for your Mrs C.. I thought of you and your crocheting hook when I  saw this.. Its huge.. Far taller than I. 

I hope you enjoyed.. Have a beautiful Month of June.. And enjoy Nature and your NOW moments.. 

Happy Gardening 

More Award Winning Gardens at Chatsworth Flower Show 2017

While we are spending time getting the rest of the gardens in shape for Autumn. I prepared a post showing you more of those Gardens we saw at Chatsworth Flower Show back in June.. So enjoy 

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Growing up in a rural village in the Derbyshire Dales, this garden grabbed my attention straight away. It showed the many reasons why we so love going out into nature to escape from the hustle and bustle of every day stress’s in today’s modern day world..

You get some perspective of the layout of Chatsworth house grounds are in the photo below when in June I visited the flower show, just how beautiful a setting  Chatsworth House is in.  

Flower show at Chatsworth House

If you click this LINK.. you can see more flowers and what was inside this Great Conservatory below. And the history that surrounded it when it was originally built.

The Large dome glass house was in fact a plastic inflatable replica of the original Great Conservatory. In its day it was the Largest Glass House structure in the world. And was filled with huge Botanical specimens as well as tropical birds. Way before its completion Joseph Paxton began his experimentation with soil types to grow tropical plants in.. And in 1836 was the first in the country to successfully grow  Musacavendishii,  a drawf banana.   

Here you can see Chatsworth house on the right.. And the pontoon spanning the river.. This was specially built for the show.. And inside it was a mass of beautiful flowers.

 So this garden design was showing us how fresh air and wonderful views can help us relax as it helps lift our Mood. As we tune into Nature. 

The manicured mowed path between the meadow grasses where the ornamental cows are grazing shows us the countryside contrasts of meadows and lawns. This garden is  also showing us  the formal gardens, with small box hedges and clipped topiary, and takes inspiration from the great houses whose herbaceous boarders are planted with lush flowers . Such as Chatsworth House.. And I loved how they married the two. 

This Garden won  a Silver Gilt Medal , which is next to the Gold 

I hope you enjoyed seeing this garden and its deserving Silver Gilt Medal Award.. 

Happy Gardening! 

 

 

 

 

 

As Promised.. More of Chatsworth

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Has it been 10 days already? since my last post here.. Time sure is speeding up, but I have to say I really am enjoying Summer.. So as I so enjoyed my visit to the RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth earlier in June.. I still have lots of photos to share of beautiful gardens and blooms.. Where to start ..  The above slide show, shows The Wedgwood Garden exhibition, it won a Gold Medal .  Wedgwood was founded in 1759 by craftsman and potter Josiah Wedgwood. . This garden represented the classic English Feel, bring nature and the elements into peoples homes. Its design explores new materials, and re-imagines the traditional, with the attention to detail and craftsmanship at the forefront. 

I think my favourite garden though had to be this one by Jackie Knight.. It was called Just Add Water.  Water to me is essential, it relaxes and here Jackie who is stood on the stones to the right in boots, has created a space that is not  only tranquil and calm, but is a lyrical to the ear as water trickles down in various stages..  Looking at this garden it looked like it had been here for years instead of a  couple of weeks in the making..  I was disappointed Jackie only got a bronze medal for this excellent garden. 

Just Add Water Garden by Jackie Knight .

 

And just to wet your appetite on the blooms  how about these beauties

Fuchsias

Happy Gardening.. as we enjoy the Summer Sun..

~Sue~ 

 

 

Garden Makeover

Those of you who are gardener’s know that you must have patience when planing a garden.. You also have to have vision.. For you have to wait not one, but maybe many years for your ideas to grow as your plants take years to fill out your garden. 

Coming back from the Chatsworth Flower Show at the beginning of June, we were both inspired to tidy up our back garden. Over the years it has undergone several changes, but I had also mainly planted up annuals in our back boarders. Bulbs and wallflower for spring.. And often got neglected when we were both working full time. 

I wanted more of a  herbaceous border  so that it will take less maintenance. Even though I do not class myself as passed it just yet 🙄 Kneeling and bending up and down take their toll, So again like the flower beds you have to plan ahead. 👵

First things first.. Here is the old photo showing you the decking.. I planted bamboo and some privet in  front of the green house as I eventually wanted to screen the green house from the rest of the garden.. We had planted two conifers too, which we wanted to grow as an archway.  This takes time and patience..

So an old photo of what the garden once upon a time long ago, it looked like this. Picture was taken in 2010 Below I wish I could find one in the 80’s when we moved in. It was very overgrown. No lawn as such, and I replanted the whole lawn then by sewing seed and walking up and down on it to flatten it out.. 

Now we both got carried away with our project that I forgot to take the before photos, As my husband dismantled the decking one day while I was resting. But I found some old photo’s out so you can see what we did.. 

Here you can clearly see the decking, but it eventually got worn, slippy and not safe to walk upon. so it was used to put pots on for years, rather than sit on. You can clearly see we used decking too on the right side to hold the deeper raised bed of earth we had planted.

This Photo above was taken in 2013  you can now see how the arch is forming, and the Buddleia to  back of the decking is growing, and the bamboo are starting to screen the greenhouse, the privet is seen between the arch on the left.. 

Taken April 2017, you see the decking is now out, wallflower are out at the bottom  left where the decking was,and I have re-seeded with grass to make a curve where the square decking was. The Grass which is longer and not showing the hail stones as much. ( as this photo taken in a five-minute hail storm we had)

This has been in stages as the decking came out in the autumn of last year I then planted wall flowers in the space and grass seeded down part where the decking had been as I wanted to extend the lawn in a curve shape to the archway.

The above photo was taken in May, I had cut out the border in a more wavy pattern and stared to plant up the corner where the decking had been, we moved the bird bath and I put my fairy house at the bottom of my garden, where all good fairies now  live 🙂 Sorry this picture is not so sharp and clear. 

The next steps I wanted a more defined border, one where the lawn strimmer would not take the heads off my flowers 😉 lol  So this is the next stage. 

Then we concentrated on the right side of the garden

Now you see the effect from the first photo to the this one I wanted.. It only took  Seven Years to grow to this stage lol.. But it separates the garden from the greenhouse and our outside cold frames. and three dustbins we have for recycling. One for paper, tin and plastic, one for household waste, and the other for garden waste.. Which is not all that much as much of it gets composted in the allotments. 

Here you can see we used larger slats of wood on the right for the raised bed, and continued the theme with the smaller ones to encase the water features.

Now  a few more years of waiting as these plants grow and fill out the boarders

Now for a closer look  click each to get a larger view. 

And of course, we had to have some fairy lights.. Hope you enjoyed.. as much as we did tidying it all up 

 

Happy Gardening

~Sue~ 

Next time more blooms from Chatsworth.

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show visit-part 1

Where do I begin to tell you the wonderful day we had visiting our old haunt of Chatsworth House. This wonderful house is only a couple of miles from where I and my husband grew up.. In fact my husband when he was a young lad, his Dad rented a small holding  on the Chatsworth Estate. He grew up with hens and geese, home made bread, home made butter, and would walk from the young age of 5 the 4 miles it took to get to his school and the 4 miles back with older sisters.  

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We often visit Chatsworth grounds to walk and Hike and if any one in the UK wants a wonderful day out, I can fully recommend their house and gardens as a well worth while visit here in the UK. 

So the day was good to us, as the previous day had been windy and raining and in fact the day after our ticketed visit it too was raining.. So the Universe was smiling on us, for we only had one light shower.. 

I have lots of photo’s that I took and so in-between my gardening posts I will add a few more posts throughout the Summer of the wonderful gardens and flowers that were on show

So today I will show you what we saw as we entered the show ground, this is only a portion of the pictures I took, but you will get the feel of it as I try to choose the best out of my collection to share for you here. 

Bugs and Bees are so important

So in the header you will see the crowds as we awaited to go through the gates and security.. We were early birds so very near the front of the cue.. Hundreds were behind us.  Click on the photo’s to enlarge. 

 

The first on show were The Bug House Competition. These were created by School children from the surrounding counties. The public were asked to decide the winner by placing a plastic disc in their preferred Bug house, the discs would be counted at the end of the show. 

Next were the Well Dressings for those not familiar with what a well dressing is click the first link and it will explain more. 

These wells are made entirely out of flower petals seeds, bark and leaves etc.. And when I was a child I would help by collecting flowers and also be allowed to help fill in the boarders..

By Clicking the Well Dressing Link you can see more about this tradition which is to celebrate the gift of wells and water

Joseph Paxton journey started out as a student at the Horticultural Society where he first experimented in gardens in Chiswick. He then arrived at Chatsworth House in 1826 as under-gardener. Who would think that almost every Banana grown in the western world today would have been the result of one mans quest to grow bananas to grace the table of the Sixth Duke of Devonshire. To see how that came about click the link HERE

 

There was a new category in the gardens this year, and that was Freeform. These encouraged Freedom of expression,celebrating the connection between plants, sculpture art and people.

So this first one may amuse you. 

Another more serious Free form garden is this one..  The Brewin Dolphin Garden. This garden combines reinforced steel rods with naturalistic planting.. So what you see looking like a meadow, each was planted to make it look like a natural setting..

I hope this has whetted your appetite for future parts to the Flower Show,  not to mention the wonderful blooms like  the ones I will leave you with. Next time some Gold Winners..  

Happy Gardening

~Sue~

 

Warmth is bringing out the Butterflies and Bees.

First may I apologies to those whose comments have been awaiting approval for so long.. At the moment I am experiencing some problems upon WordPress and I am not always receiving comments in my notification reader from this blog and my main one. Some are getting through and I think I have answered them, And others I have not seen at all.. 

It appears even when others reply to my comments that I am not always receiving their comments back and I have to back track to their blogs to see if they have answered.. So getting around blog land is taking twice as long..

Plus I have not been spending as much time on my blogs as I have been nurturing myself more these past few weeks..

But this afternoon it was such a beautiful afternoon, and I went for a short walk with my husband.. The sun was bright and warm and the sky was cloudless for a change and a beautiful blue.. The temperature had to be 16deg C this afternoon.. So very warm for this time of year.. But as we know, all things can change, and we see NY in the USA is having snow storms, which can soon travel across Jet Streams and upset the balance again.. 

My Grandmother always said never cast a clout until May is out..  The meaning of this English proverb can be found at this link to those wishing to know. For me it always meant never remove our clothing, for me in those days it was a liberty bodice lol 

Closer view of the many wonderful snowdrops out

We took the walk where the snowdrops were on my last post. They have now all finished flowering.

But We had a lovely surprise, and was accompanied for a short while by a Peacock Butterfly, who fluttered around us and then landed upon the muddy track of recent rains, to have a drink. We also saw one or two lone large Bumble Bees too, always good to see..  

Walking today, I spotted this amazing early Peacock Butterfly in the muddy track.

Peacock Butterfly today having a drink in the mud A closer view..
More about this Butterfly can be found Here at this Link

 I also want to say a warm welcome to those who have started to follow Dreamwalker’s Garden blog Please feel free to leave me your comments and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.. And many thanks for your follows.. I hope you enjoy what you see here.  

I thought I would show you how the Orchids were now looking as there is nothing much to report in the Allotment at this time.. You can see how much they have come along from this previous post in at the end of January in the post Caring for our Orchids

 Happy Gardening and Walking

~Sue~

Caring for our Orchids

As fog and rain along with ice and snow have hit many parts of the United Kingdom, the Allotments have just been visited to pull up parsnips, leeks and the odd spout or two.. Its pure January weather..

So I thought to take a few photo’s of my orchids..

Orchids on my Kitchen window sill

Orchids on my Kitchen window sill

I am very proud that each one of these plants are now in full bud as they finished flowering late Autumn . Apart from the smallest, which I bought last year, the others I have kept successfully for several years.. After numerous failures with other orchid plants .. Which I discovered I had killed with kindness of over watering.. 

So the Key to success is once they have finished flowering is to put them on a window sill indoors where there is not too much heat or direct sunlight and forget about them for a couple of months and then start to water them again..

It looks like there will be lots of flowers ready to bloom soon..

 

And I now have One which has come out in flower

Tips can be found HERE  on how best to prune, water, and keep various orchids  and cultivate them..

To see some of these orchids in full bloom you can see some of them Here on another post I did last Spring.

Wishing you Happy Gardening Days to come as we move through these damp winter days of January..

Happy Gardening

Sue 

 

 

Tidying up and Autumn Digging

How quickly these week keep flying by, as the Autumn chill now starts to bite a little into those early mornings.. The weather though here in the UK has been very clement and this week although we have had a few hefty rain showers, the wind although has been blowing hard has been mild as it has come in from the South. 

This week has seen us in the allotments early mornings until lunch time as my hubby has dug over where the potatoes were.  He also mowed the paths either side and tidied up the edges with spade work to neaten  off the edges. More to show you in the next post as we work on tidying near the sheds. We are taking a short well-earned break away for a holiday shortly.. So we wanted to make sure the allotment is more or less tidy before we go.

Digging over the garden never gets any easier and even after all of the years we have been working it, it is back-breaking work bending to pick out the twitch as you go. 

Below Every Picture tells its own story as to what the allotment looks like at the moment.

This is the view from the top of our allotments. This was where the potatoes were. It has now been dug over. And will keep being hoed to keep the weeds down. The first line of veggies seen are two rows of Winter Parsnips.

This is the view from the top of our allotments. This was where the potatoes were. It has now been dug over. And will keep being hoed to keep the weeds down.
The first line of veggies seen are two rows of Winter Parsnips. You can see here the sweetcorn was still in place before taking out after harvesting all the cobs through out several weeks.

My Hubby has since dug this next space over which was where the sweetcorn was planted. The second row down from the parsnips are beetroot.. The poppy patch to the right has baby carrots, I did weed it a little but was pulling too many carrots up with them. So this will not hurt until the carrots get larger.

My Hubby has since dug this next space over which was where the sweetcorn was planted.
The second row down from the parsnips are beetroot..
The poppy patch to the right has baby carrots, I did weed it a little but was pulling too many carrots up with them. So this will not hurt until the carrots get larger.

Looking from midway down the allotment, I cut the tops off of the leeks to help them thicken out more. Beyond the leeks is curly Kale, Courgettes, Rainbow Chard, and Brussel sprouts. And of course you can see the Kidney Beans in front of the greenhouse. which is full of red and yellow tomatoes

Looking from midway down the allotment, I cut the tops off of the leeks to help them thicken out more. Beyond the leeks is curly Kale, Courgettes, Rainbow Chard, and Brussel sprouts. And of course you can see the Kidney Beans in front of the greenhouse. which is full of red and yellow tomatoes

In the two raised beds I planted Wall Flowers and Winter pansies. These will go into my home garden later on. Under the nets are Spring Cabbage and Lettuce growing. You can see how those strawberry plants have grown again since the last photo taken in an earlier post.

In the two raised beds I planted Wall Flowers and Winter pansies. These will go
into my home garden later on.
Under the nets are Spring Cabbage and Lettuce growing. You can see how those strawberry plants have grown again since the last photo taken in an earlier post.

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I hoed out the raspberries again and tied up new shoots on the loganberries. In the foreground you can see our Mint Patch which is in flower .

I hoed out the raspberries again and tied up new shoots on the loganberries. In the foreground you can see our Mint Patch which is in flower .

Spider need a home too so I was careful not to disturb her web. She is only about one inch a couple of centimetres long.. She looks bigger from the angle I took the photo.

Spider need a home too so I was careful not to disturb her web. She is only about one inch a couple of centimetres long.. She looks bigger from the angle I took the photo.

Well that is all for September and I will see you again in October when I hope to show you work on our home garden.

Happy Gardening!

~Sue~

Blooming Gorgeous

Vase Dahlia'sHello to all fellow gardeners out there.. This year has been a wonderful year for my Dahlia’s I love having a few cut flowers in my home.  But this year has seen an abundance of colour as we purchased a few new tuba’s of Dahlia’s this spring. And we are delighted they have thrived and done so well.. So are the neighbours and family who have enjoyed the cut flowers from the allotments.

Time is busy for me right now, spending time in the allotments, with my granddaughter and enjoying the Sunny days of Summer are priorities right now . 

So I am saying it with flowers..  Thank you for your continued interest in my Gardening Blog.

May your life be filled with colour, and may all continue to bloom as we hold our heads up to the Light.

Enjoy! Love Sue

 

Orchids

I have neglected my Gardening blog  recently.. and to be honest with the weather here in the UK there has not been a great deal to report.. 

My Husband has  sort out fine days to dig in more manure, inbetween hail, rain and snow and at times gale force winds..   So to brighten up my blog for a while and to show any whom may still be following me here.. 

I will post some photo’s of some orchids I have.. ( these are for you Maria )   For we once spoke on how to get these wonderful flowers blooming again..  The lighter flowering one I managed to get to flower last year a few flowers only.. This year it has given me a wonderful display.. 

The darker pink one has been dormant for 2 yrs, but with careful feeding when the other one decided to start producing shoots I had a good talk to it and what do you know, It also decided to produce new shoots and flower.. 

So here are the  photo’s of my orchids..  Enjoy! 

 And hope to share more Happy Gardening in the Allotments Very Soon