Springing to life

Two days into spring and a realisation, having just flicked through my calendar, that it’s only six weeks before we are on site to build the garden. After weeks of frantic planning and discussions, it seems almost ethereal that this garden which has been buzzing about in my head for so long is getting closer to realisation.

Plants are growing happily, although I have no idea at this stage what is going to make it, and what isn’t. A visit next month to Hampshire, where most of the plants are, will put the front runners on the starting block. I was asked by a journalist recently which plant will be a ‘must have’ at the show this year: selecting one plant is a challenge to a self-confessed plant nut but then, I quite like a challenge. I think it will have to be the voluptuous Paeonia ‘Sarah Bernhardt, seen in the photo above in a client’s garden in Hertfordshire. She’s very sexy and will look perfect lounging around in the borders of our Chelsea garden.

Jonathan rang me excitedly yesterday to say the main structure of the aviary, which is being built by craftsmen in Cumbria, will be put up at the end of this week. The ornate decorations and roof will follow, but at least we’ll get some idea of the size of the building. Mark Richarsdson, landscaper, and I are going to Cumbria after Easter for a flurry of visits to see the aviary progress, visit Kirkstone to look at the slate and see Maggy Howarth and the mosaic. Mark is busy working on some templates for the terrace steps to send to Kirkstone so that the steps will fit perfectly on site, rather like a jigsaw puzzle.

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