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Can you tell me what that plant is?

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Show week at Chelsea, and it’s been a delight to meet visitors and speak to them. Rather gruelling after some rather long (and hot) days during Build-Up, but such a pleasure to hear the response to our garden. Here is a typical day manning the garden!

Visitor: This is fabulous! My favourite garden so far

Me: Thank you, glad you like it!

V: How wonderful to see some colour at Chelsea at last, it’s about time

M: Yes, we love colour in the garden, too

V: Can you tell me what that plant is, the tall yellow one. Is it a Delphinium?

M: No, it’s a Verbascum ‘Cotswold Queen’ and its from Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants in the Pavilion

V: Did you make the mosaic yourself?

M: No, Maggy Howarth designed and made it – she’s the best in the country for these pebble mosaics

V: What is the name of the shorter iris at the front of the border?

M: Iris ‘Jane Phillips’  – the other one is Iris ‘Superstition’

V: Did you make the mosaic on site when you built the garden?

M: No, it was made off site and took three months to create

V: Do you know what the Pavilion is made of?

M: No!

V: Did they lift the mosaic in one piece into the garden?

M: No, it’s made in sections and put together on site, rather like a big jigsaw

V: Can you tell me where the aviary is in the garden?

M: Its the big blue building taking up half the garden!

V: Is that double flower a tulip?

M: Yes, ‘Cassablanca’

V: Was the mosaic always here and then you created the garden around it?

M: No, we had the mosaic especially commissioned and made for the garden. There was nothing here when we arrived except grass

V: I think you were robbed, you should have got Gold and Best In Show! This is by far the best garden here – I love it!

M: Thank you, so do we!

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The aviary has landed

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

First day on site

The aviary settles in

Carl's beautiful Lakeland wall

Hellebores looking good at Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants

It’s been nearly a week on site and work has been feverish. By Monday, the boundary hedge was in and on Tuesday morning the aviary arrived from its long journey down from Kendal. Built in sections, it was simply placed in its allotted position in the garden and bolted together. Chelsea Show Manager, Alex Denman, says it looks fantastic and visitors will love it! We wondered if the bright colour was perhaps a little too bright but even with the barest planting in the garden, it looks imposing and rather grand.

Carl has built a stunning Lakeland wall using stone brought down from near Ullswater. He’s coming back at the end of the week as we decided to raise the hedge and build another terraced wall for this area. Today, the mosaic path arrives and will fitted together like a giant jigsaw: Kirkstone’s gorgeous slate paving will be put in place on the terrace so that by next Monday, we’re ready to think about planting. Plants have benefitted from the cooler weather, keeping everything in perfect condition as I found out when I visited Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants in Whitchurch, Hampshire on Tuesday.

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