Winter Gardens

Winter Gardens

An excellent comment on what to appreciate in the winter garden.

Vergette Gardens

I started writing a blog post, got a bit bored and checked out twitter instead. I wish, and you may also wish, I hadn’t. The social media we make for ourselves usually coincides with our work, our aspirations, people who make us laugh or make us think. So it should come as no surprise my twitter timeline is jam packed with horticulturalists and gardeners.

Over the last few weeks it’s been a visual assault, starting with the apparent need to make orange great again, closely followed by multiple pictures of purple plants. Then red plants and flowers got in on the action with a hashtag. Today apparently had to be cheered up because multiple photographs of a Summer Garden will stop us feeling Blue.

Enough now, please!

Gardening is seasonal, life is seasonal, so shouldn’t we take the now of life and celebrate it a bit more. The winter garden…

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Last Garden Design for 2017

Last Garden Design for 2017

So pleased to end on a good note with a happy client. The overall design for this garden has been set out so I am ready to complete the more detailed outline plans for the different sections of the garden in the new year. What a wonderful way to start 2018. Sorry for poor photo but you will get the gist. Time to get ready for Christmas!

I hope everyone enjoys a fabulous Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2018.

 

Grasses in the Garden

Grasses in the Garden

An excellent article on http://www.hauzz.co.uk about using grasses in the garden by Patricia Tyrrell which includes a picture of Stipa gigantea in a garden that I designed. It shows how this tall translucent grass can bring added beauty to a planting scheme.

Country garden in early summer

Radicepura Garden Festival 2017

Radicepura Garden Festival 2017

I was lucky enough to get a guided tour of this new garden festival in Sicily when visiting recently. What a delight. There were not a large number of show gardens but all had been constructed with care and attention to detail and had survived an extremely hot summer. The use of native plants that have been specifically researched and known cultivars which are suitable for the Mediterranean climate were a revelation. One exhibit shows the land map of Italy and its specific flower, fruit, nut and vegetable production particular to regions in the country. The planting had really matured this late in the season so looked far better than my photographs show.

This is a very new site and event and I look forward to the next show in 2019. The UK was well represented this year by Sarah Eberle and James Basson, both well known Chelsea Gold medal winners. The designs were all to a very high standard and the explanations to long for me to give here so check out the website.

It was so quiet, we had the whole place to ourselves. Make a note in your diary for the next event. 17radicepura_aprile17_creditialfiogarozzo

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Mount Etna in the background, an exceptional tropical house and art installations. A good excuse to visit Sicily.

Stay in one of the Agritourismo Sicily hotels, or move around and try a few as we did. https://www.agriturismo.it/en/farmhouse/sicily

https://www.radicepurafestival.com/festival/gallery/