Sunday, March 24, 2013

A taste of summer?

Well - with the snow thickly blanketing much of the UK, it's hardly gardens weather! Snow started falling on Thursday night and has been steadily accumulating since then. In Nottingham, we seem to have at least 15cm (6in) which is not only unusual but quite unseasonable this late. Just before the snow fell, I noticed with dismay that the only flowers I could see in our street were a tiny clump of miniature narcissus and some rather faded artificial blooms in a neighbour's garden! Spring will be late this year. And for those of you reading this in my other home in Palm Springs - DON'T complain about the heat or the wind!

Anyway with all that in mind I thought I might try and cheer us all up with a touch of summer colour from last year. Even that is a bit washed out, as I recall taking so many of these photos dodging between the showers and downpours of summer 2012. Anyway - have a look and dream of summer with me!

Roadside planting that caught my eye for colour and exuberance

Cottage Garden in Barton in Fabis

Chelsea exhibit - totally inappropriate as a real planting but great combination for the theatre of a flower show

Small garden at BBC Gardener's World Show

Hestercombe - one of Gertrude Jekyll's masterpieces and beautifully restored

One of the wonderful streets in the Meadows, Nottingham where the community have transformed drab surroundings

The streamside garden at Dumbleside, open under the NGS and one the best local gardens

Tulips - can't wait! They spell summer for me!

Chelsea flower show garden - understated but beautiful planting

I just loved the shapes and planting  in this garden at the Tatton Flower Show

The White House Garden, Keyworth - again open under the NGS
The Eden Project - a damp day but colourful experience

Dodging the showers again but couldn't miss the Jungle at Heligan

Formality and tradition at Compton Acres

Tregrehan - wonderful plant collection but odd garden and dire weather

Curious garden in the shell of a partly demolished building in Redruth
Tomorrow I am off to London to judge at the RHS Great London Plant Fair. Who knows if there will be anything to judge with this cold spring and whether the intrepid nurserymen will have managed to battle through the snow from rural locations to get to central London. I'll tell you all later in the week!


  1. We do love the theatrics of flower shows. Some, or more likely most have unrealistic long term planting schemes but you can always pick up certain elements from them to inspire you and gain ideas that you can apply to your own garden. Such a dragging winter! So many spring events in the next few days yet so little spring so far!

  2. Summer or spring wishes are here, too...for us to be sunny and only 53F, it takes one biting wind from the poles. Here's to us both seeing more late March and not January! Your images from last summer (that Jekyll garden!!!) help soften the blow.