Saturday 25 February 2012
But that poses another problem. Have gone for open building - no lockup, nowhere to hide. Will that work? what's more M&M Timber have some really nice contemporary containers and panels that would look great with spiky plants - but they do not go with the paving or the look I planned - can I incorporate them?
Need a decision on the positions of the cross bracing in the Pavilion before I can plan - is this an excuse. I know alex is frantically busy so unlikely to reply - relief - I can still use the excuse!
So that's Chelsea - sort of. Inbetween desperation bouts have been to London - another fun slot on Alan Titchmarsh. Been to Banbury - "Take the Backache out of Gardening" - great fun and a great audience. Chris Wilde is raffling himself for Garden re-Leaf - will buy a ticket - lots of work to do here and no time. Have a knee injury too - but that's another story.
Been to Scotsdales at Cambridge talking 'Grow Your Own' - so really feel I need to do something with my veg. plot this weekend.
On the positive side I fell in love with Pieris 'Katsura'. Have admired the new growth on this pieris since it first appeared on the scene, but I had not really seen it in flower. The sprays, or should I say recemes of urn-shaped flowers are bruised pink and truly spectacular. I photographed it against Hebe 'Red Edge' - nice!
The very talented Paul Hervey-Brooks, a Chelsea designer (note I did not say another Chelsea designer) looks like he has a spectacular project at Hampton Court. Thrilled for him - and green with envy.
Tulips starting to push through the compost in pots around the house and on patio. Fortunately winter containers still look great. Photinia 'Little Red Robin' really is a good plant for a pot. It looks really good next to Cornus 'Midwinter Fire' in a container. I wouldn't use the Cornus as a long-term container plant but its useful to have over winter and then plant into open ground in spring.