More from Chelsea!

As well as the Big Show Gardens at Chelsea they do have some smaller ones, more like most peoples’ gardens.  These are called The Artisan and Space to Grow Gardens and although they are smaller, they are still packed with plants and other features. 

This is one of the Space to Grow Gardens called “The Harmonious Garden of Life” designed to explore different ways we can help regenerate our ecosystems.

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The planting was very natural and quite wild.

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Below is “The Manchester Garden” which was designed with plants in mind to fill in urban spaces and make green statements.  All the plants were chosen for their resilience, adaptability and suitability for the climate and space in a city environment.

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The gentleman in the tie (below) is Adam Frost, one of the presenters of BBC Gardener’s World and he was doing a segmant on the show about pathways and how they can be used in any size garden to great effect.

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One of my most favourite plants is Rhododendrons and they do well in our soil and they are mainly evergreen so really do help during the winter months to provide some cover.  There were many exhibits but this was our favourite in the Great Pavilion.

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The one above has quite large bell like flowers.

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The peach multi-coloured one was so pretty especially against the pale cream one. 

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A little model train was running around in amongst the plants.

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I also love the Azalea being so much smaller but a lot of flowers for not a very big plant.

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This picture does not do this plant justice really.  Again bell like flowers and it is a miniature Rhododendron.  I have ordered one to put in under the large Rhododendron we have in the border already.  If it likes it I will take some cuttings and put them with our other Rhododendrons.

Along the same vein, I love Hydrangeas too, but again you have to have the correct soil and position for them to grow.  I have put one in our garden to see how it gets on and at the moment it is growing but we shall have to see.  This Hydrangea (above) was stunning as it is actually an arched flower spike so really tall as you can see from the second picture above right.

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We have one area in our garden at the right hand side of our patio which is perfect for a small cottage garden area.  Unfortunately the woman who owned our home previously thought she was a marvelous gardener but all she did was put hundreds of hardy geraniums in.  This resulted, because our soil is so wet and does not drain easily, becoming home to every slug and snail in Derbyshire!!!  The first time it rained after we moved in the whole of the patio was covered with slugs and snails! 

We have frogs in the garden and they try their best to keep the slugs and snails down but they are so fat they can hardly hop about!!!  Of course slugs and snails just love cottage garden plants, especially my favourites; Lupins and Delphiniums and I am so tired of buying plants just to feed the horrible things!!!  However I do keep trying!  The displays of these two plants were amazing.

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The Lupin display was just stunning.  My favourites are the lighter colours as below rather than the more vibrant, darker ones.

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However I love all of the Delphinium colours and would have all of them in our garden if they horrid things didn’t eat them as soon as they are put anywhere near the soil!

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If I had to pick a Delphinium colour it would be this blue.

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I also love the fox glove and all the colours that comes in and the slugs and snails do leave these alone so I am trying to cultivate more of these! 

I hope you have loved Day 2 of the show pictures.  I still have more to show you.  We are in for a busy weekend with jobs and things to do and hopefully the weather is going to stay nice tomorrow so DH and I can get things done in the garden.  At the moment, as it is Bank Holiday, it is due to rain on Sunday and Monday but that is fine as we have plenty of things to do inside as well.

Have a great weekend, whatever you are up to.

Hugs, Susie xx

Our Day At The Chelsea Flower Show, London, #TBT.

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Yes it is Thursday and I am doing #TBT to yesterday!  DH and I had a really lovely day and I took 160 photographs!!!  Yeah for digital photography!!!  I will split the pictures over a few days otherwise you may get overloaded! 

Like the Quilt Shows I only took pictures of what I really loved and what interested us otherwise it would have been over 1,000 pictures!!!  The weather was perfect; warm, sunny but some cloud cover so it wasn’t baking hot.  The crowds were not too bad as it was an RHS day so it was not jam packed and you could walk around without any problems. 

There was always a lot of people around the Show Gardens, which obviously you get to see all of them on the TV, but what amazed me about them is how on TV they are described as being big but actually in person, not so much!  We did not stop at all of them just the ones we wanted to see and our favourite was the Yorkshire Garden, which won a Gold Medal.

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The garden featured a miniature canal and lock gates with the lock keepers cottage next to it and his garden. Above is the cottage.

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The path leading to the lock and cottage.

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The lock through the trees, above and below.

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The lock and water with the planting around it, above and below.

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Whilst we were stood waiting to get to the front to see the lock, a bumble bee came to visit the fox glove where we were standing.

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We got to the show at 8.30am having driven down the night before and stayed just outside London.  We completed the last twenty miles in the morning, fighting our way through London traffic.  When we arrived we had a walk around the show gardens and then had breakfast.  After we went into the Main Pavillion, which is the size of two football fields and has displays by nurseries and specialist growers and also by associations/companies etc who sponsored a display. 

DH and I liked the Pavilion the best out of all of what we saw.  There was plenty of room to move about between the displays and some of them were absolutely amazing and despite the heat of the day it was surprisingly cool inside.

My favourite display in the Great Pavilion of them all was the National Dahlia Collection stand which obviously featured all the different types of Dahlia intermingled with lots of other plants, fruits and vegetables.  It was a very large stand in the centre of the Pavilion.

When I took some of the pictures I got the names of the particular plant  with it, so we can hopefully add some of them to our garden. 

This display was a large rectangle and the colours flowed around it as you will see and they were stunning and the smell was just amazing.

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It started with quite pale pinks and blues with the dahlias, fox gloves and delphiniums.

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The above is a native, very small, sweet pea called Lathyrus Sativus and is tiny but so pretty and I defintely am going to find this and add it to our garden.

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The pinks and blues are my favourite colours.

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As you can see below the stand moved around from the pinks into the fire colours

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The opposite end to the where the pinks and blues were was a full vegetable plot and fruit trees.

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This was definitely my favourite.

I learnt about plants and gardening from my Grandfather, Frank Knight.  I used to help him in the school holidays in the garden (IF I wasn’t sewing with my Grandmother!!!!).  He loved his garden and it was worthy of Chelsea Flower Show.  He had specimen plants in it, as well as trees and fruit trees and behind a neatly trimmed hedge a huge vetable plot and his greenhouse.  He also had an immaculate lawn where I was not allowed ever to do cartwheels on!!!!!!!

Two of his favourite plants were Clematis and Roses in every variety and there were several growers in the Pavilion with these plants.

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Clematis in all shapes, sizes and shades.  Unfortunately they would not do well in our garden and it would mean growing them in containers.

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DH and I planted a climbing rose last year at the top of our garden and so far it seems happy where it is.  I love Roses (they are my Birthday Month flower) and the main stand was David Austin Roses.  Mr Austin sadly passed away last year but his company is going strong and they had a large stand in the Pavilion and also there was a main tribute to Mr Austin for all his work over the years.

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I have a few more ideas where we can plant some roses in the garden now.

There are still a lot of pictures to see, so I will be back tomorrow with more and what else we got up to on our day out.

Happy Thursday Everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag.

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The last few days have been lovely and sunny and warm so the back door has been open from early in the morning to early evening and I have been outside all the time!!!!  I just love this weather.  Mom was throwing my tennis ball for me for a while and then I decided I wanted a rest!!!!!

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Mom has bought me a new ID tag which is brass and has deep engraving and then painted black.  This side as you can see says that I am microchipped and the other side has Mom and Dad’s name and details on.  I don’t notice that I have a new tag but Mom says it sounds different on my collar!

Youngest and I are on our own today and I love it, as I get away with a lot of things when Youngest is in charge!!!!  Mom and Dad are back later today.

I hope you are having a very happy Woofy Wednesday.

Treacle.

 

Busy Day.

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I got all my work done this morning and then had to dash to do some grocery shopping as DH and I are going to Chelsea Flower Show tomorrow!  Can’t wait.  We have been watching it on TV and seeing all the gardens being set up and a view of the Great Pavillion, where there are displays of every flower you can think of.

We are going down tonight and stopping half way and then finishing the journey in the morning as you cannot bank on the traffic and we have to get through Central London and across the River Thames.  The weather tomorrow is forecast to be warm and sunny.

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The show opens at 8.00am so DH and I are hopefully going to be there when it opens and get a good look round and I have packed our picnic.  I have charged the battery on my camera and cleared the card off so I can take lots of pictures. 

Youngest will be in charge whilst we are out and looking after Treacle for us.

I will see you back here on Thursday with lots of pictures.

Hugs, Susie xx

Winter has Come and Our Watch has Ended.

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Well after Eight seasons and the only question being who shall finally sit on the Iron Throne, we find the answer is no one!  Even Daenerys didn’t get to sit on it for one second after the final battle!  Are you disappointed with the finale or are you happy with the way it all turned out and it was not all wrapped up with a neat bow? 

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My only thought is about Jon Snow and I may be missing it here but he obviously did the deed that no one else wanted to do but was punished for it by being sent back to the Wall where his journey really began.  However he goes through the gates at the end with Ghost and the Wildlings and to me that means that he has given up the Nights Watch and is making his life with the Wildlings as their King.  He did say in Episode 5 that he wished he was going back beyond the wall so that is where I think he has gone but everyone else seems to think that he is just going on patrol and escorting the Wildlings back but I don’t think so as he looks back when the gate comes down, as if saying goodbye.

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My other thought at the end when Tyrion, as Hand of the King, is holding the first Small Council Meeting and they are all there, yes younger versions of the original small council members, that it is just the same as the first Season, which means that nothing really changes.  They are still arguing about the same things!!!!

I cannot wait for the book to finally be published to see all the intricate details of all the other characters that surround the main story to see how that all plays out, so please hurry up and publish please Mr Martin!

I think that whenever these epics end, like Avengers: End Game, you feel a sense of loss but hopefully the Prequals, of which I have one of the books to read, will be as good.  I am a little sorry the way it ended and that Daenerys did not get to reign after all that she had been through but then again her personality changed so I suppose it was a fitting ending!  Out of them all I think Jon got the raw deal but then if my theory above is accurate he did get what he wanted in the end.

After this I don’t think I will be watching much TV as all my favourite shows have ended and there are only a few left and I have not found any to replace them.  However that means more time I can spend doing other things like Quilting, sorting the Boys Memory Books out, gardening, spring cleaning, decorating.  Plenty of things to fill my time.

I hope you all had a good weekend.  I decided not to do any quilting as my eyes were very sore and everything ached so I had a weekend doing nothing!!!!  It did feel good actually to not do a lot!!!!  Next weekend is another three day weekend when we are going to finish the Spring Cleaning and also hopefully get some gardening done too!

Hugs, Susie xx

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Is It Friday?

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Yesterday turned into a bit of chaos!!!  DH was out at business meetings all day, I was catching up on work and then doing house jobs, Youngest was at home for a while and then in and out and the Boys’ Godmother called and then in the evening DH and Eldest went to look at a new car!!!!!  I fell into bed at 10.00pm exhausted!!!!!

 

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Work yesterday very much felt like the picture above and I just about managed to get everything sorted so that today I could finally finsh a lot of jobs!!!!!  I have completely lost track of days this week.

Molly’s Mom very kindly sent Treacle a filled bone at Christmas but Treacle only has these when it is nice outside as she makes the most horrendous mess!!!!

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As the weather was lovely yesterday and so warm, she took her bone oustide yesterday morning at 7.00am. 

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Here she is in the sunshine with her bone.  It took her at least five hours to finish it and then spent the rest of the day carrying it around the garden!!!!

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She won’t like it when we have to wash her legs and face!!!!!  You have never seen such a mess, but she loves it which is the main thing!!!!

I have a huge basket of ironing to do which is quite good as it is a little cooler today and DH is out all weekend at a swimming event so I have a whole weekend clear for quilting.

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I hope, whatever you are up to, you have a wonderful weekend. 

Hugs, Susie xx

Anyone Have Time To Come Outside?

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Today is just lovely and sunny and warm and I have been outside since 7.00am this morning and only came in to collect my lunchtime biscuit!!!!  I just love this weather.

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This is how Blue the sky is today with just a few whisps of white cloud.  Mom took this from her car so the black band is where she rested the camera but then got the car too!!!!!

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I had been outside all day yesterday too as the weather has been so sunny for the last few days but I was really tired last night and got to snuggle with Mom at bedtime!!!!!

I love this Spring weather.  I hope you are all having a great week.

Woof, Treacle xx