Hampton Court Flower Show is a much more leisurely affair than Chelsea but just as exhausting, specially with the temperatures we experienced last week. But it is in such a beautiful setting. What could be more romantic than a 500 year old Palace?
The big marquee is my favourite part, specially as we always start off there and so we are still quite fresh.
Here are some highlights.
We then went out into the searing heat to look at some show gardens. My favourites were blue and white which were a beautifully cooling sight on such a hot day. The Well Being of Women won a Silver Gilt award. I love that white Sanguisorba.
Another blue garden was the Urban Healing Garden. It was a simple design but very effective.
I loved the City Twitchers Garden designed by Sarah Keyser.The planting is mainly white and who can resist a white garden? The seat is a nest of woven willow and it has holes which you can use to spy on your birds.
The Macmillan Legacy garden designed by Anne Marie Powell had a beautiful pod to sit in. The frame is made of metal but it is covered in plants. Highlights here were the chamomile lawn and the lovely planting of Verbascum ‘Cotswold Beauty’ and ‘Astrantia’ and are the orange flowers Cosmos?
The formal Victorian garden ‘A Growing Obsession’ was inspired by the Victorian writer, Jane Loudon’s book ‘Gardening for Ladies.’ The garden features carpet bedding so it is out of tune with today’s taste, but nevertheless very elegant.
I liked the exuberant planting in the Turkish Ministry of Culture’s Garden of Paradise. This garden won the best World Garden award.
We made quick dash into the stifling rose marquee. I always like to look at David Austin’s display.
The theme for the conceptual gardens this year was ‘Sensations’. I didn’t think much to this one called Ready, Aim, Flower.
The best Conceptual Garden Award was won by the garden Equilibrium which was inspired by a shingle beach on the Sussex coast. The posts are old weathered groynes. The restrained planting uses plants found growing on the coast.
Best in Show was won by Hadlow College with their garden, The Green Seam. The idea is based on the regeneration of a disused coal mine in Kent. I love the idea of it. The one criticism I would make that the planting, though just right for a disused coal mine, is not varied and interesting enough for a prestigious garden show like Hampton Court.
By the time we had been here 9 hours, I was very hot and very, very tired and it fact I was beginning to feel like this chap sitting on the bench.
Still it was a lovely day.