Well with the longest day now been and gone, the garden is now in full swing, and as I write this it’s getting a much-needed water, courtesy of our glorious weather.
The hard work starts to pay off by now. The grass has slowed down, the first or even second crops are being consumed, we have gone through at least two batches of radish and a fair amount of lettuce already! The daffodils and bluebells are long gone and have given way to poppies, margerites, clematis and all manner of summer flowers. Most especially my carnations are now really pushing out.
I love the Pinks, maybe not such a fashionable choice these days, but I get a lot of enjoyment from them, from the single stems to sprays, Carnations, Pinks, or Dianthus. I think maybe they hold a fascination for me because of their hidden meanings. You may know, perhaps that pinks have meanings such as dark red representing a woman’s love. But did you know that Dianthus translates as Flowers of the Gods?
So if you want hand keeping the florist bills down give me a call!
Big news recently in the gardening world has been The Chelsea Flower show, a massive event seeing its 100th year this year, and hosted by our own local hero.
Chelsea and other garden shows such as Tatton Park or Hampton Court, are fantastic ways to get to see a lot of plants, gardens, ideas and innovations and even pick up a plant or two.
However you don’t always have to go to the big shows to get to see some great gardens and get ideas. Locally at this time of year there are many open garden weekends and flower fairs.
For instance Chawton has an open garden weekend on the 8th and 9th of June, and Gilbert Whites House has an Unusual Plants Fair on the following weekend, the 15th and 16th of June. There are also NGS open garden days throughout the year locally.
Local Events often support charities and can often be more relevant as the plants others grow locally you probably can too! Maybe see you there.
Christian Dupont has been involved in horticulture for over two decades now, lives near Alton with his wife. She is also a fully trained gardener and horticulturalist. Both are keen photographers as well as accomplished Horticulturalists. some articles are from the Life Mags but mainly for the Herald newspaper, bi-weekly column in the local business