Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Done! The garden opening and things at their best

So the NGS garden opening is all done for another year, we had 192 visitors and made £1300 for charity! A huge thank you to everyone who came and helped make it happen. It is a big thing to open the garden from the prep to the running things on the day, and this year there were 11 of us showing people round, washing cups and serving tea. Thanks to the people who made cake, and to all the gardening slaves...

It is a funny thing to open your garden, as gardening in general is quite a solitary pursuit and then all of a sudden there are hundreds of people walking about. When I sit down I probably breath out and relax for 5 seconds then see a weed that needs pulling, or something which isn't behaving as it should be so it was a fabulously affirming thing to hear how people liked the garden and how people had come back (again!).

Each year is so different and in general it has been a good year for the garden as the mild winter has meant that many things such as the overly rampant Cobea survived. It has also been wetter than usual, which has been a relief as it has meant that I haven't spent long hours panic watering as I usually do. However, this has been the worst year for slugs which have been horrendous, despite many mass slaughters. They fought back eating all my dahlias meaning that they are probably a few weeks behind where they should be and the garden isn't as floriforous as it should be. But this has been the most jungly year yet, the bananas are lush and flowering and I have never had so much luck with gingers!

Everyone is now exhausted and it has been good to have several days to enjoy the garden in its most perfect state. The great thing about the NGS is that for one day you will have done all that is on your 'to do' list and that things are primped and primed to an inch of their lives. A few days on it changes again, as flowers need deadheading, and new plants come out, but for a few days it has been perfect...

The crew..thank you!

Last year the Hibiscus flowered on the opening day, this year it flowered on the Friday!

Bananas on the banana tree

bunting a go go

The hosts...

Doing the teas is clearly a very relaxing job!


Monday, 1 September 2014

Our Camberwell garden opens for the NGS this Sunday (7th September) 2-5:30pm

On this Sunday, from 2-5:30pm, our garden will be open for one afternoon only to raise money for the charities supported by the National Gardens Scheme

The Yellow Book says....

An exotic garden full of the exuberance of late summer inspired by travel in Southeast Asia. A jungle of big leafed plants, bold colours and shapes including bananas, dahlias and tetrapanax. Huge ‘secret’ garden gives the garden unexpected size with ponds, bee hives, sunken terrace, productive area and greenhouse of carnivorous plants. Featured on BBC Gardeners World and in the Independent. 24 Grove Park, Adm £3.50, chd free

Also available is:

- Lots of lots of cake
- Some plants for sale
- Camberwell honey from the bees in the garden

To find us we are at the Chadwick Road end of Grove Park, exact location is found here Driving should be relatively easy as there is lots of street parking, and we are about 10 mins walk from either Denmark Hill or Peckham Rye Rail stations. If you want to eat our favourite close by restaurants are Ganapati (Indian) you will need to book, Victoria Inn (pub food) however leave lots of room for cake!

UPDATE! Of course there are train problems on the day its self! trains to Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye seem to be up the spout. If so the best way to get here is to travel to either Vauxhall/Oval and then get a 185 bus which takes you all the way. You can also get a 40 or 176 from Elephant and Castle. For all these buses you can get off several stops after the one for Denmark Hill station at the Canning Pub/the stop after that. Good luck!

Come! you can also eat some of the nicest cake in Cambewell. full NGS and address details here

Some pictures to tempt you in....

Thursday, 14 August 2014

I love Glasgow! an amazing glasshouse, tree fern heaven!

Last week I was up in Glasgow for work and being inspired by some of the many volunteers who are part of Diabetes UK and making a real difference to people affected by diabetes.

It being my first time to the city I managed to escape for a few hours to look a the botanic gardens which were a short walk from the center, and i was so glad that I did as they have the most amazing glasshouse and best collection of tree ferns that I have seen in ages!

The highlight was the Kibble palace, a marvel of Victorian glasshouses inspired by the Crystal Palace stuffed full of different Cyathea and Dicksonia

Cyathea regale

Huge cyathea medularis, browneii, and dealbata with some Dicksonia squarossa 

Cyathea browneii

Equisetum myriochaetum

Cyathea princeps

then as if that wasn't enough there was another extensive glasshouse complex, my favourite being the palm house

Finally although the Commonweath Games were well and truly over there were still remnants all over the city and I couldn't resist a selfie of Clive with Clyde