Tuesday, 4 September 2018

The 2018 NGS Garden Opening: things at their best

A huge thank you to everyone who came to this years garden opening. We were blessed with amazing weather which brought out the crowds and in total we had 255 visitors and made over £2200 for charity! 

The biggest thanks must go to the 14 people who volunteered to help make it happen: Wendy, Laurence, John, Marten, Sue and the kitchen crew, Sam on plants, Derek on honey and Jennifer on the Prosecco pavilion and the Grimsby door security. Everyone was marvellous. As was anyone who made a cake (we had about 25 in total) and who spread the word. Also a massive thanks to Alan who donated a huge amount of succulents, bananas and cannas which got a good few people very excited!

So some pictures of things at their best...








This (above) was the one plant the people asked about! Salvia involucrata 'Bethellii'  which was looking stunning....below is the normal Salvia involucrate. I love Bethelli as it has those big buds which are really architectural. However, it is harder to get through the winter...I'm not sure if this is the slugs or snails! so I take lots of cuttings about now...         






















Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Garden open Sunday 2nd September 2-5:30pm



The National Gardens Scheme says

An exotic garden full of the exuberance of late summer inspired by travel in Southeast Asia. A lush and naturalistic jungle of big leafed plants, bold colours and shapes including cannas, bananas, Bamboos, dahlias and towering paulownias.
Huge ‘hidden’ garden, created from being able to buy the bottom half of two of the neighbour’s gardens gives the garden an unexpected size. Overall there are two ponds (one for wildlife and one with fish), bee hives (honey hopefully for sale!), a productive area and contemporary sunken terrace full of prized plants.

The lower lawn has lots of seating and hidden corners give space to sit and enjoy the tea and cake for which the garden is renowned

Wandering the garden we hope you will be surprised by unusual plants, and lost in the exotica.

Featured on BBC Gardeners World, BBC the Instant Gardener and the Independent magazine. Garden News Garden of the week (2018)






We are located in Camberwell on the Chadwick Road end of Grove Park with plenty of street parking.  Dont be confused by my road that has a bit loop and odd numbering! look for the bridget....We are a 10-15 min walk from Denmark Hill or Peckham Rye Stations Map here

Some pictures to tempt you in....















Monday, 30 July 2018

July: hot hot hot!

So we have just had our first weekend of rain in what seems like several months. England has also been super hot which has meant that I have been having to do a lot of watering. 

It has been a weird year with the beast from the east freezing everything, then a deluge, and now super hot and drought. 

I'm not the kind of person who leaves a sprinkler on overnight as the wasting water guilt sets in, so I have been strategically watering the precious plants and annuals whilst the others have roasted and crisped at the edges. Generally it has been ok, and it was only last week that the Tetrapanax began to drop their large leaves. The heat has also been super good for things like the bananas that were cut down the ground over winter and they are still going great guns. 


 Note how dry the lawn is!




Newly created seating area by the summer house



 Terrace all looking super lush and pampered




 The bees have been super busy....Im praying I get some honey!

 Top garden during the rain when it was super exotic!



Thursday, 24 May 2018

May: waking up

So far this has been an odd year as the cold weather of the beast from the east really slowed things down. Everything then jolted into life with a very warm snap which reminded me of how much I need to do! Since then it has been action stations with...

- The Ensetes coming out of their winter resting point in our meter cupboard to root in pots in the greenhouse before slowly now being planted out
- Too much sitting on the Internet buying new plants including a load of triphylla fuchsias...this will be the year of the fuchsia!! also a new discovery with Remusatia and too much aroid temptation....
- Lots of soil, I think I ordered in about 50 bags of compost. I always forget how heavy they are to carry and order more than I need as in my head I am an avid mulcher/soil improver
- Seeds: lots of Tithonia and datura
- moving heavy plants, a big champerops and a big Washingtonia because I love moving plants when the soil is super heavy clay
- more plant buying to replace the seedlings and fuchsias fried in the greenhouse in that very hot weather!

Coming up....

Canna cull: this is the year for dividing over congested clumps
Terrace lushness: this year I want a very lush view and revamp
New seating area: this is such a good idea in my head, but practically??
NGS garden visiting: the new season is here! get visiting!

Happy gardening

The terrace full of pots of recovering exotics, thankfully most things survived (although the bananas were all cut down to the ground?




The forget-me-nots are in the process of coming out leaving bare earth to plant out the bananas and annuals




lush green carpet of geraniums


The summerhouse area is a lot better with a moved Butia adding its exotic elegance







A new hanging of les objects trouve






Tetrapanax are getting v tall! their huge leaves now beginning to unfurl