|Sadly the cloud trees at the palace were too big to accidentally slip into my bag. I love these so much and always forget how big they are (these are about 12 ft?) should be easy to replicate|
Firstly though I hope Christmas was good for everyone and that Santa has fulfilled your gardening dreams. Here Santa brought back 4 forks that had been bent during digging cunningly put back into shape, 2 bird boxes (I’m all about saving the pandas) and a couple of books. Beth Chattos dry garden I’m enjoying, especially the language but I realise I am guilty of ‘hat pin gardening’. ‘Planting the dry shade garden’ I also like, but the breadth of plants isn’t quite as diverse as I would like with lots of the usual suspects and a few random ones like hostas?! I hope Santa has been good to you too!Anyway, Thailand...... I wish I was still there, over New Year we were with our friend Helen who has just got back from -10 in Canada and she sat there saying its very hot, and we were saying its very cold....
Gardening in Thailand is interesting as they aren’t into gardening in the same way as we are in the UK, and as everything grows so rampantly it is more about controlling nature than celebrating it. As a result there is lots of mowed grass, things in pots and topiary. There is also a big nod to imitate some Western style gardens with some classical Greek sculpture and hideous rose gardens that don’t grow well.
|The plants can make you feel rather small.....Steven in the Suan Pakard palace gardens|
|Simple planting with cycads and a giant Chinese warrior at the palace|
Anyway, saying that there are still some fabulous plants to see and cloud trees to salivate over and also some ideas to take home.
|Lotus's in pots also make me cry as they are so beuatiful, so simple|
|Musa laterita? behind some palms. very easy to do at home with chamerops and a basjoo|
|Musa Siam Ruby???? in the grounds of the Four Seasons|
|Great use of a natural stream, no idea what the big leafed plants are but would guess at some type of musa/canna family|
|They used groundcover a lot, here a type of lily grass very similar to ones here|
|Everyone needs a random monster emerging from the vegetation to scare children|
|From our cycle ride, lots of young teak trees with huge leaves|
|Local orchid farm where they seem to grow like weeds. They all grow in little cups with no soil, just their long roots hanging down|
|Hotel shrine, the Ganesh obsession gets worse!|
|All Thai building have spirit houses outside, this is a typical one for a house near the river|
|Not everything in Thailand is chic! a random Daffy Duck in the grounds of a temple in Chaing Mai|