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Chelsea Flower Show And Peonies

May 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Garden Plants, Gardening News

In my last post I mentioned the preparations for the Chelsea Flower Show and this is the week that the show opens its doors to the public. Each year sees more and more ambitious designs to the extent that there is some adverse press comment that the structures are taking over from the flowers. For example here is Louise Gray writing in the Telegraph “Chelsea extravagance reaches new heights” .

Her article has a picture of the Irish Sky Garden taken from above, but to get a real idea of what it looks like you need to see the picture in the Daily Mail which also shows the 30 foot high B&Q tower garden.

Some of the more conservative exhibitors were wearing “quiet smiles of satisfaction” as the weather stepped in and high winds meant that the sky garden had to stay on the ground and the tower garden took on a slight list as reported in The Independent.

After the earthquake and tsunami which devastated his country in March the Japanese designer decided that he would have to abandon his plans, but changed his mind last month and resolved to create a new garden to send a message to the world that Japan was fighting back. This story also comes from The Telegraph.

And I could’nt leave this topic without mentioning the South Korean garden which has as its main feature the smallest room.

Peony "Mischief"Peony "Mischief" detail

A few days ago I visited a local garden and found this magnificent peony in full bloom. There were several specimens in the garden, but this one called Mischief was being featured as the Plant of the Week. My excuse for including this picture is this article by Jennifer Jewell in which has information on both the history of the peony and tips on cultivation. And as I have discovered peonies require patience. It will be many years before those in my garden reach the size of Mischief. Read more..


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