Small gardens today, and I’m going to betray my soft spot for the Courtyard Gardens here. I loved the Fenland Alchemist – the one that won – but for my money this was at least as pretty. It’s Entente Cordiale, a little Franglais garden with a red, white and blue colour scheme that looks so lovely in the sunshine. The girls who built it – Patricia (French) and Janet (English) are hilarious – they’re having a ball and seem to be giggling at something or other nearly all the time.
A little bit of in-show gossip – those clipped yews at the back are actually from Chris Beardshaw and his mentoring scholarship team. Patricia and Janet brought six of their own but only two were any good – they needed four so set off around the showground with only a few days to go, scouting for likely possibilities. Chris, bless him, not only saved their bacon but also delivered the trees right to the garden gate. Awwww….
Pottering in North Cumbria was my favourite. Those pots are called onion pots BTW.
Plant Mad Nige said:
Did you notice that they had croissants and scones on the same plate, on their little tea table? No doubt they would drink entente cordial with these!
The Constant Gardener said:
VP – loved that garden too. The pots were to die for. It’s one of the designers’ husbands who makes them – he’s the Cumbrian potter of the title. Very talented man…Nigel – good grief… your propensity for eye-watering puns continues unabated I see… The Times and Le Monde were there too: getting a little soggy in the rain occasionally but soldiering on stoically. Definitely an English reference, that one.
I love the flowers and the way you show them! gardening is one of my biggest passion. Beth http://www.iflorist.co.uk