My passion in life is gardening and specifically growing flowers from seed

Month: July, 2016

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2016

Yesterday Mum and I went to the RHS flower show at Tatton Park. We’ve been going on and off for a number of years and its a nice day out looking at plants and show gardens. This year as with the past few years we struggled to find the gardens as they had hidden them well. I think we saw them all in the end. For me personally I didn’t enjoy all the gardens as much as I used to, its seems to be about prairie planting and wild flower meadows which in some ways just means weeds to me. I like some of those but a good garden for me is full of colourful plants no matter what other structures they may have. I found a few. The other thing I noticed was that if I liked the garden it would invariably have been given a ‘silver gilt’ medal and if I didn’t like it they got ‘gold’. I know the RHS are looking for something different to myself but I have never noticed this with the medals before.

It was a pretty hot day so we didn’t buy any plants til just before we came home partly so we didn’t have to carry them and also didn’t want them to wilt. We bought 2 Echinaceas. One a creamy yellow colour and one an orangy/red colour. I will post pictures once they have been planted.

I hope you enjoy the pictures I have taken.



If you’ve been following my blog for a while you will know that I have grown sweet peas from seed again this year and rather than plant them in containers have planted them direct into the ground. Well, they haven’t really taken to the large canes they were given to grow up preferring to grow up any nearby plant – delphiniums or whatever else is to hand. I keep reattaching to the canes as I don’t want my other plans strangling! I think next year I will give them a proper structure to grow up – I didn’t really think I had space on the flower beds this year but I will find some.

Anyway, I am pleased to report they are now flowering and smell amazing. I have included a picture, it’s only a shame you can’t smell them through the Internet too! The paler purple plant is the said delphinium they are trying to grow up. It’s very pretty too. 

July in my garden

So finally I get round to getting some pictures of whats currently flowering in my garden and actually I have quite a good choice so what I post this time is only a selection as I need to save some in case there is nothing new for next month.

I have just planted out some little pink dianthus although the garden is so wet, but I bought them on Saturday and I don’t think they would understand if I tried to explain why they haven’t yet been planted so I’ve done it quickly and I’m sure its about to rain again any minute. I have also sown some white foxgloves in the greenhouse, the tiniest seeds I’ve ever seen so I imagine they will all grow in one compartment of the seed tray as I couldn’t easily separate them out.

Last week I was watching RHS Hampton Court on TV and I would love to go one day, I loved a lot of the gardens but ‘concept’ gardens just aren’t for me. If they have to be explained then I just don’t see the point. I am hoping to go the Tatton Park flower show next week weather permitting and if so I will likely post my pictures.

So I leave you with a selection of flowers in garden at the moment, including 2 beautiful climbing roses which get better every year. The pink one also smells lovely wheras the red one, definitely my favourite sadly has no scent at all. Also a lovely bright pink penstamen and some yellow lilies and the end of the red lilies.