From visiting flower shows, to watching flowers grow, here’s my summer summary of all things floral,
in my English country – ish – garden!
Woburn Abbey Garden Show
First things first, I really need to tell you about The Woburn Abbey Garden Show; my family and I visited last weekend and it was absolutely brilliant. My job was to judge the school planters competition, which was really tough as they were all fantastic. Thankfully, head of estates, Martin Towsey was on hand to guide me through and together we picked the winning entry, well done Ridgmont Lower School!
After judging was over we were free to explore the garden show & stalls and Woburn Abbey’s beautiful grounds, including stunning herbaceous borders, the Duke & Duchess of Bedfordshire’s private garden and the many ponds and wildlife areas on the estate
Thanks to Sophie from SA Floristry for patiently teaching me how to make a floral crown for my Mum
It was great to bump into Rob from Hardy’s plants, we first met when I became an RHS Ambassador 4 years ago; he won Best Nursery Display Award. Also at the show, gardening legend, Adam Frost, he’s so down to earth. He chucked me right in the deep end by swapping places with me on the Q&A panel, I’ve never been so terrified and totally out of my depth, but I gave it my best shot!
After a few cheeky purchases – including this handsome orange tree – we headed back through the beautiful deer park, back to our camper van, exhausted, but happy. We camped on the estate and took some evening strolls and saw some pretty epic wildlife, including muntjac deer and a badger.
Big shout out to all the staff and organisers for making us feel so welcome and making it such a great weekend, it was an exceptional show and I’ll defo be heading back there next year.
Meanwhile, back at my English country garden..
It’s not quite:
Daffodils, heart’s ease and flox
Meadowsweet and lady smocks
Gentain, lupine and tall hollihocks
Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots
In an English country garden
but we’re not doing too bad, with…
- There’s veggies in the raised beds – at the mo there’s courgettes, spuds, onions, shallots, leeks, sweetcorn, peas and broad beans in there
- Looks like the fruit trees and bushes are doing great – blueberries, blackcurrants, apples, raspberries and strawberries
- Just like most gardens, we’re in a bit of a gap where the next lot of flowers are just ready to blossom, but a few weeks ago the geums, alliums and red hot pokers were at their best. The foxgloves remind me of Alice in Wonderland, as I can imagine them trumpeting and talking to each other
- The pond lily is looking pretty spectacular in all the recent sunshine and it looks like all the tadpoles have ‘hopped’ out to new homes
- I’ve done a bit of repotting, including this cactus – I’m still pulling spikes out of my hand – and I’ve also repotted an apple mint taken from a cutting
- In the greenhouse the tomatoes are flowering, so fingers crossed. We’ve got dill, Greek basil and coriander for culinary herbs. Chilli, cucumber and aubergine aren’t doing their best
- The whole garden is alive with insects, loads of bees and even damselflies and dragonflies around the pond
I’ve really enjoyed my time in the garden recently, as school has been full on with back to back exams and homework, so it’s just great to escape from reality
What’s happening in your English country garden?? or wherever you live!