Thursday Aug 16, 2007

Hot Stuff

Over the weekend, I went to the West Dean "Chilli Festival". I had no idea what a big industry chilli growing was in this country.

 

Pots of Chilli

 

West Dean is one of the top horticultural colleges in the UK and we were able to walk round their nurseries. There was a huge number of stalls many selling all kinds of food. So we had a great chilli con carne and less great burrito! (Hey, you promised not to do receipes in this blog!)

I bought one chilli plant home, to see if I can avoid killing it.

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Saturday Feb 24, 2007

Yesterday in the Guardian

Since it's the last weekend in February, the Guardian has  produced a special supplement on waking the garden up. Over the autumn and winter I have "Ground Force'd" my garden and have written about it on my web site's garden project page, ( see also my garden project page at flickr), and I'm sure the advice and book references will be very helpful.

One of the articles, 'Complements of the season' has a series of pictures, one for a garden 'in a land of hosepipe bans' with poppies and gravel, which looks good, perhaps I'll try some poppies. Another of the articles lists five gardens that are inspirations for the supplement's authors, including Wakehurst Place, part of Kew Gardens which is quite close. Mind you so is RHS Wisley.

The 5Best... this week, lists five best islands. Their No 2 is Iceland and they recommend sailing down the west coast of Iceland in a 60' racing clipper with Borea Adventure.  

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Wednesday Aug 30, 2006

The Beauty of Grass

I visited Bury Court yesterday which claims to have two of the finest contemporary gardens in the country, designed by Christopher Blakely-Hole & Peter Oudolf. It's been explained to me that 'contemporary' means lots of grasses.

 

Front garden at Bury Court

 

And a 'Tea House', well that's what I think it looks like and with the pond we get the now mandatory water feature to contrast with the stone of the brick work and paths, the wood of the construction and the metal of the planters and furniture.

 

Front garden at Bury Court

 

More pictures in my Bury Court set at my flickr, including some of the non-grass plants i.e. flowers that took my eye, although these also include a Vine!

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Sunday Jul 23, 2006

Statues, Sculpture & hyperlinks

I'm looking for a statue for my back garden, so I was checking the 'net, and tagged them into del.icio.us/DaveLevy/sculpture. The linkroll in the sidebar, is thus a bit less eclectic than usual, but it'll change when I tag up this weekend's Guardian

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Wednesday Apr 12, 2006

Turf Wars!

Francis Dashwood, famous rake and eighteenth century politician, it seems was also a garden designer of note. Dashwood, founder of the Dillettanti Society and the Hellfire club pursued a garden vendetta with the Cobham family , owners of the grounds at Stowe. The National Trust currently manage both properties, and highlight this feud in the current issue of their house magazine.

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