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Busman’s Holiday

Took the day off work on Friday to head off to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Yes, I took time off from tending plants to go… and look at plants. When you love what you do, this is what happens. I also like the show at Hampton Court much more than Chelsea, which tends to turn into an endless mass of people elbowing you in the sides. The little old ladies being the worst perpetrators. I also have a soft spot for Hampton Court Palace as I spent a blissful year there doing my horticultural/ garden design training. Nice to be back in my old stomping grounds.

Stunning & inspirational

Stunning & inspirational

Scott came along quite willingly and we had a good wander about, sampling gin, foods, and possibly more gin in the ‘Growing Tastes’ tent. We also picked up some more seed garlic from The Garlic Farm, which will go in the ground in a couple of months. Scott acted as my own personal plant attendant when I left him to nap in a shady spot while I bought plants. I generally make a rule not to buy things at flower shows, things are often available elsewhere and for much cheaper. I try and confine myself to taking photos of plants to help me remember names of varieties.

One to remember!

One to remember!

With the ornamental beds finally clear and under control (I’m making this sound like an advert for zit cream), I would really like to fill the beds with  mix of perennials. My impulse purchases that day were a few Salvia patens with stunning blue flowers and several Cosmos atrosanguineus (Chocolate Cosmos) with their lovely cocoa scent. Neither are particularly hardy, but I do love them. I did also see lots of lovely orange Achillea millefolium in the show gardens this year, so I’ll add them to my wish list.

Lovely orange Achillea in the foreground.

Lovely orange Achillea in the foreground.

Now, with my head full of ideas, I really should sit down and make a final list. In a year’s time, our allotment will end up looking like this:




Kreativ Blogger Award

With a bit of a blush, I have to thank Green Bench Ramblings for nominating me for a Kreativ Blogger Award. Be sure to check out his blog for some truly gorgeous photos. The idea of the award is a “pass it on” approach. If you’re nominated, you are asked to share seven things about yourself and to share your top seven blogs. So here goes…

About me;

1) I’m originally from Canada and I have been living in the UK for nearly three years now.

2) My friends from back home claim I have developed a British accent, this has been clearly disproved by friends in the UK laughing at the way I say words like “house” and “yoghurt.”

3) I have an indoor fig tree named Ben, a Kentia palm named Ken and a massive Peace lily named Fred.

4) I have a fear of falling, hence diving boards and skydiving don’t tend to feature much in my life.

5) I studied Agriculture Sciences at university with the intent of becoming a vet. Instead of a life of veterinary medicine, it resulted in sustainable food production being a personal passion of mine.

6) I recently dyed my hair purple.

7) I like to share random things about myself in a random way.


My nominations for Great Blogs, in no absolute order, are;

1) for great video blog tours of his allotment in Scotland.

2) 100 Square Metres, who produces so much on a little bit of land in Ireland.

3) The Green Tomato, another foreigner growing food in a foreign country, except she’s in Sweden.

4) The SW Food Blog, for all your SW London food reviews.

5) James Wong’s Homegrown Revolution Blog, for those that are more adventurous in homegrown foods.

6) Slow Food UK, for all your anti-fast food needs.

7) Finally, wholly unrelated to food, but possibly the best blog I have ever followed. For the most amazing insight to humanity, it has to be Postsecret.