I’ve been busy working on the garden this year. When I moved into the house the garden was all lawn apart from one small bush and a rose. And so I have been slowly adding to it and starting to fill out the beds, although that obviously takes some considerable time.
I made two trips over the summer which were kind of inspirational.
One was to Grow London, a new event held in Hampstead which I think is run by the same people who organise the Affordable Art Fair. Essentially it was a large exhibition with sellers of plants, garden furniture, landscape gardeners and many more.
They made it really easy by having a free shuttle service from the tube station.
They had some quirkier products like these Seed Bombs.
And some ideas to steal like a plant stand made from an old painted stepladder – something to look out for eBay and try at home.
Plenty of other ideas…
And I did buy. And I’d go again.
The other was a trip to the Chelsea Physic Garden. It was founded in 1673 and is still arranged as a botanical garden. I went with my parents and it’s a great summer afternoon out and a really interesting insight into our changing relationship with plants not to mention the fact that it’s really very beautiful (and the cakes in the restaurant aren’t bad too).