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A semi-mature, hardy individual who tries to get away with doing as little as possible in gardening as in life, still expects the best results & wonders why she is frequently disappointed! She likes to keep a photographic record of everything, good & frequently bad!

Monday, 9 August 2010

Prairie Sunday

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The Sussex Prairie garden has been on my computer list of ‘favourites’ for ages; I don’t remember where I got the link from in the first place, it just looked a really lovely garden to visit. On Sunday we made the trip, meeting up with Arabella Sock & the bedsock.

So what was it like you ask. Stunning.

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Sussex Prairies Garden Aug 2010 080Despite the look of the perennials the garden is very new & the hedging has a way to go before it has the necessary impact but it a glorious way to spend a few hours. There is a terrace where you can sit with a coffee & a delicious slice of cake &  chat about the experience. I am aiming to return for the October opening when the grasses will be at their best. Oh yes, & apparently there is an excellent pub close by.  


It is probably no surprise that the creators of the garden are working with Piet Oudolf. If you are interested the Prairie Garden has been reviewed here, here & here.


Thursday, 5 August 2010

Guerrilla Gardening Lazy Trollop Style; the sequel

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I thought it was about time you saw the results of my experiment in guerrilla gardening which I wrote about here. The pictures speak for themselves…

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What do you think? Is it a success or perhaps another one of those ‘works in progress’ of which I seem to have many.

Whilst I could blame the cats, dogs, foxes & anyone else who uses & abuses the alleyway, in truth I think it is purely a combination of my laziness & the Grimsby fish sellers.

Still, not one to be downhearted, I have more free seeds from the Hampton Court Flower Show which I will scatter in the autumn this time & possibly with a little more in the way of preparation. 

The buttocks in the picture are a statue in the gardens of Hardwick Hall, a fascinating National Trust property in Derbyshire.