Well, I’ve gone and left my full Hampton Court post a bit late after my rantlet last week so instead of trying to cover the whole shebang I’ll tell you a bit about my favourite garden and a freaky plant I met.
This year I liked several of the gardens and even some of the conceptual ones (yeah I know, who’d believe it?) particularly Las Mariposas (Hopes of a Nicaraguan Girl) which was a big pink box full of butterflies in a field of stipa and catananche. It didn’t photograph easily and none of mine were worth showing but go and follow the link – it’s well worth a look.
My favourite was the Discover Jordan garden:
I like the contrast between the smooth stone and very formal water feature with the ‘ruin’ behind. Also I have a love of doorways and arches that look like they go somewhere interesting. Other than that it’s hard to say why I liked it so much but apparently the judges agreed with me as it got Gold.
As always there were some lovely plants about the place too but this was one of the most striking:
What do you think? Yes or no? It looks a bit anaemic to me but the pinkish stem is rather pretty and it’ll almost certainly be less rampant than its darker siblings which might be useful. I tend to come down on the side of ‘no’ which is probably due to my prejudices against variegation, particularly splashy variegation. The white flower with normal coloured leaves however would be great. Unfortunately I can’t remember whose stand it was on so I can’t tell them to get with the breeding!