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It is not often we are seen outside the Nursery in Sharnford these days – in fact the only time this year is at Chelsea Flower Show so we thought we ought to make a record of our appearance.

The faces of those behind the scenes are from the left: Angela, Oliver, Imogen, Phil and Linda.

Thanks to Ian Pickering Photography from Sharnford who took these photos for us.

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Rachel de Thame with our orange container pond on BBC

By Wednesday of Chelsea 2015 a large amount of interest had been shown to our 60cm orange container pond planted with Nymphaea candida – the dwarf white waterlily.

Rachel de Thame did a recording for the Wednesday 20th May afternoon programme on taking home a bitesize piece of Chelsea for your own garden.

We had 5 container ponds on the exhibit this year. 80cm in Weeping Red and in Granite and 60cm in Marble, Gunmetal and Orange.

The Weeping Red was planted for shade with seedhead interest and structural shapes, the Granite for sun with waterlily and Iris in flower. The Marble was a Native plant collection including Caltha palustris, Eriophorum angustifolium, Veronica beccabunga, Myosotis scorpioides and Potentilla palustris and the Gunmetal a combination of Iris versicolor Kermesina and Oenanthe javanica Flamingo.

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Joe Swift BBC TV on Monday 18th May 2015

On Monday after judging the BBC came to film Joe Swift doing a 2 minute link between ‘water in the outside Show Gardens’ and ‘water as shown in the Floral Pavilion’. As we are still the only Nursery showing aquatic plants in the Pavilion we were delighted to be able to be featured.

He picked out the 3 Typha plant groups on one side of the exhibit to talk about – the Typha lugdunenis (Typha gracilis as it was previously), Typha latifolia Variegata and the miniature Typha minima.

He also carefully described that each water plant although being in the same species likes to have a certain depth of water over its crown or basket top and that this can be vital to each plants survival. A vital message!

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Chelsea Flower Show preparations 2015

Why oh why does the weather have to be so unpredictable in the month before Chelsea Flower Show? We had Iris pseudacorus, versicolor and sibirica coming into bud a week ago so they have been moved outside as we have limited control of the temperature in the poly tunnels.

They have been placed in the shade tunnel to slow them down and now the forecast says cold next week. Back inside the poly tunnel again or risk it a little longer and then back in the following week? What a quandry.

The waterlilies have loved the warm weather and have good buds on them. The tall foliage plants have grown on well in the recent sun and have good height and the bullrush heads on Typha are about to emerge.

Anemopsis californica and Ranunculus flammula need to stay warm as they are not budding yet.

Fingers crossed and be prepared to move plants this way and that, will be the motto for the next 2 and a half weeks.



Carol Klein at Tatton 2014

The theme of Tatton Park Show 2014 was the elements – Earth, Fire, Air and Water. For the water element Carol Klein came to our exhibit and talked about the way waterlilies have adapted to grow in water. She also talked about the reflective quality of water and sat beside our reflective arched bridge across the display.

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