Posted on 9th May, 2009

May is almost well and truly out, and this week we enjoyed the highlight of our horticultural year – the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Caroline was very involved with the Show, between organising the manning of the Society of Garden Designers Stand and getting stuck into some planting, helping Drusilla Stewart and William Beresford planting the Help for Heroes Sanctuary garden, a beautiful, tranquil garden which was awarded a Silver Medal.

Caroline’s work for the Society of Garden Designers involved a marathon of co-ordinating people helping on the stand from 7am throughout the day, until switching off the lights every evening at 8pm – getting back to the usual round of site visits, drawing up plans and the day-to-day detailed attention it takes to bring a garden design to life will seem a comparative holiday!

Meanwhile in a garden in Walton-on-Thames, the vegetable patch is taking shape – the local black bean aphid community is particularly appreciative of the two small rows of broad beans. On a more positive note, having planted two stepover Bramleys, two espaliered and two cordon eating apples, Louise was pleased to hear on a radio article about saving British orchards that any grouping of six or more apple trees constitutes an orchard. Above is a shot of the infant ‘orchard’. At the moment it looks more like a forest of canes, but watch this space for photos of the first bumper harvest.

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