Monday, 24 June 2013

Ghost Trees of Warwickshire

Ever heard of ghost trees? Well here's a quickie post to let you know of a fascinating project about some of the ghost trees of Warwickshire. My place in the scheme was minor to say the least, but brought me into contact with artists Michele Carruthers and Richard Cresswell, who were particularly interested in three ghost trees that reside in a field at Compton Verney for their Ghost Tree project.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

BBC Gardeners World Live - The Wild Side!

National Exhibition Centre, June 2013

OK, so what stood out from the crowd this year? I’d have to say that for me, Wild Flower Planting stole the show, by a country mile. I don't know if I'm alone in this, but as time goes by I'm looking for a simpler, more honest gardening style and wildflowers in a garden situation just seem the right way to go. This wasn’t the first garden show to feature planting on the wild side of course, they've been used to great effect elsewhere, but wildflowers were out at BBC Gardeners World in various gardens swishing about in the breeze – and what a breath of fresh air they bring.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Butterfly Farm at BBC Gardeners World Live

Visiting a garden show can, I promise, have its surprising moments. This week BBC Gardeners World Live threw more than a couple at me, and I thought I'd post a tiny video clip to mark the occasion - but of course; you really had to be there!

I walked towards an exhibition stand that was promoting a visitor attraction not many miles away from my home, a place called the Butterfly Farm, Stratford-Upon-Avon. The exhibit featured what appeared to be the inner 'net' section of a tent, which was filled with butterflies that were most at home. A fascinating addition to the Butterfly Farm stand, and one that was very popular. I know the video clip doesn't do the feature justice, but do have a look, and do visit the Farm if you can.

Butterfly Farm - Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

BBC Gardeners World Live

Well the 2013 BBC Gardeners World Live show is revving up just around the corner, and I for one can't wait! In the area the weekly sunny day count has risen, and the forecast is good for another sizzling show full of botanical beauty. Indeed, as the title proudly states, the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show Birmingham returns, and as I type I'm also keeping tabs on the construction of the @The_RHS Plant Village - it's our own Chelsea folks!