Hampton Court Flower Show 2009
by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa
Walking London streets in July 2009 I had an aha moment. Suddenly I saw the date on all those posters for the Hampton Court Flower Show. It's now, I'm actually in London, I could go! And we did. There were times when we were caught up in a solid flow of humanity and 'we are all going this way at this speed' - when my husband said never again. We are not used to city crowds any more.
We came (and so did the rest of the world!), we saw, and it conquered us. SO much to see that the brain goes into overdrive, and explodes. Lucky lady sitting next to me in the train on the way there, was going again, to see the other half! This was my fleeting impression of what, looking back after a few weeks, had made an abiding impression. Lucky British gardeners and journalists have covered my ideas with greater depth and skill.
Wildlife palace – one of Noel Coward’s “Stately Homes of England”? We will be working on building one of these.
I’ve lost the sense of scale in this picture. This metal water feature would have been 15 or 20 times life size, so the drama and impact was quite startling. My first reaction was - (what IS that flower?) Eryngium. I wish …
Sailing ship. In all the heaving mass of people, I only realised afterwards, when reading the blurb – that this ship sails on a sea of blue lavender and waving grasses. Got the plants in my garden, all I need is the ship to sail in.
Bee mosaic. This was in a garden devoted to plants for bees. Do admire the honeycomb border. We’ve all seen lots of ho hum pebble mosaics, but this was a-maz-ing.
Perspex bird. And this is the final image which stays with me. There were birds, sheep and an elderly shepherd, each engraved on a sheet of Perspex. Scattered over a wild flower meadow, with a tiny bog. And a wooden caravan of the gypsyish sort for the shepherd and his little lambs.
Somewhat tantalising to be flying home and only able to take souvenirs of the Jekka McVicar herbal greeting card variety. I was awed both by the lush display of a humungous variety of herbs, and talking to A Name I have read on garden blogs. Would have dearly loved the Eryngium water feature for my own garden!Pictures by Diana and Jurg Studer
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