Monday, 31 May 2010

Camomile lawn update

I just wanted to give a brief update on my Camomile lawn as everyone seems convinced it won't grow but I think it's looking OK. Here's what it looked like when I first planted it-




And here it is now...(3weeks later)



I think it's looking pretty good.

Glamorous.


Sunday, 30 May 2010

Foxgloves

FOXGLOVES always remind me of Agatha Christie novels. Their tubular flowers hanging like death bells tolling. Foxgloves are deathly poisonous and Christie has often used them in her county manor killings as a way to poison guests of her parties (her knowledge of poisons and plants coming from the fact she was once a pharmacist)

Despite this I have some lovely one's in my garden which have just come in to flower.
From Glamorous Gardener

From Glamorous Gardener


They've sprung up near a dismebered arm of a mannequin that I hung for decoration, as if warning to passers by of the perils of the plant.


From Glamorous Gardener


I've discovered a place in Torquay which has an area of it's garden's dedicated plants that Agatha Christie used in her novels. Torre Abbey looks great, I'd recommend a visit. :)

FYI my favorite Agatha Christie book is 'And Then There Were None', which I just discovered is her best selling novel. TOO FABULOUS

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Chelsea Flower Show

Yesterday I visited the Chelsea Flower Show which was delightful. I think the highlights were probably a garden which wasn't a garden at all - it was a house with a pergola for a roof (and giant jacuzzi - below).
From Glamorous Gardener

and also the 'Peter Beales rose garden', where they were so eager to have every rose perfectly placed they sellotaped one that had broken loose.



I managed to completely miss a garden costing 20million pounds to create, as I was too enthralled by some asparagus in the plot next door. Glamorous as a 20million pound garden sounds, it seems like a bit of a farce to me as it included bouncers to look after the diamonds which were hidden under glass cases...? Little old ladies being watched over by burly blokes isn't too fabulous.

Call me old fashioned but I'm happy having plants in my garden like this one which was my favorite - The Ladybird Poppy
From Glamorous Gardener


The colour theme of this years garden was purple and white and no better were the colours displayed than in this Bee friendly garden which had a quote from Einstein on the wall 'if the Bee were to disappear from the face of the globe man would have only 4 years of life left'
From Glamorous Gardener

So that's nice isn't it.

I also loved the carniverous plants section...
From Glamorous Gardener


probably because I love The Little Shop of Horrors.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Alicia Clarke

I was lucky enough to be shot (that's photographed...) by the lovely Alicia Clarke recently, who gave me this tomato plant...



Alicia had found a novel way of displaying her trailing tomato plants by screwing the pots in to the wall of her balcony so that they cascaded down. Marvellous.

And here's the photo she took of me. GLAMOROUS.




Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Smallest potato

Someone has posted a video on YouTube of what they think is the smallest potato on the world....




But look at my small potato! Mine definitely wins.



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Monday, 24 May 2010

Alium

These flowers - Alium - are so gorgeous. They grow from bulb and aren't cheap but I have about 8 dotted around the garden.







I passed a house recently that had a pebbled front area and the only plants were these. They make a really bold statement planted on their own like this (but as they only flower for one week or so once a year I'd be inclined to put something other than just these and pebbles in your front area as most of the year it'll look kind of dull)

Here's a GLAMOROUS gold mannequin in the background, I think I'm going to call her Aaliyah after the Alium.

And here's Aaliyah. I think the song title is relevant for most gardeners trying to grow their crops :)

Worm juice

I think my Worms must be super happy. They have been munching my leftovers and have produced loads of worm juice. I decided to display this worm juice to you in a Marguerita glass (ofcourse).



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The wormery I got from Wiggly Wigglers has a small tap feature because as the worms eat, and excrete - a liquid fertiliser forms in the bottom of the compost. It's very potent so needs to be diluted before pouring on your growing veggies :) It is FABULOUS.

Iris

How poetic. One lone Iris has grown amongst my foliage.




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It reminds me of the painting by Vincent Van Gogh 'Irises' which shows several purple Irises and one lone white one.

From Glamorous Gardener


I think I saw a film once that explained the reason Van Gogh painted one lone white Iris among many purple ones was because he was lonely.

I'm going to plant another Iris incase I become lonely by suggestion. I'll Feng Shui my garden.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Veggies

My Spinach is doing very well...






As are my Radishes...






And my Rocket...





And my strawberry's...Oh look, there's some fabulous gold glitter heels too.



Great news.

I painstakingly grew the spinach from seed using a propagator, but with the radishes and rocket I just sprinkled some seeds straight on the ground. I reckon you could grow rocket easily in a window box if that's what you have.

I'm still waiting for my baby Aubergene to sprout - also good for window boxes. They sound fun.

I'm keeping the creation of the heels a secret ;)

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Colin the caterpillar

Marks and spencers do some delicious sweeties called Percy pig which are so glamorous they made Vogues 2008 hot list. Now they've got a colin the CATERPILLAR version!
These are not just sweets, these are glamorous gardener sweets.








Devil moths

The demon moths are back so Ive had to move my entire wardrobe in to my garden. If the neighbours ask questions I'll pretend I'm a costume designer. One that only designs big feathery sequinned frocks.







I hope this works, I've had to throw away the baby blue carpet from my dressing room. Horrifying what lies beneath.
Hideous.



Monday, 10 May 2010

Frozen Grapes

Mmmmmm....frozen Grapes!


Try them after dinner. Too glamorous, Too chic, too fabulous

Shamrock

I heart Shamrock.



My nan used to have these purple shamrocks in her spare room and I've just found out their official name - Oxalis (specifically - Oxalis regnellii atropurpurea - la la la whatever...)

I love them. Are they a leaf or a flower? I'm not sure.
They close up at night as if they're sleeping and stretch out in the morning. They also have little pink flowers that pop out but my nan used to chop these off a she was convinced it would make the plant bushier. I don't know if it's true.



My Tiny Plot

I probably shouldn't be promoting someone elses gardening blog above my own but I love this one - MyTinyPlot.co.uk. It's specifically for Vegetable garden lovers and offers real advice for the veggie gardener (not just random information about high-heels and tenuous links to flowers).

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Wisteria lane

This art gallery in Camden has a Wisteria as a roof! It's too fabulous. However, you're not really supposed to grow Wisteria against the side of houses etc, as they are super vigorous growers. I think it looks lovely though.





Oddly the Wisteria is a member of the Pea family (I think because it has little pea pods form after it flowers)

Wisteria lane - the home of Desperate Housewives is also fabulous. I love Bree.

Forget me Not

Forget-me-not's are one of those funny - in between weed and flower - plants. According to - the not necessarily accurate -Wikepedia, weeds are classified as being a plant that isn't wanted in the garden. So a weed is only a weed if you don't want it, otherwise it's a non-weed...? I'm deciding if my forget-me-nots are a weed or a non-weed. They spread super fast but have lovely little baby blue flowers on them. Here they are amongst my potatoes.


I wish Wikepedia would have a better definition for a weed. My forget-me-nots must feel very confused not knowing what they are just because I haven't decided yet.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Kim Wilde

KIM WILDE!

Kim Wilde was an 80's pop star who famously became a gardener after her pop career slumped. She won a Gold award at the Chelsea flower show a few years ago, but now she's back in pop and bringing out an album. At the ripe age of 50. Fabulous

Let us go back to her heyday

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Sage

Sage is a funny herb. It's often burned to ward off evil spirits, and is said to cure various ailments - however, I love to eat it's fuzzy little leaves :)


the tastiest thing I've made using sage is a parsnip, Parmesan and Sage bread recommended by Delia again :) It's good also because it doesn't need yeast so you don't need to worry about it rising. It's like a hard dough bread. See recipe here

I'm not sure how many of its apparent medicinal qualities are old wives tales but one seemingly good use of Sage is as a sore throat gargle. Try 6 or 7 leaves of Sage in a cup of hot water and leave it to cool. Gargle Gargle ;)




Saturday, 1 May 2010

Yellow

I'm not generally a fan of the colour yellow. It's a tricky colour to wear and I think it can be a bit sickly, but I was in Cambridge this week and the council have done a lovely job of planting some yellow flowers at the side of the main road which brightened up my gloomy day.
From Glamorous Gardener

I particularly like this Yellow plant but I don't know what it's called (any ideas..?)
From Glamorous Gardener


And then I realised that I also like Natalie Monroe's hair which is yellow.

From Glamorous Gardener


And I also like the Simpsons who are yellow...



and the Liberal Democrats who are yellow(anything is better than that blue party, except perhaps that red, white and blue party)

From Glamorous Gardener


So maybe Yellow isn't all bad.