As we’re waiting for spring flowers to bloom and trees to bud, we thought we’d share some beautiful gardens designed by one of England’s most renown designers, Jinny Blom (and yes, her last name means “flower” in Danish!) We saved the article about her in Veranda last year and filed it away for a rainy day (which we’ve had a lot of lately) and when we read another article about her in the spring edition of Flower, we dug the pictures up (so to speak!)
Who wouldn’t be inspired to don some gardening gloves and do some pruning after seeing these beauties? Since we’re huge fans of pinks and purples in our own garden beds, we are smitten with Jinny’s romantic touch.
This spring, Jinny will be working closely with HRH Prince Harry on a special garden for the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show which will support Sentebale, a charity which gives aid to Lesotho’s neediest children. This project will be quite different from the ones she’s done in the English and Scottish countrysides but sure to be a favorite.
Are you spending time in the garden yet?
Photos via Jinny Blom and Garden Design
With many of the big gardening names absent this year and budgets for gardens being cut, new and unusual plants were the highlight of the 2009 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Here are some show-stoppers, hand-picked by Jane Perrone, blogger and gardening editor at The Guardian.
Hardy's - Scabiosa Africanus 'Jocelyn'
This new scabiosa africana ‘Jocelyn’ adds beautiful color to a flower bed and makes a great cut flower, too.
Typically considered an old cottage plant, astrantia (commonly known as masterwort) is coming back into favor since it is a perfect ground cover and subtly partner to more dramatic blooms.
Tony Smith for Quilted Velvet - Busy Lizzies
Quilted Velvet tapped Tony Smith to design an avant garde garden where he planted over 12,000 pink “with a touch of purple” busy lizzies (or impatiens), surprising the event’s horticultural elite.
David Austin Roses - Rosa 'Kew Gardens'
Marking the 250th anniversary of the famous London gardens, David Austin Roses introduced this new long flowering rose which has no thorns.
Cayeux - Iris 'Coeur D'Or'
Cayeux, the French nursery specializing in the magnificent bearded iris, brought nine new varieties to the Chelsea show, one of which is this beautiful flower with an orange blossom fragrance.
Photos from Hardy’s, Greggys Stuff/Flikr, David Austin and Cayeux