The RHS Chelsea flower show is finally upon us. Having been cancelled last year, the famous festival returns this month, and is bigger and better than ever! From gorgeous displays to professional advice, here’s what you can get up to at the UK’s most anticipated flower show.
What to see at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Whether you’re itching to see the many carefully designed floral displays, or simply want to soak up the atmosphere, there’s plenty to do at this years RHS Chelsea flower show. If you’re there simply for the flowers, and the flowers alone, then you’re in for a treat. This year’s designers have gone all out, and with the show being cancelled the year previous, we just know that the displays will be next level.
This year’s show falls in September, meaning that it coincides with the Chelsea History Festival. If you’re a history buff, you’ll love hearing about stories from war veterans and taking tours of buildings with a rich background.
The house plant studios reflect the ever-growing popularity of house plants. Have a browse of the stylishly posed leafy greens and learn how to utilise their natural appearance in your home.
There’s plenty more to see at the RHS Chelsea flower show, from the Italian Piazza to the discovery zone. And as always, enjoy the hustle and bustle that we’ve all missed over the last year and a half. With free food, drink, and endless shopping opportunities, you’re bound to have a wonderful time!
Sustainability within our everyday lives is becoming more of a hot topic of discussion. Experts say that the average person can make a big impact by making small changes to their daily routines, whether that’s by recycling, reusing, being conscious of your carbon footprint, or even fine-tuning your gardening techniques.
Within the eco-gardening community prevails a tactic called ‘permaculture gardening’. This practice has been used for hundreds of years by agriculturalists and gardeners alike, concentrating on three main pillars: Caring for the earth, caring for people, and encouraging wildlife.
So, what is permaculture gardening?
Permaculture gardening is essentially creating a garden that co-exists with the environment around it. It focuses on minimal disruption to the soil, but enriching what’s already there, taking only what you need and replacing what you take.
This practice is to mimic nature, producing a sustainable and minimally invasive garden. So, now we know what permaculture gardening is. But how do you start?
There are 8 ways to begin your permaculture journey. These various methods encapsulate the meaning of perma-gardening and sustainability at its core.
Plant native. Purchase and grow plants that will thrive in your soil. If there are native plants already in place, leave them be.
Build raised beds. To avoid disturbing the ground and the soil, build some raised beds. This means you can till the soil without disrupting what’s already there.
Avoid chemicals and non-organic fertilisers. This one speaks for itself. Chemicals and harmful fertilisers do more harm than good, and it’s encouraged to find organic alternatives.
Develop a no-dig garden. If you’re working in an allotment and don’t have the space for a raised bed, then a no-dig approach might work for you. Sheet mulching is an easy way to achieve a no-dig garden. Simply lay compostable items on the tops of grass such as cardboard, leaves, and straw to create a layer between your crops or plants and the existing soil below.
Permaculture gardening isn’t a quick fix – It’s a lifestyle change
Practice companion planting. Companion planting is an old-age method of gardening. Planting two or more plants together encourages wildlife and will deter pests. Research your plants to discover which will partner perfectly in your area.
Consider creating a swale to collect rainwater where it gathers naturally. A swale, in short, is a way to catch rainwater. These can be made anywhere rainwater naturally pools, allowing you to reuse it on your plants. This could be as simple as putting out a bucket to catch rainwater to creating a thought-out ditch form. A perfect way to limit the amount of water you use in your gardening routine.
Concentrate on planting low-maintenance crops and plants. Permaculture gardening relies on the natural state of your land. If you struggle to keep up with your plants, then a low-maintenance approach is best. Buy plants that need very little pruning, or pick perfect naturalisers that reappear without encouragement.
Let some zones run wild. Wild gardens are a perfect way to preserve the natural state of your land. Let your garden grow freely, enticing wildlife to return to the garden (which will, in turn, improves the yield of crops).
Ready to Start Your Sustainable Garden?
Permaculture gardening is not about jumping headfirst into the unknown. It’s about sustainability. That goes for both the garden, and your consistency.
Small steps make a big impact. Implementing these methods to your daily gardening routine will help you achieve a more sustainable garden, helping the environment to repair itself naturally.
Climbing plants are a great addition to any garden! But they also require a bit of assistance to ensure that their climbing habits are met. Whether they are used to give your garden some height. Or provide a bit of privacy, climbers can be trained to grow in many places for many reasons.
It isn’t just flowers that can be climbers, crops like raspberries and tomatoes can create a rather unique display when planted to climb. Climbing plants can help to add height and definition to the garden. It is vital that you provide a suitable structure for the plants to cling onto, whilst ensuring they still get the nutrients they need above ground. There are many different support systems for your climbing plants that come in an array of shapes and designs.
A rather traditional choice, an obelisk will help to create a beautiful display without taking up too much room. If you have a particularly small garden but still want a display to make the garden stand out an obelisk is your best bet.
Another traditional support choice, a trellis is particularly great if you have a small garden and cannot afford to sacrifice. They look especially good when placed on a wall or fence and painted to blend in. They even come in a wide range of materials and designs.
The deigns are getting a little bigger and a bit more extravagant. An archway can create a beautiful focal point for the garden. Not only does it bring charm and elegance, but it also has a great climbing structure. You could go with the traditional wooden style with climbing roses or create something completely new to suit your garden.
Is your garden on the smaller side Want an easy way to make it look bigger? Screens are perfect for that! When dividing up the garden into different zones it can create the illusion of a bigger space. By using screens covered in climbing plants it can add elegance as well as privacy to your garden.
If you’re really looking for a grand centre piece then look no further. A gazebo is a great addition to the garden, providing a shaded spot to sit and opportunity for climbers to thrive. They’re also the perfect placement for fragrant flowers as the sweet scent can be enjoyed by both those underneath and above. You could even add fairy lights to bring the whole look together!
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