22 February 2012
Setting out at Crocus
We recently had one of our monthly meetings at Crocus to discuss the construction of the Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden for the Chelsea Flower Show 2012 and check all of the plants, which are growing on at the Crocus nursery. We were also able to walk through our garden for the first time as it was set out on the ground at Crocus, using wooden pegs and string. This was enormously useful to get a feel for the scale of the garden I have designed. We were able to walk around the area and see how it all works and decide on any adjustments which might be needed. We made some minor changes to give a more generous feeling of space.
The path felt too narrow, particularly when I envisaged the pleached copper beech trees linign each side of the avenue, so we have widened the path slightly. Now hopefully the balance is just right.
It was most exciting seeing all of the plants potted up and getting a sense of what their scale and texture will be like from those promising buds. The plants are being beautifully cared for by Karen the nursery manager at Crocus and her team. Some are showing new growth but many are still dormant. Rather like pots of paint with the labels hidden, full of promise and one can only imagine the wonderful colours and texture which lies below. It fills me with huge excitement and anticipation for May.