Hooray, hooray, hooray

Bearded-irisJust quickly got to comment on the ‘Best in Show’ at Chelsea this year. It has been awarded to the ‘Laurent-Perrier Garden’ designed by Luciano Guibbilei. It is a beautiful garden, I love lupins and foxgloves, but it is his comments to the press that I have really appreciated. He is not a fan of the so-called low-maintenance garden and said,

“This idea of low-maintenance gardens – I’ve no idea who told this to people. It does not exist. The people that want no-maintenance gardens, they should go and play golf. That is what they should be doing.”

Just when and why gardens were supposed to be low-maintenance I have no idea. Most of that type look like supermarket car park plantings to me. I am just over the moon that a leading garden designer has stridently pointed out that gardens are also about gardening. Hooray, hooray, hooray – rant over!

Here’s a flower, bearded iris, from my very much NOT low-maintenance garden.


Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

4 thoughts on “Hooray, hooray, hooray”

  1. I still think there is a difference…certainly ‘no maintenance’ only exists in the wild and the trilliums on the forest floors have put on a stunning display this year. Low maintenance, using drought resistant, native plants can be a blessing in our tougher gardening environment! Love your flower photos again – they compliment your header beautifully.

  2. That’s an awesome comment, and I agree with him (and you) whole-heartedly! I am waiting for my irises to flower properly. Somehow they’re a bit late here this year – I don’t know if this is because they were dug up last year from another garden and then transplanted to mine late last year and they’re still getting established or quite what. But they’re coming!

    1. I think it may be moving that disturbs irises flowering, but I do know that their rhizomes need at least 6 hours direct sunlight during the summer to flower well the next May. I’m a bit greedy in the garden and over plant so I’m always having to clear away shade-casting leaves round the irises. Also, haven’t you been a lot more rainy in Wiltshire this year!

      1. Well we’ve had our fair share … 😉

        By the look of the plants there will be some flowers – just not prolific. I can but hope for next year!

        Greedy? Over-planting?? What are these things???

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