Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Let's Be The Judge

 I managed in my own unique way to first hurt my right foot in May , and then just as it stopped hurting, to hurt my left foot last weekend.  I have been spending considerable sitting around, putting my feet up! Time to look at some pictures of Regent's Park.  While we were in England, the Chelsea Flower Show was on.  We didn't go to it, but I watched a couple of interesting TV shows that were filmed there. To amuse myself this afternoon, I thought I could do a little judging myself and rate some of the gardens that I photographed at Regent's Park.  Out of a scale of 1-10, I give this view a 6.  I like the colours, but I find the arrangement rather clunky.

 This one I give a 2.  The black Mondo grass I find most unattractive, especially paired with the purple heuchera.  I do like the red geum popping  up, though.

  A 7.  A very, pleasing quiet colour scheme with just a little punch from the yellow grass and other yellow plant in the back.  It needs to fill in, but I think it will be very nice next year.

 The top of this urn probably looked better when the tulips were blooming, but right now the heuchera flower stalks just make it look really messy, and the magenta daisies look a little lost. A 3.

 I really like this collection. Unusually coloured iris that isn't flopping is attractively paired with a peachy heuchera.  A dark olive something in the background echoes some of the darker iris tones, and the airy, fluffy something softens the border between the iris and the heuchera.  I give it an 8.

Spiky and round.  I like this one, too. The white flowers at the front get your attention, but then your eye moves to the middle ground to the astilbe (?) and finally, the euphorbia (?) at the back warrants a look.  And I'm partial to variegated Japanese fountain grass, anyway. 7 or 8, I think.
Public gardens are a great way to get ideas for your own gardens, to see what you like, and what you don't like.  And I find it encouraging that even professional gardeners don't always get spectacular results.


  1. I like the colour scheme of the third and fifth photo too. Public gardens do indeed give viewers GOOD ideas!

  2. I pretty much agree with our learned judge. When I look at the state of my own garden I realise that I'm not in a position to judge anyone.