Year: 2017

Salvia Salivation

The Salvia. Years of association with Gaudí coloured council bedding displays the humble Salvia has so much more to offer. From Seasoned sage (Salvia officinalis) to Chia seed (Salvia hispanica) the genus spans from the Americas to Asia. Two years ago I discovered the garden of Rolando Uria, the man behind Salvia Amistad in Mar del Plata, Argentina during one of my many visits to South America. Everything was organised online, all in Spanish, and a five hour bus journey commenced from Buenos Aires. On arrival and as a suprise, I was introduced also to Robin Middleton who was also there visiting Rolando from the UK. Robin also has a diverse collection of salvias in Bagshot. He raised Salvia × jamensis ‘Peter Vidgeon’ named after his partner Peter.   Yesterday I finally got to visit Robins diverse collection of beautiful salvias as seen from the photo galery at this end of the blog, in which I took here. The day was perfect; overcast with a rain free afternoon. Bright sun bleaches the flowers you see. A bonus was …

Shoe Town

Tuesday 11th July. Overcast skies and a sense of pride, it’s judging day for shoe town.   Kardi and I have been working ‘blooming’ hard to get this years street entry into reality and we think we’ve done our town of Northampton proud. Well the council even included us on the official route for the towns entry in Britain in Bloom. St Giles Terrace is where you’ll find us. Nestled between High Street of The Year famed St Giles Street and the rather (unfortunately) empty Abington Street you’ll find a beautiful Terrace of business, charity and residential properties leading down to my home church of St Giles. Having a pensive time of working out a concept of connecting all the properties together I came up with the basic idea of planting shoes with succulents and displaying them on the window sills and railings.  Maintenance will be little. Both water, time and t.l.c.     Why shoes you may ask? Well it is Northampton after all. A historic beautiful town that gets a lot of bad …