round up! - July 2012

weeding out the best reads from another busy month on the internet

July was a month of relentlessly murky grey skies and monsoon rains and for the first time in twig gardening history we found oursleves putting projects on hold.

There were some lovely-but-brief moments of sunshine and in the twig garden Allium afflatuense flowered amongst Phlomis russeliana and Luzula nivea. The Gunnera manicata drank up the downpours and seemed to grow at least an inch a day.

All the time indoors did give us plenty of time to catch up on the papers.

our pick of this month's reads

  • Cambo Gardens - It was fabulous to read such warm praise for Scotland's very wonderful Cambo Gardens from Stephen Lacey in The Telegraph. An absolute must-see if you are in the East Neuk of Fife.
  • Cragieburn garden - Anna Pavord wrote in The Independent about growing Arisaemas and the Nepalese garden at Craigieburn Garden in The Scottish Borders.
  • Olympic Gardens - The month ended with the opening ceremony of the Olympics and our medal went to the planting design in the Olympic Gardens featured here in this set of photographs in The Telegraph.
  • Olympic Legacy - The gardens will reopen in 2013 as a public park featuring large nectar rich wild flower meadows, wetlands and naturalistic perennial plantings, a legacy outlined by Matthew Appleby in The Guardian.
  • The 1,000 Year Forest - Sustainability was also a theme in Dan Pearson's piece in The Guardian on The Millenium Forest in Hokkaido, Japan. Its 1,000 year sustainability design brief and 3 month show gardens are a refreshing follow-on to the rush of Chelsea.

Happy reading...