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Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Gardening tips during the Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea flower show is in full swing. As yet, I have not spotted anyone using kale in their gardens for edible and ornamental purposes. So Sussexrambler shares these trend-setting tips with would be gold medal winners!

Cabbages have been used in flowerbeds before now but they were the blousey multi-coloured leaves ones. The above kale, variety Spis bladene, came from Garden Organic's heritage seeds library . It looks fabulous in flower against more formal planting. And it is great to eat, with massive leaves and great flavour. Ask me if you would like some seeds this autumn. Green finches go mad for the seeds. For propagation, I grow some under netting.

Formal lawns are boring, so this corner, below, has been planted with young hazel bushes which were "weeds" from other parts of the garden. Will this become a trend , I wonder... converting lawns into copses.

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